Dec 17, 2018

Some surprises from rehabilitated tigers

(c) Bastak nature reserve
(c) Bastak nature reserve

Dear supporters, some great news brought the end of 2018!

The monitoring at Bastak nature reserve lately showed that the reserve staff was wrong believing that in the second litter tigress Cinderella had only one cub. New footages from a camera traps surprised everyone: Cinderella was captured with two cubs! Currently, the cubs are about one and a half year old. According to photo and video materials, one of them is a male, and the second, with high probability, is a female. During this winter, the cubs will stay with their mother, and in spring will begin an independent life.

Other news came from the Jewish Autonomous Region where the Hunting Management Department and the Rehab Centre specialists have finished monitoring the Amur tiger population. The results showed that Borya and Svetlaya, two tigers released in 2014, still share the same grounds and are doing well.

“The tigers are well nourished; they hunt regularly and productively, which is obvious. The results of the tiger cluster checks prove this,” said Viktor, director of the Tiger Rehabilitation Centre.

Experts also believe that Svetlaya now has at least two female rivals: Filippa and Lazovka, the tigress from Lazo.

Another tiger, Saikhan, who was released in May 2018, in November 2018 travelled to China for one week and then returned to the Far Eastern taiga.

In addition, the tiger survey provided experts with the first photos of Filippa from camera traps. She is now about three years old and in perfect shape, which proves that she has successfully adapted to living in the wild.

And the latest news from the Rehabilitation Centre is that the tiger cubs captured near Aleksei-Nikolskoye turn out to be different genders! Experts from the Centre have recently conducted a routine examination of the cubs. That is when they learned that one of the cubs, both of which had been previously identified as females, was, in fact, a male. The check proved the animals to be perfectly healthy. Now the cubs are about one year old. The young tigers hunt animals on their own, and properly react to humans by instantly taking cover and getting out of sight upon spotting or hearing people nearby. If the rehabilitation process continues to go smoothly for the cubs, they will be released in the wild in spring 2019.


Information provided by MRNCO "Tiger Centre" and The Amur Tiger Programme

(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"
(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"
Dec 12, 2018

Three months report

(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard

Dear supporters,

Thanks to your continuous support, the Phoenix Fund carried on assisting the Land of the Leopard National Park’s administration in improving law enforcement efforts at the protected area.

In September, the team patrolled consisting of four rangers. Michail Rubai broke his leg and was on sick leave. The team paid special attention to spawning rivers, such as Narva, Poima, Kedrovka and Barabashevka rivers due to the start of spawning season. In the first half of September, cherry salmon run started. Thanks to good protection and heavy precipitation, fish could swim to the upper reaches of rivers where they spawn.

During one of patrols, the rangers detained violators on a motorbike near the Pugachevka River. They had a permit to visit the Land of the Leopard National Park, but did not have permission to enter by a car and park it on the protected area. An administrative citation was issued.

While patrolling the Barabashevka River, the team detained a man without a permit to visit the protected area. An administrative citation was issued on the violator.

In September, Sergei Ivanov Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport visited the Land of the Leopard National Park. All the teams, including the team of central subordination, demonstrated their skills.

Besides patrolling rivers, the team also regularly patrolled Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and the territory of Gamov deer farm.

In October, the team patrolled paying much attention to spawning rivers. In all, the team conducted 25 anti-poaching patrols. About ten administrative citations were issued on unauthorized presence in the national park.

Special attention was paid to weekends and nighttime. The team of central subordination also assisted other teams patrolling on spawning rivers. Moreover, there were a number of joint patrols with fishing inspectors along the Narva River.

In October, two criminal proceedings were initiated against two poachers apprehended near Barabashevka River.

Besides patrolling along spawning rivers, the team also patrolled other territories of Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and Land of the Leopard National Park in order to prevent trespassing. During one of those patrols, the team visited Bogataya Fanza Cave.

In November the team switched to an enhanced regime of forest protection due to the anticipated increase in poaching after the first snow.

Enhanced protection of the park’s territory primarily implied an increase in the number of road and foot patrols by rangers including conducting joint patrols with law enforcement agencies.

Last weekend a large-scale patrol was organized in the national park together with employees of the Vladivostok forestry of the Forestry Department of the Primorsky Territory.

During the survey the southern part of the Land of the Leopard was inspected. And although this time during the patrol no violations were revealed, active work in this direction will continue.

(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard
Sep 20, 2018

Update from the rehab

(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"
(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"

Dear friends, as always we are glad to share some of the field news on rehabilitated tigers whose chances for a free life in the wild would not be possible without your support! For half a year experts monitored the tiger population at the Bastak Nature Reserve, obtaining a total of 398 photos and 27 videos of 141 tiger visits. We were especially glad to find out camera traps managed to spot Zolushka and one of her cubs from a second litter.

According to the footage the first Amur tigress released after rehabilitation is doing well and so are her grown up cubs. In the beginning of August, specialists from the Rehabilitation Center went on a mission to monitor the site where tigress Filippa was released after rehabilitation. It is the first monitoring visit of the tiger specialists to this remote part of the Jewish Autonomous Region.

“We have completed a large amount of work this time. For example, we have installed trail cameras in Filippa’s home range. The tigress has chosen the best possible spot in that region, away from populated areas and with many hoofed animals and hence, enough food. Filippa’s range borders on that of the male tiger Boris, and so we will closely monitor relations between them,” said Viktor, director of the Tiger Rehabilitation Centre.

Meanwhile, at the rehab two young tigresses that are currently undergoing rehabilitation are feeling perfectly well. Center’s experts say that the predators behave as they should and will probably be released into the wild in the spring of 2019. At the moment, they live in an enclosure with their mother, who, as the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources allows, will soon be transferred to a zoo. A study showed that the tigress cannot be released into the wild because she has a motor coordination disorder as a result of an injury or disease; she will not be able to survive in the wild and will again come to the people.

(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"
(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"
(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"
(c) MRNCO "Tiger Centre"
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