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Help Save Last 30 Amur Leopards from Extinction

by Phoenix Fund
Help Save Last 30 Amur Leopards from Extinction
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(c) Phoenix Fund

Thanks to your support the team continued to safeguard the Amur leopard habitat in the reported months. Below we present you a detailed report on their work.

In February, the team carried out 25 anti-poaching patrols to protect the Land of the Leopard National Park. In total, the team covered about 250 km. During the month, the rangers focused on conducting foot patrols and monitoring of forest fires. As a result, the rangers managed to detect a few incipient fires and immediately extinguish them.

While patrolling on foot along the Poima River, the rangers spotted a lot of ungulates, namely roe deer, deer, wild boars and discovered an artificial salt-lick. It was decided to put this area under observation in order to prevent any violations there.

In mid-February, the team received information about illegal logging. The rangers used a quadcopter to detect and take photos of illegal logging sites.

In mid-February, the temperature rose from minus 6 degrees Celsius (21.2 °F) to 8 degrees Celsius above zero (47 °F). The Khasan district was hit by strong winds with a maximum speed of 18 meters per second. It led to a series of ignitions. Thanks to joint efforts by rangers and rescue service staffers, all fires were extinguished.

In late February, during a foot patrol, the rangers found the remains of a dead animal which allegedly was killed by a poacher. Also, some signs of campfires and human presence were discovered. It was decided to put this area under regular observation by the team and make ambushes there.  

In March, the team carried out 24 anti-poaching patrols to protect the Land of the Leopard National Park. The team was detecting, responding and monitoring forest fires. From the beginning till mid-March, the rangers detected forest fires almost every day. Also, some fires that started right on the territory of the national park were put out promptly. Some fires were also extinguished with snow which fell on those areas in mid-March. The snow significantly reduced forest fires, but fire outbreaks continued to occur. The team conducted foot patrols and night ambushes.

After shooting practice on Bamburovsky firing range, some ignitions occurred in the Land of the Leopard National Park. Upon arrival at the scene of an emergency, the rangers discovered that a manual barrier was destroyed, and access to the protected area was opened. The fire was put out immediately.

During a foot patrol on March 23, the team found an abandoned building with dead little deer. No signs of gunshot wounds on the body of the dead animal were discovered. Probably, the animal got there accidently and could not find its way out because of high walls of the building.

Between March 25 and 27, the rangers attended a drone seminar and refreshed their knowledge of basic rules for drone flights, learned about special programs that help use drones at night, and conducted test flights at various weather conditions.

In April, the team carried out 25 anti-poaching patrols to protect the Land of the Leopard National Park. During the month, the rangers paid special attention to foot patrols and ambushes. Also, the team continued fire monitoring on the territory of the national park.

When patrolling on foot near the Barabashevka River, the rangers discovered new places where trespassers entered the park. No signs of illegal activity were found.

When patrolling in the vicinity to Filippovka village, the rangers also discovered new places where local people entered the national park.

Later on, while patrolling near Filippovka village, the rangers found a deer skin. It was decided to take the territory under control. As a result, the rangers carried out foot patrols and mad night ambushes there on a regular basis.

During a foot patrol along the Narva River, the team spotted an Amur tiger. The animal was calm and did not show aggression.

Also, later on, the team encountered with a brown bear. The animal was frightened and run away.

In late April, when the team was patrolling on foot near Bamburoivsky firing range, the rangers found a deer skin and took the territory under control.

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(c) LOLNP

In December, the team continued patrolling the assigned territory, mostly near Filippovka and Bamburovo villages and Narvinsky firing range in order to prevent and reveal poaching. The rangers carried out 27 patrols. In total, the team covered about 200 km on foot.

During the month, the team patrolled the area on a regular basis, but no violators were apprehended. In the second half of December the team obtained information about poaching at the national park near Bamburovo railway station. However, when patrolling the territory, no signs of illegal entry were found.

With record drought and warm temperatures prevailed in December, strong winds increased forest fire risk in the national park. The team monitored the territory on a regular basis and was on the alert.

No conflict cases with tigers, leopards or other predators were recorded.

In January, the team carried out 25 anti-poaching patrols to protect the Land of the Leopard National Park. In total, the team covered about 250 km. During patrols, the rangers patrolled park grounds by vehicle and on foot, enforced park rules and regulations, and issued citations on violators. In January, the team paid special attention to the par areas adjoining human settlements and made sure that visitors were not involved in any illegal activities in the park. Mostly, the rangers patrolled near Bamburovsky firing range, Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve, and Narvinsky firing range. Also, the team made night ambushes.

While patrolling near Bamburovsky firing range, a group of people was apprehended for illegal presence in the park and taken to Khasansky police office for further investigation. The apprehended people were suspected to be involved in poaching. Moreover, during the apprehension the men threatened park rangers. A criminal case was initiated according to Article 258 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

When patrolling on foot near Bamburovsky firing range, the team discovered an artificial salt-lick and decided to make an ambush there in order to detain violators. No person was spotted there.

In January, the team took part in the Fourth Tiger Habitat Ranger Competition organised by WWF in China. Among the participants, there were 17 teams including 51 rangers from the protected areas of Heilongjiang and Jilin in China and Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia.

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

We are glad to report that poachers took a summer break and don't enter the territory of the Land of the Leopard. 

From July through mid September, the team of central subordination continued patrolling the assigned territory. In all, the team conducted 51 anti-poaching patrols.

In the beginning of July, the team conducted a number of joint patrols with border guards. No violations were revealed. On July 17, during one of those patrols tiger tracks were discovered near the frontier post.

In August, a number of big typhoons caused a rise in water level. Given that, fish poachers appeared on the rivers. Two administrative citations were issued upon violators on the Brusya and Narva rivers. On August 22, during a foot patrol between Filippovka and Primorsky villages the rangers discovered quad bike tyre tracks and took measures to prevent illegal entry by violators.

In the end of August, the team mostly patrolled along the Narva river. During one of such patrols, the rangers apprehended a man from Slavyanka town and issued an administrative citation. Also, while patrolling along the Brusya river, the team discovered and removed two fishing nets.

Taking into account that chum salmon in large numbers enter the rivers in Khasan district in September, the team conducted patrols mostly along the spawning rivers, namely Barabashevka, Narva, Poima, Brysya, Kedrovka and others.

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

From April through mid-June, the team performed the full spectrum of law enforcement activities in Land of the Leopard National Park with your support that allowed us to provide patrol support, fuel, field allowance and necessary equipment. The rangers protected the assigned area by detecting and investigating criminal activity and apprehending violators. The rangers carried out 62 anti-poaching patrols. In total, the team covered about 585 km on foot. Eleven tiger tracks were discovered near human settlements: near Ovchinnikovo village, near Filippovka village, and near the Narva River.

In late March, a new staff member Mikhail Rubei joined the team. In April, the most attention was paid to new artificial salt-licks discovered in Land of the Leopard National Park and Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve. Sings of human presence were found only at a salt-lick near Strelkovy stream. In order to check salt-licks in hard-to-access areas the rangers used quad bikes. .

In May, special attention was paid to the territories near human settlements, namely Barabash, Ovchinnikovo, Filippovka, and Bamburovo villages and near the Narva River. When patrolling the territory of Kedrovaya Pad near Barabash village, the rangers detained a man for unauthorized presence.

In the reported period, there were a number of forest fires, and the team was involved in firefighting actions. In order to define fire location and its size, the team used a quadcopter. Fortunately, the fire-hazardous season is over and the team will have a break from fire-fighting till fall. In summer the number of poachers and other violators is also coming down, however the rangers will continue patrolling the protected territory to ensure safety of the rare Amur leopards.

Camera traps at the Land of the Leopard are regularly capturing Amur leopards in different areas and circumstances. The camera traps show us the growing leopard population, new cubs and new couples. And this is the best confirmation that our joint efforts are effective. Thank you for your support of Amur leopard conservation and our work!

(c) Land of the Leopard NP
(c) Land of the Leopard NP
(c) Land of the Leopard NP
(c) Land of the Leopard NP
(c) Land of the Leopard NP
(c) Land of the Leopard NP
(c) Land of the Leopard NP
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(c) Land of the Leopard NP
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Location: Vladivostok, Primorski Krai - Russia
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