Project #8358

Help Tiger Rehabilitation Center in Russia

by Phoenix Fund
Filippa (c) PRNCO "Tiger Center"
Filippa (c) PRNCO "Tiger Center"

The Amur tigers Vladik and Filippa, whose rehabilitation you've generously supported, are getting ready for the release into the wild in late April this year!

Both tigers have successfuly undergone a full course of rehabilitation at the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in the village of Alekseyevka and will stay there until their release. The specialists say that the two big cats have got used to each other and even become friends.

Their behavior also shows that they are ready for a free life in the wild: they successfully hunt large hoofed animals and remain cautious towards people.

Vladik the tiger was captured in October 2016 in Vladivostok, and Filippa was found in the winter of 2015. The two tigers were emaciated when they were found by the employees of the Primorye Territory Department of Hunting Supervision. Both animals are perfectly healthy now.

The researchers plan to constantly monitor the life and condition of the animals by tracking them with GPS collars, which the tigers have already got accustomed to. 

Vladik (c) PRNCO "Tiger Center"
Vladik (c) PRNCO "Tiger Center"
Vladik (c) PRNCO "Tiger Center"
Vladik (c) PRNCO "Tiger Center"
Filippa (c) PRNCO "Tiger Center"
Filippa (c) PRNCO "Tiger Center"
Injured tiger cub (c) PRNCO Tiger Centre
Injured tiger cub (c) PRNCO Tiger Centre

We have received the recent updates from the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (PRNCO «Tiger Centre» in Alekseevka village, Primorsky krai) where four tigers are kept now, and we want to share the news with you:

On January 13, a tiger cub with a serious gunshot wound to its head was found in Pozharsky district of Primorye. Primorsky Hunting Management Department specialists immediately arrived on the scene and took the animal to the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (PRNO “Centre Tiger”) in Alekseevka village, where veterinarians were struggling for its life for several days. The examination proved it to be a 5 or 7-month-old male tiger. Specialists noted that the tiger cub was well-fed, with no signs of dehydration. 

“Many people were shocked by the latest events with tigers in the Ussuriiskaya taiga, especially by the story with a tiger cub from Pozharsky district of Primorye that was sheltered by the rehab centre on January 14, 2017. During two weeks, the animal was in critical but stable condition. Every day the cub was on the medications. After the second veterinary checkup was conducted, we can say that the animal’s condition is stable. Positive changes are recorded every day. Despite a serious trauma to its eye, the tiger did not lose his eyesight; broken upper jaw bones grow properly back together, the animal has a good appetite and began to express natural behaviour. Taking into account the cub’s condition on the 15th day of rehabilitation, we hope that it will have chance to be released back into the wild. Besides us, our “residents” are keeping an eye on the tiger cub too.  Of course, they cannot see their new neighbour yet as he is kept at the isolated quarantine unit, but they can hear him for sure.

The nearest neighbour to the cub is young tigress Lazovka which was found without its mother in Lazovsky district of Primorye and sheltered by the Centre in December 2016. She is adapting to her first open-air enclosure. During the month, the tigress successfully preyed on rabbits numerous times which means that she develops hunting skills.


Also in January, Lazovka got acquainted with our adult tigers – tigress Fillya and tiger Vladik. Although they can see each other only through the wire mesh fencing that separates their enclosures, it is very important for them. At the junction of three enclosures, there is bare ground where snow melted indicating that the animals lie and rest there keeping watch over each other for a long time. As a rule, they prefer communicating at twilight.

Tigers Fillya and Vladik headed into the homestretch: they are perfect hunters and remain fearful of people. All they have to do is to wait for spring when they are to be returned into the wild. We express our deep gratitude to all our partners and supporters for their help in conserving these rare animals”, says Centre’s specialist Ekaterina Blidchenko.

On 25th of January the tiger cub, that had been found seriously injured in Pozharsky district, was operated at the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in Alekseevka village. Now, the cub has shrunk from danger.

Although it is more than likely that there is no need for additional surgery, the cub will have to go through a long process of recovery and rehabilitation and will need your help!





Tigress Lazovka (c) PRNCO Tiger Centre
Tigress Lazovka (c) PRNCO Tiger Centre
Tiger Vladik (c) PRNCO Tiger Centre
Tiger Vladik (c) PRNCO Tiger Centre

Early in the morning on 16 December, a five-month-old tigress was captured in Primorye. The cub wandered alone around the village of Lazo for two weeks and it was decided to catch the orphaned tigress. Employees of the Primorsky Hunting Management Department and the United Directorate of the Lazovsky Nature Reserve and Zov Tigra National Park were in charge of the capture. The tiger was transferred to the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (PRNCO “Tiger Centre”) in the village of Alekseyevka, and will remain there for at least a year.

Experts had been watching the female tiger since 30 November, the day when they received information from local residents. The tiger was first spotted near a dump where she was looking for food. Experts made the decision to capture the cub after it became clear that her mother would not come for her. Such young Amur tiger cubs cannot hunt by themselves and would starve to death.

After rescuing the cub, experts from the Lazovsky Nature Reserve continue their search for her mother and monitor the area using camera traps.

Let us remind you that at the moment thanks to your support, the rehabilitation centre provides rehabilitation care to Vladik, a male tiger, and Filippa, a female tiger, who were also captured in residential areas near Vladivostok.

Let us wish you happy holidays and say how grateful we are to have supporters like you! May the holiday spirit be with you and your family throughout the New Year.





(c) PRNCO "Tiger Centre"
(c) PRNCO "Tiger Centre"

Dear supporters! We are sorry for some technical problems we had with our projects here. But now, thanks to the amazing team at GlobalGiving, we can continue informing you about Amur tigers' conservation and about the daily routine of the rehabilitation center.

The newest arrival at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of Tiger (PRNCO “Tiger Centre”) is a young tiger captured by workers from the Primorye Territory Hunting Supervision Department at Shamora Bay, within the Vladivostok city limits. The tiger was first spotted on 8 October, while he was crossing a road near the town of Artyom. He then spent several days roaming around Vladivostok. On the night of October 20, 2016, the tiger was finally captured. Numerous reports about tiger sightings by witnesses and videos of tiger crossing a federal highway from car video recorders proved the presence of predator near residential area.

An initial veterinary inspection of the tiger found him to be a male of around 18 months to two years old, with a weight of 140 kilogrammes, normal for this age, and no signs of external illnesses. The centre’s specialists took samples for more detailed analyses and put the tiger in quarantine until the results came through.

After spending a month in the Center the tiger’s quarantine period was over, he took a course of vaccinations and deworming. Before the tiger was transferred to the extensive rehabilitation enclosure of 1.2 hectares, he has been fitted with a satellite collar. The collar was put on to test the new model. In addition to GPS unit the collar is equipped with a small video camera. While the tiger is in the cage, it is possible to observe how "comfortable" the new model of the collar is for predator. This allows selecting the optimal model of the collar before tiger’s release back into the wild.

The experts now have to work out just how the tiger ended up in settled areas and draw up a plan for the animal’s rehabilitation. This will require conducting tests to analyze the tiger’s behaviour in the presence of humans and assess his hunting capabilities. For now, the tiger has been avoiding contact with humans and hides himself successfully. If the tests reveal no problems, the tiger will be returned to the wild.

(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund

Dear supporters! Let us share with you one of the most spectacular Amur tiger conservation actions there is - a Tiger Day held in Vladivostok.

The Tiger Day Festival began in 2000, when the Phoenix Fund took up an idea of children’s writer and game keeper Vladimir Troinin who celebrated the holiday in remote village schools for a few years. Phoenix offered the Far Eastern Branch of WWF to hold jointly the festival in Vladivostok, and so it happened with support from Vladivostok City Administration. In 2001, Tiger Day was officially announced as city festival, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) joined the Festival Organizing Committee. On September 25, 2016, about 15 thousand guests and citizens of Vladivostok took part in celebration of the 17th anniversary of Tiger Day.

Visit our web-site to take a look at the holiday

(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund
(c) Phoenix Fund



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Phoenix Fund

Location: Vladivostok, Primorski Krai - Russia
Website: http:/​/​​en/​
Project Leader:
Sergei Bereznuk
Vladivostok, Primorsky krai Russia

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