Project #8358

Help Tiger Rehabilitation Center in Russia

by Phoenix Fund

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


Filippa in the enclosure (c) Tiger Center
Filippa in the enclosure (c) Tiger Center

The administration of Jewish Autonomous Region approved the location of the release of the rehabilitated tigress Filippa in May 2017 on their territory! Tiger’s releases will help speed up the formation of a sustainable Amur tiger habitat in the territory of the Jewish Autonomous Region.

Filippa has undergone a regular medical check-up at the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals. Specialists assessed Filippa’s health, measured her body and took blood samples. The results showed that the tigress is in good health. She is very active and has acquired the skills vital for predators.

“The tigress has successfully learnt to avoid humans, which, aside from being able to hunt on her own, is a necessary condition for her potential return to the wild,” Yekaterina, a senior researcher at Land of the Leopard National Park and zoologist at the PRNCO “Tiger Center”, said commenting on the examination’s results.

Filippa’s “passport” has also been compiled. It will help researchers to identify her among other tigers in the future. If her rehabilitation proceeds smoothly, she may be ready to return to the wild in a year, scientists say.

In the meantime, tiger specialists have to determine the optimum release place by conducting a survey of the area and create social project on rehabilitation of stable tiger population. During the seven-month period the “Tiger Center” specialists will conduct a retrospective analysis of the Amur tiger habitat in the region, identify the most suitable release site to avoid future conflicts with humans. In addition, it is necessary to analyze the available prey base and identify tiger breeding areas ensuring sustainable existence of the predator groups. An important component of a successful release will be the preparation of the local population. It is planned to develop and produce educational publications for residents of the area explaining the feasibility of restoring Amur tiger numbers and the rules of human behavior in tiger habitat.

Another happy ending for one orphaned tiger cub becomes possible thanks to your support! Every donated dollar ensures the good health of the tigress in the rehabilitation center and builds a bridge for her new life in the wild. We are now collecting funds to perform all the necessary surveys and pre-release arrangements to make sure Filippa will like her new home.  

The tigress was just four month old when she was found by a resident of Filippovka, a village in the Khasan District in Primorye, in winter 2015.  The emaciated cub was immediately taken to the rehabilitation “Tiger Center”, where she has been under observation ever since.


Weighing (c) Land of the Leopard NP
Weighing (c) Land of the Leopard NP
Medical check-up (c) Land of the Leopard NP
Medical check-up (c) Land of the Leopard NP
Cages for tiger transportation (c) Tiger Center
Cages for tiger transportation (c) Tiger Center


Great news for all of our supporters who contributed to Amur tigers' rehabilitation through GlobalGiving: tigers Boris and Svetlaya seem to be having a good time in each others company. Friends will be friends!

Recently, unique photos of tigers released in 2014 have been received from Zhuravliny Wildlife Refuge, Jewish Autonomous Province. The tigers Boris and Svetlaya have been seeing each other frequently! They relax and move around their territorial range together. It indicates that the tigers contact with each other not only for the purposes of mating; they are keeping their close relationship during the year. This fact shows that the social structure of the tiger is more complicated than it was considered earlier.

Monitoring activities are carried out by specialists of the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals, Hunting Management Department of Jewish Autonomous Province, Wildlife Conservation Society, A.N Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution (Russian Academy of Sciences), Bastak and Khingansky nature reserves thanks to your support! So we thought you would like to take a look at those photos.



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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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