Project #8358

Help Tiger Rehabilitation Center in Russia

by Phoenix Fund

We would like to inform our supporters that on April 12, residents of Filippovka village in Primorye have finally chosen a name for the female tiger they had rescued a few months ago! The majority voted to name the six-month-old female tiger Filippa after their village. The tigress is now living in the rehabilitation center and awaits her release into the wild. 

“This event is an amazing instance of neighbourly cooperation between the Land of the Leopard national park and the locals. Filippa’s rescue is a story of how residents of the village and major organisations such as Land of the Leopard and the Amur Tiger Rehabilitation Centre teamed up for the sake of our common goal – preserving the Red Data Book animal,” told deputy director for tourism and environmental education at Land of the Leopard, Zilya.

On the night of 29 December, a man found an Amur tiger cub near his house in Filippovka in the Khasan District of Primorye. He reported the find to Land of the Leopard National Park. The park’s employees took the cub to the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in the village of Alekseyevka in the Primorye Territory.

Filippa is getting along well. She is diligently honing her skills and seems to be no longer upset over the loss of her mother. If the rehabilitation process is a success, Filippa will be released back into the wild. But full rehabilitation will take around a year and a half, until she turns into an adult female tiger.

Information was kindly provided by Land of the Leopard National Park and The Amur Tiger Programme web-site.

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

On December 30, specialists of Land of the Leopard National Park reportedly have rescued a 4-month-old tiger cub that appeared for unknown reasons without its mother on a farmer’s yard in Filippovka village, Khasan district of Primorye. At present, the emaciated animal is kept at the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in Alekseevka village.


A villager informed the specialists of the Land of the Leopard National Park about the endangered tiger cub. Searching for food, the tiger appeared on the man’s vegetable garden where domestic dogs attacked the young predator. Luckily, the man managed to part the animals and save the endangered tiger cub. Immediately, he informed about the incident and although the case occurred in the middle of the night, a group of specialists from Land of the Leopard National Park, Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (Centre) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) went to the place. Taking into account that the tiger cub was extremely exhausted and was injured by dogs, it was decided to place it at an isolation quarantine unit of the Centre in Alekseevka.


During the first two weeks the young tigress was kept in a heated quarantine room and got balanced food. The measures yielded the result: health of the animal considerably improved and in this connection a decision was made of its readiness for a planned vaccination against most widespread cat's infections. The procedure was carried out remotely using the equipment for immobilization of wild animals.


In the opening day of the open-air cage the tigress showed an extremely cautious behavior peculiar to a wild animal. Peeping shortly out, she looked around, but soon returned to the room. As specialists of the Center for rehabilitation expected, the predator decided to go outside only at night. Having estimated the pluses of open air, the tigress doesn't come back to the heated quarantine block for more than a day. The tiger cub uses bush thickets in the open-air cage corner as a temporary shelter for supervision over the rabbits.


"The tigress will need some time for adaptation in the open-air cage, - says Ekaterina Blidchenko, senior research associate of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Land of the Leopard”, zoologist of the Centre for rehabilitation and reintroduction of tigers and other rare animals (“TIGER Centre”). – The first day in the open-air cage the tigress preferred to be in bush thickets and didn't come out to an open space at all. However, in a few days the predator started moving all over the open-air cage. Since at the slightest excitement she hides in the bush thicket, feeding will be carried out in twilight time: in the evening the tigress feels more surely. So far the place of feeding remains the same – in the heated compartment, so that the cub understands that it can always return here to get warm".

We want to thank our supporters for the generous donations that help us feed and take care of the poor tiger cub. Hopefully, after rehabilitation the tigress will be returned back into the wild and join other successfully resqued tigers!

(c) Land of the Leopard NP
(c) Land of the Leopard NP
(c) V. Kuzmenko
(c) V. Kuzmenko
(c) V. Kuzmenko
(c) V. Kuzmenko
(c) V. Kuzmenko
(c) V. Kuzmenko
(c) V. Kuzmenko
(c) V. Kuzmenko


The Russian Academy of Sciences permanent expedition for the monitoring of animals from the Russian Red Data Book and other rare species of the Russian fauna reported that Amur tigers Borya and Svetlaya met in the Zhuravliny Sanctuary in the Jewish Autonomous Region on 19 December. Scientists are monitoring the predators with the help of GPS tracking collars.

Six orphaned tiger cubs were released into the wild in 2013-2014 after special training at the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers in the village of Alexeyevka  (Primorye Territory) as part of the programme to restore the Amur tiger population that became successful thanks to your support through GlobalGiving! One of the tigers, the tigress Zolushka, who was released in the Bastak Nature Reserve, has already given birth to several cubs after meeting tiger Zavetny. This proved that the right technology for restoring populations of rare wild cats had been devised by the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Scientists said that Borya and Svetlaya were also forming a pair bond. Borya together with two other orphaned cubs, Kuzya and Ilona, were released in the Amur Region by President Vladimir Putin in May 2014. A month later, Svetlaya and Ustin were released in the Jewish Autonomous Region.

The tigress Svetlaya stayed alone in the Zhuravliny Sanctuary and the surrounding area. Borya at first didn’t wander far from the Zhelundinsky Sanctuary, where he had been set free. But this October, the tiger began moving more freely around the Amur Region and came to the Zhuravliny Sanctuary in November. Since then, Borya and Svetlaya followed the same routes, left their marks in the same places, and went to each other’s hunting areas. In the past 10 days, their routes covered the same 100 sq km and finally they met. Within three days, the tigers have travelled a distance of 4 km and have been hunting successfully.

Data from GPS tracking collars allows scientists to see how Amur tiger reintroduction is progressing (how well they can hunt in the wild, how they avoid clashes with humans, and how they breed) and also to gain new important information about tiger biology.

This is another great news that shows that our common project makes a difference and you loyal support helps to reintroduce tigers back into the wild where they have all the chances to give birth to healthy cubs and contribute to population recovery.


Cinderella with her cubs
Cinderella with her cubs

Our dear friends and supporters!

We are excited to share with you happy news of well-known Cinderella the tigress that have become a mom this year! We received this amazing news today from Vyacheslav Rozhnov, Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution.

We would like to remind you that a 6-month tigress was found in February 2012 in Southwest Primorye, Russian Far East. The animal was taken to the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in Alekseevka village where she received appropriate medical treatment thanks to your generous donations. Cinderella underwent rehabilitation at the centre, was taught to hunt and avoid danger. In early 2013, it was decided to release the tigress back into the wild in Bastak Nature Reserve (Jewish Autonomous Province) where a male tiger named Zavetny (Cherished) roamed. Such a decision was not unanimous as some tiger experts had doubts about her ability to survive in the wild. Today we can unequivocally declare that they had unreasonable doubts because the story successfully developed! The tigress not only adapted very well in the protected area, but also gave birth to her first litter.

The project has ended with wonderful results thanks to joint efforts by the specialists from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Phoenix Fund, Inspection Tiger, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Bastak Nature Reserve and our loyal supporters from all over the world. We would like to thank everyone who helped rehabilitate the tigress. This project has proved that joint efforts can bring significant and incredible results.



(c) Land of the Leopard National Park
(c) Land of the Leopard National Park

The victim of poachers, Amur leopard Leo 80M is taking the final stage of rehabilitation, after which he will be ready to be released into the wild nature. This conclusion has been reached by experts of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Land of the Leopard National Park.

The male of the rarest big cat of the world was found in the territory of the National Park “Land of the Leopard” close to the border with China in June 2015. He had lost three fingers on the front paw hitting a poacher’s trap. The animal underwent surgery, and then began to recover quickly. Soon, relocation of the animal took place to an enclosure of the Center for rehabilitation and reintroduction of tigers and other rare animals. For almost three months, experts have been watching behaviour of the leopard and how the leopard is hunting to determine whether he is ready to return to the wild.
The future of leopard became the central issue of the Scientific and Technical Council of the “Land of the Leopard” meeting this week. In addition to the Council members, experts in the behavior of cats were invited to attend, as well as representatives of the environmental authorities of Primorsky region. Specialist of the Center for rehabilitation Ekaterina Blidchenko told the audience about observations of the predator. According to her, in spite of the injured paw, the predator has no problems with hunting and has already shown good skills.

“The leopard is physically well developed, has instant reaction and will, most likely, have no problems with hunting - said Ekaterina Blidchenko. – The injured paw did not prevent him from climbing trees in the enclosure, exploring his territory. It is also important that he is a self-confident beast. He knows how to make decisions quickly and perfectly adapts to the new conditions. This means that the leopard will be able to compete with other leopards in the wild”.

At the same time Ekaterina noted that before release into the wild nature the leopard must undergo correction of undesirable behavior. This means that in order to secure an adequate for the animal fear of man, a step by step training course to be developed to prepare the beast for the wild nature. It may include scaring the animal with flares, loud noises and other methods.

Sixteen members of the Council present at the meeting have unanimously agreed that leopard Leo 80M must be returned to the wild. At the same time, the final decision of the animal’s future will be made by the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources (Rosprirodnadzor). Prior to its obtaining, experts of the Council of the “Land of the Leopard” will determine the best time to release the rare carnivore to the nature and will also approve a series of measures to be taken in advance. Among them is a plan for monitoring movement of the leopard using a satellite collar, specification of the people responsible for this work and other organizational matters.

These are such a great news for all of our supporters who help us to maintain such rare animals in the Rehabilitation Center! Thanks to you, another rare cat that had a missfortune to suffer from humans will get a chance for a free life in natural habitat!

As you know, we always try to find new ways to ensure the survival of the rare Amur leopards and look for fund to implement our conservation projects in the field. We are very grateful for your support of our effort through GlobalGiving and we want to ask you for another favor!

Please vote for our project ‘Saving Amur leopards, Russia's Far East’ at

The voting has already started and will last online for two weeks.

We would be grateful if you also spread the word and let us get more supporters.



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Location: Vladivostok, Primorski Krai - Russia
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Sergei Bereznuk
Vladivostok, Primorsky krai Russia

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