The Zov Tigra National Park — the name of which translates from Russian to mean "Roar of the Tiger" — is the first protected area of its kind in Russia's Far East. The 200,000-acre park, established in 2008, protects the tiger's habitat while simultaneously allowing for nature tourism. The biodiversity in the Park have no analogues in any other protected area of the Russian Far East: as many as 57 rare and endangered plant species and six mammals, listed in the Red Book, inhabit the protected area. According to the census, there are 4 resident Amur tigers in the national park. Also, 4 more tigers visit the protected area on a regular basis.
In order to improve anti-poaching efforts in the Park, in 2011 Phoenix came to an agreement with protected area's director to introduce Monitoring Information System of Law-enforcement Monitoring (MIST LEM) in the park and train the inspectors to work with it. During the training session in June 2011 the inspectors of Zov Tigra National Park learned how to work with GPS units, collect MIST data and enter the data into the MIST database. After a field-testing in July, on August 1st MIST was officially launched in Zov Tigra National Park.
From January through December 2011 the protected area was patrolled by a mobile anti-poaching team and inspectors who were on duty at the inspectors’ stations. All in all, the teams of Zov Tigra National Park conducted 68 anti-poaching patrols and the inspectors on duty carried out 508 patrols.9,424 km was covered during foot patrols and 7,804 km during vehicle patrols; 43 citations were issued; 6 fires put out.
We are glad to report that the Phoenix Fund is satisfied with the overall results of law-enforcement work conducted during the year in "Zov Tigra". It ensures good protection of Amur tigers, their habitat and pray.
We would like to express our gratitude to all our GlobalGiving donors for generous support of our project aimed at Amur tiger conservation in the Russian Far East. With your support we managed to increase capacity of the anti-poaching teams to reduce poaching activities, enhance wildlife and habitat protection.
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