Protect Amur tigers this autumn

By 27th September 2020News

Help us protect Amur tigers and their taiga forest home in the Russian Far East and northeast China. 500 – 550 adult tigers are estimated to live across this region and though numbers are increasing, the population is still fragile. Please do donate today to protect one of the world’s most charismatic species. 

Illegal hunting of the tiger’s prey, including deer and wild boar, remains the main threat to the survival of the Amur tiger. Autumn is hunting season for prey species and hunters may accidentally injure or kill a tiger while pursuing deer or other game animals. Amur tigers thrive in protected areas with plenty of prey species, but protected areas with plenty of deer also attract illegal hunting. 

The work of antipoaching patrols at this time is crucial to deter and intercept potential poachers tp protect Amur tigers. Using SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) to collect patrol data gives the park authorities the information to understand entry points and hunting hotspots. Using all terrain vehicles gives the rangers the ability to travel across the wide wild landscapes. Using hidden remote sensing cameras as “eyes in the forest” helps provide evidence for prosecutions. 

How can we use your donation?
  • £7 – daily rations per ranger
  • £25 – lightweight boots
  • £85 – heavyweight boots  
  • £62 – summer uniform 
  • £ 123 – winter uniform
  • £25 – summerweight sleeping bag
  • £92 – winterweight sleeping bag 
  • £25 – hat, socks, gloves, sunglasses 
  • £242 – Garmin GPS unit 

The last weekend in September marks Tiger Day in Russia These two days highlight the most burning issues of tiger conservation and engage people in working towards securing the Amur tiger’s future in the wild. The celebrations in Vladivostok last year involved 15,000 people out on the streets parading dressed as tigers. At the city’s central square theatrical performances, contests and entertainment engaged people directly in the issues surrounding coexistence with this top predator. 

This year towns and cities across the Russian Far East plan to celebrate on 26th-27th September, but this year it will take a very different form due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Mass gatherings are prohibited so Phoenix Fund has taken the celebrations online with three Instagram competitions for Russian residents amongst the activities.

Find out more about the Amur tiger in our resources section 

Taiga forest – home to the Amur tiger  © Alexander Ratnikov

Wild boar ©  ZSL

Intercepting an illegal entry into the protected area © Phoenix Fund