Project name: Amur Tiger Conservation in Russia (This project is implemented by the Phoenix Fund and is funded by Kolmarden.)
Location: Zov Tigra National Park
Goal: To recover Amur tiger and prey populations the project presupposes strengthening anti-poaching efforts and tiger habitat protection in Primorye, Russian Far East.
Objective 1: Stable number of Amur tigers and other wildlife in Zov Tigra National Park;
Objective 2: Improved protection of the Amur tigers, its habitat and prey species in Zov Tigra National Park;
Objective 3: Increased capacity of the protected area.
Background: Russian protected areas contain approximately 70 tigers (2% of the world’s tiger population). However protected areas as source sites deserve disproportionate attention, even in Russia where they represent a small proportion of tiger habitat. If we want to stop the decline in tiger numbers and to double the world’s tiger population, in accordance with the Global Tiger Recovery Program agreed to at the International Tiger Forum in St. Petersburg in 2010, protected areas are the places to start. Protection of these areas is a pragmatic and achievable goal for conservationists because these sites already: have breeding tigers; are of a size that is practical to effectively protect; have existing conservation infrastructure; have a legal mandate for protection; and have the potential to repopulate larger landscapes. Immediate and sustained efforts to reinforce and intensify protection and monitoring of these sites is critical and standards on monitoring need to be adopted range-wide.
Phoenix has been co-operating fruitfully with Zov Tigra National Park since its establishment in 2008 and is ready to assist in their efforts to keep tiger and prey numbers stable. The anti-poaching teams of the Park prevent/reveal violations of protection regime, gather all tips concerning supposed tiger traders, dealers or orders for tiger skin, if there is any, and forward this information to relevant agencies (customs, police).