Russian Project

Russian Project - Tigers of the Russian Far East

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the subsequent relaxation of border controls, the Russian Far East has become a major source of illegal wildlife products to satisfy the consumer markets across the border, especially in China. By the winter of 1993, officials estimated that 60 rare Amur tigers were being poached every year and that numbers had crashed to fewer than 100 due to a loss of habitat, prey base and poaching.

Working with other international NGO's TigerTime supports anti-poaching operations with vital equipment such as snowmobiles, radios, jeeps, fuel and rations and paying informants. Funding also supports a strong and growing educational awareness programme (which has reached over 40,000 children), community work, environmental workshops and training programmes.

Thanks to international co-operation and our support of this important work the Amur tiger population is now estimated to be c.540 (Tiger range survey 2015).

As well as maintaining annual grants to support Amur tiger conservation we also respond to emergency requests. During the winter of 2013/14 TigerTime and its supporters provided emergency funding to ensure the survival wild boar populations in Anyuisky National Park which in turn ensured that vital Amur tiger populations had plenty to eat. And in 2016, emergency funding helped fund the care of Vladik, a tiger found wandering within Vladivostok's city limits.

With the amazing help of supporters we are currently funding an important conservation project in Primorsky krai to dismantle abandoned logging roads in the south and to clear vital patrol routes destroyed by typhoon Lionrock in the north.

Zhorik, our Amur tiger ambassador and adoption tiger, was rescued from a Russian circus and his care is now paid for by TigerTime and our many dedicated supporters. You can adopt Zhorik here.

NGO Partner: The Phoenix Fund


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