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VTB and WWF support the Rehab Center “TIGR” in Primorye

01 march 2021
Thanks to the joint project of VTB and WWF Russia, the Center for the Rehabilitation “TIGR” received an ISUZU pickup truck and a Yamaha Grizzly ATV with complete set and a trailer for its transportation for effective work on the rehabilitation of large predators and mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts.
“We regularly have to go on long distances to resolve conflicts with predators, and these are most often remote taiga corners and swamps with no access and roads. Therefore, both the car and the quad bike are very helpful and were specially chosen taking into account our requirements. Technique and equipment from VTB and WWF, which we received earlier and now, is used in works to minimize conflicts between humans and wild animals, track their further movement and monitor the situation with released tigers in Evreiskaya province,” says Victor Kuzmenko, the head of the Rehab Center “TIGR”.
New equipment for the Rehab Center
Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia
“The Rehab Center “TIGR” is a public organization which needs systematic and regular funding. At present, WWF Russia provides support both for keeping individual animals at the Center, and also basic funding such as the construction and maintenance of enclosures, power supply, the purchase of fuels and special equipment. For this task, among other things, 1.5 million rubles are allocated for the Center annually. With the support of WWF, a special infrastructure has been created at the Rehabilitation Center for red listed storks and cranes, as well as work with conflict animals, their transportation and treatment,” comments Pavel Fomenko, senior coordinator of rare species conservation unit at WWF Russia Amur branch.

Since 2017, thanks to the cooperation of WWF Russia with VTB for the conservation of rare predators, equipment at the amount of almost 38 million rubles was purchased for tiger range protected areas and hunting supervision services – cameratraps, cars, ATVs, snowmobiles, car trailers, electric generators, boats and outboard motors. All machinery and equipment is used for its intended purpose and is recorded as the property of the organizations to which it was handed over.

Comments Peter Osipov, director of WWF Russia Amur branch: “VTB’s contribution to the projects for rare species conservation is very significant. All equipment serves nature conservation purposes, and the greatest results are stable and growing tiger numbers in the Russian Far East, increased protection of key areas for the predator, effective resolution of conflict situations and the rehabilitation of rare predators".
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