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New Rangers’ Center will help to help protect tiger habitats from poachers

15 november 2018
The first Rangers’ Center began to work in the state nature reserve Ile-Balkhash, which the locals named “the Tigers’”. It is fully equipped for the temporary residence of operational teams and researchers. The project was implemented with the support of WWF Russia.

“Back in May, we were staying here with tents, and there was no one except poachers around for a few hours of driving,” recalls the director of the Central Asian Program of WWF Russia, Grigory Mazmaniants. “Now there is a tower, a garage, warehouses, a house where rangers live, a boom gate is installed, and even landscaping is being carried out.”

Nine persons can comfortably be accommodated in the Center at the same time. There is hot water, a kitchen, a toilet, a shower and even a solar power station. Warehouses are located on the territory, including for fuel, combustive and lubricating materials, there is a motorboat in the garage, and snowmobiles will appear in the near future. Communication is provided by radio stations and a 30-meter tower.

(c) WWF России

“The rangers’ centers are a vital infrastructure for organizing a proper protection of the territory of the Pribalkhash cluster, that is more than 356 thousand hectares,” comments Grigory Mazmaniants. - After all, it is impossible to carry each time equipment, food, means of transport, fuel for hundreds of kilometers. I am sure that with the help of the new Center it will be possible to protect at least a half of the site from poaching. Soon we will build the second one and  will close this part of the reserve completely”.

The Ile-Balkhash Reserve was created in order to restore the ecosystems suitable for tiger as major habitats. The striped predator's reintroduction program is developed with a goal to return tigers, that had disappeared from here more than half a century ago. The work is carried out within the framework of the Memorandum between WWF and the Government of Kazakhstan on the implementation of a Tiger reintroduction program in Central Asia, signed in September 2017. The project is designed for 20 years. The first release of striped predators is preliminary scheduled for 2025.

Photo: (c) Maxim Levitin / WWF Russia.

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