Education  India Project #32565

Education Helps to Save Wild Tigers

by Tigers4Ever
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Education Helps to Save Wild Tigers
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Education Helps to Save Wild Tigers
Education Helps to Save Wild Tigers

Project Report | Feb 21, 2019
New Hope

By Dr. Corinne Taylor-Smith | Project Leader

Reducing Human-Tiger Conflict in Bandhavgarh
Reducing Human-Tiger Conflict in Bandhavgarh

We told you in December how difficult it was proving to raise sufficient funds to meet our target to change the lives of young children living with wild tigers and create the next generation of wild tiger protectors. We are now delighted to say that thanks to a fantastic response from 4 of our supporters we will be able to provide education packs for at least 35 children living with wild tigers, to enable them to go to school in 2019-2020. Although we would dearly love to do more, we are grateful that we can at least help the children in one small village in Bandhavgarh this summer. We are still planning to have some offline fundraising events in April 2019 where we hope to boost donations through face-to-face contact and other fundraising initiatives, before finalising the orders for the education packs for distribution this year.

We also hope that some of our supporters may be planning to give something up for Lent (06 March 2019 – 20 April 2019) this year and maybe get some friends to sponsor their quest whilst fundraising to help us save wild tigers via the new fundraiser page option at GlobalGiving. Please use this link: to set up your own fundraiser page, if you are interested in becoming a Fundraiser for Tigers4Ever and would like to help us to send young children living with wild tigers to school.

Although we have made some fundraising progress for this project over the last few months, we still have some way to go if we are to deliver at least as many education packs to children living with wild tigers as we did in 2018. A further £1116 (US$1496) is still needed if we are to achieve this goal.

We will now turn our attention to identifying a small village which has suffered due to human-animal conflict in recent months; this could be due to loss of crops (raided by herbivores) or loss of livestock (due to predator attacks). Our experience has shown that the villages most affected by persistent human-animal conflict are those most likely to leave out baited (poisoned) meat for predators or set a series of wire traps to halt invading animals in their tracks. Our Anti-Poaching Patrols receive this information too so that they can keep a watchful eye on potential high risk situations for wild tigers. We have also found that providing assistance in affected villages helps inhabitants to love tigers and other wildlife again, thereby reducing the risk of retaliatory actions. This year, we will have to choose our village carefully as distributing education packs to only some children rather than all in a village may have the undesired consequence of inflaming the human-animal conflict situation with the aggrieved parents who can see no benefits of wild tigers as their children have missed out.

As we mentioned in our last report, the impact of this project goes well beyond enabling a number of children to attend school, who may not otherwise have chance. It has an impact on the wider tiger community around Bandhavgarh too, as we source contents for inclusion in the Tigers4Ever education packs from local suppliers around the wild tiger territory, and create employment for those who wrap the education packs and deliver them to our Indian representatives for distribution.

Climate change and some unseasonable weather conditions continue to make life difficult for everyone living in and around Bandhavgarh, including the tigers and other wildlife. These challenges are leading to more instances where humans and wildlife have nothing to eat, thus increasing the likelihood of human-animal conflict as both compete for the same scarce resources. Even without attacks on livestock by predators including tigers and leopards, the villages are plagued by langur monkeys and other animals which raid their crops. Low crop yields leave uneducated villagers with little money for food and few employment prospects, so they turn to picking tendu leaves (for Indian tobacco) and mahua flowers (for the manufacture of local alcohol), and harvest honeycombs from the scarce forest resources. The villagers only make a pittance in income from these dangerous activities whilst the risk of conflict with a tiger or other predator is very high. Villagers earn just Rs.125 (around £1.50/$1.75) for the collection of each 5000 tendu leaves. As previously reported, this puts extreme financial pressures on the poor rural people, so when faced with the prospect of buying basic materials for their children to go to school or feeding the family, the latter always wins, of course.

Education is a vital component of saving wild tigers because humans have the greatest influence on the future survival of tigers in the wild. We also know that educated families have fewer children. We still hope to provide education packs for at least 220 children in the villages around Bandhavgarh in time for the start of the new school year in July 2019, but we will only be able to do this if we can raise sufficient funds, a further £1116 (US$1496) is still needed for this. Remember just £10/$13 will help us to provide education packs for 3 of the youngest group of children living with wild tigers. So, if you a thinking of becoming a Tigers4Ever fundraiser, your challenge can be big or small. If you would like to make a new one-off donation please visit where you can seemany examples of how your donation will help. If you are thinking of helping on a regular basis, matched funds are available from GlobalGiving partners for your donation if you donate for at least 4 months, e.g. a donation of £10 (US$13) per month would be worth £50 (US$65) to Tigers4Ever at month 4, including the bonus matched funds. If you are a taxpayer, living in the UK, you can make an even greater impact by adding Gift Aid to your donation (at no extra cost to you), which would mean with matched funds your £10 monthly donation could be worth £60 to Tigers4Ever after 4 months (including bonus matched funds and Gift Aid); which would enable your donation to have 50% greater impact for wild tigers!

I would like to thank you for your generosity and support on behalf of the wild tigers, which we are keeping safe; on behalf of the children who we have helped to get an education (and their families who have food on their tables); and on behalf of the wider tiger community in Bandhavgarh, which benefits from providing books and writing equipment for the education packs we distribute.


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Corinne Taylor-Smith
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