Protecting Tigers

by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Protecting Tigers
Protecting Tigers
Protecting Tigers
Protecting Tigers
Protecting Tigers
Protecting Tigers
Protecting Tigers
Protecting Tigers
Protecting Tigers
Protecting Tigers
Tiger - Surya Ramachandran
Tiger - Surya Ramachandran

Tigers in India

DSWF continues to protect tigers in India by supporting our long-standing ground-based conservation partner Aaranyak based in Assam. In the last year we have focused on improving law enforcement in the region, enhancing patrols through K9 units and continuing vital education work.

Law Enforcement

Poaching remains a challenge in the Assam region as tigers and rhinos continue to be being targeted as well as many other smaller species. 21 poachers were arrested in the last six months, 14 weapons were seized from various parts of Assam from wildlife poachers by law enforcement agencies and three prosecutions were made. Sadly, increasingly professionalised poaching outfits continue to operate in the region. Improvements to law enforcement are having an impact. Aaranyak’s work has had a hugely positive impact on law enforcement efforts. A number of workshops were held to improve conservation awareness and to provide education on legal protections for threatened wildlife. 150 officials attended workshops in this period. These workshops have allowed Aaranyak to enhance and maintain their already strong existing relationships with judicial officers, police, forest agencies and other paramilitary and border police agencies. The increased coordination and strengthening of relationships have been crucial in the fight against poaching.

K9 Units

Also crucial to tiger protection efforts are K9 sniffer dogs, supported by DSWF. Along with their handlers, the dogs have covered around 1,275km in the last year, providing support to rhino and tiger protection patrols within the protected areas. Jubi –a female dog has provided remarkable service in Kaziranga since 2011 and is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement. Tragically, Babli the second female K9, died in June. She sustained an injury while on patrol and was unable to recover. Babli and her handler Goura have been providing vital support in Orang National Park for the past four years and she will be sadly missed. DSWF are presently funding the training of two new K9’s to replace Babli and Jorba and continue their vital conservation efforts.

Education

Aaranyak successfully delivered 40 ‘Rhino and Tiger Goes to school’ days in the region, with 1,500 students reached in total. The extremely popular programme teaches children about local flora and fauna and about human-wildlife co-existence. It aims to instil in children a sense of pride in the biodiversity of the area which they live and encourage an increased affinity with rhinos and tigers. The evaluation of the days has shown they have been successful in giving children an awareness of rhino and tiger behaviour, habitat and protection and wider conservation issues, all in a fun and engaging way. They have also been successful in encouraging the publics reporting of wild animals outside of protected areas, assisting rescue efforts.

Several other educational activities have been organized in the last year. A nature orientation camp was held for students in Orang National Park in conjunction with national park authorities. The camp aimed at giving children an appreciation of nature and a positive perception of wildlife as well as encouraging environmentally friendly practices such as the reduction of waste. The Assam Government intends to add an additional 200 square kilometres of area to the park, more than tripling its area from the current 78.8 square kilometers.This would provide an incredible opportunity for more rhino and tiger protection. For this to happen, the support of the local community is essential and events like this are crucial in getting the support of local villages.

Without your support this vital work would not be possible. DSWF relies entirely on donations and support from generous individuals like you to continue to fight wildlife crime, protect species and engage individuals and communities to ensure a brighter future for wildlife. So thank you again for helping to give tigers a chance of survival. 

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Ranger & K9 Unit - Aaranyak
Ranger & K9 Unit - Aaranyak
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Camera Trap Images of Tigers. Credit Freeland.
Camera Trap Images of Tigers. Credit Freeland.

Thank you for protecting Tigers with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation through GlobalGiving. In this report we highlight the plight of the Indochinese Tiger and how our ground based conservation partners are working to protect them.

According to the IUCN Red List, official estimates place the entire population of the Indochinese tiger sub-species at just 352. Less than 200 Indochinese tigers are left in Thailand, primarily in two distinct forest complexes - the Western Forest Complex and the DPKY Complex. With protection and conservation activities across these two vital forest complexes, over the last 15 years an increase in tiger population has been demonstrated and confirmed by records of tiger sightings with cubs and a reduced number in fatalities among adult tigers, although the poaching of tigers in this area is as ever an ongoing threat.

For these vital tiger populations to be sustained, conservation activities must also be maintained. DSWF will continue to fund our ground-based conservation partners in 2022/23 to ensure the ongoing protection of the Indochinese tiger and its habitat across Thailand.

DSWF funding will continue to be granted to ground-based conservation partners working within the Western Forest Complex and the DPKY Complex in Thailand and will be allocated for park protection, community outreach and wildlife surveys. Through focusing on these areas funding will help provide provisions for anti-poaching patrols, assist the collection of field data, enable the use of GSM cellular cameras in the forests, identify emerging threats, train rangers and elicit greater support among local stakeholders for species and site conservation and draw attention to inappropriate government-led infrastructure construction (such as dams) which are now threatening the integrity of prime tiger habitat. Community support for the protection of tigers will also be achieved through school visits to deliver conservation messages to schools in high-risk poaching areas.

The expected impact of this funding will include:

  • An increase in tiger populations.
  • Increased training and mentoring will lead to more effective and motivated rangers and law enforcement officials, reducing criminal activity in DPKY.
  • Increased support for conservation from community members will improve the safety of tigers and their prey.
  • Enhanced understanding of tiger dynamics, abundance, and distribution will lead to better informed conservation strategies.

Without your support this vital work would not be possible. DSWF relies entirely on donations and support from generous individuals like you to continue to fight wildlife crime, protect species and engage individuals and communities to ensure a brighter future for wildlife. So thank you again for helping to give tigers a chance of survival. 

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David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) would love to keep you up-to-date with how your generous support is making a difference, share exciting wildlife conservation stories and tell you about forthcoming campaigns, fundraising initiatives and events. Please let us know via the link below how you would like to hear from us.

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Thank you for supporting David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation through GlobalGiving.

Over the past six months, DSWF have continued to work alongside our ground-based conservation partners in Asia to provide vital support to the continents endangered Amur and Bengal tiger populations.

In India, DSWF have continued to two K9 units in the Assam region which provide critical support to law enforcement efforts.

  • Babli (the dog) and Goura (the handler) have been operating in the Orang National Park which covers 78km² of prime tiger habitat. Babli has given some vital clues to forest officials on stolen camera traps alongside two illegal killings of wild boar.
  • Jubi (the dog) and Sanatan Mali (the handler) have been stationed in the Baguri Range of Kaziranga.

Combined, the two dog units have patrolled 540km of prime tiger habitat. Alongside the K9 units, DSWF have supported field agents to continue their visits to field sites in order to gather information and monitor the movement of suspects involved in wildlife crime. Nine reports have been shared with enforcement agencies leading to eight arrests of individuals involved in wildlife crime.

DSWF have also continued our long-term support of an education and youth engagement programme which promotes coexistence between humans and tigers. During the reporting period, 13 workshops were held reaching over 380 children.

In Russia, DSWF have been working with our ground-based conservation partners in the Primorsky and Khabarovsky Krais to protect a key tiger landscape which covers 22,387 km² (13.8% of the entire tiger population).

By utilising technology and reporting tools, DSWF funding has helped increase the volume and quality of anti-poaching patrols in the region. Over the past six months, our partners have conducted 9,450km of patrols to enhance the level of risk to poachers operating in the area. DSWF have also funded a far-reaching education programme to inspire children and adults to protect nature and instil a sense of pride. During the reporting period, 1,466 children were engaged. alongside 5,000 community members.

The Bigger Picture

Over the past 12 months, DSWF have continued our 37-year legacy of providing unwavering support to protect some of the world’s most endangered species. Over the course of 2022 we will continue to support our long-term conservation partners to protect wildlife, tackle wildlife crime and reduce poaching threats alongside engaging and supporting more community groups working to protect wildlife.

Thanks to your help, we have granted over £11 million in direct conservation support to turn the tide on extinction.

On behalf of everyone at DSWF and the wildlife we fight to protect, Thank You.

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Thank you for supporting David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation through GlobalGiving. As well as providing you with your bi-annual Tiger project report, we would also like to inform you about an exciting campaign.

In the past year, DSWF have continued to support a series of ground-based conservation partners conducting vital conservation work across Asia. We have seen some wonderful success stories and wanted to share a few highlights from the past year with you.

Over the last ten years, the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai (DPKY) World Heritage Site in Thailand has become a beacon of hope for the Indochinese tiger. Since 2004, DPKY Forest has gone from a site ‘written off’ for meaningful tiger conservation to a success story and is now one of only two forest complexes in Southeast Asia where tiger recovery is occurring. This year, DSWF continued our long-term support of DPKY by supporting anti-poaching operations, training 182 rangers and funding vital tiger surveys. The results are that over the last 12 months, not a single tiger has been killed in DPKY.

DSWF has also been working with ground-based conservation partners in the Primorsky and Khabarovsky Krais of the Russian Far East to protect a key Amur tiger stronghold. This area covers 21,290 km2 of prime tiger habitat and is home to 13.8% of the worlds tiger population. This year, DSWF funding supported 125 rangers to patrol 411,905km of tiger habitat. As a direct result of these patrols, not a single tiger poaching incident occurred across the five protected areas.

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic initially hindered education initiatives, our ground-based conservation partners in Assam were able to resume their education activities from November and managed to hold 40 ‘tiger and rhino goes to school’ days. These events consisted of school visits where over 4,000 children were taught the importance of living in harmony with wildlife. This not only instils a level of appreciation and love for the natural world at a young age, but these students also go home and educate their families on the threats facing wildlife and how to positively coexist.

How can you help this work continue?

This week GlobalGiving are hosting their annual Little by Little campaign, this means that all your donations donated through GlobalGiving to David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation between Monday 13th and Friday 17th September will receive 50% match funding from GlobalGiving. So, if you donate £20 today, we receive £30 towards Tiger conservation making your contribution work that little bit harder!

We are hugely grateful that you have chosen to support us to help turn the tide on extinction. Thank you.

Little by Little Campaign T’s and C’s

  • Campaign runs from Monday 13th to Friday 17th September.
  • Donations up to the amount of $50 / £36 will be match funded by 50%.
  • One donation per unique donor will be match funded.
  • New monthly donations set up this week will be 50% match funded and your 4th donation will be 100% matched!
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Credit Matt Armstrong-Ford

DSWF continue to fund ground-based conservation partners that focus on tiger conservation in Asia which includes:

  • Supporting tigers in the Assam Region of India through intelligence gathering, education programmes, park protection and capacity building.
  • Funding a Rapid Action Project which recognises that wildlife in India is impacted by innumerable threats that require urgent responses for areas such as human wildlife conflict mitigation, habitat protection, community engagement and awareness for conservation and Anti-poaching support to mitigate illegal wildlife trade and species conservation.
  • Supporting a stable Amur tiger population in the Russian Far East by improving anti-poaching efforts and tiger habitat protection

In the past year DSWF and conservation partners have been thrilled to see local communities coexisting with wildlife which is vital to the fight against extinction, none more so than the Village Defence Force (VDF). Made up of over 180 groups, our ground-based conservation partners in India developed the VDF as a way to bring communities together, whilst instilling a sense of positivity and concern for wildlife. Through patrols and monitoring, each group is able to support the protection of wildlife in vital habitats across Assam.

To learn more about our work with Tigers, please visit our website.

We are hugely grateful that you have chosen to support us to help turn the tide on extinction.

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