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Protecting Tigers

by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
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Thank you for donating to our Protecting Tigers project. Your support is helping David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) ensure the continued survival of the Indochinese, Bengal and Amur tiger in the wild. Operating to support key tiger populations across Russia, Thailand and India, we fund a combination of education and awareness initiates, law enforcement and park protection programs and undercover investigations which look into and dismantle the illegal wildlife trade which threatens the future of tigers in some of the world’s most important and remote habitats.

The year 2020 has been fraught with challenges, in light of the global pandemic, which has forced us all to adapt, one way or another. Despite the difficulties we are now faced with, we are proud to say that our relationship is as strong as ever with our ground-based conservation partners and that our combined efforts are continuing to make a difference to some of the most world’s most vulnerable wildlife populations and communities living alongside them. We are incredibly grateful to the brave wildlife rangers, who even amid the current crisis, are risking their lives on the frontline of wildlife crime and working tirelessly to maintain their vital conservation efforts.

Your impact, our progress:

Thanks to support from DSWF, the Phoenix Fund recently introduced the law enforcement monitoring patrol programme SMART in the newly established protected areas in Bikin National Park. Recent data showed rangers increased their patrol efforts, covering more than 85,000 km, preventing poaching incidents and interrupted 34 wildlife violations in just the last year. Additionally, since February 2020, rangers in Bikin National Park have taken part in tough snow tracking patrols to observe how effective increasing ranger activity was in improving the population density of the Amur tigers in this part of the world.

The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), another partner of DSWF are also doing fantastic work in raising awareness and engaging rural communities in the importance of preserving the jungle habitat and the wildlife they so greatly depend upon. New programmes such as ‘Anti Snare Walks’ invite local villagers to clear vast tiger habitats of life-threatening snares, wildlife bombs and other even more destructive methods of extermination. Aaranyak, another one of DSWF’s wonderful partners, continue to carry out the hugely popular ‘Tiger goes to school’ programme, which educates the next generation by quite literally going to school in wild places around Kazaringa National Park to talk about the importance of tiger conservation. These children come home with a sense of pride for what essential is theirs to protect.

Thanks to your donation, these activities can continue, protecting the endangered tigers in their natural habitat and ensuring their protection for years to come.

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Happy New Year from the team at David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF)!

 

In 2019 we marked 35 years since David Shepherd founded DSWF and celebrated the incredible milestone of together raising over £10million to protect endangered wildlife across Africa and Asia.

 

As we head into 2020, we pledge to continue our vital work fighting against extinction, through our support for the incredible conservation partners we work with.

 

We hope you will continue to stand with us in our commitment to fight, protect and engage on behalf of endangered wildlife for many years to come.

 

Please take a moment to watch the following film which shows our commitment to the future of wildlife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHQTWECcIvI

Together we have the power to continue David Shepherd’s legacy, give a voice to the voiceless and help end extinction before it’s too late. Thank you for your support.

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Thank you for donating to our Protecting Tigers project. Your support helps to fund David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF)'s ground-based conservation partners who work tirelessly to ensure the continued survival of tigers in the wild. Operating to support key tiger populations across Russia, Thailand and India, our work ensures the survival of tigers in the wild in some of the world’s most important and remote habitats.

A more unusual issue and indirect threat which our ground based-conservation partners have had to address over the last year in their protection of the wild Amur tiger in Russia has been the outbreak of a dangerous animal virus. An outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), caused by a virus which infects domestic and wild pigs, has sadly put the tigers at risk due to ever-increasing closeness of wild animals and human settlements. 

Whilst ASF is not a threat to human health and cannot be transmitted to people, it poses a very serious threat to wild boars, which are a main food source for the Amur. As wild boar mortality increases, the predators who eat them as a main food source are at an ever-growing risk from the disease. ASF has been found in five districts in Primorye, a prime amur tiger landscape where we work. The issue has become so serious that the Prime Minister of Russia himself called a meeting in late September to find a solution to the problem and is something our partners on the ground are following with a very close eye.

With as few as 500-600 Amur tigers left in the world, any external or even indirect threat puts the species at risk, something which we try hard to mitigate, but with human populations exploding and rapidly expanding into wilderness territories, the interaction between wild species and humans is becoming more and more prevalent.

On a more positive note and at the same location in Russia, we can proudly share that just under 1,500 children in the local area attended e lessons supported by DSWF over the last 6 months which helps instil a positive relationship and understanding between tigers and humans. By ensuring children are taught the positive benefits of protecting and ensuring the safety of wild animals and their local, native habitats, tigers and many other animals have a much higher chance of survival.

Thanks to your donation, these activities can continue, protecting the endangered Amur tiger in its natural habitat and ensuring the protection for years to come.

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Thank you for donating to our Protecting Tigers project. Your support helps to fund our ground-based conservation partners who work tirelessly to ensure the continued survival of tigers in the wild.

The Amur tiger, native to Russia, has been on the brink of extinction for several years. DSWF funds ground-based conservation partners Phoenix Fund, who work to protect the Amur tiger in its natural habitat through law enforcement, community engagement and by raising vital awareness.

In the last year alone, rangers supported by Phoenix Fund covered a patrol distance of 388,235km2 by vehicle, 22,527km2 on foot, 12,292km2 by boat and many more square kilometres via snowmobile, quad bike and cross-country vehicle highlighting the rugged and difficult terrain in which they operate. Amur tigers live in one of the most remote places in the world, so in order to protect them effectively, rangers must travel huge distances.

Through this extensive coverage, rangers have made the successful apprehension and discoveries, demonstrating that the law enforcement efforts of the project are having measurable impacts on wildlife in the area.

Throughout the year, Phoenix Fund also holds a variety of eco-lessons, exhibitions, clean-up actions and art contests which increase children’s awareness of the importance of nature conservation. Nearly 3,500 children attended these events, ranging from ages between 4 and 18, as well as just under 400 adults. As a resul0,t children, their family and friends will grow up into a well-informed and environmentally-conscious adult.

Thanks to your donation, these activities can continue to be held, protecting the endangered Amur tiger in its natural habitat, and ensuring the protection for years to come.

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In the last 100 years, tigers have lost 93% of their historical range with population numbers estimated at fewer than 3,500 still remaining in the wild. The increasing demand for tiger skins and derivatives has pushed this iconic species to the brink of extinction.

By funding ground-based tiger conservation initiatives across Asia, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is fighting from grass roots to the world-stage to protect this iconic species and give it the best possible chance of survival in the wild.

 

Tiger Conservation Updates 2017-2018

Russia:

  • In the Russian far-east, our funding has uncovered 491 wildlife violations and the seizure of six rifles, preventing them from being used as a tool for destruction. 
  • DSWF also funded a project into the rehabilitation and removal of illegal logging routes in prime tiger habitats to ensure that illegal activity and human presence in protected areas did not adversely impact on the remote tiger populations.
  • In 2018, we funded eight annual art competitions for children, promoting careful and respectful attitudes towards Amur tigers. Art helps to teach children fundamental skills, values and attitudes and as many as 3,285 sent in their paintings. 
  • DSWF  also funded Tiger Day and a tiger festival with 18,000 attendees. Competitions were held to promote tiger conservation, including 372 participants in a ‘feed the tiger’ contest, 251 participants in ‘the fastest tiger’ contest and 170 children taking part in a quiz about wildlife. At Tiger Day in Luchegorsk, 14 delegations representing village schools participated in the parade. Over 600 people attended this event.

 Thailand:

  • Our partners in the Dong Phayanyen-Khao Yai Forest Complex of Thailand reported no poaching incidents last year, which is particularly encouraging for an area previously recognised as a poaching hotspot. By investing in long term law enforcement efforts, capacity building and training, we believe we can turn the tide on wildlife crime.

Trans- Himalayan:

  •  Through investigations in trans-Himalayan regions, DSWF funding has helped infiltrate illegal wildlife networks, which are involved in the illegal wildlife trade, so allowing substantive information to be collected. This information has now been shared with law enforcement authorities to assist in arrests and convictions. 
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David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Location: Guildford, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Theo Bromfield
Guildford, Surrey United Kingdom
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