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
Protecting Tigers
Protecting Tigers

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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Thank you for choosing to protect tigers in their natural habitat. You are helping our ground-based conservation partners across Asia adapt to the new challenges they are facing because of the pandemic.

COVID-19 has left a lot of people unemployed, meaning that struggling communities who live in tiger habitats, may be tempted to the forest for easy prey.


In this regard, rangers continued to patrol in an enhanced mode. In just six months, 176 violations were revealed at five project sites, including trespassing and illegal hunting.


Thanks to your support, we have been able to maintain anti-poaching efforts. Intense patrols by law enforcement teams discouraged poachers from illegal access to national parks and nature reserves, and that has prevented a spike in illegal hunting. 

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Thank you for supporting DSWF by donating to our tiger projects.

Amongst the global uncertainty brought about by Covid-19, your support has never been more important as conservation projects grapple to deal with limited resources, reduced tourism and increasing levels of poaching. Despite the devastating impacts of Covid-19 on conservation efforts, DSWF have pledged to maintain full levels of support across our whole conservation portfolio. This will stretch us to our financial limits, but we have no other option!

Tigers have made the news for various different reasons this year and our Programmes and Policy Intern, Linus Hiscox, had a deeper look into Captive Tiger Management: what separates the good, the bad and the ugly?

Your donations allow DSWF's partner projects to monitor key wild tiger populations to ensure viable and safe breeding conditions in their natural habitat. Find out how else you are protecting tigers.

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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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