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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 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. 
Image credit: Arkaprava Ghosh
Image credit: Arkaprava Ghosh

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) funds vital anti-poaching and illegal wildlife trade investigations across Assam’s borders to help protect one of the most important tiger populations in the world. Your support of our work is helping on many levels in the fight to secure a safe future for wild tigers.

Since 1950, the world’s population has trebled and mass urbanisation has encroached on even the world’s most wild places. With escalating human populations and shrinking animal habitats, human-wildlife conflicts are becoming more and more frequent.

Over the last year, DSWF has continued its commitment to reducing human wildlife conflict, by funding innovative and tech-based solutions to mitigate dangerous interactions for both people and wildlife, such as tigers.

In India, DSWF has helped fund a new wildlife mitigation mobile phone app, to reduce human wildlife conflict. The Wild Watch app was successfully tested earlier this year and is now being implemented.

DSWF was also proud to launch an initial study into road traffic accidents involving large scale wildlife deaths, to better inform and prevent these unnecessary incidences.

With your support DSWF has also funded two day-long workshops for district police on the illegal wildlife trade. This should help officers handle wildlife crime in a more positive way and highlight the need for more concerted efforts to check wildlife crime, such as tiger poaching and the trade in illegal tiger parts. 

DSWF has also funded the training of a new anti-poaching dog through our project partners Aaranyak. The dog squad was set up in 2011 and was the first in Assam. The highly trained dogs pick up scent at the scene of a wildlife crime and follow it back to the criminals involved, providing valuable support to the Wildlife Crime and Monitoring Programme and demonstrating a zero- tolerance approach to poachers and would-be poachers.

All of these projects are helping to save India’s precious wildlife, including the majestic tiger and their work is only possible because of the generosity of supporters like you. Thank you!

Look out for our future updates on how YOUR donations are helping to save this beautiful yet endangered species.

Click here to find out more about how we are protecting wild tigers.

Anti-poaching Dog Squad. Image Credit: Aaranyak
Anti-poaching Dog Squad. Image Credit: Aaranyak

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The Amur tiger clings to survival in the far eastern reaches of Russia – your support is helping to secure the future of this majestic predator.

DSWF jointly funds a tiger protection programme, run by local Russian NGO The Phoenix Fund. Regular anti-poaching and habitat protection patrols are carried out to ensure the protection of wild populations and  the forests call home 

DSWF’s funding has been vital in helped a local teacher to engage with hundreds of local children, with special eco lessons, exhibitions, clean-up sessions and a major art competition. It’s hoped this will increase awareness of the importance of nature conservation and foster positive attitudes towards tigers in the younger generation.

Your financial support also helps fund a rescue and release centre for wild tigers. In May, following a period of rehabilitation, two rescued cubs, Saikhan and Lazovka, were fitted with GPS collars and successfully returned to the wild. This process will provide invaluable data on tigers ranges and behavioral studies.

It’s thought there is now a stable population of 540 Amur tigers, thanks to the tireless work of DSWF and ground based partners.

This is a fantastic success story and thanks in part to your on-going commitment to saving wild tigers. Thank you!

Look out for our future updates on how YOUR donations are helping to save this endangered species.

Click here to find out more about how we are protecting wild tigers.

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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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