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
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.

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We have some good news to share with you!

A female tiger in Assam is pregnant and is due to give birth any minute now! 

In anticipation of her birth, the pregnant mother will be preparing a den that is in a secluded spot, protected from predators and bad weather. These spots are often in crevices, caves, dense grasses or even in the hollow of a large tree.

Her cubs will be born with their eyes closed leaving them totally dependent on their mother for their every need. Their eyes will open within between six and 12 days from birth. 

Over the next few years, their mother will encourage them to be adventurous and teach them how to stalk and hunt for their own prey. Tigers are usually accomplished hunters by the time they reach 18 months old. They then go on to leave their mothers care at around 24 to 30 months old. 

Some other news:

Tiger populations in Kaziranga are now getting close to the parks carrying capacity. This is due to the parks additional protection due to the significant level of protection afforded to the Rhino's in the park, bringing a deterrent to poachers. 

Thank you for your continued support! 

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Misky and Jorba
Misky and Jorba

A new dog has joined the K9 anti-poaching dog unit in Assam that the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation helped establish in 2011. Known as Miksy, the female Belgian Malinois is currently under training in various natural habitats in Assam and will join the K9 team this winter. 

These highly trained dogs pick up the scent at the scene of a wildlife crime and follow it back to the criminals involved providing a support to the Wildlife Crime and Monitoring Programme and Misky's chief trainer feels she will be a good tracker dog in the field. She will join Jorba (the first dog that DSWF supported in 2011) and Babli, along with another three new dogs that have been funded by NABU-Germany. 

The dogs ability to track down poachers from the source of a crime has proved invaluable in gathering evidence for criminal convictions while their presence in the region also sends out a strong zero-tolerance message to would-be poachers. 

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In July, 70% of Kaziranga National Park and Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary were submerged when the Bramaputra River flooded!

As you are aware Kaziranga National Park is the unique wildlife habitat for one of the most important tiger populations in the world. 

Kaziranga National Park - designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 - is home to the highest density of Bengal tigers on earth with approximately 113 adult tigers. Protecting them and this key natural habitat is vital to the survival of the species. 

Much of the area's wildlife has migrated to higher ground either within the parks or away from safety of the protected areas. NGOs are continuing to protect the wildlife by enforcing speed restricitons on the roads that they are crossing to exit the parks. 

Tigers, like many other species in Kaziranga National Park, would have moved to the safety of higher ground. Luckily Tigers are excellent swimmers and for the tigers living of Kaziranga this is an important skill. 

During the seasonal floods, it is your support that helps provide extra staff and volunteers to work around the clock to ensure the safe passage of wildlife, including tigers from parks to high ground. Thank you! 

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