97% of the global wild tiger population has been lost in 100 years. Only 3500 remain so it's vital we protect them & their critical habitat. 2967 wild tigers are in India. Poachers have jeopardised wild tiger survival for years with snares consisting of anchored wires with sliding nooses camouflaged along tiger trails. Our Anti-Poaching Patrols aim to eradicate snares around Bandhavgarh so tigers can walk safely, & to educate local communities to change attitudes towards tigers/other wildlife
The world's wild tigers & their forest habitats are under threat. Protected Tiger Reserves are surrounded by buffer zones, intended to define the boundaries of the burgeoning human population. The COVID pandemic increased human-animal conflict & the risk to wild tigers from poachers' snares along tiger trails & farmers fields. In the past, tiger poaching in Bandhavgarh was rife. In India 300+ tigers died in snare traps in 15yrs devastating wild tiger populations & threatening long-term survival.
By providing anti-poaching patrols in Bandhavgarh's buffer forests we are protecting tigers in areas where poaching was rife; removing snares so tigers can walk the forests safely. Our patrols help to eliminate other illicit activities including logging/resource harvesting/poisoning in the buffer forests, thus reducing their devastating impact on precious tiger habitat. Our work with local communities helps change attitudes towards poaching & further support the long-term survival of wild tigers
Bandhavgarh has one of the highest densities of wild tigers in India, a country where forests and wildlife are disappearing at an alarming rate. Our patrols have resulted in a 97.5% reduction in tiger deaths from poaching in 6 years. Maintaining a positive impact by continuing patrolling is key to the long-term survival of wild tigers; whilst educating & employing local people helps to relieve poverty.
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