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A Tigers4Ever Poaching patroller checks the undergrowth for wires, snares and evidence of poaching activity

Our Work in India- Buffer Zone Poaching Patrols

Wild Tiger Poaching has increased over the last 15 years. During which, at least 524 tigers were killed by poachers in India alone. Wire snare traps, frequently tethered to electricity cables, are increasingly popular amongst poachers and cause tigers to be both snared and electrocuted. In Bandhavgarh, 6 tigers were killed by wire snare traps between May 2014 - June 2015. In fact, almost 95% of all wild tiger deaths, in India, due to poaching/poisoning occur in the buffer forests which surround otherwise protected tiger reserves.

Since the launch of the our Buffer Zone Poaching Patrols we’ve seen a 94% reduction in wild tiger deaths due to poaching/poisoning in Bandhavgarh.

In July 2015, we launched a first of its kind Buffer Zone Poaching Patrol to protect wild tigers in the buffer forests around Bandhavgarh. We have been equipping the forest patrols who protect the tigers in the core forests of Bandhavgarh, since 2010, but a lack of manpower & resource means that tigers which wander away from the core area in search of prey/territory are vulnerable to attack by poachers/poisoning. Over two-thirds of Bandhavgarh’s wild tigers roam in the buffer forests. Prior to the launch of our Poaching Patrols those tigers were not protected. Now we’re able to give those wild tigers a safer wild future.











We recruit our poaching patrollers from local villages around Bandhavgarh, which historically are those most affected by incidents of man-tiger conflict. This helps to give the villagers a reason to protect wild tigers. We provide training, uniforms, equipment, food & transport for the patrollers who undertake Day/Night patrols on foot & by vehicle in the buffer forests searching for poachers, traps & other illicit activities. We also use local suppliers to equip our Poaching Patrols which provides local employment & continues our commitment to community focused projects to give those living with wild tigers a vested interest in their survival.

We need to raise at least £720 (around US$880) each month to fund this vital wild tiger conservation work. Please help us keep our anti-poaching patrols protecting Bandhavgarh’s wild tigers, if you can, by donating at: http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/BZPoachingPatrols or by using the donation buttons at the top of this page (all major currencies accepted using the red donate button), PayPal welcome. Every donation really does make a big difference no matter how small.

If you’d like to make a regular donation via your bank account please email us at: Contactus@Tigers4Ever.org for a standing order mandate (UK only). Thank you.

PLEASE HELP TIGERS4EVER TO KEEP VITAL POACHING PATROLS IN THE BUFFER FORESTS OF BANDHAVGARH

Typical Jaw Trap Snare Typical Anchored (or Chained) body snare trap Example simple wire snare trap Tigers4Ever Poaching Patrollers looking for wire snares

Above from left to right examples of the types of traps typically used by poachers to ensnare large mammals including big cats/tigers (Images 1-3).

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OUR AIM: To prevent wild tiger deaths due to poaching or poisoning.

HOW:

  1. By providing Buffer Zone Poaching Patrols to protect wild tigers, remove snares/traps & report illicit activities in the forest.
  2. By educating villagers on the consequences of their actions in the forest & on personal safety for themselves & their livestock.
  3. Working with local communities to ensure they have a vested interest in wild tiger survival.
Tigers4Ever Patrollers stop an illegal logger with his illicit haul in Bandhavgarh's Buffer Forest
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