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

During the last 15 years, at least 524 wild tigers have been killed by poachers in India. Wire snare traps, tethered to electricity cables are one of the most popular methods used by poachers resulting in tigers being both snared and electrocuted. In Bandhavgarh, 22 tigers were killed by wire snare traps and poachers between March 2012 - June 2015.

Almost 95% of all wild tiger deaths due to poaching/poisoning, in India, occur in the buffer forests which surround otherwise protected tiger reserves.

Since the launch of the our Buffer Zone Anti-Poaching Patrols, in July 2015, there has been a 91% reduction in wild tiger deaths due to poaching/poisoning in Bandhavgarh.

Our first of its kind Buffer Zone Anti-Poaching Patrol is protecting wild tigers in the buffer forests around Bandhavgarh. We have been working with the Forest Department since 2010 to equip the forest patrols who protect the tigers in Bandhavgarh’s core forests, but a shortage of manpower & resource had previously meant that tigers which wandered away from the core area in search of prey/territory were vulnerable to attack by poachers/poisoning. Over two-thirds of Bandhavgarh’s wild tigers roam in the buffer forests. Now our Anti-Poaching Patrols help to ensure that those tigers are protected, giving them a real chance of a safer wild future.

We recruit our anti-poaching patrollers from local villages around Bandhavgarh, which historically are those most affected by incidents of human-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 giving those living with wild tigers a vested interest in their survival.

We need to raise at least £720 (US$880) every month to fund this vital wild tiger conservation work and we need your help. Please help us keep our anti-poaching patrols protecting Bandhavgarh’s wild tigers, by donating using the Global Giving Widget above (donate by card, cheque, bank transfer, iPay, Paypal, Gift card, etc., donations accepted in UK£/US$) or donate at: http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/BZPoachingPatrols or using the donation buttons below (all major currencies accepted via 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.


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.


  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.
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