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

In the last 17 years more than 620 wild tigers have been killed by poachers in India alone. Poachers use wire snare traps tethered to live electricity cables which result in tigers being both snared and electrocuted. In Bandhavgarh, 22 tigers died in wire snare traps between March 2012 - June 2015.

In India, around 95% of all wild tiger deaths from poaching or poisoning occur in the buffer forests which surround the otherwise protected tiger reserves.

Since the launch of our Buffer Zone Anti-Poaching Patrols on 01 July 2015, wild tiger deaths due to poaching in Bandhavgarh have reduced by 94%. We have also seen a 100% reduction in wild tiger deaths due to retaliatory poisoning in the same period

Our first of its kind Buffer Zone Anti-Poaching Patrol protects wild tigers in the forests which surround Bandhavgarh. We’ve provided equipment for the Forest Department patrollers who protect tigers in Bandhavgarh’s core forests since 2010. Manpower & resource shortages meant that tigers which wandered away from the protected core area in search of prey/territory were vulnerable to attack by poachers or retaliatory poisoning . Over 2/3rds of Bandhavgarh’s wild tigers roam outside the core. Our Anti-Poaching Patrols have been protecting them & giving them a real chance of a safer wild future since 2015.

Our anti-poaching patrollers are recruited from local villages around Bandhavgarh, which have historically been most affected by incidents of human-tiger conflict. This policy helps us 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 £805 (US$1080) every month to fund this vital wild tiger conservation work so we need your help. Please help us to keep our anti-poaching patrols protecting Bandhavgarh’s wild tigers, by donating using the GlobalGiving button above (donations are accepted in UK£/US$/€), PayPal & PayPal Giving Fund Donations welcome. Every donation really does make a big difference no matter how small.

If you’d like to make a regular donation via Standing Order/Bank Transfer from your bank account please email us at: Contactus@Tigers4Ever.org for a standing order mandate/Bank Details (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. Provide Buffer Zone Anti-Poaching Patrols to protect wild tigers, remove snares/traps & report illicit activities in the forest.
  2. Educate villagers on the consequences of their actions in the forest & on personal safety for themselves & their livestock.
  3. Work 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 ForestAdopt-a-Tiger

Our Work in India- Buffer Zone Anti-Poaching Patrols