Tigers4Ever was established in 2010 by by Corinne and David Taylor-Smith.
We raise awareness of the wild tigers’ plight; and try to inspire people to support our conservation efforts.
In 2015, Tigers4Ever established a first of its kind Buffer Zone poaching patrol to address the fact that 90-95% of all wild tiger deaths due to poaching or poisoning occur in the buffer forests. Since establishing the Buffer Zone Poaching Patrols there has been a 98% reduction in wild tiger deaths due to poaching or poisoning in Bandhavgarh (compared to 22 tiger deaths in the previous 2.5 years).
Since Tigers4Ever was established it has made a significant difference to the communities which live with the threat of wild tigers in and around Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh, India. We have provided educational resources for 2650 children living in 25+ villages around Bandhavgarh enabling each child to attend school for at least 1 year. We have also provided over 1800 pieces of vital equipment for anti-poaching patrols protecting wild tigers, including bicycles, uniforms, fresh-drinking water tanks, waterproof clothing, warm clothing, sturdy boots, first aid kits, treated mosquito nets, waterproof high quality head-torches and batteries, water bottles, sturdy canes, snake rescue, capture and release kits.
We ensure that all of our Tiger Conservation Projects are community focused so that those who live with the threat of wild tigers can benefit from the tiger’s long term survival. We achieve this through engaging local suppliers to make and supply the equipment for the anti-poaching patrols and education packs, thereby creating local employment and supporting local businesses.
Tigers4Ever employs local workers, from the villages around Bandhavgarh, as Buffer Zone Poaching Patrollers which again creates local employment and ensures that villagers can be approached without fear in the event of incidents. Tigers4Ever is also using local labour and suppliers in the construction of permanent wildlife water-holes which again supports the local economy.
Tigers4Ever Trustees are unpaid volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that Tigers4Ever is well run in accordance with Charity Commission of England and Wales regulations and to ensure that Tigers4Ever can meet its objective of ensuring that wild tigers will have a wild future.
Corinne has been passionate about tigers from the age of 7, inspired by Indira Gandhi's Project Tiger. Corinne was determined to follow in Indira's footsteps. She fulfilled her dream in 2007, seeing first-hand the pressures that tigers & those who live with them face daily. This made her determined to do everything that she could to save wild tigers for future generations.
Corinne is a scientist, wildlife conservationist & photographer, she obtained her PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2012. Corinne has formed firm bonds with India’s tiger conservation community & the tigers of Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
DR CORINNE TAYLOR-SMITHFOUNDER TRUSTEE & CHAIR
David is a wildlife conservationist & photographer who has been seduced by the mystique of the tiger. He has made a number of trips to different national parks in India, with his wife, Corinne, to understand & photograph the most majestic elusive Tigers. David has also formed firm bonds with the tiger conservation community in India & the tigers of Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
David is a qualified accountant & Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy as well as a Pension Fund Trustee. David is a keen cyclist and has raised thousands of pounds cycling for Tigers4Ever.
DAVID TAYLOR-SMITHFOUNDER TRUSTEE & TREASURER
My main interests are Art and Wildlife Conservation. For the last 25 years I have moved 6 countries and in each of them I have collaborated with different charities and individuals working in the animal welfare and rehabilitation. Even though I am a trained and practicing lawyer in arts law, I have a broad academical background in ecology and wildlife preservation and legislation and I am currently a licensed wildlife re-habilitator with a possibility of practicing my skills in my little farm I currently have at home.
Since my childhood, I always felt empathy for sick and injured animals trying to help the best I can and I still do. And my absolute must was a visit to the zoo in every country I moved to. But my interest for tigers and their conservation issues started while I was living in Russia and were fortunate enough to meet people working for the Amur tiger conservation.
I hope to bring both my practical and academical knowledge to help Tigers4Ever and make a positive change for the life of the tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park.
GUNA FREIVALDETRUSTEE -Legal
Tal Joined Tigers4Ever in November 2023.
Tal has loved Tigers since he was a small boy. The starting point was a childhood memory of simply seeing the stripes of a tiger, move in a fluid like motion, through thick layers of foliage during a school trip to a zoo. The encounter was mesmeric, and the memory stayed with him into adulthood. Tal achieved his long-time ambition of seeing his first wild tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, India 2008, and has been most years since.
The first encounter resonated with Tal, and he sought to find ways to help the tiger and developed his photography, and more recently cinematography skillset to help communicate the tigers cause. Since the visit to Bandhavgarh, Tal’s passion has evolved into a purpose, a purpose and duty to protect the tiger, to best represent the tiger through imagery and video, and to help inspire current and future generations to ensure tigers live forever.
Tal has a wide varied skillset, which includes business development, media production, social media marketing, all grounded with a Biology Degree and knowledge of tiger conservation
TAL CHOHANTRUSTEE - CSR and Digital
Sean became a Tigers4Ever Trustee in March 2018. Sean has had a lifelong passion for the natural world, wildlife and in particular, tigers. He sponsors tiger projects in India and Nepal; and brings a broad background in science and technology, corporate affairs and sustainability to the Tigers4Ever team. He has previously been a chair of the Board of Trustees for a faith-based charity.
On joining Tigers4Ever, Sean said: “I am excited and delighted to have been invited to join the Board of Trustees of Tigers4Ever. My aim is to use my personal and business skills to help the team drive forward the future strategy of the charity, and enable us to make a real impact on the protection and long-term future of the tiger”.
DR SEAN A AXONTRUSTEE
Martin has visited India many times over the past decade and the country holds a special place in his heart. He is a passionate Indophile, knowledgeable of India’s biodiversity and rural life, together with a love of Indian culture and cuisine.
He has a visceral connection with the forest and is passionate about conservation. Martin said “My love of tigers comes from their spiritual courage and strength in maintaining the ecological balance of India’s forests”. When Martin met our anti poaching team in February 2020, he was thrilled by their results and became an Ambassador.
Prior to establishing his present photography business in 2018, Martin was an Executive Vice President with a global IT company. He served as Global Sales Officer for a Division and latterly led Group sales operations. Martin became a Tigers4Ever Trustee on 23 October 2021 and brings a wealth of corporate Board and marketing experience.
Donna became a Trustee in December 2022. Donna has worked in marketing for over 25 years and has a passion for getting the right messages to the right customers. Since reading Born Free as a child, she has always wanted to work with big cats. Donna has had her own mini panther (black cat) who lived until the age of 26. She now has a 2 year old Maine Coon, who thinks he is a tiger. Donna has an allotment enjoys growing her own food and has 100 chickens. Donna will bring knowledge of marketing to Tigers4Ever to spread the word further.
DONNA SHERIDANTRUSTEE -Marketing
Jacob Joined Tigers4Ever as a Trustee in November 2023.
Jacob is passionate about the regenerative movement, specifically, communications around biodiversity and the climate.
In his work and personal life, he has encountered multiple apex predators in India. He is passionate about conserving their populations as the presence of an apex predator, like the tiger, is an indicator of the health of the overall ecosystem. The tiger, an Endangered (IUCN) ``charismatic species``, is also India's national animal, and therefore has the brand value to mobilise everyone to conserve their population, habitats, and other species that support them.
In his day job, Jacob is the founder-director of TerreGeneration Solutions- a communications agency that aims to evoke emotion, inspire action and build capacity around humanitarian and ecological community movements.
The team has worked with clients that range from two-person organisations that have revived numerous species, 1000+ person organisations that work with communities across 50 million acres, as well as with organisations with operations that span over 100 countries. In 24 months, he rallied volunteers to plant over 10,000 trees and clean up over 50 sites (forests, lakes and slums) gathering over 275,000kgs of mismanaged plastic.
In 2018 and 2020, leading publications named him one of 5 notable environmental grassroots campaigners in India. He has run workshops on topics like Communications for Climate Justice across 3 countries, in leading universities, and most recently at the British Natural History Museum. Before this, Jacob studied and worked across Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Shanghai and San Francisco.
Outside of work he is trained to rescue and relocate snakes and is a paragliding pilot, keen juggler, and kite collector
JACOB CHERIANTRUSTEE - Fundraising and Digital
Christian became a Tigers4Ever trustee in November 2021, having previously come aboard as a volunteer.
Growing up on a small farm in the cotswolds, surrounded by an assortment of animals, Christian spent much of his childhood attending Rare Breeds Survival Trust events, caring for goats, pigs and alpacas and developing an appreciation for wildlife and the natural world.
With a background in film, tech, and web design, he aims to use his creative and digital know-how to promote the Tigers4Ever cause.
CHRISTIAN BELLTRUSTEE -Digital
Tom became a Trustee in July 2020, with 19+ years’ experience as a Multimedia Graphic designer with a lifetime passion for tiger conservation. It was inevitable that he’d help Tigers at some point in his life, his first pet “Tigger” was a ginger cat.
He has a deep knowledge of the design/digital industry and will use his skillset to benefit Tigers4Ever’s content production. He’s worked to an expert level in motion/animation/digital/video design for 16 years and is able to bring any design to life through web, broadcast or social. Since 2010 years he’s formed part of a Digital Media Team producing multiple award winning global cross-platform campaigns.
“My next challenge is to try to help Tigers4Ever grow awareness, increase numbers, save habitats and lives of these truly magnificent animals. I’m confident what we begin to produce will allow us to do just that.”
Georgia became a Tigers4Ever Trustee in September 2022. Georgia has a love of the natural world, for wildlife, and in particular for big cats. Having previously described herself as ``an armchair conservationist``, in 2018 she took time out of her career as a public sector communicator, to volunteer on a conservation project in Namibia, undertaking research contributing to IUCN data on species categorisation.
After 25 years in local government communications and stakeholder engagement, Georgia set up her own consultancy in 2022. Her skills include written communication, public affairs, stakeholder management and creative campaigning. Self-employment has freed up some of Georgia's time time for more structured and regular volunteer work. She has joined Tigers4Ever in her first trustee role, and is keen to learn more and contribute to giving wild tigers wild futures.
Andy became a Tigers4Ever Trustee in January 2023.
As a big fan of David Attenborough, natural history and big cats Andy joined Tigers4Ever as a trustee in Jan 2023. He has worked in public relations for a decade, regularly putting clients in the national and sector media. These are the skills he brings to the charity.
The plights of wild cats – and especially tigers – is an issue Andy wants to play a part in combatting.
Having visited India, and with so much of the global tiger populations being in this fast-developing nation, he knows the work has never been more vital.
Andy is keen to use his public relations and marketing skills to help spread awareness of the work of Tigers4Ever and about the wider plight faced by wild tigers.
Helen became a Tigers4Ever Trustee in March 2023.
Helen has had a long career in media, with numerous sales, marketing and management roles at directorship level in London, Manchester and Dublin. Her involvement in project management, research analysis and presentation skills will add to the expertise of the fundraising team at Tigers4Ever. In addition, she has been Chair of a local CASC, undertaking large, successful grant applications and overseeing substantial infrastructure projects.
Helen has been passionate about justice in animal welfare and conservation from a young age, and actively supports a wide range of charities. Originally with a degree in Business from Sheffield, she has recently completed an MSc in Global Ethics from Birmingham, which has reinforced her desire for fairness in achieving balance between humanity and wildlife. She is excited to join the Tigers4Ever team and contribute to ensuring the charity’s continued success in working with local people to preserve both tiger numbers and their habitat in a sustainable way.
Valeria became a Tigers4Ever Trustee in March 2023.
Valeria is very passionate about climate and social justice in all its shapes and forms – with a particular love for animals and wildlife conservation. She was very excited to join Tiger4ever to help our chartity in its mission of protecting tigers, the environment and the people around them.
Valeria is also passionate about cultures, traditions and diversity; she loves art, theatre & literature, and travel photography; and more recently, she has also embraced a vegan diet & lifestyle – cultivating a new passion for vegan cuisines.
Valeria’s professional background is in Market research and Marketing, and she uses these skills and knowledge to bring a positive contribution to our charity’s growth.
Martin Clowes became a Patron of Tigers4Ever on 04 March 2013. Lauren Maddox became Tigers4Ever’s second patron on 28 February 2017; Susan Fisher-Kaufman became Tigers4Ever's third Patron when she joined us on 14 August 2017. You can discover more about about them all below.
Martin Clowes became a Tigers4Ever Patron in March 2013. Martin has worked in Animal welfare, conservation & rescue for the past 20 years. He is the founder of Jemima’s Place Animal Trust, which rescues & re-homes all manner of domestic, wild & large animals in the UK & Europe. He has a Degree in Raptor rescue, conservation & rehabilitation. In 2016, Martin launched the French & Pug Dog Foundation (FAPDF). The foundation rescues & re-homes Ex-breeding French bulldogs & Pug dogs, & dogs which have been imported illegally into the UK. Martin has a passion for big cats & their conservation. He has traveled regularly to Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Martin actively campaigns to stop the use of lions & tigers in “live shows” & circuses.
Martin uses his role as patron to Fundraise & promote Tigers4Ever through the highly successful “Pugfest” which he runs, all around the UK, with his son Robert Clowes; making many tv and radio appearances in that capacity. He’s looking forward to his first trip to India, in his role as patron, to see the work done by Tigers4Ever, himself.
Lauren Maddox became Tigers4Ever’s second Patron on 28 February 2017.
Lauren has been an animal activist for over 10 years & first became a vegetarian when she was little, becoming a raw vegan about 13 years ago. She is the presenter of the documentary currently in production, called ‘Bearing Witness’, being filmed in Toronto, Canada, England, Europe & across the U.S. as well as Asia. Lauren is actively involved with the Save Movement whose groups have spread all across Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe with vigils to pay respect for the lives of thousands of farmed animals, such as pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits & fish, who are on their way to slaughter houses across the World. Lauren says “As you read these very words, genocide is taking place on a mass scale to so many species”. Lauren believes that we have to stand up for the innocent sentient beings who don’t have a voice & raising awareness on this as well as in relation to animals that are about to become killed, so as to become extinct, is what she is dedicating her life to.
Lauren uses film as a medium to help raise consciousness on the planet & so that everyone realises that all animals have a soul & must be treated the same as any other being. Lauren says “We are all one & must be treated that way, if there is ever to be peace in this world”. She will be acting in films such as ‘A Tiger’s Cry’, co-produced by Susan Fisher-Kaufman (which she is currently helping to raise investment funds for) & also writing, creating documentaries concerning animals who don’t have compassion shown to them & to draw light on those being killed or whom are being treated inhumanely. She will also do a documentary in 2019 about Cetaceans, Dolphins, Whales, Sea lions & turtles in the ocean & how they’re ill treated & get caught in nets – for her work as an Ambassador for Sea Shepherd, U.S.A.
Lauren is proud to have been chosen as a Patron for Tigers4Ever & hopes to create a documentary about our much needed aid & work to stop Tigers from being killed in Bandhavgarh, India. Poaching is bringing tiger numbers dangerously low & if it continues, they will become extinct. Lauren is looking forward to going out to India with Tigers4Ever in 2018 or 2019 to see the villages and to film their hard work.
Susan owns the copyright and is the Producer of a new film “A Tiger’s Cry” which documents the lives of a couple struggling to save wild tigers and their diminishing habitat spanning a period of over 70 years.
Susan is an entrepreneur who has results oriented experience in both corporate entities & film production in both the USA & globally.
Susan is also a long time campaigner for animal & human welfare, & has promoted her interests in these areas through a series of campaigns & fundraising initiatives.
Susan, like Tigers4Ever, believes that wild tigers deserve to have a wild future & has been interested in our wild tiger conservation efforts for some time. Susan will, through her role as Tigers4Ever Patron, promote the work being done by us to give wild tigers wild futures and raise awareness of the day to day threats facing wild tiger survival.