PROTECT BANDHAVGARH'S TIGERS FROM POACHERS

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.

Challenge

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. Frequent wild animal movement leads to human-animal conflict in the buffers where poachers focus laying wire snares along tiger trails. Bandhavgarh has lost many tigers in snares. In 15 years, over 300 tigers have died in snares in India devastating wild tiger populations & threatening long-term survival.

Solution

By providing anti-poaching patrols in the buffer forests around Bandhavgarh we are protecting tigers in a key area for poaching, removing snares so tigers can walk the forests safely. Our patrols help to eliminate other illicit activities in buffer forests including logging/resource harvesting. Eliminating illicit activities reduces the impact on precious tiger habitat. Our work with local communities helps change attitudes towards poaching & further support the long-term survival of wild tigers

Long-Term Impact

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 94% reduction in tiger deaths from poaching in 3 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.