BANDHAVGARH'S TIGERS FROM POACHERS
97% of the global wild tiger population has been lost in 100 years. Fewer than 3900 remain so it’s vital we protect them and their precious habitat. Two-thirds (2967) of all wild tigers are in India. Poachers have jeopardised future wild tiger survival for decades with snares and traps camouflaged along tiger trails. Our Anti-Poaching Patrols aim to eradicate snares around Bandhavgarh so tigers can walk safely, and to educate local communities to foster positive attitudes towards tigers and other wildlife.
The world’s wild tigers and 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 their wire snares along tiger trails. In the last fifty years, Bandhavgarh lost many tigers in poachers’ snares and to retaliatory poisoning. In 2021 the number of wild tigers which died in India reached a ten year high. If poaching isn’t halted it will devastate all wild tiger populations and threaten their long-term survival.
Our anti-poaching patrols protect wild tigers in the buffer forests around Bandhavgarh, in areas where historically poaching and poisoning were rife, 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 and further support the long-term survival of wild tigers
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 achieved a 97.5% reduction in tiger deaths from poaching and poisoning in just under 7 years. Maintaining a positive impact by continuing patrolling is key to the long-term survival of wild tigers; whilst educating and employing local people helps to relieve poverty.