LIVING WITH TIGERS PROJECT
We want to start off by saying a BIG Thank you to everyone who made it on our recent trips! If it wasn't for you booking on our tours (and you know who you are) we wouldn't be able to donate to causes like this and help animals. Also, anyone thinking about coming on our trips and isn't particularly passionate about animals - heres the good news, you don't have to be!! All we ask is for you to have fun and have an amazing day with us. We'll take care of the rest! Part of the 'rest' is that we donate to wild animal causes through every ticket sale, so you can feel mighty fine that you have done good in the world just by having an awesome day!
Tiger protection .........
As Tigers are in desperate need of help, we have donated to our friends at WildCRU for the 'Living with Tigers Project' in Nepal.
There is good news and bad news. The good news is that Tiger populations in Nepal have increased by 63% since 2008 as a result of successfully controlling illegal poaching. The bad news is that its led to a new conservation challenge - protecting the tiger population and local communities from human-tiger conflict.
In the Terai lowlands of Nepal, a major initiative to enforce zero poaching of tigers has resulted in a recovery of tiger populations in Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. However, the regions surrounding these parks also have some of Nepal’s most dense rural human population and very poor communities that rely heavily on forest resources. As a result, there has been an increase in human-tiger conflict, with people and livestock being attacked by tigers.
To help prevent Nepal’s success in tiger conservation being undermined by this conflict, WildCRU has teamed up with the Nepalese organisation Green Governance Nepal to engage the communities around Chitwan and Bardia in devising participatory approaches to ensure their safety, improve their livelihoods, and prevent killing of tigers.
To this end, WildCRU are working with around 1200 households across eight communities around these parks. Their work involves implementing practical measures to improve the safety of people and livestock; developing supplementary livelihood opportunities to reduce dependence on the forested areas where tigers live, and addressing behaviours which put both people and tigers at great risk.