Tigers4Ever Waterhole Project
3 years of poor monsoon rainfall has led to severe extended droughts in Bandhavgarh impacting all. Thirsty prey animals enter villages to drink & graze crops. Predators follow in search of food & take livestock. People can't afford to lose crops/livestock to wildlife so look to end the conflict by fair or foul means risking tigers' lives. Our project will provide solar-powered borehole pumps to bring underground water year-round for tigers & their prey thus reducing human-animal conflict.
Over the last 3 years Bandhavgarh has suffered from an acute water crisis due to erratic rainfall & long dry spells. Existing wildlife waterholes previously replenished by rainwater have become dry or almost dry. Wildlife now needs to look elsewhere for water which leads to increased human-animal conflict due to crop raiding and livestock predation. The project will provide water for up to 8 tigers and countless other wildlife whilst reducing human-animal conflict.
The project will provide a solar powered pump & a large waterhole for tigers/other wildlife. It uses underground streams to provide permanent water for wildlife. Surplus water returns via soakaway systems. We installed 3 systems & built a large waterhole with a solar pump filling 4 waterholes in 2018 critical for the survival of 47 tigers & reducing human-animal conflict . Donations will help to further reduce human-animal conflict & save more tigers & prey via the provision of year-round water.
The lives of thousands of wild animals including more than 100 wild tigers will be saved by the year round availability of water. It will lead to reduced human-animal conflict and will contribute to the conservation of the tigers' environment & sustainability through ecologically focused actions.
Then Disaster Struck
Barely a week had passed since our last project report, and not even a month has lapsed since we took the difficult decision to scale back our patrolling to pre-monsoon levels, a costly decision it seemed as for the first time in 66 months we lost 2 wild tigers to retaliatory poisonings, what is worse the death toll could rise further as the dead tigress had 4 cubs and only one was found with her at the scene of the poisoning. Despite extensive searches over the last few days, only two cubs have been sighted, as the days move forward the chances of finding the third alive diminish further.
How could this happen? Well, the simple answer is that our patrols have been overwhelmed. Reducing the patrolling by 33%, as we were forced to do to avoid running out of funds, meant a 500km (312 mile) reduction in the area covered by our patrols during October. It isn’t just the impact of the reduction in patrolling which is hitting hard; it is also the impact of unprecedented encroachment levels in the forest, as people who have lost income due to the enforcement of COVID19 measures struggle to survive. These people are putting their lives at risk by going deeper and deeper into the forest in search of something to sell, the death and injury toll over the last month reads like nothing we’ve known in over 10 years since we established Tigers4Ever:
A 40 year old female killed by a startled tiger whilst picking fruit deep into the tiger’s territory;
A 3 year old tigress (mother of 3 cubs) killed in a territorial fight with another tigress because she’d moved her cubs due to human encroachment in her territory;
Two 4 week old tiger cubs killed by jackals when their mother left them in an unsafe den because human fruit pickers were in her territory;
A pregnant leopard killed by a tiger because human encroachment forced it into the tiger’s territory;
A 41 year old man mauled whilst fruit pricking by a tigress protecting her cubs from encroaching humans;
A 42 year old man killed by wild elephants whilst trying to protect his crops;
An 8 year old tigress and 18 month old cub killed by villagers who poisoned the carcass of a domestic cow which the tigress had taken, a further 18 month old cub missing presumed dead;
Four more villagers mauled by the same tigress protecting her cubs from the encroaching fruit pickers;
The rice crops of 8 villages totally decimated by marauding elephants.
The only way we can address these issues is to increase our patrolling back up to the monsoon levels (double patrolling) until at least the end of this year. If we can increase our patrols, we can cover an extra 500 km (312 miles) of wild tiger territory, looking for snares, traps and signs of would be poisoners. Increased patrols would also help to prevent the dangerous encroachment into the territories of wild tigers which is increasing daily and to provide safety advice for those trying to protect their crops and livestock from wandering elephants and tigers respectively.
The only way we can do this is by increasing our funding by a further £1500 as soon as possible, to do this we need your help. Your gift today can make a huge difference:
£20 will help us to pay a patrolling team for a day
£30 will provide hot nutritious meals for a team of patrollers whilst they are on duty for a day
£40 will ensure that we can transport a team of anti-poaching patrollers to a remote location for a day’s patrolling
£100 will ensure that a team of patrollers can cover 125 km (78 miles) of wild tiger territory in a day
£500 will ensure that we can increase of patrolling levels to the highest level for a month.
If we don’t act now, we are sure that the lives of more tigers and more humans will be lost, and with every loss of human life comes another threat to the tiger’s survival in the wild, thus we must protect both if we are to ensure that wild tigers will have a wild future.
Every single donation received will help us to save wild tigers’ lives, no matter how large or small. The current crisis means that we need your help like never before: https://goto.gg/28767.
Please don’t hesitate if you can help, your donation can be the difference between life and death for a wild tiger, as it helps to increase our patrolling when it is most needed. Every tiger and every tiger cub counts. Thank you for making our fight against poachers, the changing climate and human-animal conflict possible.
Protect Bandhavgarh's Tigers From Poachers
97% of the global wild tiger population has been lost in little over 100 years. Only 3900 remain in the wild so it's vital we protect them and their critical habitat. Around two thirds of these wild tigers (2967) are in India. Poachers have jeopardised wild tiger survival for over 20 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; and to educate local communities to change their attitudes towards tigers and other wildlife.
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 8 years, over 360 tigers have died in poachers' snares in India devastating wild tiger populations and threatening their long-term survival.
By providing anti-poaching patrols in the buffer forests around Bandhavgarh we are protecting tigers in a key area for poaching, removing snares so that tigers can walk the forests safely. Our patrols have help to eliminate retaliatory poisonings, in the buffer forests around Bandhavgarh. Our patrols also put a stop to other illicit activities including logging and scarce resource harvesting. Eliminating illicit activities reduces the impact on precious tiger habitat. Our work with local communities helps change their 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 & wildlife are disappearing at an alarming rate. Our patrols have reduced tiger deaths from poaching by 97% in 5 years. Wild tiger populations in India are slowly recovering due to intense conservation efforts so it is fundamental to maintain this positive impact by continuing patrolling which is key to the long-term survival of wild tigers; whilst educating and employing local people helps to relieve poverty.