|We raise money for the
immediate needs of the wild tigers:
We have been collaborating closely with Wildlife Conservation
Society in the recent years, directly supporting the WCS India
Program under Dr. Karanth.
Protecting the tiger, its
habitat, its prey and its protectors.
Supporting the surrounding
villages (Community-based conservation), if appropriate.
Scientific studies to understand
the needs of the tigers
Control of poaching and international
trade of tiger parts
From years 2000 to 2007: Project Lifeline Sunderban:
This was one of our significant projects with high level of financial support.
It focused on the Sunderban mangrove forests in West Bengal on the India-Bangladesh
Among the project goals: providing
financial relief for families of tiger attack victims, educational scholarships
for the children of tiger attach victims, medical assistance
for people injured by tigers, vaccination, primary healthcare and family
planning for rural people who surround the tiger habitat. Human pressure on the
tiger habitat is intense in this protected area and several deaths result
annually due to human-wildlife conflicts. It is imperative for the tiger
that its human neighbors maintain the goodwill towards it despite the dire
poverty and competition for the resources. Hence our efforts for the
community and for the tiger. We are proud of the
fact that thanks to such community-based conservation efforts, the Sunderban
tiger has been relatively unaffected by the recent horrible wave of poaching
that has severely affected tiger reserves in the north.
2005 : Solar Lanterns for the forest
guards in Pench NP in Madhya Pradesh, Central India: We provided
solar-powered lanterns for each of the 57 patrolling camps in the Pench area.
Virtually all these camps are without electricity and having the lighting is a
significant increase in tiger protection in the area. [We thank Mr. and Mrs.
Ketan Patwardhan of Chicago and their friends, co-workers and neighbors who made
this project possible.]
August 2003: Asian Elephant
Conservation Manual: Development, production and distribution of a
technical field manual targeted at
researchers, conservationists, and wildlife managers
for the scientific
monitoring and management of Asian Elephants for South and
Southeast Asia. This manual is similar to the successful tiger-prey
monitoring manual published by the Wildlife Conservation Society in India in
2002. Since the tiger and the highly endangered Asian elephant survival is
closely interlinked, this project is very much relevant for the tiger. Our
level of support for this project was $10000 and
we are thankful to the Wildlife Conservation Society for being the lead
sponsor of the project and conducting
an interactive workshop in Nagarahole-Bandipur Tiger Reserve, India, that
brought together a group of experts to discuss and evaluate a variety of field
and analytical techniques for monitoring elephant populations and other
parameters relevant to elephant conservation. The manual was a result of this
Oct 2002 : Asiatic (Gir) Lion Study and
Community-based Conservation: Research into the history and cultural
context of the highly endangered Gir lion by Mr. Divyabhanusinh Chavda of Jaipur
at a cost of $6000. This work has lead to the publication
of a text by the Oxford University Press. The Gir lion is woven into the Indian culture
and the survival of the lion in this isolated enclave is definitely not possible
without understanding and nurturing the cultural link. The situation is not
that different for the tiger, either.
March 2001: Survey and Monitoring of Tiger
Habitat in the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Vidarbha (Central India) to create a
database of the physical land features, water presence and the vegetation of the
park. This effort was funded with the goal of creating the base for the
following projects to improve the
vegetation for the herbivores animals, water management, and tiger conservation
research on the basis of this information collected. The project cost was
$4000. We thank the Wildlife Conservation Society for overseeing this project.
March 2001: Habitat Survey and Community
Conservation in North Karnataka. This $4000 project in the Anshi
National Park and Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary situated on the northwestern side
of the Uttara Kannada District, covered a contiguous area of about 1084 sq.
kilometers of prime Tropical Moist Evergreen Forest tiger habitat. Logging,
commercial extractions of Non-Timber Forest Products, destruction of forests for
developmental projects and hunting of tiger's prey are the major threats in this
region. This project addressed the conservation needs of this important tiger
habitat and seeded conservation programs and awareness efforts. We thank the
Wildlife Conservation Society again for overseeing this project.
January 2001: Water Harvesting Structure
for wildlife in the Sariska Reserve in arid Rajasthan (Northwest
India). This innovative structure is one of a series of such structures
constructed by the Tarun Bharat Sangh for the purposes of erosion prevention and
reforestation. Generally used in human communities, this particular structure is
essential for the parched wildlife during the very dry summer months of
Rajasthan. Project cost was $4300 for one structure. Tarun Bharat Sangh was
subsequently awarded he 2001 Magsaysay award for community leadership.
June 2000: Boy Scout Cub Den 14 makes a
difference for the tiger cubs. First graders from Den 14 of the Tiger Cub
Scouts in Montgomery, New Jersey, wrote a letter to President Clinton urging him
to save the wild tigers. They also donated a box of socks and ponchos to Saving
Wild Tigers for the forest guards who protect the tigers in India. The raincoats
were taken to the Phen Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh and were handed over to Mr
Parihar, the DFO (District Forest Officer) in that region. Project cost nil.
More details, pictures....
June 2000: Forest guard clothing
donated by Patagonia Inc's Washington DC store
was taken to the Hemis National Park,
Ladakh. The warm clothes were handed over to Riinchen Wangchuck who works
with the snow leopard stewardship program along with the Snow Leopard trust.
This was Patagonia's 2nd donation for the wild cats. (See below for a
description of Ladakh's extreme climate). A few Patagonia jackets also went to
the forest Department in Sariska tiger reserve in Rajasthan, Northwest India,
where we sponsored a water conservation project.
December 1999: Forest Guard equipment
grant of $1,200. Emergency procurement of equipment (boots, socks, sweaters and
raincoats) for approximately 200 staff of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve in
Maharashtra, Central India. More details, picture...
Fall 1999: Tiger Link Forest Guard Awards
($125 each) were awarded to Mahendra Singh "for his exemplary courage in
nabbing poachers, in spite of putting his life at risk. He has shown particular
ability in collecting valuable information on anti-poaching activities. His hard
work in June 1999 in capturing one injured tiger at Bodal is also worthy of
mention." and to Balbir Singh, who "as a forest guard working as a
driver, has been associated with teams working to nab poachers. He also showed
remarkable courage in capturing a sick tiger and rescuing it. He was the first
person to approach the animal... has worked hard in controlling illegal
Summer 1999: Elephant-mahout award
$500. Awarded to elephant-mahouts (drivers) in Kanha National Park for patrol
Spring 1999: Forest guard equipment to
staff patrolling the snow leopard range in Ladakh via Dr. Raghu Chundawat. Total
equipment value of $1,500 was donated from Patagonia, Inc. in Washington D.C.
This area is significant for the tiger as well since it is through Ladakh that tiger bones are smuggled
across to Tibet and are bartered for shahtoosh (the illegal fur of the
endangered Tibetan antelope). The conditions are extreme with high altitudes at
14,000 feet and temperatures that drop below -35 Centigrade.
Since a small staff covers a large area mostly on foot, good winter gear was welcome. Picture