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Project information

Emergency Response for Indian Wildlife

To provide funds for the implementation of short and medium-term interventions to address urgent or critical conservation needs across India. Projects are chosen on the basis that they have the ability to provide an immediate solution or to become self sustaining in the longer term.


Charity information: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

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  • Need


    A shortage of centralised funds can often lead wildlife vulnerable to natural and man-made crises. The provision of funds to support a rapid action response programme mobilises resources quickly where they are most needed with immediate effect. Examples include support for local communities in North Bengal to protect crops from elephants with an early warning system and to provide water for a variety of wildlife during the summer in the desert region of Jodhpur.


    Foundation funds are managed by our partner, the Wildlife Trust of India, who then direct funds and resources to where they are most needed quickly and without bureaucratic complications. This rapid response is key to alleviating local wildlife problems.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide rapid support to address immediate conservation crises


    » Funds and or resources are made available on the ground where they are likely to have an immediate effect and directly address the problem.

    What success will look like

    The resolution of a wildlife crisis with a long term sustainable solution

  • Impact


    The project aims to respond to wildlife crises quickly and efficiently. In this respect long term changes will vary by project.

    To date, however, the Foundation's interventions have succeeded in reducing the number of elephants killed on India's rail network, have provided funds to equip every forest officer patrolling the Sunderbans tiger reserve and have funded an investigation into illegal ivory trade smuggling routes through Asia.


    The project's effectiveness relies on the accuracy and timeliness of information on the ground. Where this is poor then the capacity for rapid response is compromised. Working closely with the Foundation's partner, Wildlife Trust of India, helps mitigate this risk thanks to their established networks and expert knowledge of local wildlife issues.


    The Foundation regularly reports to its supporters via its website, enews letter, and biannual Wildlife Matters newsletter. More formal and specific reports can be made to donors according to their reporting requirements

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Admin Office admin for WTI network
      £4,500 Emergency fund Funds available for emergency response
  • Background


    Throughout India


    Wildlife of India, particularly species at risk from poaching including the elephant and tiger.
    Local communities also benefit from practical solutions to human/animal conflict situations with initiatives which protect livestock and crops.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The David Shepherd Foundation is a highly effective small charity that has achieved much in conservation in the last 25 years working with expert partners on the ground. Lean overheads mean that most of the money donated to the Foundation is directed to its projects which work with local people familiar with the wildlife, the environment and its communities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Wildlife Trust Of India

    Its principal concerns are crisis management to prevent destruction of India's wildlife and the provision of quick, efficient aid to areas in need


Willl pay for a water tank for wildlife in Jodphur