Protecting the Tiger in Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga is one of the tiger's last long-term strongholds in the world. Conservation measures, funded by the Foundation, have done much to stabilise tiger numbers, but still little is known about their lives and habitat. A sustained monitoring programme would do much to fill these knowledge gaps.
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
The tiger is in very real danger of extinction with population numbers in some areas so low that survival is impossible. However, the Kaziranga park is one of India's most important tiger habitats and numbers, although low, are sufficient to provide the opportunity to learn more about these elusive creatures. Scientific monitoring is a vital tool in the conservation process and a funded programme is key to the tiger's survival.
The project will fund a 12 month monitoring programme to include the installation of 50 trapping camers to determine tiger density, an assessment of tiger habitats and threats both to habitats and tigers and the creation of a tiger conservation awareness programme to involve local communities in tiger protection for the long term survival of the species.
To understand better the lives and the habitats of the tiger
Activities» To install 50 digital camera traps to track individual tigers and to assess tiger density
» To classify suitable tiger habitats making use of geo-spatial tools for prioritisation of conservation programmes
» To monitor threats to the tigers and plan for anti-poaching measures in the park
» To enlist local support for tiger conservation
Success will be measured in terms of the numbers of tigers captured by the cameras, an increase in tiger density data and an increase in conservation awareness in the locality.
The project should faciliate the development of better conservation programmes for the tiger as well as provide an invaluable template for further study for other tiger populations.
The project's success should ultimately result in an increased tiger population in Kaziranga, through better understanding of tiger habitats and a reduction in poaching and deaths due to tiger/human conflict..
The success of the study depends on the capture of data from cameras placed around the tiger's territory. Monitoring this data is time consuming and, hence relatively expensive. Wrongly placed cameras will not capture the necessary data to underpin the rest of the programme.
The project manager will work closely with park rangers and conservationists familiar with the local territory and the tiger population to mitigate this risk.
The project manager will supply regular reports to the Foundation and its donors until the project is completed. Reports can be passed directly to donors or formatted by the Foundation to meet with donor reporting criteria.
Budget - Project Cost: £36,618Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £14,824 Salaries Wage costs for project manager, biologists and assistants £15,882 Equipment new and replacement cameras, vehicle costs and field supplies £3,265 Lodging Accommodation and food for field teams £2,647 Administration Telecoms and accounting
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount The US and Wildlife Service £16,500 Guaranteed
Kaziranga National Park in Assam India
The tiger population in the Kaziranga National Park primarily but data collected during the monitoring exercise will be available to scientists and conservationists in other tiger regions. Lessons learned here will prove to be invaluable to those engaged in similar projects elsewhere and our understanding of the tiger and its habitat can only be enhanced.
The Foundation has worked with conservationists in the Kaziranga National Park for over 15 years and has been the sole funder of the state-of-the-art comms network used by park rangers and anti-poaching patrols - key elements of current conservation objectives. The Foundation's relationship with key field experts has been developed over many years and the project team's familiarity with the tiger and its habitat delivers effective solutions.
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Aaranyak, a biodiversity and conservation agency based in Northern India will partner the Foundation taking responsibility for day-to-day management.