Saving the Tiger - Fighting for Minds In Siberia
Education is an important part of saving the Siberian tiger, whose numbers, although increasing are still vulnerable to natural and man-made shocks. Key to their survival is education, engaging local communities in their natural environment and encouraging support of conservation initiatives.
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
During the 1980s and 1990s an estimated 70 tigers were being poached each year and by 1993 there were fewer than 100 animals left in Siberia. Experts warned that unless drastic action was taken then the tiger could be extinct in the region by the year 2000. Thankfully a number of initiatives were undertaken which saw tiger numbers quadruple in just over 10 years, but crucial to maintaining this population growth is the education of the local population to support conservation measures.
The project aims to continue its support for a number of education and awareness programmes begun in local communities throughout Siberia. These target largely school age children and provide a host of activities designed to raise awareness of and support for the Siberian tiger.
To extend the educational opportunities available to local school children
Activities» Extend access to the tiger eco-centre based in Novopokrovka and currently attended by 6 and 7 years olds from the 16 schools in the region.
» Extend tiger outreach programmes to local schools to nurture a caring attitude towards local wildlife.
» Fund further tiger festival days to engage local communities in a celebration of the Siberian tiger.
» Extend access to summer camps to provide children with hands-on experience of local conservation initiatives.
Success will be the increased participation of local children at the tiger eco-centres, festival days and summer camps.
The long term success of the project will be demonstrated by a greater appreciation of local wildlife, a reduction in human/tiger conflict situations and a pride in the region's wildlife heritage.
Education has proven to be essential in the conservation programme to protect the tiger, but any interruption in its delivery threatens progress. The Foundation is working hard to ensure that funds to the project are maintained and awareness of the plight of the tiger, not only in Siberia, but worldwide has become a priority campaign going forward.
The project will report regularly to the Foundation on progress and, in turn, this will be passed to donors via website updates and an enews letter. More formal reporting can be made as required to major donors.
Budget - Project Cost: £67,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £26,500 Education programme Outreach educator, eco-centre staff and administration £5,500 Administration and marketing Materials, reporting, accounting, communications £10,000 Tiger Day Festival costs in Valdivostok £25,000 Training Outreach workshops - training trainers
The Russian Far East covering an extensive area of Siberia, including key regions of Northern Primorye, Vladivostok, Novopokrovka and Luchegorsk.
The outreach programme aims to reach all 16 schools in this vast region with a school population of around 2600 pupils (out of a total population of just 22,000).
The Tiger Festival days aim to encourage all the local communities to participate in this celebration of the tiger.
The Foundation has worked closely with the Phoenix Fund for a number of years and has been pleased to support a wide range of conservation projects. Working with expert partners on the ground means that supporters' money goes where it is most needed, most effectively. Employing local staff helps to break down barriers to the conservation message in local communities and local knowledge means that solutions can be tailored to the immediate environment.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Sergei L Bezeznuk
Director of the Phoenix Trust, partner to the Foundation in Siberia.