Protecting Tigers in North East Thailand
To monitor and protect the surviving tiger population in Thailand's Thap Lan and Pang Sida National Parks. Initial tiger surveys have revealed that there is an important remnant tiger population in the region, making it a critical landscape for tiger conservation globally.
April 2012 - July 2012
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Worldwide the tiger population has fallen to around 3200 tigers and this iconic creature is in very very grave danger of extinction. There are already more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild and urgent action needs to be taken to protect those surviving populations that do exist in the wild. The discovery of a small population of tigers in North East Thailand has made this region key to the survival of the species worldwide.
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is working with expert conservationists in the field, FREELAND, to monitor, track and protect the remaining tigers in Thailand's National Parks. The work of the rangers is supported by an outreach programme which aims to educate local communities about their wildlife heritage and to minimise human-animal conflicts.
To protect the tiger in Thailand's national parks
Activities» Tracking and monitoring to collect data on tiger numbers, their habitats and their prey.
» Anti-poaching patrols to reduce the number of tigers killed for body parts.
Success will be a reduction in poaching activity and an increase in the number of tigers in the region.
Educaiton and outreach to change attitudes towards the tiger
Activities» An education and outreach programme within communities which border tiger territories
Success will be changing attitudes towards the tiger with reduced support for hunting and poaching.
The main aim of the project is to increase tiger numbers in Thailand. Tracking and monitoring of tigers through a programme of camera trapping will demonstrate the success of the measures undertaken by the Project team.
The National Parks have become very attractive to wealthy people wishing to holiday in rural areas of Thailand and so tiger habitats are under threat from land grabbing in the area. The project is working closely with the Director-General of the Department of the National Parks to reclaim this protected land for the Parks and their wildlife
The Foundation produces a bi-annual newsletter "Wildlife Matters" which provides supporters with project updates received from project workers in the field. The Foundation website and monthly eNews letter also provide key information about projects as appropriate.
Budget - Project Cost: £40,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £10,000 Field Staff Salaries for 12 month tracking/monitoring £25,000 Education programme Staff, project materials, travel and accommodation £5,000 Marketing and administration Staff, materials, publicity
North Eastern Thailand in the Thap Lan and Pang Sida National Parks
Tigers, primarily, but local communities should benefit from the opportunity to learn more about their wildlfe heritage.
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation has been working with conservation experts in the field for over 25 years. Its established networks and conservation successes means that money is used efficiently and effectively where it is most needed. The Foundation has been working with the project team in Thailand for the last 12 months and is very pleased with the progress that has been made in securing a future for this iconic animal.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Melanie is the CEO of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and works closely with representatives from FREELAND - our partners in Thailand.
Will provide fuel & rations 3 months monitoring