Project information

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

Charity information: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

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  • Need

    Need

    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.

    Solution

    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.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    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.


    Aim 2

    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.


  • Impact

    Impact

    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.

    Risk

    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

    Reporting

    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

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      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
  • Background

    Location

    North Eastern Thailand in the Thap Lan and Pang Sida National Parks

    Beneficiaries

    Tigers, primarily, but local communities should benefit from the opportunity to learn more about their wildlfe heritage.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    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.

    People

    Melanie Shepherd

    Melanie is the CEO of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and works closely with representatives from FREELAND - our partners in Thailand.

£200

Will provide fuel & rations 3 months monitoring