NOW in their role as Village Wildlife Guardians
Since 2014 TOFTigers, in partnership with wildlife action charity, Tigerwatch in Ranthambhore and the Corbett Foundation in Kanha and the Field Directors and his staff of both Ranthambhore and Kanha Tiger reserves, have supported, with funding from travel companies, contributors and visitors, to the Village Wildlife Guardian programme. An increasing number of part time, fully trained guardians, chosen from bordering villages prone to wildlife conflicts bordering these two Tiger Reserve, now keep their eyes and ears out for wildlife and illegal activities in and around their homes, providing a powerful and proactive deterrent for poachers, illegal wood choppers and the bushmeat trade, as well as reporting movements of tigers and other wildlife on the fringes of the park. It’s a powerful protection force – that is having an immediate and positive effects on the areas they watch over.
A tiger and poacher with rifle cross the same camera trap separated by an hour and a half.
Over the past two year, the results have been astonishing. Poachers caught red handed (see above), animal movements monitored across huge areas of landscape, dens protected, wildlife preserved, illegal mining and wood chopping stopped and villagers now safer.
Infact it’s been such a success the Field Directors wants far more guardians.
Village Wildlife Guardians helped in a week long period to manage traffic in the area where a tigress with 2 cubs were stationed near a small town
Our field partners recruits and coordinates each individual guardian, trains them and pays them a retainer to report to their local park authorities any suspicious movements or activities on the fringes of the park near their homes and farmlands, including potential poaching activities for both tigers but crucially for prey species like wild boar, spotted and sambar deer, as well as illegal logging or interference with wildlife den sites of creatures like hyenas, wolves, foxes, sloth bear or leopards, often moving outside the park. A few individuals are also skilled trackers and can be used to track tigers who stray out of the parks often for weeks on end as they search for food and new territory.
Village Guardians show the Chief Minister of Rajasthan how they operate in the field
Their eyes and ears are providing invaluable information,and helping us secure the very porous boundaries of these parks. Their cooperation is the difference between life and death for many creatures (and even villagers), and ensures all the parks’ flora and fauna can survive to live another day.
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6 Village Wildlife Guardians ready to get started after finishing training in Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh in July 2016
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
You can read the latest field reports downloadable from the right hand column, or read the latest report form BBC Wildlife Magazine, April 2016. Download here
FIELD TRAINING UNDERTAKEN
Village Guardians undertake a two days intensive training course, with the Field Directors and alongside respected forest staff, and are taught the key elements of their new role on behalf of the Forest departments. Guardians, who have the ability to communicate with visitors, are also trained as guides to any visitors or sponsors who want to meet them in the field.
SO HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THEM
Your TOFTigers contribution will be utilized to paying him/her a monthly stipend for being the 'eyes and ears' of their community, and loaning him a smartphone to report and photograph signs, sightings and any valuable poaching intelligence that they gains to the forest range officers of the respective parks - invaluable information for protection teams.
Support for these guardians can come in two ways.
Either support one (or more) guardians at INR 80,000 per guardian per year.(UK£800/US$1200)
OR co-support (with others) a guardian at INR 20,000 per guardian per year. (UK£200/US$300)
WHAT YOU GET IN RETURN FOR YOUR SUPPORT
You, your company, your visitors or your organization will be introduced to the designated guardians, with photos and profile – and have regular updates from field partners, over the coming year. Furthermore TOFTigers highlights all its supporters through all our media outlets.
You can tell your friends and family about him, tell your tiger safari clients or even meet a guardian and visit his village and homestead when you are nearby or visiting one of these parks.
You can also motivate him by highlighting your support and their efforts on your own social media.
IF YOU ARE BASED IN INDIA you can make a donation payable to:
Travel Operators for Tigers India Wildlife Association,
A1/76, 1st Floor,
New Delhi, 110029, India
Tel: +91 11 41006608
Or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
REMEMBER – Companies and individuals can get Indian tax relief under section *80G for charitable contribution to TOFTigers in India
IF YOU ARE BASED OUTSIDE OF INDIA you can make a donation payable to:
The TOFTigers Initiative
The TOFTigers Initiative is a not for profit foundation.(we are awaiting charitable status)
Thanks for your generosity – and let’s ensure we still have wild tigers and their wild habitat homes in 2116 and beyond.