Support our work to save the Royal Bengal tiger in Assam and throughout India.
Kaziranga - designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 - is home to approximately 113 adult wild tigers (making it India's highest tiger density), wild elephants and approximately 3/4 of the world's last surviving Indian one-horned rhinos, which all need greater protection if they are to survive. TigerTime and parent charity DSWF are the sole funders of the vital, state-of-the-art communications network, providing mobile handsets and base stations for all forest officers monitoring this important wildlife refuge. Not only has this programme increased morale amongst forest staff, but it has directly resulted in halving rhino deaths from poaching and natural disasters such as the annual flooding.
TigerTime also funds equipment and anti-poaching in other wildlife sanctuaries in Assam, including Orang and Pabitora. This includes wildlife crime networking, undercover investigations into poaching and smuggling of endangered wildlife from Assam to neighbouring consumer markets, such as Myanmar and China.
TigerTime also funds a vital tiger camera-trapping monitoring programme which provides important information about the tiger populations and its prey species in Kaziranga and Orang National Parks. This research enables the team to manage resources as effectively as possible across these key tiger landscapes.
In 2009, we secured a BBC Wildlife Fund grant to buy and launch an anti-poaching floating boat camp that is now patrolling the Brahmaputra River which forms the northern border of Kaziranga.
In 2011, to support the anti-poaching work in the area, we laucned the first anti-poaching dog squad. These highly trained dogs pick up scent at the scene of a wildlife crime and follow it back to the criminals involved providing valuable support to the Wildlife Crime and Monitoring Programme. In 2015 the team introduced a new dog to the squad expanding the reach of this powerful detection and deterrent work and are currently recruiting a third.
As with all our projects education plays a key role. Working with the local families and children who live close to the national parks we help them understand the importance of their wildlife which is vital to tolerance and sustainability. The Tiger goes to school programme reaches thousands of children on the fringes of the park each year. We also fund alternative livelihood programmes to provide alternative incomes to poaching and hunting and support volunteer community groups who help patrol the park borders to deter poachers.
We fund rapid response to wildlife emergencies and crisis situations across 21 states in India through our partners the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
We have provided funds to train and equip every forest officer patrolling the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, which was then thought to provide sanctuary to c.250 tigers and potentially still offers one of India’s long-term hopes for tiger survival because the mangrove swamps and salt water make it almost uninhabitable for humans.
Currently we are providing grants for rapid emergency aid, for example rescue operations during flooding and providing road signs and speed bumps which have reduced wildlife casualties by half in some areas, including tigers. The project also enables responses to crisis situations, for example interventions on human / animal conflict which is a growing problem in and around India’s crowded wildlife reserves. These grants allow WTI to respond immediately to crises, with little bureaucracy and no delay and is proving an invaluable lifeline in the battle to save India’s precious wildlife.
NGO Partner: Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)