Thai Project

Thailand Wild Tiger Project  

Initial surveys indicate an important remnant tiger population numbering nearly 200 in Thailand.  Given the extremely low numbers of tigers remaining in the wild, this makes the region a critical landscape for tiger conservation.  Tigers, along with numerous other wild species which inhabit the lush forest, are threatened by habitat destruction and fragmentation. 

TigerTime has been supporting FREELAND and the work it undertakes in wildlife protection and wildlife trade investigation since 2010. 

Working across the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, which encompasses five national parks over 6, 200km2 , the primary aim of  TigerTime's funding is to support the professional development and training of anti-poaching techniques for park rangers enabling them to build their capacity to protect wildlife populations, especially tigers. 

To maximise efficiency, rangers are also being involved as stakeholders. Trained to collect and record presence and distribution data for mammal species during the course of routine patrols, this allows park managers to identify core areas where anti-poaching initiatives are most needed. 

Along with ranger training, TigerTime is also supporting awareness in the community about why the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai  Forest Complex is important as a World Heritage Site. This includes visits to schools immediately adjacent to the park as well as along the highway corridor which transects the region leaving the area vulnerable to encroachment and poaching.  It is hoped that by reaching the children of poachers and influencing children’s attitudes before they become involved in poaching themselves, that the poaching cycle can be broken; a critical component to the long-term survival of the important wildlife populations in the Forest Complex.        

NGO Partner: FREELAND Foundation

READ:
Scars and Stripes - an insight into the camera trapping work that we support in Thailand

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