LOCATION: Satpuda forests of Madihya Pradesh and Maharashtra, India
GOAL: To aid the recovery of tiger populations and reduce conflict with local communities
ACTIONS: Field research and monitoring, lobbying, human-tiger conflict mitigation measures and environmental education
With less than 4,000 wild tigers left in the wild, the future for this iconic species in its natural habitat is precarious. Tiger range throughout India, Indochina, and south east Asia is now 40% smaller than it was in 1951, and today tigers occupy a mere 7% of their historical territory. And the threats are mounting.
On the Indian subcontinent, where the largest tiger population persists, only 11% of their original habitat remains in an increasingly fragmented and often degraded state. Tigers are a conservation dependent species, requiring large contiguous forests with access to prey and water and undisturbed core areas in which to breed.
The Satpuda forests of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra offer perhaps the best hope for India's remaining 2,229 wild tigers (2014 estimate). Constituting several tiger reserves connected by forest corridors, this is the largest viable block of tiger habitat in India. The Satpuda Landscape Tiger Partnership (SLTP), developed by Born Free and the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford, brings together a network of Indian conservationists working in seven tiger reserves across this very important tiger range – Bori-Satpuda, Kanha, Melghat, Pench MP, Pench Maharashtra, Navegaon-Nagzira and Tadoba-Andhari and habitat corridors linking them.
Through conservation bursaries funded by Born Free,these dedicated NGOs and individuals are implementing a variety of conservation activities to protect tiger habitats, mitigate tiger-human conflict, tackle wildlife crime, monitor tiger populations, raise awareness and improve the livelihoods of people living next to tigers.