In India, Born Free’s unique Living with Tigers initiative is working in the Satpuda area, which incorporates the forests of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, home to seven tiger reserves connected by forest corridors. This protected area allows tigers to roam freely across hundreds of miles of their natural habitat.
Dedicated teams of Tiger Ambassadors have been appointed from local villages, and trained to identify the presence of tigers so they’re on-hand to assist should conflict occur. Then there’s our Mobile Education Unit, visiting local schools to teach children about wildlife conservation.
In Thailand, we support the Freeland Foundation in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex to offer protection via the employment of anti-poaching units and rangers, as well as reaching out to local schools to support ongoing conservation education.
Working alongside our partners, we are helping to conserve some of the largest remaining tiger populations and habitats on Earth.
Operating under some of the toughest conditions, these programmes also help conservation NGOs in their work with local communities, to find solutions to human-wildlife conflict, and highlight the benefits of genuine co-existence. The projects improve livelihoods, maintain habitats and protect wild tigers.
It is hard, committed and long-term work, and we haven’t much time left. The good news is that we’re making progress. For example, in the last 10 years, tiger numbers have increased to a population of 500 across the Satpuda landscape in India.
Wild tiger populations are on the brink of extinction in many countries across Asia. Over the last century tiger numbers in Asia have collapsed by 96%, from 100,000 to fewer than 4,000 left in the wild today.
Instantly recognisable as one of nature’s most charismatic and revered animals, and promoted in cultures the world over, the tiger is also persecuted and killed with alarming prejudice and brutality.
Tigers are threatened by habitat loss resulting from mining, logging, farming, palm oil plantations, settlements, roads and railways. Many large tracts of forest are now devoid of wild prey and no longer able to sustain wild tigers.
As their hunting range decreases, tigers are increasingly being driven into territories occupied by people and find themselves in conflict with farmers that persecute them for killing their livestock.
Tigers are poached for their body parts, or bred on tiger farms, to supply the increasing demand for tiger products in China and south east Asia.
Threats to the survival of wild tigers include:
Habitat loss due to deforestation
Rural and agricultural development
Poaching for body parts to be used in traditional Asian medicine
There is hope. We are working globally to provide a unified, focused and co-ordinated
programme for conservation initiatives in the wild to stop tiger poaching, put an end to
the trade in tiger products, and ensure the survival of the species.
Born Free’s initiatives work in central India and Thailand to tackle the poaching crisis, safeguard tiger habitats, and find ways for communities and wildlife to live together
peacefully in the remaining strongholds for wild tigers.
With your generous support we can increase our efforts, expand into new areas and work more widely to counter the causes of this crisis across Asia.
Our goal is to safeguard wild tiger populations in central India and south east Asia while conserving their habitats and promoting co-existence. A world without wild tigers is unimaginable. And yet we’re moving dangerously close to this possibility.
Please help us protect tigers for future generations.