Telia, the Bengal tigress, lives in an Indian tiger reserve with four youngsters. Her beauty is mesmerising, her power awesome. She would die protecting her cubs. But, without the help of people who care, she and her family are defenceless against poachers.
A dead tiger is worth a lot of money. They are illegally killed for their fur and butchered for their bones. The illegal market in tiger body parts means there is a price on Telia’s head.
Human encroachment into unprotected tiger habitat means forests are lost or converted into farmland. Their natural prey is devasted leaving tigers like Telia with no alternative but to kill livestock – the consequences can be deadly as farmers retaliate.
In the past 100 years, a gut-wrenching 96% have been wiped out. Gone forever. Today, as few as 4,000 tigers remain in the wild. These are dark days for the tiger. The supreme hunter is in extreme crisis in the wild.
Your gift TODAY could help secure a future for tigers like Telia.
India is home to 75% of all wild tigers and at Satpuda Hills, Born Free has been hard at work since 2004, supporting the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect Satpuda’s tigers.
Tiger wardens, local education and training, alternatives to firewood and habitat protection have seen India’s tigers double in number, from 1,411 to around 3,000 today. But, we need to do more. We MUST do more. Your help will make the difference to conserving this magnificent species for generations to come.
Telia and her cubs © Roaring Wild Travel Co
Protecting wild tigers is critical. So is ending the market for tiger bones and skins.
Born Free is campaigning to urge the authorities to tackle the gruesome trade in tiger parts, not least cruel ‘tiger farms’, where thousands of tigers are intensively-bred in China and beyond for their parts. We must end the demand. Close the loop. But we need funds. You can help us stop the killing.
Shockingly, there are more tigers in captivity around the world than in the wild in India!
In zoos and circuses thousands live in inadequate cages or are forced to perform demeaning tricks. And many more are kept as backyard exotic ‘pets’, thousands in the USA and eight in the UK alone! That’s why we campaign for an end to the private keeping of tigers. That’s why we work to rescue captive tigers where we can. Your support today can help end captive exploitation and rescue abused tigers. You can make our vision of a safe future for all tigers a reality.
“It is so horrific seeing tigers being exploited in captivity, stared at and mocked, sometimes in terrible concrete pens, that we have to try to cheer ourselves up by thinking of them in the wild, thinking of them and protecting them in nature, where they truly belong. And that’s why at Born Free we are launching our Tigers in Crisis campaign.” Virginia McKenna OBE, Co-Founder and Trustee, Born Free
“This appeal comes from our hearts. Tigers are ravishing, complex creatures, with intricate lives and a myriad of personalities and life-stories. It would be a vile disgrace if we allow them to be hunted and persecuted to extinction. I was born in India. The country is my spiritual home and I am utterly imbued with the essence of this glowing, mysterious country. The tiger is India’s very fitting emblem. Help us – help Born Free’s work to save the tiger. Dig deep dearest friend, please. Give what you can.” Joanna Lumley OBE, Born Free Founder Patron
Captive tiger © Aaron Gekoski
£10: first aid kit for a tiger warden
£50: binoculars for a tiger warden
£70: tiger conservation banner & education packs for an entire village
£100: biogas unit for one household, protecting tiger habitat
by reducing the need for firewood
£1,000: yearly stipend for a trained ‘Tiger Ambassador’ working
locally to reduce conflict
£3,000: fund a community education officer for a whole year
£25: month’s supply PPE for Gopal’s carers
£195: one week’s loving and expert care for Sandro
£2,000: large fridge/freezer to store food for Gopal (critical due to
Covid-related food delivery & storage challenges)
£10,000: Sandro care costs for one year (could you offer Sandro
‘Care For Life’? Contact us to find out more!)
£45,000: help create a brand new, much needed
4,000 square metre enclosure for Sandro
Virginia Mckenna OBE, Will Travers OBE, And Born Free Founder Patron Joanna Lumley OBE Launch Urgent New Appeal To Save The World’s Largest Cat, Before It Is Too Late.
These are dark days for the tiger; in the wild, in captivity and as part of the illegal trade of tiger parts.
At Born Free, we believe every tiger matters. In fact, our very first rescue was six circus tigers from Kent in 1987, and flown to a forest sanctuary in India!
Meet The Special Tigers We Have Helped Over The Years Thanks To YOUR Support.