Dear Friend of Panthera,
I have just returned from Bangkok, Thailand where I joined many of the world's leading tiger experts for our 6th annual Tigers Forever meeting to assess our progress in stemming the decline of one of the most enigmatic creatures on the planet - the wild tiger.
Today, fewer than 3,200 individuals remain in the wild. Along with habitat loss and overhunting of wild prey by humans, rampant poaching for tiger skins and other body parts sold through illegal wildlife markets across Asia, is driving the species towards extinction.
Despite all of this, the good news is we know how to save tigers. It's not a mystery. We know that poaching has to be stopped, breeding populations of tigers must be protected, tigers and their prey need to be measured and monitored - along with the human efforts undertaken to save them. These are the pillars of our Tigers Forever program.
Tigers Forever was launched in 2006 with the goal of increasing tiger numbers at key sites by 50% over a ten year period to address the most urgent threats facing the species. Today, six years into the program, Panthera is now working at over ten sites in six countries with a multitude of national and international partners from both the governmental and non-governmental sectors.
Panthera has also been assembling a Tiger Task Force. This growing team of specialists comprises leading experts in technology, law enforcement, human-tiger conflict mitigation, biological monitoring, environmental policy, and tiger ecology, who have been assembled to aim a blow torch on the tigers greatest threats.
Because of our razor-sharp focus on anti-poaching activities, effective law enforcement, and constant evaluation of our efforts, we are seeing signs of hope.
Local villagers supported by Panthera and Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society remove wire snares in India's Kawaal Tiger Reserve
Reports from this past meeting indicate that building stronger, local informant networks and ramping up frontline enforcement patrols is helping to grow tiger numbers in some sites, and will ultimately allow tigers to expand into wider landscapes. We are seeing that active foot patrols are moving poaching incidents away from core tiger areas, allowing tigers to breed, and raise their young, safely and securely, out of harm's way.
These strategies are helping to stop the slaughter of tigers, but we need your help to expand our efforts and give tigers a fighting chance to survive in the wild.
I ask that you please make a contribution to help turn the tide for tigers. 100% of your donation will go directly to support our efforts on-the-ground, where they matter most:
- $100 provides credits for 100 cell phones for an informant network for one month
- $250 supports the salary of an anti-poaching patrol member for one month
- $500 provides a pair of Panthera's camera traps used to help photograph, identify and monitor tigers
- $1,000 supports a local community informant network to stop poaching activities before they begin
- $2,500 supports the anti-poaching activities, like removing snares, of a frontline law enforcement patrol for one month
Thank you for your support.
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz
Chief Executive Officer, Panthera