Tigers have increased in five key Tigers Forever sites, and your contributions for the world’s largest big cat can be doubled to keep the momentum going!
Just in time for Global Tiger Day 2017, we shared the first, incredible images of tiger cubs in Nepal’s Parsa Wildlife Reserve in nearly a decade, as seen here.
Tigers are one of the most majestic creatures to grace our planet. But despite the reverence this species has inspired around the globe, its numbers have continued to plummet, with just 3,900 individuals remaining in the wild. But we are encouraged for the future of the tiger: In five of the 17 sites across Asia where Panthera’s Tigers Forever program is being carried out, tigers have increased.
Now, The Robertson Foundation is generously matching all new and increased gifts for tigers dollar for dollar for the next two years! This means every new donor who gives for tigers and every existing donor who gives above and beyond their previous contributions will have their gift matched.
Thanks to the support of our incredible donors around the globe and The Robertson Foundation match, we met and EXCEEDED our Global Tiger Day fundraising goal--bringing in a total of over $70,000 for tigers! This gets us that much closer to our $1 million Tigers Forever match!
Every dollar makes a difference:
+ $50 can cover the monthly cost of an informant network to stop poaching before it happens
+ $100 can support a day of anti-poaching ranger training
+ $500 can produce and deploy one PoacherCam
+ $1,000 can provide a motorcycle for anti-poaching patrols
+ $2,500 can provide night vision aids and thermal imagers to help rangers see poachers in the dark
Turning the Tide
Panthera’s Tigers Forever program maintains a razor-sharp focus on law enforcement: increased and well-trained boots on the ground and sophisticated conservation strategy and technology, including a PoacherCam that stops poaching before it happens. Our Tiger Team works across Asia to outfit and train anti-poaching patrols, prevent the setting of snares, influence policy to ensure stricter sentencing for poachers, establish community informant networks, monitor tigers and prey, and more.
The presence of tiger mothers and cubs is blissful evidence that this focus on site security is turning the tide for tigers. In five of our Tigers Forever sites, tigers have increased: Corbett Rajaji, India; Manas, India; Tambling, Indonesia; Endau Rompin, Malaysia; and Parsa, Nepal. If these numbers increase to carrying capacities at all 17 sites, the planet’s tiger population will increase by 22%. That’s huge.
Poaching: The Root of the Problem
Imagine the scene of the crime: 3-inch claw marks surround the base of a tree; a nearby hole is filled with mud and blood where the tiger collapsed in defeat; orange, white, and black hairs litter the ground. All evidence of the animal’s desperate struggle to free itself from a poacher’s snare before succumbing to the barrel of a rifle.
This is the heart-breaking end that all too many tigers face, and a scene that Panthera’s scientists and wildlife rangers encounter every day across Asia.
Poaching is a cruel industry. Setting thousands of wire snares in forests across Asia, gangs target tigers for their skins, bones, teeth, and other organs used as décor for Asia’s increasing middle class or in traditional medicines thought, but never proven, to treat ailments like arthritis.
With your help, we can continue to save wild tigers. Thank you for joining with us.