Here at Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation, we’re always keeping a keen eye on the activities of our partner charities that like us; share a committed responsibility to protecting the world’s most at risk species.
Formerly known as the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA), WildCats Conservation Alliance have once again been carrying out inspirational work across the globe over the past few months, most notably their anti-poaching in Sumatra initiative.
There is cause for optimism in this corner of Southeast Asia with the fantastic news that the number of tiger snares in the Kerinci Seblat National Park have fallen for the second consecutive year. Used by poachers to catch mammals in this region, snares are typically made of wire or cord.
While this news is promising, the region is still by no means free of prohibited activities with encroachment and illegal mining still proving a concern.
Over in Russia, the total count of wild tigers reintroduced into the wild now stands at ten since the influential work of the ‘PRNCO’ project began. Operating with the objective to rehabilitate conflict tigers, without this scheme wild tigers would be held in captivity and prevented from returning to their natural environment.
Meanwhile in Nepal, the ZSL Nepal team are now maintaining their tiger monitoring in the Parsa National Park thanks to a grant from WildCats Alliance.
The grant has also enabled ZSL Nepal to train both National Park and Army staff in anti-poaching and patrolling techniques that together will provide even greater protection to the tigers found here.
The commitment to providing long-term protection for tigers is underlined by the fact that all of the monitoring data generated will be logged into the all-Nepal Tiger Census for the first time.