2002/4 EAZA Tiger Campaign
In 2003 and 2004 tigers were the focus of the EAZA fundraising and awareness campaign supported by BIAZA members.
Over the last century, three out of eight entire sub-species of tiger have been wiped out and the population has fallen from 100,000 to around 5,000 tigers today. At this rate, in our lifetime we could witness the complete extinction of all wild tigers. Now the zoo community has united to tackle this devastating issue.
These statistics make alarming headlines. The extinction of the Javan tiger happened as recently as the 1980s. When faced with such disturbing odds it’s hard to imagine how anyone can turn the tide.
The Tiger Campaign aimed to raise funds for wild tiger conservation projects which take direct action against the threats facing tigers throughout Asia. By the close of the campaign, September 2004 at the EAZA conference in Kolmarden, Sweden, a staggering 663,00 euros had been pledged. Special congratulations to the star fundraiser, Colchester Zoo, which raised an amazing 61,000 euros. Other top (platinum) fundraisers were Dublin, Paradise Wildlife Park, Blackpool and ZSL London. This demonstrates the vital role UK zoos can play in tackling these critical conservation issues.
There are 19 BIAZA zoos where visitors can see tigers, to help inspire action. BIAZA members also ran a series of family-focused events (listed below), from Colchester Zoo’s Tiger Day to Belfast Zoo’s Tiger Week. Organisations that raised the largest amounts of money were rewarded with Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum certificates by 21st Century Tiger.
100% of the money raised goes directly to nine wild tiger projects, in Russia, Indonesia, Thailand and India, that have been closely vetted by big cat experts and are administered by 21st Century Tiger (www.21stcenturytiger.org), a partnership between the Zoological Society London (ZSL) and Global Tiger Patrol(www.globaltigerpatrol.co.uk). 21st Century Tiger has raised a total of nearly two million euros since its inception in 1997. During the campaign zoo visitors who made donations were supporting schemes like the Jambi Tiger Project in Sumatra which has resulted in the first ever Sumatran tiger to be radio-collared and tracked. The collaboration between ZSL and the oil palm company PT Asiatic Persada has enabled a project team to monitor the tiger’s range which will help to determine how tigers can survive in an agricultural landscape.
Another project that will receive help is in the Russian Far East. Its mission is to eliminate the conflict between man and tiger as they compete for habitat and resources. The campaign supports the Inspection Tiger Conflict Team which responds to villagers’ calls for assistance with problem tigers and finds ways of resolving conflicts. The project also supports a predation field study to define prey densities necessary to support the endangered Amur tiger.
- Tiger Protection and Conservation Units in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra (partner Fauna & Flora International)
- Curbing Wildlife Crimes in Sumatra (Wildlife Conservation Society)
- Ranging Patterns in Sumatran Tigers in Altered Landscapes, Jambi, Sumatra (ZSL and PT Asiatic Persada)
- Southeast Asia Wildlife Protection Training Centre, Khao Yai, Thailand (WildAid)
- Protection and Outreach Activities Primorsky, Russian Far East (Phoenix)
- Mediating Conflicts between Tigers and People, Russian Far East (Wildlife Conservation Society)
- Fire-fighting on the Sino-Russian border (Tigris Foundation)
- Tiger Habitat Consolidation, Kudremukh Reserve, India (Centre for Wildlife Studies)
- Support for Anti-poaching in Project Tiger ReservesList of projects
Whilst this campaign is now closed the work for tiger conservation continues. Zoos across Europe, including BIAZA members, can continue to support 21st Century Tiger, raise awareness and raise funds for their continuing projects. For more details contact 21st Century Tiger: [email protected].