Local advocacy for tiger conservation
Local advocacy for tiger conservation in Bhadra-Kudremukh Tiger Landscape (LATC-BK)
Bhadra Tiger Reserve and Kudremukh National Park fall within a region of the Western Ghats that has been identified by the Wildlife Conservation Society as a priority area for tiger conservation globally.
This project is based on strong science-based advocacy by local conservationists. It harnesses the strong pride of the local community for tigers and their habitat, both of which are viewed as a priceless heritage. Many of the project’s activities involve voluntary participation by individuals and groups drawn from the local community. This makes the project extremely cost effective.
The IOW Zoo provides 100 percent of the funding for this project and the funds are distributed by Global Tiger Patrol.
The project’s team comprises of project leader D.V. Girish, who works pro bono, and two field assistants. Scientific guidance to the project team is provided by Dr. K. Ullas Karanth (Wildlife Conservation Society).
Project leader DV Girish and his team provide:
- Expertise and support for strong enforcement of wildlife laws by Government officials;
- Active promotion of fair and generous voluntary relocation of human settlements;
- Education for the public and decision makers on adverse impacts on wildlife and tigers;
- Participation in biological and conservation monitoring activities on a year round basis.
Isle of Wight Zoo
WINNER OF BIAZA Award 2011 (small collection) for Best field conservation project