This year we were delighted to be able to fund a new tiger conservation project in Arunachal Pradesh, Northern India.
It’s a very unique project reliant on the acceptance of the Idu Mishmi tribal community that has controlled the land for generations. This area is characterised by its extremely low human density, community control over forests, stable land ownership system and restricted access to outsiders.
Typical Idu Mishmi lifestyle involves small scale shifting agriculture and occasional hunting strictly regulated by elaborate taboos that control the harvest of large bodied animals. Killing a tiger is considered as serious a crime as killing another human and is strictly prohibited.
21st Century Tiger have part funded one of the first tiger monitoring surveys in this area. To give you an idea of the scale of the task, we wanted to share this from our first update!
“25 days deploying cameras in the first study site – community forest of village Ichigoo. Overall it went very well. I was able to place 40 cameras over an elevation range of 1500 m to 3200 m. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get up to around 4000 m as originally planned – those areas were already covered in deep snow when I arrived. We walked 295 kms in 23 days all the way from tropical evergreen forest in river valleys to snow covered mountain ridges around 3000 m. Definitely the most physically challenging fieldwork I’ve done so far but it was spectacular (few pics attached)! ”
There is evidence of tigers throughout the study area and we are hopeful that next month when the cameras are retrieved we will have some stunning photos to share!