21st Century Tiger – end of 2017 update

Posted on Dec 21, 2017 in News | Comments Off on 21st Century Tiger – end of 2017 update

21st Century Tiger and the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) will join forces from January 2018 under a new name ‘WildCats Conservation Alliance’.  This change will streamline administration, resources and roles under one initiative bringing together a fantastic team of people dedicated to the conservation of tigers and Amur leopards in the wild. They will continue to give 100% of all donations received to fund the same carefully chosen projects across Asia.

Project updates

India – Bhutan

This project works across the international boundary of India and Bhutan, in a significant tiger habitat that has potential to double its tiger population within a decade.  The Transboundary Manas Conservation Area (TraMCA) covers an area of over 6500 km2, from the river Sankosh, in the west, to the Jomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan to the east. The Manas National Park (MNP) in India and the RMNP in Bhutan forms the core of this extraordinary Transboundary landscape.

While, transboundary tiger conservation focuses on MNP-RMNP core, this project was designed to explore the status of tigers and habitats in an unexplored area on the eastern part of the TraMCA, the Barnadi-Jomotsankha transboundary area (360.95.km2) that has strong potential to be another core tiger habitat for the landscape.

Field trip © Aaranyak

During the initial stages, 118 camera traps were used to survey 311 km2. 41 different species were recorded, including six different species of cat, elephant, black bear and plenty of prey species such as wild pig, deer, gaur and serrow but did not record any tigers. The next exciting part of the project will continue the surveying; identify threats; determine suitable habitat and will prepare a draft conservation action plan for the conservation of tiger, habitats and connectivity corridors.

Nepal

Nepal is an important region for tiger conservation and there is significant government and community commitment to protect tigers in their habitat. This project has been both building capacity in the park by training staff in patrol monitoring techniques and monitoring prey and tigers in a part of the protected area.

A long term commitment to monitoring tiger numbers is essential to evaluate the success of other interventions. In this project area, tiger numbers have increased since the project began. In the long term this area can become a tiger source site to populate other suitable habitats nearby as cubs move away at maturity.

Setting up camera traps © ZSL Nepal

Indonesia

Two projects supported in Sumatra focus on the Kerinci Seblat National Park. The Park is the second largest protected area in Indonesia and covers nearly 14,000 km2 and is a priority area for tiger conservation. The habitat is dense, mountainous and pretty remote, but although it is a protected area it is still constantly under threat from large and small-scale encroachment, large-scale road building plans and illegal activity such as mining and land clearance. Here, the core area of the park is being protected by six anti-poaching teams made up of National Park staff, coordinated by Fauna & Flora International and funded through various grants. This is a project that is often held up as a successful example, as it manages to mix good management, science with a focus on law enforcement and investigations. 2016 and 2017 have seen a decline in the number of snares detected in the core area of the park as the teams, in conjunction with the local police and forestry department have arrested and successfully prosecuted over 12 poachers. Nevertheless, there are still swaths of the protected area that are not regularly patrolled, so more needs to be done.

Patrol training © Lingkar Institute