Tiger Appeal

21st Century Tiger –  Giving Tigers A Future Appeal

 

Amur tiger by David Higgs

It’s not hard to understand why the tiger is the world’s favourite animal, they’re charismatic, immense, beautiful, fiery and inspirational.

What’s difficult to comprehend is that they’re at breaking point, with less than 3,500 wild tigers left throughout the whole of Asia.

Tigers have been over hunted, lost their habitat and now are being poached at an incredible rate.

Recent research states that it’s possible to reverse this decline by focusing commitments on protecting tigers at defined priority sites, supported by proven best practices of law enforcement, wildlife management and scientific monitoring.

Help us to support projects that do just that!

 

How you can give to our Tiger Appeal:
By PayPal, our  JustGiving 21st Century Tiger Appeal  or by Credit Card
on 020 7449 6444

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Previous Tiger Appeals

Berbak map showing where the fires are spreading

Berbak Firefighting Appeal September 2011

£850 was raised to support fire fighters in Berbak National Park!

Donations paid for supplies and equipment for a ZSL team to spend a week of concentrated fire fighting.

Berbak National Park, home to a crucial population of wild Sumatran tigers, was under threat  from fires around its edges. These fires, were thought to be started by farmers for land clearance and to lower the acidity of the peat soil. It is this peat that makes these fires so difficult to control.

Cultivation in areas of peat soils can result in the peat drying out. When dry, it becomes a high energy fuel and in the case of Berbak National Park, fuel which is in places over 10 m deep. Because of this, peat fires do not just burn like other forest fires, where trees and lianas provide most of the fuel for the fires, but the peat itself burns with the fire moving underneath the forest and deep underground making it extremely difficult to extinguish.

Underground fires are very hard to predict where the fire is moving, often fires reappearing on the surface hundreds of meters away from the original fire hotspot. The combination of these factors make peat fires one of the most difficult types of fires to combat, often resulting with them burning out of control for several months.

Fires along the road to Bawan © BNK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZSL, whose project “Tackling Crime in Berbak” was funded by 21st Century Tiger, is working with the local park authorities to monitor the situation and are putting forward suggestions for practical steps to make sure that the situation does not become a regular event.

In 1997-98 the wild peatland fires from Sumatra and Borneo burnt for almost a year and released enough carbon into the atmosphere that it was equivalent to over a third of the world’s carbon emission for a year, directly contributing to climate change.