Cameras help jail poachers
TigerTime and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) fund camera trapping in Kaziranga, India. Camera trapping is an innovative way of tracking tigers in the wild without causing any disturbance. The cameras monitor the tigers by taking photos of any movement and recording it on internal memory. Not only does this mean conservationists get an understanding of the tigers living in the area, their movements and health – but it also gives them a good idea of the local tiger population. Each tiger has a unique stripe pattern which makes it easy for forest rangers to identify them and track them throughout their life.
However, this new technology is having an interesting impact on the poaching of tigers. Camera traps have caught many poachers on film, a great way of monitoring their movements and having hard evidence on film. Camera-traps funded by DSWF took photos of three poachers. The images were then used on a wanted poster and used as importance evidence in court. All three poachers are now behind bars.
“Any form of evidence is vital in convicting poachers and the camera-traps are proving surprisingly useful,” says DSWF CEO Sally Case. “We need to continue to track down the criminals in the forest before they can escape with tiger products for the black market.”
This project work needs your help. Funding camera traps will mean the tracking of tigers and poachers can continue and spread over a larger area.
Written by: Chantelle M Henderson