Wildlife Crime

Tigers in Assam

DSWF funds vital anti-poaching and illegal wildlife trade investigations across Assam’s borders to help protect one of the most important tiger populations in the world.

A unique wildlife habitat

Kaziranga National Park – designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 – is home to the highest density of Bengal tigers on earth with approximately 113 adult tigers. Protecting them and this key natural habitat is vital to the survival of the species.

Work we do to protect tigers

DSWF is the sole funder of the vital, state-of-the-art communications network, providing mobile handsets and base stations for all forest officers monitoring this important wildlife refuge. DSWF also funds training, equipment and anti-poaching teams in other wildlife sanctuaries in Assam, including Orang and Pabitora . This includes wildlife crime networking, undercover investigations into poaching and smuggling of endangered wildlife in Assam to neighbouring consumer markets, particularly China and Myanmar.

Working with Assam NGO, the Aaranyak Society, DSWF also funds a tiger camera-trapping monitoring programme which provides vital information about the reclusive and highly important tiger population in Kaziranga and Orang.

In 2011, to support the anti-poaching work in the area, DSWF funded the establishment of a new dog squad, the first in Assam. These highly trained dogs pick up scent at the scene of a wildlife crime and follow it back to the criminals involved providing valuable support to the Wildlife Crime and Monitoring Programme and demonstrating a zero tolerance approach to poachers and would-be poachers. In August 2016, DSWF supporters helped fund a third dog which is currently in training.

Working with local communities in the area, DSWF also funds critical education programmes and alternative livelihood schemes such as pig farming and weaving as well as advice on establishing sales networks to ensure that people understand and value the wildlife around them and have a sustainable income and do not resort to poaching.

Kaziranga is also the last strong-hold for the one-horned Indian rhino – find out more about our work to protect them here

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Photo: Arka Ghosh
Header image: DSWF – Photo Above: Arkaprava Ghosh

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