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Two major tiger con­ser­va­tion organ­i­sa­tions join forces

pub­lished 25 Decem­ber 2011 | mod­i­fied 18 Decem­ber 2016

I would like to con­grat­u­late Pan­thera and Save the Tiger Fund with their swift response to my request (see my blog of 29.05.2011). They joined forces in their activ­i­ties which focus on tiger con­ser­va­tion. When you read their argu­ments in the press release of 7 July 2011, there is only one thing I can say: I could not have said it any bet­ter. And per­son­ally I think this should be rewarded. There­fore, in addi­tion to my own dona­tion I would like to call upon any­one who sup­ports the idea of tiger con­ser­va­tion: Please, even in these time of hard­ships and eco­nomic cri­sis, look for some money which is bet­ter spent on nature con­ser­va­tion than on your­self, and make a dona­tion.

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Pan­thera and Save the Tiger Fund (STF) are join­ing forces to fur­ther the global fight to save tigers in the wild. This new part­ner­ship between two of the most influ­en­tial and suc­cess­ful tiger con­ser­va­tion groups will dou­ble the resources avail­able for strate­gic tiger con­ser­va­tion efforts, with a focus on address­ing key threats to wild tigers and sci­en­tif­i­cally mea­sur­ing con­ser­va­tion success.

It is esti­mated that humans cause up to 83 per­cent of tiger deaths, mostly from poach­ing. To specif­i­cally address these threats, Pan­thera and Save the Tiger Fund will sup­port direct inter­ven­tions that pro­tect tigers, asso­ci­ated prey pop­u­la­tions and the habi­tats on which these species depend.

“We need to stop the killing of tigers and we need to estab­lish mea­sur­able goals that relate directly to imme­di­ate tiger sur­vival and increases in tiger num­bers,” said Alan Rabi­nowitz, CEO of Pan­thera. “Panthera’s strate­gic focus on sav­ing tigers com­bined with STF’s years of expe­ri­ence fund­ing crit­i­cal tiger sites is an impor­tant step in lever­ag­ing our resources. This part­ner­ship is a game changer and I am con­vinced it will pos­i­tively impact how tigers and their habi­tats are protected.”

“With as few as four dozen sig­nif­i­cant breed­ing pop­u­la­tions left in the world, tigers need guar­an­teed pro­tec­tion in order for the species to have any chance at sur­vival,” said Luke Hunter, Pres­i­dent of Pan­thera. “Our part­ner­ship with STF will build on Panthera’s suc­cess­ful , which employs science-​based mea­sure­ment and mon­i­tor­ing of tiger and prey pop­u­la­tions, along with rig­or­ous imple­men­ta­tion of enforce­ment activities.”

Inhab­it­ing less than 7 per­cent of its his­toric range, the tiger has expe­ri­enced the great­est range col­lapse of any large cat species and is now one of the most endan­gered large mam­mals on earth. Pop­u­la­tion num­bers are dis­mal. From at least tens of thou­sands of wild tigers at the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, cur­rent best esti­mates hover below 3,200 tigers in the wild today.

“Save the Tiger Fund has part­nered with Pan­thera because we rec­og­nize the urgency of the cur­rent state of tigers in the wild and because Pan­thera knows how to save tigers,” said Jeff Tran­dahl, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foun­da­tion, which hosts Save the Tiger Fund. “Through this part­ner­ship, Pan­thera and STF will main­tain a single-​minded focus on the fun­da­men­tal issues that face tiger pop­u­la­tions today.”

To suc­cess­fully lever­age resources, Pan­thera and STF will focus their sup­port on secur­ing sig­nif­i­cant breed­ing tiger pop­u­la­tions within the high pri­or­ity tiger con­ser­va­tion land­scapes of Nepal, India, Bangladesh, the Russ­ian Far East, Myan­mar, Thai­land, Malaysia, Lao P.D.R., Bhutan and Suma­tra. To ensure account­abil­ity and the effec­tive use of resources, all of the projects Pan­thera and STF sup­port will quan­tify and mon­i­tor the results of these interventions.

Suc­cess­ful projects will typ­i­cally demon­strate all or most of the fol­low­ing activities:

  • Estab­lish effec­tive pro­tec­tion mea­sures to counter poach­ing of tigers and prey in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with pro­tected area man­age­ment teams (e.g., anti-​poaching patrol units, wildlife crime intel­li­gence networks).

  • Estab­lish sys­tems to mon­i­tor law enforce­ment effectiveness.

  • Reduce and pre­vent human-​tiger con­flict sit­u­a­tions and reduce retal­ia­tory killing of tigers where these are deemed a sig­nif­i­cant threat to pop­u­la­tion viability.

  • Estab­lish science-​led, peer reviewed tiger and prey mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems in core breed­ing populations.

About Pan­thera

Pan­thera, founded in 2006, is the world’s lead­ing orga­ni­za­tion devoted exclu­sively to the con­ser­va­tion of wild cats and their ecosys­tems. Uti­liz­ing the exper­tise of the world’s pre­mier cat biol­o­gists, Pan­thera devel­ops and imple­ments global con­ser­va­tion strate­gies for the largest, most imper­iled cats — tigers, lions, jaguars and snow leop­ards. Rep­re­sent­ing the most com­pre­hen­sive effort of its kind, Pan­thera works in part­ner­ship with local and inter­na­tional NGOs, sci­en­tific insti­tu­tions, local com­mu­ni­ties and governments.

About Save the Tiger Fund

Estab­lished by the National Fish and Wildlife Foun­da­tion in 1995, Save the Tiger Fund (STF) spon­sors effec­tive efforts to stop the killing of wild tigers and enable wild tigers to recover and flour­ish. With an empha­sis on engag­ing local peo­ple as part­ners, STF has invested in more than 300 projects in 13 tiger-​range coun­tries to reduce and elim­i­nate threats to wild tigers and cre­ate favor­able con­di­tions for their conservation.

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