Corinne and David Taylor-Smith founded Tigers4Ever in 2010 after a trip to India, where they saw firsthand the pressures faced by wild tigers and those that live with them face daily. Although still a very small charity, its work has resulted in a 97% reduction in tiger deaths from poaching in 5 years.
The charity now has a large team of volunteer trustees and works in partnership with approved partners and local communities on the ground in India to undertake the projects they fund.
Bandhavgarh has one of the highest densities of wild tigers in India, where forests and wildlife are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Due to climate change, existing wildlife waterholes previously replenished by rainwater have become dry or almost dry. Hence, wildlife now needs to look elsewhere for water, leading to increased human-animal conflict due to crop raiding and livestock predation.
Our funding will go towards a new waterhole in Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh, India. The project will provide a solar-powered borehole pump system for medium-large waterholes for tigers/other wildlife. The bore-well uses underground sources to provide wildlife water year-round. Surplus water returns via soakaway systems. The charity installed 2 more systems in 2018 to provide water for 8 tigers & countless other wildlife. In total, their solar pumps provide water at 8 locations and provide water for 32+ wild tigers. This has reduced human-animal conflict in nearby villages.
The year-round availability of water will save the lives of thousands of wild animals. In addition, it will lead to reduced human-animal conflict and contribute to the conservation of the tigers’ environment & sustainability through ecologically focused actions.
In addition to the waterhole projects, Tigers4Ever funds anti-poaching patrols. Poachers have jeopardised wild tiger survival for years with snares consisting of anchored wires with sliding nooses camouflaged along tiger trails. Their anti-Poaching Patrols aim to eradicate snares around Bandhavgarh so tigers can walk safely and educate local communities to change attitudes towards tigers/other wildlife.