Tiger Country: Supporting Bhutan’s role in protecting tigers

Bhutan is a conservation giant among nations, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) are proud to have partnered with Bhutan for more than five years to protect its tigers and other wildlife from poaching, illegal trafficking and human-wildlife conflict.

Nestled between India and China with our booming populations, Bhutan finds itself a haven for animals seeking to avoid human-wildlife conflict, adapt to habitat loss from climate and elude poachers.

Bhutan’s diverse habitats from the snow-capped Himalayas to the lush forests bordering India thus are becoming an extremely threatened landscape, which IFAW has identified as in critical need of protection.

Over the past five years, IFAW and WTI have trained and equipped more than 800 frontline staff from 13 different protected areas and territorial divisions, who are now better able to patrol the rugged terrain, address and reduce human-wildlife conflict and detect and deter poachers. We have also trained more than 250 enforcement officers to detect wildlife traffickers across Bhutan.

Following on the model project we started in India, together with the Bhutan Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS), we have established several Rapid Action Projects, which enable the DoFPS to respond to animal-related emergencies in the communities. These projects are essential for building bridges between wildlife crime enforcers and the people who are living most closely with wildlife—letting people know that we are there to protect them as well.

IFAW and WTI are grateful for the willingness of the government of Bhutan and the Department of Forests and Park Services to partner with us on protecting tigers throughout their range.


READ: Tiger Country: Helping Save Bhutan's Natural Heritage

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