Nepal Tiger Trust work closely with Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Chitwan National Park, Bufferzone User committee and local people.
Long Term Tiger Monitoring
Nepal Tiger Trust has been monitoring tigers since its establishment in 2010 with particular focus in the western part of Chitwan National Park and adjacent buffer zone areas. This project is a continuation of Dr. Charles McDougal work which he initiated inside the Park in 1974. It uses pug-mark and camera trapping methodologies to monitor the individual resident tigers to understand their movement pattern, communication, reproduction and population structures. In recent years we have been focusing on monitoring the tigers outside and adjacent of the Long Term Tiger Monitoring areas in the buffer zone to understand the dispersal and corridor habitats.
Nepal Tiger Trust apply a broad multi-faceted anti-poaching approach to strengthen national park enforcement and management units. In Bardia, we have "Participatory Anti-poaching Unit" project implemented in collaboration with Park staff, National Trust for Nature Conservation, Nepal Army, and local buffer zone communities, and funding provided by The Fund for The Tiger. The outcome of this project has been the establishment of Community Based Anti-Poaching Unit (CBAPU) where local youth are registered as members, and conduct joint patrolling with Army and Park staff for controlling poaching of wildlife. Based on this successful model, “Participatory Anti-Poaching Alliances” has been initiated in Chitwan NP. These projects has contributed making zero poaching years.
Our key approach to tiger conservation is the capacity building of the front-end field personnel. We provide field gears and arrange training workshop for rangers, game scouts, trackers, forest guards, CBAPU and buffer zone community members to enhance their field skills. They are trained on camera trapping, GPS unit use, animal signs surveys, and effective patrolling. In the workshop we encourage participants to share their local ecological and social knowledge they have. Also, we focus on the job training where interaction among these groups continues that helps building pride, respect and sense of ownership of the forest and animals including tigers and support its conservation.
Awareness & Outreach
We organize conservation talk programs including showing wildlife documentaries, provide guided educational tours of the field sites to students, teachers and visitors from around the world. The aim is to make everyone aware about the nature, wildlife and challenges of conservation works. We also produce educational materials for local communities and publish our research findings in the international scientific journals for global communities.