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WildCats Conservation Alliance[edit | edit source]

WildCats Conservation Alliance is the outcome of merging two well-respected wildlife funding bodies; 21st Century Tiger and the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) in 2018.[1] It is a programme of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF) and is based in London.

WildCats Conservation Alliance funds carefully chosen conservation projects and works with members of the public, international zoos and businesses to raise substantial funds for wild tiger and Amur leopard conservation.

Historically the two founding bodies, 21st Century Tiger and ALTA, have raised over £2.7 million for endangered species conservation with a substantial amount of that coming from world zoos.This tradition continues with Helsinki Zoo [2], Banham Zoo [3], Fondation Le Pal, [4] Woburn Safari Park, Knowsley Safari Park[5], Fota Wildlife Park, Tayto Park[6] and zoos of the Americas and Australasian region[7].

Thanks to the generosity of DWF and ZSL, WildCats Conservation Alliance channels 100% of donations it receives directly to conservation projects that protect wild tigers and Amur leopards.

Mission Statement[edit | edit source]

The WildCats Conservation Alliance mission is to save wild tigers and Amur leopards for future generations by funding carefully chosen conservation projects. It works with all stakeholders to raise significant funds and promote public awareness of cat conservation through effective communication.

Projects[edit | edit source]

All projects are chosen after an annual, rigorous two part application process which involves proposal peer review to ensure that the conservation is carried out to best practice, with clear, achievable and measurable objectives that can be evaluated for success through six monthly reports. WildCats Conservation Alliance works with a range of worldwide NGOs including Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, Phoenix Fund, Aaranyak, ZSL and many others.

WildCats Conservation Alliance funds conservation projects across Asia on a range of themes:

Anti-Poaching[edit | edit source]

WildCats Conservation Alliance funds Law Enforcement activities that reduce the poaching of tigers, leopards and their prey in protected areas, buffer zones and corridors which has also contribute to reseach papers on these matters.[8] [9] Anti-poaching units combat all forms of wildlife crime & other threats to biodiversity including illegal land clearance. Projects staff use Spacial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, (SMART), a global patrol monitoring tool that collects data for effective planning and evaluation so that rangers on the ground can catch poachers and curb the illegal trade of wildlife.

Conflict Mitigation[edit | edit source]

As human population grows, wildlife is left to compete with humans for habitat and food. If the forest does not provide enough prey, carnivores can stray into populated areas and predate livestock. WildCats Conservation Alliance works with communities providing advice, assistance and in some cases compensation to those affected by conflict.

Population Monitoring[edit | edit source]

A critical component of conservation is monitoring populations, not just of tiger and Amur leopards but also of prey species and co-habiters. This which allows a better understanding of population abundance and, over time, long term trends. Through intensive monitoring, the impact of conservation actions can be measured. The 2018 all Nepal Census was funded by a coalition of NGOs including WildCats Conservation Alliance. [10]

Wildlife Health Monitoring[edit | edit source]

Diseases such as Canine Distemper Virus[11] (CDV) can prove fatal to wild tigers & Amur leopards. A number of projects have been funded to implement veterinary networks across protected landscapes and provided funding for essential equipment and mobile emergency response vehicles.

Community-based Education & Outreach[edit | edit source]

Environmental education amongst local populations is key to changing behaviour. Funding for eco lessons for young people in the Russian Far East has resulted in academic papers on the subject [12] and engaging with local people in Malaysia has helped to provide a wider perspective and an enthusiasm for wildlife preservation. Projects also seek to reduce wildlife crime by increasing the willingness of villagers to report poaching, wildlife trade and land clearances to antipoaching teams.

Further Reading[edit | edit source]

  • Gratwick, Brian; Elizabeth L. Bennett; Steven Broad; Sarah Christie; Adam Dutton; Grace Gabriel; Craig Kirkpatrick; Kristin Nowell (2007). "The World Can't Have Wild Tigers and Eat Them Too". Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2007.00802.x.
  • Hötte, Michiel H. H.; Kolodin, Igor A.; Bereznuk, Sergei L.; Slaght, Jonathan C.; Kerley, Linda L.; Soutyrina, Svetlana V.; Salkina, Galina P.; Zaumyslova, Olga Y.; Stokes, Emma J. (2016-01-01). "Indicators of success for smart law enforcement in protected areas: A case study for Russian Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) reserves". Integrative Zoology. 11 (1): 2–15. doi:10.1111/1749-4877.12168. ISSN 1749-4877.
  • Karanth, Ullas K, ed. (2006). Tiger Tales: Tracking the Big Cat Across Asia. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-400138-1.
  • Karanth, Ullas K (2003). Tigers (New ed.). UK: Colin Baxter Photography Ltd. ISBN 1-84107-174-9.
  • Lamichhane, Babu Ram; Pokheral, Chiranjibi Prasad; Poudel, Shashank; Adhikari, Dipendra; Giri, Sailendra Raj; Bhattarai, Santosh; Bhatta, Tek Raj; Pickles, Rob; Amin, Rajan (2017). "Rapid recovery of tigers Panthera tigris in Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Nepal". Oryx: 1–9. doi:10.1017/s0030605317000886. ISSN 0030-6053.
  • Mills, J. A, (2015) BLOOD OF THE TIGER A Story of Conspiracy, Greed, and the Battle to Save a Magnificent Species, Beacon Press. ISBN: 978-080707496-1
  • Padel, Ruth (2005). Tiger in Red Weather. London: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-72600-1.
  • Seidensticker, John; Christie, Sarah; Jackson, Peter (1999). Riding the Tiger. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-64057-1.
  • Seidensticker, John (1996). Tigers. USA: Voyager Press. ISBN 0-89658-295-7.
  • Serëdkin, I. V.,, Miquelle, Dale G.,, Серёдкин, И. В,Bolezni i parazity dikikh zhivotnykh Sibiri i Dalʹnego Vostoka Rossii : monografii︠a︡. , Primorskai︠a︡ gosudarstvennai︠a︡ selʹskokhozi︠a︡ĭstvennai︠a︡ akademii︠a︡., Tikhookeanskiĭ institut geografii (Rossiĭskai︠a︡ akademii︠a︡ nauk), Приморская государственная сельскохозяйственная академия. Vladivostok. ISBN 9785804413157. OCLC 828641024.
  • Skipwith, Joanna (2006). Tiger. Animals in Art. London: Silver Jungle. ISBN 0-955265-20-7.
  • Soh, Yi Hui; Carrasco, Luis Roman; Miquelle, Dale G.; Jiang, Jinsong; Yang, Jun; Stokes, Emma J.; Tang, Jirong; Kang, Aili; Liu, Peiqi (2014). "Spatial correlates of livestock depredation by Amur tigers in Hunchun, China: Relevance of prey density and implications for protected area management". Biological Conservation. 169: 117–127. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2013.10.011.
  • Tilson, Ronald, Nyhus Philip, ed. (2010) Tigers of the World, The Science, Politics and Conservation of Panthera tigris 2nd edition, Academic Press ISBN: 9780815515708
  • Vailant, John, (2010) The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 978-0307268938.
  • Winter, Steve, (2013) Tigers Forever, National Geographic ISBN-10: 1426212402
  • Zimmerman, Alexandra; Hatchwell, M.; Dickie, L.; West, C. (2007). Zoos in the 21st Century: Catalysts for Conservation?. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-61858-8.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "WildCats Conservation Alliance". Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  2. https://www.korkeasaari.fi/elaintarhakaynti-auttaa-amurin-kissapetoja-viisi-faktaa-varainkeruusta/
  3. http://apps.zsea.org/magazine/Issue17/#book/21
  4. https://www.fondationlepalnature.org/?page_id=1964
  5. https://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/conservation/our-conservation-projects/wildcats-conservation-alliance/
  6. http://www.taytopark.ie/zoo/conservation
  7. https://www.zooaquarium.org.au/index.php/conservewildcats/
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  10. https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/tiger-populations-nepal-close-doubling
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External links[edit | edit source]

Category:Wildlife Conservation


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