WildCats Conservation Alliance
WildCats Conservation Alliance
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. 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 , Banham Zoo , Fondation Le Pal,  Woburn Safari Park, Knowsley Safari Park, Fota Wildlife Park, Tayto Park and zoos of the Americas and Australasian region.
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.
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.
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:
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.  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.
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.
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. 
Wildlife Health Monitoring
Diseases such as Canine Distemper Virus (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
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  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.
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- British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)
- Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF)
- Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
- European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)
- Fauna & Flora International (FFI)
- Himalayan Nature
- IUCN Cat Specialist Group
- Phoenix Fund
- TRAFFIC International
- Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
- Wildlife Conservation Society - Russia (WCS-Russia)
- Zoo and Aquarium Association (Australasia) (ZAAA)
- Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
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