Our Projects: Protecting an Indian jewel
DSWF supported since: 1994
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Kaziranga - designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 - is home to approximately 100 wild tigers (making it one of their last long-term strongholds), wild elephants and approximately 3/4 of the world's last surviving Indian one-horned rhinos, which all need greater protection if they are to survive. DSWF is the sole funder of the vital, state-of-the-art communications network, providing mobile handsets and base stations for all forest officers monitoring this important wildlife refuge. Not only has this programme increased morale amongst forest staff, but it has directly resulted in halving rhino deaths from poaching and natural disasters such as the annual flooding.
DSWF also funds equipment and anti-poaching in other rhino sanctuaries in Assam, including Orang and Pabitora. This includes wildlife crime networking, undercover investigations into poaching and smuggling of endangered wildlife in Assam to neighbouring consumer markets, particularly China.
Working with Assam NGO, the Aaranyak Society, DSWF also funds a tiger camera-trapping monitoring programme which provides vital information about the reclusive and highly important tiger population in Kaziranga, Orang and Pabitora.
In 2009, DSWF secured a BBC Wildlife Fund grant to buy and launch an anti-poaching floating boat camp that is now patrolling the Brahmaputra River which forms the northern border of Kaziranga.
In 2011, to support the anti-poaching work in the area, DSWF funded a new dog squad. These highly trained dogs will pick up scent at the scene of a wildlife crime and follow it back to the criminals involved providing valuable support to the Wildlife Crime and Monitoring Programme.
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