Since the beginning of this year, 11 poachers have been killed and another 20 have been arrested in the region of the Kaziranga National Park, located in the state of Assam, India, where one of our four tiger projects is based.
As of the last census in 2014, the state of Assam is home to 167 tigers, up from 143 in 2014 and 70 four years earlier. This result demonstrates that the zero tolerance has beneficial effects on tiger populations in the country, although there is still much more work to be done given the still heavy demand for tiger products.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985, the Kaziranga National Park also shelters two-thirds of the world population of one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis), plus herds of elephants and water buffalo.
Our support of the local organization Aaranyak helps to better understand and protect the tigers in this zone, primarily through research and awareness programmes.