Last week, young people living near the Kaziranga National Park in Karbi Anglong district were trained to use an automatic photography system as part of the tiger conservation programme that we support.
This programme, implemented by our partner organisation Aaranyak in the region of Assam in India, and funded by Amneville Zoo, focuses mainly on researching the tiger, its habitat and its prey. Among the different observation techniques put in place, the organisation gathers data through a system of camera-trapping. Sensors are placed in the forest and are automatically triggered when an animal passes in front of them. Amongst other things, this system enables the collection of tiger images and information about the tiger and environment in which it evolves.
Aaranyak encourages villagers to get involved in this cause and supports community patrols, notably by providing equipment and giving training on the automated photography system. Last week, twelve youths were given basic training in image collection and use of GPS to venture into little-explored forests and set camera traps. After three weeks of research, they will transmit the data collected to our partner for further study.
With estimates placing India’s tiger population at 2,226 out of a global total of 4,000 tigers surviving in the wild (in 2014), contributing to their protection in this country represents a key challenge for the safeguarding of the species.