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A Tigers4Ever Poaching patroller checks the undergrowth for wires, snares and evidence of poaching activity

Our Work in India- Buffer Zone Poaching Patrols

The Poaching of wild tigers has increased in tiger reserves around India over the last 15 years. At least 524 tigers have been killed by poachers in India alone in this period. Wire snare traps are an increasingly common method used by poachers and are frequently found tethered to electricity cables resulting in tigers being both snared and electrocuted. In Bandhavgarh,  6 tigers were killed by wire snare traps between May 2014 and June 2015. In fact, almost 95% of all wild tiger deaths, throughout India, due to poaching/poisoning occur in the buffer forests which surround otherwise protected tiger reserves.

In July 2015, Tigers4Ever launched a first of its kind Buffer Zone Poaching Patrol to protect wild tigers and other wildlife in the buffer forests around Bandhavgarh National Park. Tigers4Ever has been equipping the forest patrollers who protect the tigers in the core forests of Bandhavgarh, since 2010, but a lack of manpower and resource means that tigers which wander away from the core area in search of prey/territory are vulnerable to attack by poachers or poisoning. Over two-thirds of Bandhavgarh’s wild tigers roam in the buffer forests surrounding its core area. Prior to the launch of the Tigers4Ever Buffer Zone Poaching Patrols those tigers were  not protected by patrols. Now thanks to kind donations received from our supporters and a collaboration with Tiger Awareness from 2015-17, Tigers4Ever is able to give these wild tigers a safer wild future.

Since the launch of the TIGERS4EVER Buffer Zone Poaching Patrols we have witnessed a 94% reduction in wild tiger deaths due to poaching or poisoning in Bandhavgarh.

Tigers4Ever recruits its poaching patrol team from the local villages around Bandhavgarh, which historically, have been those most affected by incidents of man-tiger conflict. This helps to give these villages a reason to protect wild tigers. Tigers4Ever provides training, uniforms, equipment, food and transport for the patrollers who undertake Day/Night Patrols on foot and by vehicle in the buffer forests searching for poachers traps and illicit activities. Tigers4Ever uses local suppliers to equip its Poaching Patrollers which also provides local employment and continues Tigers4Ever’s commitment to community focused projects to enable those living with wild tigers to benefit from the wild tigers’ survival.

Tigers4Ever needs to raise at least £720 (around US$880) each month to fund this vital wild tiger conservation work. Please help us keep our anti-poaching patrols protecting Bandhavgarh’s wild tigers, if you can, by donating at: or by using the donation buttons at the top of this page (all major currencies accepted using the red donate button), PayPal welcome. Every donation really does make a big difference no matter how large or small.

If you’d prefer to make a regular donation via your bank account please email us at: [email protected] for a standing order mandate (UK only), Thank you.


Typical Jaw Trap Snare Typical Anchored (or Chained) body snare trap Example simple wire snare trap Tigers4Ever Poaching Patrollers looking for wire snares

Above from left to right examples of the types of traps typically used by poachers to ensnare large mammals including big cats/tigers (Images 1-3).

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OUR AIM: To prevent wild tiger deaths due to poaching or poisoning.


  1. Providing Buffer Zone Poaching Patrols to protect wild tigers, and remove snares or other traps and report illicit activities in the forest.
  2. Educating villages on the consequences of their actions in the forest and on personal safety for themselves and their livestock.
  3. Working with local communities to ensure they benefit from wild tiger survival.
Tigers4Ever Patrollers stop an illegal logger with his illicit haul in Bandhavgarh's Buffer Forest