Once upon a time, tigers colonized every part of Indias forests. But between 1875 and 1925, 80,000 tigers were killed by people alone. Many factors contributed to this, one of them being humans hunting their natural prey. Deprived of their prey, these big cats turned to livestock, which made them a target for the people. By the 70s, the number of tigers in the country had dropped to a mere 1300.
We, at the Tiger Protection Society (TPS) are dedicated to saving the dying species. TPS is involved in organising anti – poaching camps at tiger reserves. The members and volunteers participate in these patrols which keep away poachers from killing the tigers. We hold regular anti-snare programs which aim at the removal of existing snares and dissuading further snaring through snare combing walks on a routine basis. There are many reasons to save the tiger, some ethical and some ecological. This is why we dont stop at that and focus even on controlling waste management activities and unwanted constructions within the reserve premises. This also contributes as an advantage to the decrease in man-animal conflict which is a common sight these days, no thanks to deforestation and constructions in the forest arena. Tigers are a part of the pride of India. Also, as humans, it is our responsibility and obligation to nature to provide care to our fellow living beings. They are a part of this world as much as the human kind. These cats preserve nature balance and provide us ecological security. I am aware that not everyone can feel as strongly about the issue as I do. But a little something from everyone will surely make a difference! Being well informed about the matter is half the battle won already. Tiger Protection Society was brought into existence for the same and a little more than just that. So we will do our bit and you do yours, and the world will be a better place for just about everyone – even our feline friends!
WORLD TIGER DAY JULY 29
TIGER PROTECTION SOCIETY (TPS) IS A NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION THAT WAS FOUNDED IN 2010 BY A SET OF WILDLIFE ENTHUSIASTS WHOSE MAIN CONCERN WAS THE PRESERVATION OF INDIA’S NATIONAL ANIMAL – THE TIGER.
Conservation to us is maintaing the tiger’s natural habitat – the forests, not only poaching and trading, but even lack of prey poses a threat to these big cats. Since the outset, the main aim has been to put the spotlight on the daunting task of tackling India’s tiger populace. This is done by administering support and data to the government authorities and the forest department. TPS deals in methods which help combat poaching and the problem of illegal trading of tiger skin, bones and the like. The TPS approach to conservation is rooted in our belief that it requires a sound understanding of ecology and threats to the endangered species. Apart from alerting people regarding these issues, we coordinate with other institutions that are involved in similar activities. There are laws and the system which is doing the same things that we do, but what they’re doing is just not enough. We need more support to act further and we need it NOW!