Coexistence Strategies – Behaviour, Monitoring, Education, Conflict Mitigation

This page is currently being updated but read below to understand some of our work:

WildTiger works closely with Prajwol Manandhar  as he leads the  Kathmandu Leopard Project. 

Prajwol has been at the forefront in developing leopard DNA fingerprinting which has already helped in the first confirmed identification of a captured leopard involved in human fatalities in central Nepal.  This match up was a major breakthrough in human – leopard conflict mitigation and was a Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN) combined initiative with WildTiger.

Human – Wildlife Conflict Mitigation

As part of our coexistence strategy WildTiger has implemented early warning systems using mass SMS send outs.  In the buffer zone of Bardia National Park (West Nepal) we handed out over 300 mobile phones and training to facilitate better communications when wild elephants and leopards were known to be in village areas.  A big thanks to Bernd Hirthe who researched and provided over 400 flashlights which have helped enable increased safety for people in highly affected areas.  The strobe setting was tested successfully by Jack Kinross to deter leopards.  These flashlights have been distributed in highly affected areas through Bardia and Arghakhanchi.  Bernd will continue to assist WildTiger with regard to mitigating conflict with big cats and he will also collaborate with Ujalo Nepal regarding human – elephant conflict mitigation.

 

Bernd continues to research and source flashlights which have proved successful in these mitigation efforts.  To find out more please email projects@wildtiger.org

Coming soon:

Information on ‘Living with Leopards’ which is an early learners education system now being conducted by the WildTiger Sisters.

 

More soon about these fantastic classes being taken by the WildTiger Sisters

Leopard Monitoring

WildTiger has assisted in several locations to monitor conflict leopards.  Working with local authorities, communities and Rapid Response Teams (RRT) we are constantly developing strategies based on case by case dynamics.  In the image is Nirajan Chhetri of the Thakurdwara RRT in Bardia National Park where we are piloting new strategies with a view to protocol development.