WildTiger is currently working with wildlife conservation authorities in Nepal to develop non – invasive protocols and strategies with regard to big cat rescue, rehabilitation, release and captive monitoring.
Ecosystem Reboot – Putting big cats back where they belong
Collaborations in Nepal between the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and WildTiger have seen injured and orphaned leopard cubs raised to maturity and then rewilded using soft release strategy. Jack Kinross (WildTiger) and Dr Aashish Gurung ( NTNC – Biodiversity Conservation Centre) headed programs which have become instrumental in ongoing understanding of leopard rescue and rehabilitation strategy. Currently NTNC and WildTiger are working on protocol development to further aid human and leopard coexistence in Nepal. A rehabilitation facility is being developed at Bardia National Park in west Nepal in a partnership between WildTiger, NTNC – BCP (Bardia Conservation Project and BNP (Bardia National Park). Progress on these developments will be published later in 2019 and while the efforts so far have primarily been focused on leopard, provision is being made for other cat species including tiger.