Project Tiger has also established the Tiger Protection Force with the aim of catching poachers and stopping the killing. This initiative has been instrumental in relocating about 200 000 villagers in the rural areas so that they are no longer living within the natural habitat of the tigers. This reduces the risk of tiger attacks on humans (which often leads to the killing of the tiger for the safety of the villagers).
Project Tiger is under the administration of the National Tiger Conservation Authority; which is, in turn, under the umbrella of a Steering Committee. By using wireless communication devices, the incidents of successful poaching attempts have been decreased dramatically. In addition, Project Tiger undertakes various initiatives to improve the quality and quantity of the vegetations so that tigers and their prey have sufficient food and shelter.
Project Tiger is required to gather an enormous amount of information in order to accomplish its task effectively. It is currently in the process of putting together a map of India pertaining only to its tiger populations. But this requires plenty of research, data validation and ongoing maintenance. Of course, this requires funds and expertise.
India Tiger is another initiative with a similar view to protecting and conserving tigers. This project is focussed on the tourism industry and how it can be tailored to assist in such efforts. They do this by making tourists aware of the issues, linking commercial tourist activities with various conservation programmes, providing support for local communities, managing natural resources in the most responsible ways, assisting forest guards to remain well and free from debilitating mosquito bites, and providing free food and accommodation to television crews that visit the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to promote tourism.
India Tiger only buys local goods and uses local services, and they encourage tourists to do the same. This minimises the environmental damage inflicted by overusing foreign resources, and so on.
As those that are interested and invested in the safety of the worlds tigers, we are grateful to such formal organisations and appreciate the immense effort that goes into their work.