This year has been a challenging one, due to Covid , we also where not able to visit India, we hope to be able to visit early 2022. The ways we helped this year, in Sumatra for some fencing to stop 2 young males killing cattle of the farmers. In India, we helped, for Cyclone Yaas, for many people of Sundarbans, with food, tarpaulins and also medical camps at various stages of the year, the school students are learning remotely through Covid, hopefully they will be back at the school in November. We also provided 2 more anti poaching pups, that started their training in Bhopal in October, Madhya Pradesh for 9 months. The latter part of the year, we are looking to help with more concrete boundary walls around open wells in Bandhavgarh area and refresher training for the dogs in Madhya Pradesh.
We funded the retraining of the anti poaching dogs in Madhya Pradesh, India. 16 dogs took part over a 2 week period, in 2 batches of eight. The training consisted of tracking, finding wildlife articles, fitness check ups for dogs & handlers.
Orlando and Shyana ,two Belgian Malinois dogs, which we have funded, have now completed their training and are working in Gorumara National Park and South 24 Paraganas Division, Sundarbans, West Bengal India.
At the beginning of August, we supported snake training and medical camps for forest staff in Purulia and Jhargram forest division India. This involved snake training identification and practice in capturing snakes. There was a two day medical camp and first aid kits for forest beat staff. A big thanks to our partners Saving Tiger Society for organising the programme.
Further Belgian Malinois dog teams, have just completed their anti poaching training and will now be working in forest areas of Madhya Pradesh. Max, Sheru, Chum and Tyson,along with the other dogs we have funded, will continue to patrol the forests, to reduce poaching and solve wildlife crimes.
Global Tiger Day, July 29th 2018, we supported a rally with our partners Saving Tiger Society and the forest dept in Pench. MP, India. There was around 1200 people take part in the 2 locations in Seoni and Khawasa range, we are also supporting work in the area for animal squads, that have stopped man-animal conflict, electrocution cases and herbivore crop raiding in Pench buffer areas.We have also funded boundary walls around open wells in the area and an anti poaching dog, that are reducing wildlife deaths over the last 3 years.
We have now completed the 10 Boundary walls around open wells in Pench buffer area, we where able to do this, as we received a successful grant application from Lush. This is 45 boundary walls
around the open wells in the area, over the last 3 years. They are proving to save wildlife and human life.
This month we have started to build more boundary walls around open wells in the Pench area, we have also started a further 2 anti poaching dogs pups in training, once their nine month training is completed, they will work for the Madhya Pradesh forest department.
The Four Belgian Malinois dogs we funded, have completed their training in May 2017 and are now working in Tiger Reserves of Madhya Pradesh. They have helped catch poachers with the team and are reducing poaching, we have started two more in training recently and they will also be working in Tiger Reserves of Madhya Pradesh. We hope to be able to fund 2 more later in the year.