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 released 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. WildTiger is trialing rehabilitation stations at Bardia National Park in west Nepal in collaboration between with, NTNC – BCP (Bardia Conservation Project and BNP (Bardia National Park). Progress on these developments will be published in December 2019 and while the efforts so far have primarily been focused on leopard, provision is being made for other cat species including tiger. These facilities are being developed with a view to an educational aspect where technology is used to monitor big cats and bring learning to different groups and individuals.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2019
Currently WildTiger Coordinator Jack Kinross is in dialogue with Nepal conservation authorities and other parties regarding the establishment of the following:
Nepal Leopard Refuge – A facility for leopards in need of recovery and rehabilitation with a view to reintroduction to the wild as well as being a place where severely injured and conflict leopards can live in peace.