WCT works to improve the mobility of field staff, donating bicycles, 125cc motorcycles, 4WD vehicles, 22-seater troop carriers, high-speed motorboats, water tankers and tractors to forest departments across the country. Trucks are donated to parks that have constituted a Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) to allow 20 guards to travel as a unit.
WCT provides tankers so that officials can fill waterholes strewn across a difficult terrain more efficiently for wildlife during the summer.
WCT has a multi-dimensional approach to tackling poaching. We work to improve the living conditions of staff living in remote Anti-poaching Camps (APCs) in forests by installing Solar Integrated Systems and providing potable water filtration systems, first-aid kits, furniture, wireless sets and other items.
Simultaneously, we train frontline forest staff in wildlife crime prevention, effective patrolling strategies and much more.
Learn more about how we make APCs safe and comfortable for staff.
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Each WCT Rapid Response Unit (RRU) comprises a 4WD vehicle, three motorcycles, stretcher, GPS, sleeping bag, torch and other items needed during an emergency. WCT also donates modified 4WD vehicles and lightweight, injury-proof carnivore trap cages to help rescue wild animals that have strayed into human habitation.
This is supplemented with training in wildlife rescue and conflict mitigation.
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WCT sees that frontline forest staff have the equipment they need to conduct their daily protection duties. We provide individual guards with shoes, rain and winter gear, rucksacks, GPS devices, wireless sets, compasses, torches, binoculars and other essential items.
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WCT staff travel to forest training institutes and Protected Areas across the country to train frontline forest staff in wildlife law enforcement.
Our intensive three-day workshop covers the fundamentals of wildlife law, the powers that forest guards hold, setting up intelligence networks, effective patrolling strategies, and the methods to be followed to build cases that will hold in a court of law.
Wild animal rescues are extremely stressful situation.
WCT conducts trainings on chemical restraint (tranquillisation) and wild animal rescue to ensure that casualties, both human and animal, can be minimised.
We also sponsor veterinary doctors and deputy conservators of tiger reserves to attend international trainings such as the ‘Chemical and Physical Restraint of Wild Animals Course’ conducted by the Zimbabwe Veterinary Association Wildlife Group at the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe, Africa.
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WCT worked with international conservation organisation Panthera to conduct a first-of-its- kind workshop for Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) personnel from the Pench and Tadoba- Andhari Tiger Reserves in Maharashtra.
Twenty four STPF officials were trained in law enforcement, effective patrolling strategies, camouflage, concealment, basic self-defence and how to communicate among themselves during a field operation.
In 2010, WCT partnered with Aircel and NDTV to launch the 'Save Our Tigers' campaign.
WCT’s role was that of a conceptualiser and implementer. Starting with a 12 hour telethon on NDTV 24x7 on December 12, 2010, the campaign brought tiger conservation to the drawing rooms of millions of people worldwide. The Chief Ministers of several Indian states joined the campaign, publicly committing to protecting tigers in their respective states.
The campaign generated 45 million INR and the funds were used by WCT to design, test and deploy Rapid Response Units in tiger reserves across India.
In 2012, the second phase of 'Save Our Tigers' was launched. A 12-hour telethon was broadcast in 74 countries, reaching over 100 million viewers. The initiative generated 50.1 million INR which was used to strengthen Anti-poaching Camps in the core and buffer zones of tiger reserves.
In 2014, the focus turned to influencing policy. A nationwide signature campaign was held and a tiger agenda was created by WCT and presented to Chief Ministers of tiger states.
The ‘WCT Wildlife Service Awards’ were instituted to felicitate officials who do exemplary work.
Recognition, through monetary incentives, is given to frontline forest staff along with associated agencies such as the judiciary, police, Eco-development Committees and NGOs, who work closely with the forest department to curtail forest offenses.
Forest officials in the Kanha, Pench (Madhya Pradesh), Satpura, Tadoba-Andhari, Pench (Maharashtra), Ranthambhore and Panna Tiger Reserves and the Gir National Park have received awards from WCT.
WCT provides facilities such as hand pumps for drinking water, bore wells for irrigation, medical camps, toilets and community halls in villages that have voluntarily relocated out of the core of tiger reserves such as Tadoba-Andhari, Nagarahole, Satpura and Ranthambhore.
WCT helps pay for medical treatment if officials are injured during the course of their duties. In certain parks such as the Kanha Tiger Reserve, WCT has paid for medical insurance for all frontline forest staff.
WCT supports cross-pollination of ideas between wildlife researchers, conservation practitioners and park managers. WCT partnered with Sanctuary Asia to host the Royal Bengal Tiger Consultations, a series of panel discussions on region-specific conservation issues that brought together politicians, civil society, forest officials, NGOs, local authorities and environmentalists.
Recommendations from the consultation were conveyed to state governments for implementation.
From 2012 onwards, WCT has co-funded the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS), an annual gathering in Bengaluru. The event brings together students, researchers and conservationists from around the world and provides a forum for discussion on conservation issues.