WVI trains local vets to treat ill or injured tigers, tackle disease which might harm them, and safely reintroduce them to the wild.DONATE NOW
But we can’t do this on our own.
We need people like you to help us train more vets to work on the conservation frontline and save these iconic big cats.
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We are aiming to raise £30,000 to train more vets to identify and tackle illness, treat injured tigers and safely reintroduce them to the wild
We have £15,000 of match-funding available. That means that every £1 you can give will be doubled, thanks to the generosity of the Metamorphosis Foundation, The Gibbings Family Charitable Trust and The Reed Foundation.
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Why do we do what we do?
As humans encroach more on their territories, tigers are at increasing risk from snares, poachers’ bullets and diseases like distemper. Many tiger populations are in decline, edging ever closer to extinction. Tiger numbers have dropped by more than a staggering 95% over the last century*.
When numbers of endangered animals are critically low, the survival of every single one is crucial to saving the species; we want to give every remaining tiger the best chance of a healthy life.
Training more local vets to ensure a healthier future for tigers.DONATE NOW
Photo credit - Ksenia Goncharuk
What do we do?
WVI trains local wildlife vets to treat ill or injured tigers and safely reintroduce them to the wild. We build long-term relationships with in-country conservation partners, providing practical support and advice for healing and rehabilitating sick animals and investigating any disease threats.
Training for tiger anaesthesia in field conditions, China, 2017. Photo Credit: WCS
- We train local tiger vets, biologists and village response teams in how to care for tigers that may have got into conflict with humans, been caught in traps or cornered by frightened villagers, or been injured in fights with other animals over shrinking territory;
- We train vets in best rehabilitation practices, including anaesthetic and clinical techniques;
- We train vets to take and test biomedical samples correctly, providing advice on how to mitigate any disease threats that are discovered;
- We provide remote and in-person technical assistance to our local partners, through workshops and research projects, and help establish disease testing facilities.
- Our work with tigers has so far supported vets and conservationists in Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Russia, while our partnership with The Wild Tiger Health Project helps tiger professionals in all tiger range states access and share vital information.
How we do it?
By protecting the tiger and their landscapes, we can help make these ecosystems more resilient to the effects of climate change – fires, winds, drought, flooding and landslides. A healthy ecosystem means the people who live in those areas are safer. At a regional level, these habitats contribute towards sustainable water supplies, food security and economic opportunities. On a global level, the conservation of the tiger and their landscapes can help mitigate CO2 levels, climate change and the emergence of zoonotic diseases.
Preparing injured wild tiger cub for assessment, Primorsky Krai, Russian Far East. 2020. Photo credit - Ksenia GoncharukDONATE NOW
Together We Can Make a Difference
Time is running out for tigers. Please give today to save these magnificent cats. Your generous gift will be doubled by donating during The Big Give Christmas Challenge. meaning we can train more vets to save tigers.Read more about our tiger work here
“Populations of tigers have halved in my professional lifetime. As conservationists we can no longer afford to ignore the threat that disease represents for remaining populations.”
Dr Martin Gilbert, Wildlife Vet and Epidemiologist, Cornell University
The historical number of tigers comes from ‘Securing a viable future for the tiger’ (WWF, WCS, FFI, TRAFFIC, Panthera and IUCN, 2021). Current data comes from WWF.