New Delhi: The founder of Tiger Awareness, a voluntary organisation working for the conservation of tigers in India, recently sold his property to fund the cause
Tiger Awareness, a UK-based voluntary organisation, was founded by Philip in 1998. He wanted to help and conserve wild tigers. The team works in the Sunderbans, on an island called Satjelia, which is on the edge of the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve in West Bengal. The organisation has donated funds to help build a hospital, supplied a small amount of medical items, sleeping bags and binoculars, and also recently supplied a Tata Sumo off-road vehicle to be used in anti-poaching patrols and other conservation work.
This year they have helped on a water project in Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary in Jharkhand. Also, they have had a small house built on Satjelia island.
There are only around 4,000 tigers left in the wild, with 55 per cent of them being in India. The Sunderbans is a mangrove swamp forest, a world
heritage site, which spans the borders of India
and Bangladesh. It also has the largest concentration of wild tigers in India. Every day one tiger is killed for sport as a trophy, or for trade of fur for fashion, teeth and claws as jewellery, bones and body parts for medicine in the mistaken belief that they can cure certain ailments.
On 10 July Tiger Awareness were helped when Spicemaster Restaurant in Kent, UK hosted a charity cabaret evening on its 2nd anniversary with a ‘Legend of Rock and Roll Show’. The event raised £1,050 from raffle, auction and portion of the dinner takings.
Tiger Awareness gives free talks about conservation work to schools, the public, and organisations both small and large. If you would like to find out more about their work please visit their website at www.tigerawareness.co.uk
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