Saluting the Tiger Protectors

Recently I was watching my two cats playfight under a hedge in the garden.  These two tabby brothers are still attached to each other but also find time to engage in quite aggressive horseplay that usually ends up with one or the other slinking off with his pride very much the worse for wear. Their markings, although less colourful than those of a tiger – Mellstock’s own iconic and noble mascot – are identical in their composition to their much larger cousins.  Facial striping in particular, large jaws and incredible nimbleness are shared between both these members of the cat family.

Mellstock Limited is pleased to support the work of the WWF Tiger Protectors project – we play a very small role in supporting conservation and protection work in India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan and have nothing but praise for the brave men and women who protect our tigers on the front line.

Heavily-armed poachers are a constant threat in many areas where they work but these true tiger protectors are not afraid of risking everything to help these marvellous animals.

Tiger Protector Singye Wangmo
Singye Wangmo, Tiger Protector in Bhutan

Numbers are increasing

During 2016, the global wild tiger population increased to an estimated 3,900 from an all-time low of 3,200 in 2010.  While this is clearly a success story, such a small stock of wild tigers indicates how fragile the existence of these noble beasts really is.

Bhutan’s Royal Manas National Park where senior forestry ranger Singye Wangmo leads a team of thirty fellow tiger protectors, has yet to see one in the wild yet her enthusiasm and bravery is undaunted.

Pavel Fomenko is WWF’s species programme coordinator in Amun Heiling, Russia and dedicates his working life to conducting forensic testing on tigers that have been found dead in the wild – by investigating cause of death they can track guilty parties who can be brought to justice for the irreparable harm they are causing to the future of our wild tiger population.

We salute these brave men and women and forward-looking governments and NGOs that work to conserve tigers so that our children and their children will be able to look forward to a continuing rise in big cat populations globally.

If you would like more information on the tiger protection programme as well as other conservation programmes, check out the link here to the WWF website.