The Apex predators are an extremely vital link in our ecosystem. Without them, imbalance is caused to such a degree, that it eventually negatively effects the human population.
This project focus’s on the Tigers, Lions and the species which they umbrella (meaning without the Apex predators their existence would be seriously jeopardized if not ended), and the environment in which they live.
The Bengal Tigers of India face massive threats including, poaching, habitat loss, human encroachment, loss of prey species, and due to the habitat loss and human encroachment they face human/animal conflict.
This human/animal conflict has increased immensely in recent times.
In the first stage of the Guardian Project, Cee4life is going to try and ease this situation of human/animal conflict.
In order to help protect the animals, we must help the people. That is fact.
Villagers occupy immense areas of habitat, in and around the forests. They need the forests for fuel for their cooking, food, building items, water sources etc.
To ease this constant intrusion into the forests/animals habitat, Cee4life is striving to offer aid, incentives and education to the villagers.
Including the following:
* Solar Stoves –
Due to the burden of costs of cooking food, many villagers resort to gathering firewood inside the forests or paying for it. Through easily obtained Solar Stoves, fuel is cut by 70%, resulting in less forest intrusion, meaning less threat to the animals and the habitat.
Solar Stoves cost are approximately 11000 Indian Rupee (approx $270 AU)
* Protective Devices –
Cee4life is testing a device that may offer a form of protection to the villagers who go into the forests, whether they are alone or with a group of villagers, and who may come in contact with a Apex predator, specifically Tigers and Leopards. (Asiatic Lions included).
This device is currently at testing stage. However, it works on the effect of . Sound is a deterrent to many creatures. After ground observations, it is evident that many Tigers in India, particularly those around tourist areas, are not afraid of people, noise, cars or really anything. Animal sound sensitivity and hearing is something which we have been studying and researching and feel that we have discovered a device that would offer protection to the villagers, and therefore the animals. This testing will be conducted in situ and recorded for response while we are in India. If this is successful, then we may have found a way to help protect the human population and therefore these wonderful creatures.
Each protective device costs approx small non battery operated $13 AU and long life batter operated $30 AU
Many of the villagers of India are not able to acquire education, even in the basic form. Education is vital in order for people to understand the situations of wildlife, and many other basic’s, including human population. The education which Cee4life will attempt to cover the subject of wildlife and living in close proximity to wildlife, human behaviors which may entice a negative animal response, sustainable living including farming techniques, economical avenues for the village communities (this will depend on what the village itself offers or items that can be brought into the village). Additionally, Cee4life will attempt to include education on human population and impact on wildlife education and information.
To say that this will be a hard job, is an understatement. But it must be at least attempted.
Education costs will be approximately – $4500 AU for implementation of program and travel costs included.
* Incentives for Villagers to Protect Wildlife – Cee4life will endeavor to offer the villagers an incentive for the reporting of any wild live creature that is deemed as “dangerous”. Only when the animal is safely rescued alive will the incentive be given. These incentives can come in many forms, not just money.
Incentives cost – unlimited and incentives will vary eg: food, materials for housing, financial rewards sometimes etc.
Stage 2 – late 2013 early 2014.
*Training – The training side of the Guardian Project will be the next stage after permissions from the Government can be obtained. This training includes, wildlife protection techniques (to be elaborated upon in the future), domestic animal care both in the wild and in suburbia, safety, hygiene, computer skills, wildlife monitoring techniques etc.
Training will also “hopefully” include the development of community centers to aid in all aspects of training and to be utilized by villagers for educational, research, and village economic reasons.
Training will be elaborated upon in the near future.
Costs for training with vary, however approxiately $55000+ including community centre infrastructure and equipment. Funding for this will be ongoing.
Stage 3 – Implementation ongoing
Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for human/animal conflict animals.
In what could be the most challenging of all aspects of the Guardian Project, is the hope for development of quick response specialized teams which would be on call 24/7 to deploy into areas where a Tiger, Leopard, Lion, Bear etc is deemed as either 1. Dangerous to humans, 2. In danger of injury, 3.Injured, 4. Trapped, 5. Territorial conflicts animals, 6. Sick, 7. Or any animal, which poses a threat to the human population or the human population poses a threat to it.
This part of the Guardian Project aims to implement a rescue and rehabilitation center to hold any of the above mentioned animals in a ethical facility for the sole purpose of rehab and release back into the wild. Prior to any release, specialised teams consisting of experienced locals and members of Cee4life and any other NGO’s and professionals, will thoroughly research a safe release area. This part of the Guardian Project will be ongoing as there is alot to this, and it is urgently needed.
Costs for training and equipment – approximately $100000+ – funding raising willl be ongoing
As with all of this, it sounds wonderful, however nothing is possible without the finances to do this.
Within Thailand, there are a great deal of animals that are used for tourism. Many of these creatures endure very unethical care.
Thailand is also a country where the wildlife trade of animals occurs frequently.
Over the last 6 years, Cee4life has been trying to educate tourists to Thailand who intend on visiting captive animals, to choose and support the ethical places to visit and not to visit places of obvious exploitation.
Here is a recent documentary filmed with SBS Dateline and Cee4life director Sybelle Foxcroft – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGD_p8HX2Vo
We have been able to liaise with Thai Animal Rights Group, A Call to Animal Rights and intend on building our connections with them to help spread the education further into the Thai community.
Animals are heavily relied upon by some people for their income, so extreme sensitivity and good communication skills are vital for this. Cee4life is going to attempt to do this with the help of our Thai friends and liaison with the Thai Government.
Within Thailand, there is an estimated 200 Indochinese Tigers left in the wild. The main cause of their disappearance is the wildlife trade.
The sad fact of the matter is that there are many people who do not understand the importance the Apex predators role is in regard to ecological balance. We will attempt to address this issue on an educational basis also.
We are also hoping to attend the CITES convention in March 2013 where the issues mentioned above and more will be discussed, and with hope, we can find a way to ease the pressure off the Tigers.
With all of this work, we are aiming for the Thai and Indian people to join in and carrying the employee load. It is very important to have the support from in country people in order for the education and the work to spread.
We are seeking funding on a variety of levels including, sponsorship, Government grants, and donations.
If you can donate, please go to the registered Charity “Wildlife Calling” http://www.wildlifecalling.org.uk/index.php where you can donate via bank account or via paypal. On your donation, please stimpulate Cee4life Guardian. All donations within UK and tax agreement countries are tax deductable.
For any sponsorship offers please contact either – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
This is a massive undertaking and very ambitious. However, these things are vitally needed and if we dont try to make a start to remedy or even stem some of these situations occurring with our wildlife, then we will loose many species.
Cee4life is dedicated to do this for the endurance or until we can save lives, both human and animals.
I hope you will support our efforts, and I look forward to some of you joining us.
and all of the Cee4life team.