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How can warm jackets help to protect India’s tigers?

January 24, 2024

We know rangers are made of the right stuff – they’re committed to conservation but they need basic kit and equipment to face each day’s challenges on patrol.

The rangers at Bandhavgarh National Park have to work in extreme cycles of weather, with many patrols carried out at night, when wildlife is most active. Night-time is also when animals are most vulnerable to being caught in a snare or trap.

Unfortunately, the conditions test the durability of rangers’ equipment; the majority of rangers lack full kit, operating in dangerous situations without suitable protection. Temperatures can dip to freezing in the winter. 

Bandhavgarh NP is renowned for its numerous tigers, which have increased in numbers in the last 20 years. With the tiger at the apex of the food chain, the national park contains at least 37 species of mammals. According to forest officials, there are also more than 250 species of birds.

Thin Green Line recently funded warm jackets, snake rescue kits, and flashlights for the rangers.  Rangers needed snake rescue kits so they could safely remove and relocate snakes that had made their way into village huts. 

Rangers receiving their warm patrol jackets

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