Cancelled: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event had to be cancelled.
An entertaining and informative audio-visual talk on India’s endangered tiger population, by World Land Trust (WLT) patron David Gower (former England cricketer) and Bristol wildlife film-makers Mike Richards and Dan Freeman. With fascinating wildlife stories and film footage, they highlight the life and plight of the Indian tiger and WLT’s work to protect it. From the ticket price, £10 is donated to WLT - directly supporting our work to save threatend habitats and wildlife.
WLT has been working in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) since 2003 to fund the protection of Wildlife Corridors; these small parcels of land connect one protected area with another, enabling tigers, elephants and India’s other impressive species to roam. This allows these animals to avoid conflict with people and it enables isolated populations to meet, therefore increasing their gene pool – ultimately helping to secure their continued survival.
There are over one billion people living in India and the population and development of the country is spiralling at an alarming rate, forcing people to live in ever closer proximity to 65 per cent of the world’s tigers – conflict is inevitable. To tackle this escalating crisis, WTI presents a solution to families living in harm’s way by offering them the chance to voluntarily relocate away from the wildlife conflict zone.
The need for this was highlighted when, between October 2010 and March 2011, tigers killed seven people from villages settled within a Wildlife Corridor in Uttarakhand in northern India. The positive news is that, because of the tiger attacks, the villagers are now in favour of moving away from the area and the local government and the Forest and Wildlife Departments gave their full permission for WTI to begin turning it into a protected wildlife corridor.
WLT are fundraising to support the protection of this Chilkiya–Kota Corridor, which will connect the Ramnagar Forest Reserve to the famous Corbett National Park and onwards to the vast Himalayan mountain range. This will extend the Corbett Tiger Reserve and provide contiguous refuge for elephants, tigers, sambar (deer), Indian marsh crocodile, and over 575 species of bird.
WLT patron, David Gower, has already given this project great support when he represented WLT at the fundraising event Emeralds for Elephants - India 2011, raising US$150,000 towards the protection of this corridor.
He now joins wildlife film-makers, Mike Richards and Dan Freeman, in St George's Bristol for an entertaining talk; weaving cricketing anecdotes with stimulating wildlife stories and film they highlight the life and plight of the Indian tiger, now dangerously close to extinction, and WLT’s work to protect it.
Q&A session and speaker book-signing will follow the talk. The event is kindly being sponsored by WLT corporate supporters, Nikwax and Páramo.
- Tickets: £11 (with concession £9), available from St George's box office (Mon to Fri, 12pm to 6pm: 0845 40 24 001)
- For more information visit St George’s website
- Watch this video and discover why David Gower supports World Land Trust (WLT):