Waterhole Project

Waterhole Project

Project Animal(s) : Tiger
Project Category : Mammals
Project Region : Asia
Project Type : Conservation
Project URL : http://www.tigers4ever.org/wildlifewaterhole.html
Project is timebound? : No

OUR AIMS : To reduce human-animal conflict.
To prevent wild tiger deaths due to human-animal conflict.

HOW:Provide permanent environmentally friendly year-round wildlife waterholes and solutions for sourcing water for wild tigers and their prey in areas of forest away from human activities; and minimise need for ongoing human interventions.
Educate villagers on the consequences of their actions in the forest and on personal safety for themselves and their livestock.
Work with local communities to ensure they have a vested interest in wild tiger survival.

Tigers4Ever is committed to delivering projects which will have an ongoing lasting effect on future wild tiger conservation. This includes the construction of permanent wildlife water-holes in Bandhavgarh National Park which will provide sustainable year round water for wildlife including wild tigers, and will reduce incidents of man-animal conflict. Work on our wildlife waterholes started in 2016 following a successful fundraising campaign in 2015/16. We have constructed two permanent wildlife waterhole with solar powered 5-HP Borehole pumps (costing Rs.1.1 million (around UK£13500) at dry sites in core forest where wildlife frequently entered nearby villages in search of water during the hot dry summers. Work was completed by early April 2018 and now we must raise funds for our next waterhole projects.

Our next wildlife waterhole will be the provision of a medium dry lined circular waterhole (similar to the image shown on the left above) again with a 5-HP solar powered bore-hole (see centre image above for bore-hole construction) pump to fill the waterhole from underground water sources year-round (at a cost of Rs.800,000 around UK£10,100) in an area where a wildlife water-source is absent so tigers, leopards and their prey frequently wander into nearby villages in search of water. Work will commence on this project hopefully before January 2019 or when sufficient funds have been raised. If you want to help this project please donate here.

We would also like to complete a further wildlife waterhole project which we hope to complete in 2019 (subject to raising a further £9500) providing a 5-HP solar-powered bore-hole pump (at a cost of Rs.895,000, around UK£9500), at the site of an existing waterhole which dried out completely during the 2016, 2017 and 2018 droughts and provides an essential water source for up to 14 wild tigers. All of these water-hole projects, including the solar powered bore-hole pumps, will be constructed in both an ecologically and environmentally focused manner.

Local workers are used in the construction of the water-holes so these projects provide a much needed source of income in the rural community which lives with the wild tigers.

Project Agency : Tigers4Ever

Project Agency Contact : http://www.tigers4ever.org/index.html

Project Researcher : Dr. Corinne Taylor-Smith