Poaching threatens the tiger both directly and indirectly, for it can also result in the loss of its prey base.

Starting with the first improvised raid in 2005, Tiger Watch’s anti-poaching initiatives have evolved into one of the most successful anti-poaching operations in the country. Had Tiger Watch not launched this program, which revealed that poachers primarily belonging to the Mogya traditional hunting tribe targeted tigers in the reserve reducing the population to just 18 in 2004, Ranthambhore would have seen the extinction of its tiger population, similar to what transpired in Sariska Tiger Reserve.

Over the years, Tiger Watch has captured close to 160 wildlife criminals and also managed to seize 1 tiger skull and skin, 40 leopard skins, 50 illegal weapons, 50 jaw traps and many other illegal wildlife artefacts. The rise of Ranthambhore’s tiger population has been the biggest tangible result of the anti-poaching campaign.

While major gangs poaching the big cat have now been neutralised, poaching for jungle meat is still rampant. A new stratagem in the form of local community involvement has played a pivotal role in keeping a watch on such activities. Timely reporting from camera traps and local community databases has led to the capture of poachers, and for the first time, it has made anti-poaching preventative in nature rather than after the fact. Anti-poaching has long been considered to be Tiger Watch’s forte, and this single program has put us in the spotlight for conservationists. Dieter & Liz Gutmann have been longstanding supporters of our anti-poaching work.



Armed Poachers in the Forest

Our tiger monitoring team, made up of local community youth called the Village Wildlife Volunteers, regularly monitors the movement of wild animals in peripheral areas of Tiger Reserve by camera trapping. Many times, poachers armed with firearms pass in front of the camera traps and get photographed

Wire Snaring

Snaring is a ruthless way to poach wildlife. Snares are made from the clutch/brake wires of motorbikes, which are then perfectly primed to trap wildlife. Wire snares are used by poachers to kill big animals like deer and antelopes.  A simple brake cable from a motorbike can kill large ungulates and even a Tiger

Gunpowder Explosives

Crude gunpowder bombs or golas (because of their spherical shape) are a lethal menace to both humans and wildlife living in and around the protected areas of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. These bombs often serve the dual purpose of unethical crop protection and procurement of  jungle meat for the black market

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