On Friday 2 June, Leo board members Shekhar Kolipaka, Monja van Woensel and Hans de Iongh presented the results of current tiger projects in Nepal and India to the board of Abri voor Dieren in Burgers’ Zoo.
Abri voor Dieren offered financial support to the Leo Foundation for projects aimed at large carnivore conservation, including conflict mitigation activities and support of local communities involved in the conservation of large carnivores.
On this special occasion, the projects in Chitwan National Park, Nepal and in the city of Bhopal in Madya Pradesh, India were highlighted. At both these project locations, Leo Foundation supports efforts to prevent conflicts between tigers and humans. In addition to the presentation about the projects and local partnerships, we showed short documentaries on Chitwan NP and Bhopal. The films emphasized the importance of working together as well as the conservation challenges that arise from a growing city and the limited space available for both people and wildlife. The films gave a good insight of the mutual relationships between tigers and people living together in certain areas, thereby stressing the importance of research and the need for continued support to these projects. The successful meeting ended with a short excursion to the feeding of the lions in Burgers’ Zoo.