I’m now back at EIA from India. I’ll have to agree with a colleague on my lack of any kind of suntan, as I spent most of my time positioned firmly out of the sunshine, indoors, attending a suite of tiger conferences which included the release of India’s latest tiger census figures
Last Thursday saw the culmination of months of work, events invariably incur high levels of stress in the lead up; Will everyone turn up? How will the auction go? And the big question, will we raise enough money to have made all the effort worthwhile?
As we slink silently from Year of the Tiger and bound into the Year of the Rabbit, we pause to reflect on whether the last twelve months have been truly auspicious for the great cat, have we turned a corner, can we look to 2022 and the next Year of the Tiger with hope?
Our Senior Campaigner, Debbie Banks, reflects on the International Tiger Forum held in St Petersburg, Russia. Five Prime Ministers spoke at the meeting and committed to doubling the wild tiger population by 2022. Further actions on law enforcement and zero tolerance on trade in tiger parts are now urgently required.
Our Fundraising team is always hard at work at HQ to ensure enough funding is secured to keep the cogs of EIA turning and enable our campaigners to carry out their vital work. Some of the current things on their agenda include the elephant appeal and the opening of a season of several tiger fundraising events.