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What does it take to stop poaching?

Poaching is now a highly organized professional business. To combat it, anti-poaching must be the same.    

Zero Poaching is a call by WWF for all tiger countries to professionalize their approach to anti-poaching in order to combat the critical rise in poaching levels, the greatest threat to wild tigers today and the Tx2 goal.

Zero Poaching is achievable if governments professionalise their approach to anti-poaching and invest in rangers.

Nepal achieved Zero Poaching for rhinos in 2011 and for tigers, elephants and rhino in 2013.

In February 2015 the Government of Nepal will host the Zero Poaching Symposium in Kathmandu. This symposium will together all tiger governments and the finestt anti-poaching minds in the world to work together to end poaching across Asia.

Rangers  – our heroes

© WWF TAISome of the snares removed from tiger habitat in a bid towards zero poaching

Rangers daily put their lives in danger to protect tigers and other threatened wildlife, many doing so with low pay, no training and inadequate equipment.

Find out more about the life of one of our #wildlifeheroes here


Ramesh Thapa

Ramesh Thapa is Assistant Chief Warden of Bardia National Park, Nepal. He has worked as a wildlife ranger since 1982 and is married with three children.

“Zero poaching is the need of the hour. It requires commitment from national to grassroots levels to address poaching - the biggest threat to wildlife.

With hundreds of endangered animals especially rhinos being killed in Africa and India, it is a matter of pride for us that we have been able to control poaching in Nepal and were able to celebrate a Zero Poaching year. A

ll this was possible because of the support received from the Government of Nepal, enforcement agencies, conservation partners and the local communities. However, along with the success, there are bigger challenges which prompts us to continue our efforts dauntlessly.”
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