The International Trust for Nature Conservation (ITNC) is a British registered charity founded in 1980 by the late A.V. Jim Edwards, founder of the Tiger Tops Group of Companies, and a group of likeminded people united in a determination to try and protect parts of the world where wildlife is threatened by human activities.
ITNC is a small, pro-active trust that mainly funds projects throughout the world, but with special focus on South Asia where conservation needs are great and communities are poor.
Tiger Tops is delighted to be partnering with ITNC on a number of successful initiatives including the Longterm Tiger Monitoring Project (estd. 1974) as well as initiating the country's first Gharial breeding program.
Tiger Tops Anti-Poaching efforts are possible through assistance from Fund for the Tiger (FFTT), a charitable NGO established in the US by a Tiger Tops guest. FFTT has continued to raise substantial funding since 1996 to support the anti-poaching work of DNPWC and the Dept. Forests in Chitwan, Bardia and Suklaphanta areas. The Anti-poaching network is successful through the strong partnership between DNPWC, ITNC and Tiger Tops.FFTT and Tiger Tops also support community based anti poaching activities. This grassroots programme provides monthly funding for 3 local youths in the Meghauly Buffer Zone to monitor tigers and illegal activity/poaching.
Tiger Tops offers assistance to local conservation efforts by providing the salaries of Buffer Zone guards in Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. At these sites Tiger Tops works in close association with officials and provides vehicles, boats, elephants and manpower for patrols and wildlife monitoring. Tharu Lodge provides technical advice to the community-managed Buffer Zone, while guests at Karnali Lodge have donated a motorbike to the National Park.In the community, lodge naturalists conduct wildlife workshops for students, butterfly workshops and monitoring, and youth training programmes. Additionally, bio-briquette training has been delivered to the Ajrar women’s group to help prevent deforestation and improve health. Every year Tiger Tops Lodges in Chitwan and Karnali also provide logistical support for the Asian Waterfowl Census January count.