Equipment essential for "Project Tiger", the campaign to preserve the world's dwindling tiger population from extinction, was handed over to the Indian Government by the World Wildlife Fund on Tuesday (30 April).
GV Tiger in reserve and wading into pool
SCU Tiger swimming
SV Tiger prowling through undergrowth
SV Pelicans PULL BACK TO patrol cars
SCU Minister Karan Singh receiving keys to patrol cars
SCU Woman looks on
SCU Singh speaks(SOUND OVERWAYSE, shots of tiger in pool, project Tiger insignia ???n car, and pair of tigers in pool (5 shots)
SV Tiger yawning
"Reserves have been very carefully chosen. They do not cover the entire tiger population of India, but they are as it were representative of the different habitats in which the tiger is to be found. And these wagonaires that have been given to us will be of real utility, because they will enable the forest staff in our various reserves to get around more quickly. After this, to my colleague will be presented some other equipment including a couple of guns. And I should like to make it very clear that these guns are not to shoot tigers at all under any circumstances, but perhaps to shoot over the heads of some people who may be wanting to disturb the tiger."
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Background: Equipment essential for "Project Tiger", the campaign to preserve the world's dwindling tiger population from extinction, was handed over to the Indian Government by the World Wildlife Fund on Tuesday (30 April). The anti-poacher equipment included rifles and four patrol trucks.
They will be used for policing newly established tiger reserves in India. There were calculated to be 40,000 tigers in India at the beginning of this century. After 70 years of systematic poaching and hunting, this number has been reduced to 2,000 and the future of the entire species is endangered.
The World Wildlife Fund is pledged to raise one-million dollars (GBP 400,000 sterling) under "Project Tiger" to help save the animal. Tuesday's ceremony in New Delhi was held at the zoological compound, where several tigers share a jungle compound.
Indian Health and Family Planning Minister Karan Singh accepted the gifts from the World Wildlife Fund, and spoke of their importance: