Tigers

Paul joined WWF-UK as an international conservation officer and was soon involved in the management of some of the world's most charismatic animals, including the tiger. This included project management of the anti-poaching brigades in the Russian Far East which were established to protect the endangered Amur (Siberian) tiger.

During the Chinese year of the tiger, WWF asked Paul to lead a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of the tiger. The campaign gained momentum as other WWF offices around the world were involved and it became a truly international effort. The campaign successes included raising significant funds for tiger conservation; successfully lobbying the US government to change advertising rules for claims on use of endangered species body parts such as tiger bone and rhino horn; and helping the IUCN establish a fund for emergency actions to help the conservation of tigers.

To further raise awareness of tiger conservation, a pop group of the day SClub7 made a programme for the BBC about the siberian tiger which was was shown around the world. Paul had a role in this film,so-starring with the singer Rachel Stevens. Clips of this can be seen in the Media section.

Paul with anti-poaching brigade captain examining tiger parts.
Photo. P.Formenko
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Illegal hunting of Siberian tigers for trade in fur and bones

bbc-wildlife-dec-1997-local-markets-give-deadly-twist-to-siberian-tiger-trade This is a story Paul wrote for BBC Wildlife in 1997 that describes the threat of illegal hunting of Siberian tigers. Sadly, this still goes on, with tigers being particularly vulnerable in the winter when their footprints can be tracked in the snow ...
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Published diary describing tiger anti-poaching brigades in Russian Far East

1997-wwf-news-winter-97_98-on-patrol-with-the-poacher-hunters This article appeared in WWF-UK's newsletter to members, WWF News. It was based on Paul's diary from one of his visits to the Russian Far East when he joined in the work of the anti-poaching brigades deployed to protect the tigers from hunters ...
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Status of the tiger in 1998 – WWF report author: Paul Toyne

wwf-year-for-the-tiger This report on the status and distribution of all sub-species tigers was written by Dr Paul Toyne. It was the basis for an international campaign to improve tigers number ran by WWF-UK and other WWF offices and directed by Paul. The report made a number of recommendations that are still required today, they include stopping the illegal poaching of tigers, improving the protection of tigers within protected areas, increasing the number of protected areas for tigers and creating wildlife ...
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Researching the impacts of climate change on tigers back in 1998!

bbc-wildlife-oct-1998-tigers This article describes research by the University of Durham and WWF that Paul project managed whilst at WWF, on the impacts of climate change on the Siberian Tiger. At the time it was thought to alarmist if we looked at potential climate change impacts on the tiger population of the Sunder-bans in Bangladesh, a large lowland wetland area where people and tigers somehow manage to co-exist. Why alarmist? Because the impacts would be greater and acceptance of the science ...
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Forests fires threaten the Siberian Tiger

endangered-siberian-tigers-flee-forest-fires-the-guardian-oct-6-2001 Article in The Guardian newspaper describing impact of forest fires on the Siberian Tiger. Paul Toyne provided comments on the impact of the fire ...
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