WWF-Thailand and B. Grimm organized a camp for the school’s students to learn about tiger conservation in their own community
As apex predators, tigers can prevent over-grazing by herbivores and maintain the balance of entire forests. The disappearance of tigers can have a devastating effect on the ecological integrity of ecosystems that serve important purposes for humans, from producing clean water and air to providing food and livelihoods.
Today, it is estimated that there are as few as 3,200 tigers in the wild and that they could become completely extinct in as little as 20 years without serious intervention.
WWF-Thailand, B. Grimm, and National Park Wildlife And Plant Conservation Department have joined hands for the preservation of tigers and their habitats. B. Grimm supports WWF’s efforts by contributing to strategic activities that include habitat improvement, enhancement of community outreach and forest conservation. The company has committed itself for two years to sponsoring activities to aid in the preservation of Thailand’s tigers, including the reintroduction of tiger prey to Mae Wong National Park and Khlong Lan National Park, providing support to forest rangers in the form of equipment and rations as well as raising awareness and educating the public on tiger issues.
Most recently, WWF-Thailand and B. Grimm integrated the goals of the campaign into its long-standing relationship with A.H. Link School, organizing a camp for the school’s students to learn about tiger conservation in their own community.
Founded under the Royal Initiative of the late Princess Mother in 1969, A. H. Link School is located near Kaeng Krachan National Park in Petchburi province and until 1980 was run by border police officers, meaning the school has long had a tie to Thailand’s efforts to conserve its natural resources and animal life. For generations, B. Grimm has been working with the school named after the wife of former company head Herbert Link, Khunying Alma Link, who was active in charitable causes and social programs. Supplying the school with equipment and funding, B. Grimm also holds annual camps in which its employees spend time with the school’s students. In their latest meeting, B. Grimm, working with WWF, used the opportunity to raise awareness among A. H. Link’s students as to the importance of tigers to Thailand’s ecosystem and the need to help conserve their habitats.
Aiming to inspire change from the community level up, the camp at A. H. Link was an important activity to lay the foundation for future support of efforts to save Thailand’s tigers. By informing youths who have already have an appreciation for the natural world as to the important role tigers play in sustaining such places, WWF-Thailand and B. Grimm have helped to assure tiger preservation is part of the Thai consciousness and that its public will see the effort as necessary