USAID’s Bagh Activity (a project implemented by WildTeam) arranged an art exhibition followed by an auction at the American Club, Dhaka on 8 April 2017 to raise funds for tiger conservation in Bangladesh.
The Art Exhibition & Auction featured 36 tiger-inspired paintings created on 12 February 2016 during an Art Camp organized by the Bagh Project as part of its nationwide campaign to raise awareness for tiger conservation. Besides, a total of 34 paintings created by school children were also displayed and put on sale at the event. Members of the American Club, including high officials of different embassies and international organizations, visited the exhibition and took part in the auction. The Art Exhibition & Auction also allowed Bagh to spread tiger conservation messages among the visitors. The visitors praised Bagh's efforts for tiger conservation and expressed their support for the noble cause. Bagh Chief of Party Mr. Gary F. Collins and Deputy Chief of Party Ms. Katherine J. Wachala were present on the occasion among other Bagh staff. Program and Partnership Management Specialist Mr. Iqbal Hussain conducted the auction.
WildTeam, the implementer of USAID’s Bagh Activity, will utilize the fund to continue its support to the Village Tiger Response Team (VTRT), a community-based volunteer group dedicated to tiger conservation in the Sundarbans periphery. Currently, 49 VTRTs comprising 350 members are working to reduce retribution killing of tigers, livestock depredation by tigers, and develop community capacity to deliver more efficient human-tiger conflict management, forest working safety and sustainable use of forest resources.