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Tiger and Rhino Conservation in Nepal – Forest Corridors To Help

Barandabhar Forest Corridor (BFC) plays a key role in the survival of Nepal’s Indian rhinos and Bengal tigers. The forest corridor links Chitwan National Park and the Mahabharat mountain range, also known as the Little Himalayas. The area is covered with forests, grasslands and wetlands. There are about 25 mammals, 96 species of birds and 223 species of flora. Also, it is home to 14 endangered species of birds and mammals, some of which are rhinos, tigers, leopards and three vulture species.

Inconsistent management policies and rampant deforestation are problems that face the proper functioning of the forest corridor. Social initiatives and involvement will help to sustain plant and animal life in the forests. Sustainable agriculture, medicinal plant and other non-timber forest product (NTFP) harvesting and wildlife tourism are tested methods that help to  conserve forests and its resources.

Four New Tiger Reserves For Maharashtra

With more than 8,000sq.km of protected wildlife area, Maharashtra is a big player in wildlife conservation. And to add to that is another 350sq.km, by way of four new sanctuaries. This will help to conserve tigers, although wildlife experts claim that this area isn’t enough, looking at the amount of destruction in forest cover. Conservationists agree that the areas of Kopela-Kolamarka (Gadchiroli), Umred-Karangla (Nagpur) and grassland areas in Marathwada can be declared as sanctuaries.

The areas notified are Umarzari adjoining Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary (152.81sq.km), Navegaon sanctuary around Navegaon National Park (133.88sq.km) and new Bor sanctuary around existing Bor Wildlife Sanctuary (61.1sq.km). This way, Navegaon-Nagzira will be declared a tiger reserve and Bor will become part of the famous Pench Tiger Reserve.

Camera Trapping for Tiger Surveys – A Grand Development

A joint effort at tiger surveys by India and Bhutan using the latest camera trapping has revealed 14 tigers, some spotted in both countries. It was conducted in Manas National Park in India and the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. Officials from WWF and representatives from NGO Aaranyak and ATREE, who helped with the camera trapping survey, were also present.

This is the first time such an advanced method has been used in Northeast India to spot tigers. Similar exercises were conducted in Kaziranga National Park in Assam and the 1,985sq.km Namdapha National Park in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier, surveyors used pug marks and other methods to carry out tiger surveys.

Aaranyak has successfully installed 100 cameras in the area. The image capturing will continue till March. Snow Leopards were also spotted in the survey. Namdapha was declared a National Park and a tiger reserve in 1983.  Lack of good roads, electricity and manpower hamper conservation in the hills of Arunachal, especially the areas bordering Myanmar and China.

In Kaziranga National Park, the census was started last week and will go on for another month and a half. It will cover all its four forest ranges – Kohora, Bagori, Agoratoli and Burhapahar.

Special Tiger Protection Force in Karnataka Forests

With about 300 tigers to be protected, Karnataka has set up the first ever commando force – Special Tiger Protection Force – to protect the tigers. Trained in hand-to-hand combat, use of SLRs and small arms, they are currently positioned in the forests of Bandipur, Badra and Nagarhole. Their main jobs are to act during a crisis in the forests and to manage the crowds when there is a man-animal conflict.

Recently, the state saw the influx of large numbers of poaching tribals from Madhya Pradesh. This has quickened the pace at which the team will begin work.

Save Our Tigers – A Campaign by Aircel and NDTV

This isn’t the first project to save tigers. But it’s certainly the most known and widespread one. Thanks to NDTV and Aircel for that. The latter started this campaign almost a year ago along with WWF-India, to initiate tiger conservation in India. Many national parks and natural forest areas house about a thousand tigers. In Thekkady, Periyar Tiger Reserve is known for its tiger population. A couple of projects have been successful in the area. Several new ones have sprung up on the heels of many NGOs. Read the rest of this entry »

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