Posts Tagged ‘Tiger Conservation’

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.

Sushmita Sen at Nagpur Tiger Festival

The Nagpur Tiger Festival was held on 10th and 11th of February. Spreading the message of saving tigers and to promote wildlife tourism, were the main foci of the festival. Bollywood actress and one-time Miss World Sushmita Sen attended the fest.

A feast to the eyes was the popular Tiger Dance of Nagpur. There were many other shows and performances as well as photography and skit competitions for students, during the day. Another event was a fashion show on the theme of tigers.

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.

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