Oct 26, 2021

Right of Passage to the Gentle Giants

Children in Uttarakhand on World Elephant Day
Children in Uttarakhand on World Elephant Day

Dear friend,

Hope you have been keeping well!

We are glad to share with you the updates for the project ‘Help save elephants in India’. Thank you so much for supporting this project and for your generous donation to the appeal on GlobalGiving platform.

The updates for today are about activities supporting ‘Right of Passage’; which is one of the flagship projects of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). WTI has been working to secure the wildlife corridors through the ‘Right of Passage’ project to ensure uninterrupted movement of elephants and other wildlife species between key habitats and protected areas. The wildlife corridors are linear strips of land connecting two or more, otherwise fragmented, forest patches.

Along with forest departments and partner NGOs, WTI teams are working to protect 55 corridors across 5 regions (North-Eastern India, Southern India, Central India, North Western India and Northern West Bengal). We are working with a network of regional organisations and individuals called ‘Green Corridor Champions (GCCs) that work at the grass root-level and are involved in the protection of wildlife corridors within their regions. The GCCs help us in protecting the corridors and monitoring corridor usage by wild animals, doing policy advocacy and for spreading awareness on the importance of corridors among the local population.

12th of August, every year, is celebrated as the World Elephant Day. On this day, GCCs in Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu organised awareness events including bike rallies, painting competitions, webinars and road shows across the two states. The events were extremely successful where around 500 people took part in the celebrations. All this could be made possible with your support.

Once again, thank you so much for your generous support in our endeavour to provide ‘Right of Passage’ to the gentle giants. We will be soon back with more updates. Till then, take care!

With regards,

Team WTI

Oct 26, 2021

Hand-raising elephant calf in Pakke Tiger Reserve

Dear friend,

Hope you have been keeping well!

We are glad to share with you the updates for the project ‘Help us keep wildlife forever wild’. Thank you so much for supporting this project and for your generous donation to the appeal on GlobalGiving platform.

Today’s updates are about a rescued elephant calf, called Bokhonto, who is currently being hand-raised at Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. With your support, we provided a month’s supply of milk to feed Bokhanto.   

The elephant calf was rescued from a human settlement in Pasighat town, where it was held captive by the locals. Immediately after the rescue, the calf was handed over to Itanagar zoo for preliminary treatment and care. The calf was under severe stress and had sustained moderate injuries. After the preliminary treatment, it was transferred to Pakke Tiger reserve for further care. He has been provided utmost care and has been under constant observation.

Rescued as a month-old calf at the peak of the pandemic, Bokhonto has now been under care for almost a year. It is fed 22 litres of milk a day and has begun foraging trips with the caretaker. It will soon be introduced to an adult captive elephant, Kumki, to encourage socialisation so that it can learn foraging and other behaviours from the adults.

Once again, thank you so much for your generous support to Bokhanto. We will be soon back with more updates. Till then, take care!

With regards,

Team WTI

Sep 21, 2021

Honoring lifetimes committed to conservation.

DFO Thiruvarur with family of late P. Balakrishnan
DFO Thiruvarur with family of late P. Balakrishnan

Dear friend,

Hope you are doing well!

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for the project “COVID support to families of conservation warriors”. Thank you so much for your generous contribution to this project and for believing in our work. We are so glad to have you as a part of our team.

In keeping with its long-term commitment towards the welfare of frontline forest staff, WTI granted financial assistance as ex-gratia support to the surviving family members of frontline forest staff who succumbed to COVID 19. The second wave of the pandemic in India claimed more lives than anyone expected with such high infection and mortality rates. From March 2021 till date, we received information of close to 400 conservation heroes who were lost to Covid-19, leaving behind dependants.

With your support, we were able to provide support to the families of our conservation heroes when they needed it the most. This is also an attempt to honour a lifetime committed to the conservation of wildlife.

With this report, we are sharing details of two conservation heroes honoured under the ‘Conservation Heroes Covid Casualty Fund’.   

P. Balakrishnan was working as a forest guard at Thirumakkottai beat of Mannargudi range. He started off as a forest watcher in 1995 and just had five years of service left with the Forest Department. A veteran officer with vast field experience, Balakrishna was constantly working to protect forests and wildlife. During the Gaja cyclone, he was extremely proactive in the removal and re-arrangement of fallen trees. The demise of this diligent forest staff is a great loss to the Thiruvarur Forest Division. Unfortunately, he passed away on 6th June, 2021 as a result of COVID-19. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. WTI provided his family an ex-gratia of INR 1,00,000/- along with a scroll of honour in his memory.

Since 2017, Ravi Shankar Prajapati had worked as a sub-beat officer at Kurna sub-beat of Anandpur Forest Range under Porahat Forest Division, Jharkhand. As sub-beat officer, his main responsibilities were to protect the forests in his jurisdiction, carry out plantation and development work as well as liaison with the Joint Forest Management Committee in his area. He was strongly committed to his job and extremely jovial with his fellow colleagues and locals. He was sensitive to the villagers' needs and wishes. On one occasion, he helped them identify a traditional worship place and facilitated the processes to get the area documented. This dedicated officer was unfortunately lost to COVID on 15th May 2021. He is survived by his parents and elder brother. WTI provided his family an ex-gratia amount of INR 1,00,000/- along with a scroll of honour in his memory. 

Thank you once again for your contribution for this noble cause. We will keep you posted with more updates. Till then, take care!

Warm regards,

Team WTI

DFO Porhat Nitish with parents of late R Prajapati
DFO Porhat Nitish with parents of late R Prajapati
 
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