Jun 29, 2021

Stakeholder capacity building in Wayanad

Workshop with the department
Workshop with the department

Dear donor,

Hope you are doing well and keeping safe.

Today’s updates are from the Wayanad region of the Western Ghats landscape. The Western Ghats hill ranges are a global biodiversity hotspot, and their positioning makes them a treasure house of biodiversity. The region particularly supports large elephant populations – approximately 30% of the world’s Asian elephant population live in this Western Ghats landscape.

Given the criticality of the landscape, Wildlife Trust of India has been working with communities on securing Right of Passage for Asian elephants in Wayanad for more than a decade. This quarter, we helped with capacity building of the frontline forest staff working within Protected Areas in Wayanad region and the local community. Frontline forest staff ae well as the communities living around forests are one of the most important stakeholders when it comes to conserving wildlife and guarding the Protect Areas. And so, training and capacity building is a great value add to their overall skillset. We conducted four workshops for the community living near forest habitats and frontline forest staff in Wayanad. Two workshops were on the importance of elephant corridors, one on forest fire awareness and precautions, and another workshop was conducted on Disaster management and Man-Animal conflict.       

Apart from the training sessions, field kits were distributed to the forest staff including the temporary frontline watchers who are actively engaged in ensuring safe passage to elephants as well as caution humans, when elephants travel through human habitations.  

Thanks to your generous support, we were able to continue our work on conserving elephants and their habitats in this part of the Western Ghats landscape. We will keep sharing similar updates with you, till then take care and stay safe.

Warm Regards,

Team WTI

Workshop with the communities
Workshop with the communities
Jun 5, 2021

Hand rearing rescued elephant calf in Pakke TR

'Bokhonto' being fed by the caretaker
'Bokhonto' being fed by the caretaker

Dear friend,

Hope you and your family are well and keeping safe. 

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for our project titled “Help us keep wildlife forever wild”. Thank you so much for believing in our work and also for your generous donation to the project.

During the reporting period, an elephant calf was rescued from a human settlement in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh on 14th August, 2020. It was taken to Itanagar Zoo for a preliminary examination and was found to be under severe stress with some injuries to its body. The lockdown was in full swing when the month-old elephant was transferred to Pakke tiger reserve to be hand reared, where it was fed 22 litres of milk a day.

As part of an RAP, one month’s supply of milk was provided to feed the animal. After a year of caretaking, the animal christened “Bokhonto”, has become rather dependent on its caretaker. It is now being trained to forage so that it can become independent and be rehabilitated into the wild.

We will be soon sharing the updates on the project with you in the next report. Till then, stay safe and take care.

Warm regards,

Team WTI

Apr 5, 2021

Ex-gratia support to the Frontline Forest Staff

Handing over cheques to families of Forest staff.
Handing over cheques to families of Forest staff.

Dear friend,

Hope you are doing well.

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for the project “Thank our Forest guards this World Ranger Day”. 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 injuries sustained while on duty.

Four of these brave men were from Kaziranga National Park, Assam.

Late Mr. Moheswar, a game watcher was injured while on patrolling duty on 30th Jan in the Eastern Range of Kaziranga National Park.

Late Mr. Sundhan died in a road accident while on duty at Deosur, NH 37 at Burapahar range, Ghorakhati on 2nd February.

Late Mr. Tipusaran, Forest Guard succumbed to rhino attack while on duty at the Pohubeel anti-poaching camp under Kaziranga range, Kohora on 17th February.

Late Mr. Jwel, working with Assam Forest Protection Force died in a road accident on 13th February while on duty at Rangalu.

The families of these brave men received an ex gratia support of INR 1 Lakh each on the 19th of March.

Ex gratia support was also given to Ms. Premlata whose son died due to an elephant attack while on patrolling duty at the Beriwada range, Rajaji National Park.

In a separate incident reported by the DFO, Panna tiger reserve, two frontline staff were grievously injured in an attack by timber mafia at North Panna Division of the tiger reserve. Mr. Chattrapal (beat guard) fractured both his legs, while Mr. Swamideen (forest worker) was badly injured after being attacked by an axe on his shoulder and legs. They were admitted to the Panna Govt hospital and are recuperating. Both of them received financial support as bank cheques handed over by WTI.

That’s all for today’s updates. We will soon get back to you and keep you posted on our work under the project. Till then, take care.

Warm regards,

Team WTI.

 
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