Mar 17, 2021

Preventing wildlife hunting around Dampa Tiger Reserve

Camera trap images of the biodiveristy in Dampa
Camera trap images of the biodiveristy in Dampa

Dear Friend,

Hope you are doing well.

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for the project “Stop the hunting of wildlife in India”. 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.

Today’s updates are a follow-up on the support we provided to one of our local partners working with the Dampa Tiger Reserve in Mizoram. He proposed to sensitise the local community around the Tiger Reserve (TR) about the region’s unique biodiversity to minimise the hunting of threatened and endemic species in the region. Being a local himself, our project partner was well aware of the hunting practices of the local community residing in the region. And to curtail this practice, he planned to develop a biodiversity inventory of the area surrounding the TR, while engaging the local community in the process. Through this exercise, he was confident that the hunting community could be made aware of the species diversity of the region and their ecological significance. He also planned to mobilise ‘informer groups’ to keep a check on any hunting activities in the region.

We had provided camera traps to our local partner to monitor the region’s biodiversity and gather hunting evidences.

Due to the COVID-induced nationwide lockdown, he could not implement his plan for the initial few months. However, the project activities resumed eventually and we have received some fresh updates on the project activities undertaken.

  1. Mammalian diversity for the region was determined through a questionnaire survey, transect survey, and camera trap images.
  2. A short film was made to highlight the importance of forest resources and the dependence of the local community on these resources. Also, the impact due to unsustainable practices adopted by the community were highlighted. The film covered different aspects such as livelihood, hunting, and impact of shifting cultivation etc.
  3. Sensitization programmes for local community were conducted with a prominent local association and other influential persons of the village. A team comprising local youths (#10) was formed to keep a check on the hunting activities and to inform the forest department of the same.
  4. With these efforts, so far no major hunting activities were reported. All the entry points to the villages are being guarded by the forest guards and members of the Association, with regular patrolling at night.
  5. Besides, the hunting data obtained from the range officer, Teirei range, also suggests that the hunting trend in and around Dampa TR is on a declining trajectory. The numbers of illegal hunting equipment (such as non-licensed guns and traps/snares) seized from the local hunters were comparatively lesser than past two years.

All this was made possible due to your generous support, for which we are so grateful. That’s all for today’s updates. We will soon be back with more information on this and similar projects. Till then, take care.

Warm regards,

Team WTI

Mar 17, 2021

Equipment support for fire-fighting in Bandipur

Fire-fighting equipment
Fire-fighting equipment

Dear Friend,

Hope you are doing well.

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for the project “Equip forest guard to protect wildlife in India”. 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 2019, more than 11,000 acres of forest land of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka was gutted due to forest fires resulting in a heavy loss to wildlife and its habitat. Following this devastating incident, the Forest Department took several precautionary measures last year, and prevented any wildfire instances in the region. This year again, with the summer season approaching, the department has taken all measures to prevent forest fire instances and have created 2,828 km long fire lines within the Tiger Reserve. In addition, 50-meter-wide fire lines are being created on both sides of the national highway that passes through the reserve. Besides, the department has appointed 445 watchers, on a temporary basis to keep a check on any such incident.

With your support, WTI in the reporting period provided essential equipment and utilities (field gear and cooking utensils) to 60 temporary fire fighters of Kundhere range, in Bandipur Tiger Reserve for their day-to-day sustenance, while they are on a constant vigilance to perform their fire-fighting duties. We also supported other ranges of the Tiger Reserve with first aid kits and fire-dousing equipment.

With the cumulative efforts of the forest department, the fire-watchers and our support; we are hopeful that a major calamity in the face of a forest fire will be averted this year as well. Your contribution here is of great significance and we are very thankful to you for the same.

We will be soon back with similar updates on the project.

Warm regards,

Team WTI

Mar 17, 2021

Equipment support to Plachery Forest Dept.- Update

Dear Friend,

Hope you are doing well.

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for the project “Help rescue wild animals and birds in India”. 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 July, the Plachery Forest Department in Kerala, approached WTI for equipment support to handle the increasing number of wildlife displacement cases during the monsoon season.

The Forest Department was facing a shortage of equipment and field gear necessary to conduct rescue operations. Through a Rapid Action Project (RAP), we provided the Forest Department with the following equipment- a trapping cage, a large rope, a net for lifting animals accidently trapped in wells, 3 catchpoles, 3 snake rescue kits, 3 flashlights, 5 headlamps, 5 pairs of safety shoes, raincoats, veterinary medicines as well as food supplements for the rescued animals. The equipment and tools were basically provided for responding to rescue calls of smaller mammals and reptiles.

With this support, the Plachery FD has conducted 73 rescues in the reporting period. The species handled by the department include – Pythons, common palm civets, jungle cats, Brahamani kites, golden jackals, trinket snakes, common macaques, cobras, Indian rat snakes, wild boar, sand boas, barn owls, porcupines, and an Indian Jackal.

Timely interventions in these cases saved the lives of so many wild animals. All this was made possible because of your support, for which we are very grateful. We will soon get back to you with more updates on this.

Till then, take care.

Warm regards,

Team WTI

 
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