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Help us keep wildlife forever wild

by Wildlife Trust of India
Help us keep wildlife forever wild
Help us keep wildlife forever wild
Help us keep wildlife forever wild
Help us keep wildlife forever wild
Help us keep wildlife forever wild
Help us keep wildlife forever wild
Help us keep wildlife forever wild
Help us keep wildlife forever wild
Help us keep wildlife forever wild
Help us keep wildlife forever wild

Project Report | Jan 9, 2024
Gratitude and Impact: A Heartfelt Update on Your Support

By Monica Verma | Project Leader

Greetings from Wildlife Trust of India!

 

Today we reach out to you with an update on the project ‘Help us keep wildlife forever wild’, which you so generously chose to donate for.

Thank you for being the driving force behind our shared commitment to creating positive change. Your unwavering support has been the cornerstone of our efforts, and we are immensely grateful for your dedication to our cause.

We are excited to share with you the impact your generosity has had on the community and the wildlife of North 24 Paraganas in West Bengal. Your contribution has truly made a difference, and we want to keep you informed about the progress we've achieved together.

The North 24 Paraganas in West Bengal, located in the fertile lower Gangetic plains, boasts a combination of sandy and clay loam soil, making it an ideal region for crop production. The Ichhamati River, the district's longest, traverses the area, contributing to its overall fertility.

Within North 24 Paraganas lies the Bhibhuti Bhushan Wildlife Sanctuary, a part of the larger Sunderbans Reserve Forests, covering 63 hectares. Situated in the world's largest delta, this forest plays a crucial role in maintaining ecological balance in southern West Bengal.

The region, abundant in farmland and crop fields, is home to a vibrant farming community. However, the fertile land also attracts various snake species from the adjacent wildlife sanctuary, including the Spectacled Cobra, Common Krait, Monocled Cobra, and Russell’s Viper.

Before the initiation of our project, the area faced frequent incidents of human-snake conflict, resulting in injuries, financial losses, and even deaths due to snake bites. The lack of awareness about effective snake conflict management led residents to resort to killing snakes out of fear.

Recognizing the need for intervention to promote awareness about snake management, we believed that educating and equipping the community would lead to safer practices and discourage the killing of snakes, benefiting both humans and reptiles while fostering co-existence.

WTI supported a local organization in North 24 Paraganas, in conducting extensive awareness programs to actively engage the community in snake conflict management. The organization performed numerous snake rescue operations, removing snakes from homes and releasing them safely away from human habitation. The organization has become a trusted helpline for residents encountering snakes, marking a positive shift towards seeking help rather than resorting to lethal measures.

We also distributed sleeping mosquito nets (to prevent snake bites while sleeping), torches, and gum boots to local community members. Through these interventions, we aim to reduce reported incidents of human-snake conflict and foster a positive attitude toward snake conservation.

All of this was made possible through your generous support of our project. Your compassion and commitment have not only transformed lives in North 24 Paraganas but have also contributed to the broader goal of harmonious coexistence between communities and wildlife.

As we continue our efforts, your ongoing support remains invaluable. Together, we can build a future where humans and wildlife thrive side by side, where communities are empowered with knowledge, and where compassion guides our actions.

Thank you once again for being a crucial part of this journey. Your belief in our cause is a beacon of hope for a more sustainable and compassionate world. We look forward to sharing more successes with you in the days to come.

Warm regards,

Team WTI

Snake Rescue From a House in North 24 Paraganas
Snake Rescue From a House in North 24 Paraganas
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Organization Information

Wildlife Trust of India

Location: Noida, Uttar Pradesh - India
Website:
Project Leader:
Monica Verma
Noida , Uttar Pradesh India
$4,724 raised of $60,000 goal
 
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