Stop the Hunting of Wildlife in India

by Wildlife Trust of India
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Stop the Hunting of Wildlife in India

Project Report | Aug 2, 2018
Attempt to save the Indian Spiny tailed Lizards of Rahasthan, India

By Snehaa Sundaram | Asst. Programme Officer- Wild Aid

Indian Spiny Tailed Lizard
Indian Spiny Tailed Lizard

Desert ecosystems being unique for their climatic conditions hold distinct flora and fauna, evolved and adapted to combat harsh conditions. As an update on our project, addressing hunting of the Indian spiny-tailed lizard in the adjoining areas of Tal Chappar Wildlife Sanctuary in Churu, Rajasthan over 196 villagers were surveyed. It was brought to notice that half of the communities were aware of the lizard and its hunting practices for both oil and meat consumption.

The lizards voraciously feed on the abundant available resources and gain weight, making them suitable targets for hunters of tribal communities Meena, Bavari, and Bheels. Through this project, a local informer group has been set up to aid in monitoring hunting patterns and keep vigil of ongoing activities. In addition to this, to help sensitize the future generations on spiny-tailed lizards and Indian wildlife awareness programmes were conducted. A total of 241 students and 50 teachers participated from five schools in the district. As mentioned, apart from hunting practices, the lizards were severe victims of road kills in the area. Three main roads and several minor paths passed through the prime habitat of the species killing over 78 individuals in just a span of four months. To tackle this challenge, formal meetings were held with over 500 villagers including village heads and Municipal committee Chapar to ensure alternate routes away from breeding areas of spiny-tailed lizards were immediately adopted. Suggestions were also given to the Chairman of Municipal Committee of Chappar who agreed to the need for speed breakers in the roads.

Also, signages on species conservation are installed near breeding areas to make people aware of the species habitat and threat vehicles pose. During the course of this project, a new challenge that came into light was the issue of stray dogs in the area. The lack of control over their population has begun to put not only spiny-tailed lizards but also grazers such as blackbuck, nilgai, and chinkara in threat. We would like to thank Global giving and other donors to help us stand up for this cause. With more animals being hunted every day it gives us a great responsibility to at least try providing such cryptic species a safe home ground to survive.

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Municiple Commitee with installed signage
Municiple Commitee with installed signage
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Wildlife Trust of India

Location: Noida, Uttar Pradesh - India
Project Leader:
Samruddhi Kothari
Assistant Manager
Noida , Uttar Pradesh India

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