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 Celebrating Global Tiger Day

While holding on to its consistent and continuous tiger conservation efforts, TCF ensures to alert the future generation about wildlife conservation crisis and needs.

As a part of this awareness drive, on Global Tiger Day, 29th July 2018, TCF - Corbett division organised a rally for secondary standard students of Government High school, Dobariya. Paintings by students, with innovative ideas on the theme of ‘Save Tiger’, artistically showcased their thought on nature conservation. 

TCF - Kanha arranged a drawing competition in Nikkumb for middle and higher secondary school. 30 students participated in the competition of which three winners were awarded for their beautiful drawings. 

On this occasion, TCF launched a conservation board game series titled “Jungle Jasoos”. The first of this series is based on the fascinating jungles of Central India and its wild denizens like Sheru - the tiger!!

Meant for nature lovers from 8 years and above, this game will take all on an exciting wild adventure exploring the forests of Satpuda Landscape and learning about its amazing biodiversity, conservation issues and solutions. 

 Most Misunderstood Marvels

Famed as a country of snake charmers, India is actually a habitat for many varieties of venomous and non-venomous snakes. Though indispensible part of ecosystem, unawareness and myths have posed serious threats to these reptiles.

Manoj Gogoi, snake saviour of TCF – Kaziranga, deployed this World Snake Day (16th July 2018) to root out the misconceptions about snakes through an awareness program for the local community. Participants were educated about commonly found species of snakes in Kaziranga, their identification and snake bite management.

With Manoj’s persistent and long term efforts, now snakes are not killed in Kaziranga...a big pay off to TCF’s wildlife conservation efforts.

In Search of Dazzling Aerial Displays!

At the onset of monsoon, a mystery unfurls with the ‘Lesser Florican’ getting ready for courtship through its beautiful aerial displays. Also comes with it the favourable season (July to September) to survey this endangered, agro-grassland bird whose ecology is much less known. To gain knowledge about the existence, count and probable threats to ‘Lesser Florican’ species, a joint national survey has been organized by Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and The Corbett Foundation (TCF) in four states of India viz. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where the bird has been previously recorded. 

A training workshop and field training at Velvadar National Park was followed by the survey by TCF team in the outskirts of Bhavnagar, Palitana, Savarkundla and Amreli of Gujarat. TCF team was led by Mr. Devesh Gadhavi (Deputy Director, TCF-Kutch) and comprised of Dushyant Jhala, Dr. Bertrand Horne, Priya Warekar and Zeenal Vajrinkar from different divisions of TCF and six volunteers from Bhavnagar University.

TCF’s share of thoughts at Conservation Asia 2018, Kyrgyzstan

TCF participated in Conservation Asia 2018, the fifth regional meeting hosted by American University of Central Asia, at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Researchers, conservationists and scientists from over 40 countries, mainly Asian and few European, participated in the conference to share their views on ‘Mainstreaming Conservation in a Changing Asia’.

Kedar Gore, Dr. Naveen Pandey, Dr. Harendra Singh Bargali and Dr. Sharadkumar represented TCF at this summit and enunciated its perspective and efforts of mainstreaming conservation through intense community involvement. 

Oral presentation by Dr. Harendra Singh Bargali highlighted the challenges in conservation in Corbett landscape specially the issue of livestock depredation by big cats in human-dominated landscape under Ramanagar forest division, Uttarakhand, India. The speed talk and poster presentation by Dr. Naveen Pandey and Dr. Sharad Kumar respectively depicted TCF’s work for elephant conflict mitigation in Kaziranga and community-based interventions in the Central India.

Greener Days of Life

‘Harela’, meaning Green, a festival of Kumaon, welcoming rains and new harvest, is celebrated with all the euphoria in Uttarakhand state of India. 

TCF - Corbett also rejoiced this cultural bond with nature and community by planting saplings of various high utility value trees like Kachnar, Jamun, and Mulberry.

TCF involved 60 students of Government Intermediate School, Karitiya in the plantation drive to strengthen their connect with nature.

 Gauchar Restoration Project 

TCF, in collaboration with Bombay Gowrakshak Trust, is supporting the project of Gauchar restoration (restoration of community grazing lands for livestock) to reduce fodder scarcity in Kanakpur village of Kutch, Gujarat and reducing the grazing pressure on natural grasslands around. The project is divided in three phases over the period of three years. The first phase of clearing  Prosopis  juliflora, an invasive weed, ploughing the land and sowing the seeds is complete.  

Around 40 acres of land is divided into four parts of 10 acres each so that once the grass is ready ‘rotational grazing system’ can be practised. 

This will be a model plot to demonstrate benefits of rotational and controlled grazing. The Gauchar restoration and development will be helpful not only to livestock but also be home for wild animals like chinkara, hare, nilgai etc.

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