January-February 2013

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Tiger Fest celebrated in Corbett

TCF has been an active partner of Sanctuary Asia's 'Kids for Tigers' programme. Tiger Fest, an annual event, was held on 28 February 2013 in Ramnagar, at the outskirts of Corbett Tiger Reserve. More than 400 kids from 25 schools took part in the event. Click here  for more pictures.

SHG stall at Axis Bank Corporate Office

Sale-cum-exhibitions of tribal handicrafts were held at the Axis Bank corporate office at Mumbai in October and December 2012.  Bomboo products made by Baiga tribes and t-shirts with Gond paintings were sold and the sale proceeds were given to Mukki Eco Vikas, an Self Help Group (SHG) of Baigas facilitated by TCF in Kanha. TCF is grateful to Axis Bank Foundation for its support. Click here  for more pictures.

World Wetlands Day celebarated 

The World Wetlands Day (February 02nd) was celebrated by TCF at all its divisions. Events like school programmes, visits to wetland sites, quiz competitions, etc. were organised to sensitize the children about the importance of wetlands and their ecological significance. Please read our report on Ramsar Convention's website.

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Tribal Museum inaugurated in Kanha

The Corbett Foundation established a Tribal Museum in Kanha. A one-of-its-kind venture, the Tribal Museum promises to provide authentic information about the Baiga and Gond tribes of Central India to the tourists visiting Kanha Tiger Reserve.

A Tribal Museum has been established by The Corbett Foundation (TCF) at village Baherakhar (near Mukki Gate) in the buffer zone of Kanha Tiger Reserve recently. The Museum was inaugurated by Mr. Dilip Khatau, Chairman of TCF. The construction of the museum was supported by Mr. Sharad Sanghi, a Trustee of TCF, in the memory of late Shri. Sohanlal Sanghi.

The Tribal Museum features articles made by the Baiga and Gond tribes. The museum intends to conserve the tribal way of life, their culture and art. The visitors to the museum would know several interesting facets of the tribal lifestyle that are depicted through illustrative information panels, photographs and accessories used in their day-to-day life such as pots, utensils, clothes, or simple equipments for grinding wheat and other lentils and articles they make out of bamboo. The museum also incorporates facilities wherein visitors can have an insight into the tribal life, see the artists at work and also spend quite peaceful night in the tribal hut. The museum is constructed entirely in mud and using all local material, and runs entirely on solar energy. The Tribal Museum is now ready to welcome tourists visiting Kanha Tiger Reserve. In addition to the above attractions, Baiga tribal dances, tasting the ‘tribal’ cuisine, visit to Baiga temple are some of the activities that the tourists can look forward to on their visit to the Tribal Museum. The Museum also houses a curio shop where visitors can buy handicrafts made by the Gond and Baiga tribes.

The Tribal Museum hopes to conserve the simple yet unique lifestyle of one of the most primitive tribes of our country and aims to deliver valuable insight into their lives to whoever visits the museum.

For more details and pictures, click here.

Sathymangalam Forest in Tamil Nadu declared a Tiger Reserve

Sathyamangalam Forest in the Erode district of Tamil Nadu has been declared a Tiger Reserve. It is the fourth such reserve in the State. The government has earmarked 1.40 lakh hectares for the exclusive protection zone for the estimated population of around 25 tigers. Of the total area, the core zone comprises over 90,000 hectares. The region has a unique environment where elephants, tigers, black bucks, hyenas and vultures co-exist. The elephant population in the region is estimated to be around 1,200. The region also witnesses a healthy growth in the vulture population. By declaring Sathyamangalam as the 42nd Tiger Reserve, the Government of India has added 1409 sq km area to the existing Tiger Reserves. India now has more than 2% of its geographical area under tiger reserves. 

Nandhaur declared a Wildlife Sanctuary 

Nandhaur Valley, an important link for the wildlife populations to move across the Tarai Arc Landscape, in the Haldwani Forest Division of Uttarakhand has been declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary. This decision is welcome step by the State Government as Nandhaur forests have great potential of being home to endangered fauna such as Asian Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear. The State Government also declared Powalgarh area in Ramnagar Forest Division as a Conservation Reserve.
Boards installed to create awareness about the Indian Bustards in Kutch

The Corbett Foundation has installed 24 boards highlighting the importance of the critically endangered Indian Bustards on the road-side of Deshalpar-Naliya highway in the district of Kutch, Gujarat. The inauguration function was conducted in the presence of Smt. Bhartidevi (Daughter of M.K Himantsinhji), Mr. Pravinsinh Vihol (Deputy Conservator of Forest-Kutch West Division) and Mr. Dilip Khatau (Chairman of The Corbett Foundation). The boards have been prepared in both, English and Gujarati languages. The short and catchy message on each board highlights the importance of this species. TCF is conducting various awareness programmes in context to Indian Bustard in the villages of Abdasa taluka. 

Sociable Lapwing Survey Project

Kutch Ecological Research Centre (KERC), a division of TCF in Kutch, has partnered with the International Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) coordinated by the Bombay Natural History Society on the survey project of the critically endangered Sociable Lapwing in Kutch and othyer parts of Gujarat. 
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