July 2012
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  Save Great Indian Bustards

Great Indian Bustards in Kutch may face extinction if urgent measures to protect their habitat are not taken.

The Corbett Foundation has petitioned the Government of Gujarat to protect the last remaining population of Great Indian Bustards found in the semi arid grasslands of Kutch in Gujarat. Severe pressures of habitat loss due to unplanned industrialisation and agricultural encroachment over the past few years, coupled with uncontrolled cattle grazing, has resulted with a drastic decline in the population of this majestic bird in the State. The population estimates reveal an estimated population of less than 30 birds in Kutch out of the total 300 birds surviving in the wild today. Sign up here to pledge your support to this campaign, NOW.

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Black Leopard recorded in Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve

Although they are just a genetic variant among the more common spotted form, it is usually assumed, even among many conservationists, that black leopards are a different species. Though the black form also occurs in dry forests, it tends to be more common in denser and humid forest regions. In Karnataka, Dandeli-Anshi appears to be the ‘hotspot’ for this melanistic form. Read more

Conservation Reserve for Asiatic Lions in Gujarat

The Gujarat Forest Department has decided to mark a 109 sq km-area between Bhavnagar and Amreli as a conservation reserve for the last surviving population of Asiatic Lions in Gujarat. The new conservation reserve is about 70 km from Gir forest. Officials said the state government will create breeding and water facilities for the Asiatic lion in the proposed reserve on the lines of those existing in Gir. Read more

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Wildlife tourism banned in core areas?

The hon'ble Supreme Court has stopped tourism activities from the core zones of tiger reserves till the next hearing on 22 August 2012.

The hon'ble Supreme Court in its order dated 24 July 2012 has put a stop on all tourism activities in the core zones of the tiger reserves in India. The SC will hold the final hearing in this case on 22 August 2012 wherein the fate of this case will be clear.

While in principle, we all agree that wildlife tourism in India needs to be controlled and strictly regulated, placing a complete ban on any kind of tourism activities in the core areas will certainly not help the wildlife of the tiger reserves.

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PUKAAR - Vocational Training Programme
The Corbett Foundation and Axis Bank Foundation have joined hands to launch Pukaar, a project to provide vocational training to the forest dependent communties and tribes of Corbett, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Kaziranga and Kutch. Over 700 local youth from these areas will be trained every year in hospitality services, tribal art, computer operations and repairs, maintenance work, naturalist training, candle-making, incense stick-making, etc. This training will enable to seek alternative livelihood and thus reduce their dependency on the forests and natural resources. Read more   
EARTH DAY Online Competitions for Kids
The Corbett Foundation held Online Painting and Online Quiz competitions on the occasion of EARTH DAY 2012 in association with the Earth Day Network. The competitions were open to children between the age group of 8 to 16 years. The response to the competitions was great with children from Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Lucknow, Bhopal, Vasai, Varanasi taking part. From among the entries, the following children were declared the winners:

Online painting Competition
First Prize: Master Pradyumna Ponkshe, Pune
Second Prize: Miss Disha Chaturvedi, Bhopal
Third Prize: Master Sumit Sonker, Varanasi
Online Quiz Competition
Winner: Miss Swarali Chodnekar, Mumbai
Runner's up: Master Anant Bhardwaj, Mumbai

Congratulations to all the winners!
Tribal museum in Kanha

The Corbett Foundation is setting up a Tribal Museum in village Baherakhar at the outskirts of Kanha Tiger Reserv, Madhya Pradesh. The Museum, built completely by the Baiga tribes and in the style of a 'Baiga House', will showcase the culture, heritage and art of the Baiga and the Gond tribes through information panels, artifacts and implements and instruments used by these tribes. There will be a dedicated workshop for tribes to make articles out of natural resources and sell them through a Self Help Group. The Tribal Museum project is sponsored by Mr. Sharad Sanghi, a Trustee of The corbett Foundation. Read more
Is awareness the answer?
by Zaara Kidwai, Programme Officer (Awareness), TCF Corbett

Out of the total population, approximately 90% of the people have no idea about the jungles they are living around and the rest 10% are fighting to save it. These 90% includes people from all tribes, villages and even cities.  Many educated and civilized people do not understand the concept of saving the forests even though they support “saving the tiger” campaign probably due to its commercial importance and timely advertisements. I bet if we ask them, they wouldn’t even know what the distribution of tiger around India is. The people I have met and asked still say Cheetah is the same as tiger or leopard; and I am talking about engineering and medical students here. Click here to read the entire article.
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