Monday, 10 February 2014

A Voice for Elephants

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Botswana has some of the last remaining free-roaming populations of wild animals on the planet.

Massive breeding herds of elephants are known to move thousands of kilometres across the country’s wild lands, through private farms, national parks, towns and deep into neighbouring countries too. It’s a picture of Africa that one reads about in the history books.

The town of Kasane borders the Chobe National Park in the North of Botswana, and regularly sees all kinds of wildlife pass through, including lion, buffalo, hyena and even the rare sable antelope. This is one of the few places where human infrastructure still grows within these functioning ancient wildlife home ranges

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Wild Elephant Habitat in the Western Ghats in South West India is in grave danger

This is with regard to the article "Paradise Lost" by Chetan Chauhan published in Sunday Hindustan Times dated 2-2-2014.

I am a Global Wild Elephant Lover and Wildlife Writer and I believe it is my duty to create awareness about the plight of Wild Elephants in various parts of India specially in the Western Ghats. It is shocking to know that the Central Government is totally indifferent about protecting wild elephant habitat in the Western Ghats but is instead trying to market "The Ecologically rich Western Ghats" to Companies that will foster development by destroying it completely.

Recent events in South Maharashtra and Western Maharashtra will illustrate my point. Some weeks back, wild elephants were found in Kolhapur; they had come from Dandeli Forests in Karnataka. This happened because their natural habitat in Karnataka has been taken over by Developers and by Mining Companies.

Wild Elephant habitat is constantly being encroached upon in the Western Ghats specially in the States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.This must stop.

Asian Elephants are the "Flagship Species" in the Western Ghats specially in Karnataka. Their Genetic diversity is best seen in the Bandipur and Nagarhole Forests. The Asian Elephant is the "National Heritage Animal" of India.

We need to awake from our slumber and protect these mighty Pachyderms and their habitat as soon as possible.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

An Excellent View on Botswana's Elephants

Crossing the road can be dangerous -- even if you're the largest land animal on the planet.

Thousands of elephants roam Chobe National Park in northern Botswana, a wildlife haven that's home to one of the highest elephant concentrations in Africa. Right next to the vast park lies Kasane, a small town situated on the banks of the Chobe river. Here, humans live side by side with large herds of migrating elephants that wander through the area in search of food and fresh water -- and this has created a lot of tension.

Tadoba Tiger Reserve - The best Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra and in the world

Tadoba Tiger Reserve which is located in Chandrapur district in Eastern Maharashtra is 160 Kms from Nagpur. It is without a doubt, a best kept secret of India.

Tadoba Tiger Reserve is 626 square kilometres long and consists of dense teak and bamboo forests and a river which flows through it. It has plenty of herbivorous prey for tigers specially Gaur- Indian Bison, Sambhars, spotted deer, and barking deer to mention a few.

The birth of 38 Tiger Cubs from 2010 till today proves that Tadoba Tiger Reserve has the finest Tiger habitat not only in Maharashtra but in the world. The State's oldest national park has rich wildlife habitat and is the perfect breeding place for Tigers.

The presence of a large number of tigers in Tadoba more than 100 at the latest count seems to suggest that this is a good sign for the conservation of Tigers particularly in Vidarbha.

Devdoh which is the park's perennial water source on the boundary of Tadoba and Moharli Forests is home to a large number of Tiger Cubs and Tigress's. At the Devdoh Forest Range and Moharli Forest Range one can see breeding tigress's in all their beauty and glory.

Tadoba Tiger Reserve is a "Game Rich Forest" and can be called "Tiger Country" in more ways than one now in 2014.