Forest Guards' Training and Clothing Project

Forest Guards Training and Clothing Project

Apart from raising the morale of the keepers of the park, it was thought that training was imperative to improve their skills in policing the park, tracking skills, filing of First Information Reports, etc. A training program was organized just for this purpose.

 Below are the details for the training:

  • Training about wild animals and their behavior, identification
  • Training about the Wildlife Protection Act
  • Workshop on how to prepare and submit an incident (case)
  • Preparation of the First Aid kit and how to use
  • Experts in each field to instruct during the one-month training program.
  • Donation of Uniforms and Winter Clothing

Drought Relief Project

During the summer the water level of the park goes very low in spite of the Park having large water bodies, there was an acute water shortage. The levels of the water bodies drastically go down and water holes dried up, endangering the wildlife of the Park.

In line with its objectives, Wildlife in India Foundation, to combat this situation, took up many relief measures like servicing old wells, providing new diesel engines and tube wells.

Highlights of the projects:

  • Cleaning and digging of an old well
  • Create new water bodies/holes
  • Prospecting for water
  • Providing tube wells
  • Providing diesel pumps
  • Social Welfare and Awareness Programs
Human Animal Conflict

Human-Animal Conflict

To understand the pattern of Human-Leopard conflict and fieldwork in some conflicted areas. Start conservation and awareness activities in different villages.

Data collected in the form of graphical presentation and analytical solutions, about wildlife and human conflict. Various software and applications were used in order to make maps and record data. Census of Leopards and the number of livestock attack cases under human leopard conflict, provided in the form of graphs and tables by the forest department were also taken into consideration.

Trap cameras, Cameras, and Night vision cameras were used for documentation of scat, footprint identification, nail scratches identifications, kill record proofs, etc. were also documented. There were programs conducted in the villages about conservation and awareness.

Opinions and Strategies
The common people cannot operate wildlife by their own rules and regulations. There are various issues regarding the thought process of the villagers involving the rescue of a leopard, regarding this there are various controls and measures which have to be considered and are of utmost importance.

Issues involve:

  • Domestic cattle of the villagers which they keep with them in their open courtyard are a threat, which also attracts the wild carnivorous animals.
  • There is no proper dump yard for the disposal of these dead animals.
  • The crop harvesting is done in groups by surrounding the whole farmland which increases the risk of a leopard attack in case the animal is in the middle of the farm.
  • The non-vegetarian food waste is thrown out in the open which also attracts wild animals which is a secondary source of their livestock.
  • The leopard if in case enters the villages, the residents instead of informing the authorities take actions themselves, which is a threat to the leopard and also possesses a fatal threat to the villagers.
  • Another backdrop is that leopards are not religiously important to the villagers as lions and tigers, which makes leopard an unwanted intruder in the eyes of the villagers.

Measures to be taken:

  • Villagers are not to keep any domestic cattle or pets in the house which attracts the leopards. Instead, a special shelter for the cattle is to be made with protective measures.
  • Dump yard for the dead animals is to be made away from the villages which act as a source of livestock for the leopard and other animals such as hyenas.
  • Villagers before harvesting the crops should sound an alarm to make the leopards aware of human presence, which may avoid fatal incidents of Human-Leopard conflicts.
  • Crops should be harvested from one side instead of grouping up around the farm which minimizes the risk of confronting a leopard.
  • Villagers should be educated about leaving the leopard alone even if it enters the village territory and not take the matters in their own hand and inform the representative forest authorities.
  • Proper cages need to be set up to carry out safe rescue operations.
  • Another method is to increase the importance of the leopard religiously by associating it with various gods, which in turn helps the villagers keep a safe distance from the leopards rather than creating a nuisance when a leopard is seen.
  • Villagers should travel in pairs or in groups which also avoids the leopard from getting in front of the people.
  • Villagers should carry torches and talk loudly in the evenings and at nights which is a common method to distract lions and tigers and can simultaneously be applied on leopards.
  • Proper lighting and fencing should be provided around the villages and the villagers especially infants should avoid sleeping in the open.
  • Domestic dog populations should be increased which is a good alarm for the leopards.

Wild Rescues

Wildlife in India Foundation is working on Environment & Wildlife Conservation. We rescue and treatment of both Wild and domestic animals as per the guidelines of the Forest Department and veterinary Doctors. We also carry out workshops in collaboration with the Forest Department in both rural and urban areas. We also work for spreading awareness in schools and institutions with our presentations, wildlife career programs & painting competitions.

We are also performing various events, and we have the privilege of initiating the World Sparrow day celebration in Vadodara, every year since 2009 till now. Activities like endangered species awareness programs and bird rescue and rehabilitation programs are undertaken by us throughout the year.

Secure Front line Staff

Secure Front line Staff Project

Forest staff on the frontlines of conservation are the shield to protect the natural and cultural treasures of any nation. They work nonstop to protect threatened species like tigers, elephants, and rhinos, which are targeted by poachers for the illegal wildlife trade.

Forest guards live and die, to protect wildlife and natural wealth. So many forest guards daily fight with poachers and lost their lives, they are also someone’s son, brother, husband, and father. Forest guards, stay in wild for months without seeing their families protect wildlife only.

Wildlife in India Foundation is working on Secure Wildlife Staff Project, where each and every wildlife staff member of the particular Wildlife Sanctuary will get a personal/Group accidental policy.

Raise Communities Initiative

Raise Communities Initiative

Employment has to be provided to the villagers living adjoining to the Sanctuary area in addition to providing fuelwood, fodder and small timber for agriculture implements, so as to relieve the pressure on the forests. The alternative sources to meet the minimum needs of villagers of the surrounding areas are to be made with the following measures.

  • Providing sanitary facilities
  • Providing water facilities
  • Providing solar lamps
  • Providing medical aids
  • Vaccination to local cattle

Give employment to young villagers living adjoining to the sanctuary by educating them and make 10 squads of 04 persons in each squad are essential for effective protection. There is a need for creating a strike force of 04 persons under the leadership of a Range Forest Officer, for quick movement to the spot of illegal activities and to curb such activities. This will even create fear among the smugglers and poachers.

Biodiversity Tree Plantation

Biodiversity Tree Plantation

Tree planting is an essential solution to tackle climate change, trees help us to breathe, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen that human beings need to survive. We also know that they play a critical role in managing clouds, wind, humidity, air quality, and rainfall.

Tree planting is quite faster and the best economical solution of controlling climate, pollution and increase the water resources.

Nearly half of the world’s forests have been lost and we’re cutting them down at greater rates each year to plant crops, graze cattle and generate income from timber and other tree products. We need to plant trees over maximum areas of the earth to fulfill the loss, we had in past years.

Wildlife in India requests all of you to donate trees as much as you can. Celebrate festivals, birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions by planting and donating trees. You can donate any number of plants/Trees occasionally or without any occasion. We will reward you with a personalized certificate towards your step for a green environment. All your small efforts count and leave a big impact to make the environment greener.