India’s Wildlife

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Wildlife in India

India land of the gentle giants and some of the most charismatic big cats found in the world, is a nature lover and a photographers paradise. My website makes an attempt to showcase the biodiversity of India and at the same time highlight the importance of its preservation and protection. Sometime in the early 1900’s the population of One Horned Rhinoceros in a National Park called Kaziranga tucked in a remote corner of India was not more than 15 or even lesser; today because of timely conservation and involvement of people from all walks of life the population of Rhinos have reached such a stage where the Park is not able to sustain, such is the achievement. In this beautiful country of ours with close to 30 different states speaking more than 22 different languages which is officially recognized and still have close to another 1600 variety of languages spoken in remote corners of our country our Biodiversity is as rich as our Culture and majority of them are not found beyond the boundary of our country which makes it even more vulnerable and prone to extinction if it disappears from the face of India. With the population of human growing by every min the population of wildlife is decreasing by every hour or day such is the impact.

India is blessed with some astonishing landscapes, the eastern part plays hosts to the wettest place of the world, the western end is home to some of the greatest deserts, the south again plays hosts to the marine life whereas the north is home to the roof of the world the highest mountain range in the world where the Snow Leopard walks freely. Some of the endemic species found only in India are the Sangai in Manipur, the Hangul Deer in Kashmir, the Lion Tailed Macaque in South India and the Asiatic Lion in the Western part. Out of all these species Birds like the Great Indian Bustard and the White Winged Wood Duck will be on the verge of extinction if the Government does not take immediate steps to preserve and protect habitats that these species call home. And as I write this somewhere in our country a sizeable land that animals call home is being seized and somewhere an animal breathes its last breath.

We call ourselves the most intelligent species ever to have walked on earth yet we fail miserably to learn from the mistakes we have made in the past leading to extinction of countless species of animals. As much as you enjoy watching the Photographs which I hope you do, you must also take a pledge to do your bit in any way possible big or small does not matter but commitment does.

I support the cause of wildlife conservation in our country in every way possible, there are many Organizations out there fighting against all odds to save and preserve our natural heritage. Some of them are the Elrhino and the Manas-Maozigendri Ecotourism Society the former is based out of Guwahati and the latter is located on the fringes of Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam. ElRhino is a leading specialist paper producer based in Assam in the north-eastern region of India and they make handmade paper products from elephant and rhino poop, agricultural waste and weeds. MMES on the other hand is a Community based Conservation and Eco-tourism Organisation working towards restoring Manas National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site through community participation and rehabilitation of ex-poachers. You can buy beautiful and unique paper products from Elrhino and your generous donations will help MMES to work on the welfare of the people on the fringes of the National Park and also work on wildlife conservation like awareness, wildlife rescue, motivate poachers to return to the mainstream and so on. Elephants on the Line is another project based on Community based conservation and is actively working to mitigate Human-Elephant Conflict in a quite corner of the country where everyone else has almost given up hope.  

Another such dynamic organization is Sigur Nature Trust – a non-profit nature-oriented charitable trust registered in June 2005 with the main objective of protecting and preserving wildlife corridors for future generations. The Sigur Nature Trust is a small wildlife reserve, a corridor or passage for wild animals in between two villages. Without the SNT, this location may have been developed and the development would have contributed to merging the two surrounding villages, closing access to the Sigur River for wildlife. They are located in Chadapatti, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve.

Visit the links to learn more about their work

http://mewsmanas.org/home.html 

 http://elrhinopaper.com/ 

http://www.sigurnaturetrust.org/ 

http://research.cnr.ncsu.edu/sites/elephantsontheline/

As much as we have the right to walk on this earth the wild free ranging animals too have the same right to walk freely, undisturbed. As the saying goes “we have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interest as well as ours.”