Tiger Tourism Continues and Some More Good News

Tiger Tourism Continues

Just read a newspaper report that the ban on Tiger Tourism in core areas of the tiger reserves has been lifted. Good news indeed. How else would the Save Tigers enthusiasts see for themselves if tigers are getting saved or not? NTCA has formulated fresh and strict guidelines. Salient points:

  • Not more than 20% area (and not exceeding present usage) of the core reserve should be opened for tourism.
  • If present usage exceeds 20% then Local Area Committee to put up a time-frame to bring it down to 20% or less.
  • Tourism should be low-impact and regulated strictly adhering to site-specific carrying capacity.
  • Focus to be shifted from wildlife tourism to ecotourism.

On our part, we at SaveTigers.com, request the GOs at tiger reserves to treat all NGOs as VIPs at par with GOs so we don’t face such banning situation in future ;)  Save Tigers! Not ours or theirs but everyones :P

Some more good news

  • While the Convention on BioDiversity (CBD) at Hyderabad, comes to a close, 5 cities – Hyderabad, Guntur, Thane, Varanasi and Shimla have signed MoUs with Local Action Biodiversity (LAB) India, to preserve biodiversity.

And some trivia

  • India: GoM ayes Land Bill that allows land acquisition on agreement from 2/3 of the land-owners! Is the two-thirds by people count or by land holding :P The original bill had called for 80% consent and industry lobbyists had asked for dilution. दिख रहा है हमें हवा का रुख है किस तरफ और सुनामी का किस तरफ ;)
  • India: Totos, one of the oldest tribes facing extinction will be provided free foodgrains. Well, how about letting them cultivate their own foodgrains?
  • Jaswant Singh, MP, on Editorial page in The Hindu dated October 17, 2012: “Reform is not a synonym for unbridled consumerism. There are values beyond money and markets too!” We agree, Sir.
  • Tarsh Thekaekara, Biodiversity Conservation Researcher, on Op-Ed page in The Hindu dated October 17, 2012: “Efforts towards conserving the country’s biodiversity are hobbled by the frightening insistence that development cannot be held up!” Rightly said. We, at Save Tigers frequently wonder – what exactly is development?
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Save Tigers Shoogled!

Hey folks! Save Tigers has been shoogled!

Shoogled? Yeah, that’s a new context we have invented to mean “shooed away by google!” (Shoogle actually means “To shake or rock rapidly”). Do you google for all your information? Then you won’t find your favorite website on save tigers in the top 1000 (the zeros are right – it IS one thousand) results for the search term “save tigers“. Why? Because some smarta55 at google thinks that domain names with exact match keywords are worthless and should be shunted down the search results. Until few days back we were in the top 10 before the google smarta55es let off their gas!

Compare with other search engines: we are #5 in Bing and #3 in Yahoo for the term “save tigers”.

Do you know the deeper meaning of this google tactic? It’s all commercial sense you know! If people got accustomed to memorable domain names, they wouldn’t go to google to search so where will the monopoly get their bread and butter from?

Power corrupts absolutely and then गीदड़ की मौत उसे शहर की ओर ले जाती है!

Some people just don’t learn their lessons! Have they forgotten what happened to AOL and Microsoft? I hope they see this rant and open their eyes and brains!

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Tiger Count, Tiger Tourism, Save Tigers etc…

Tiger count in India is up from the last year’s scandalously noted figure of 1411 – LOL – as if you could really do a head count of the tigers!

All you ignorant TV surfing folks out there, count of tigers or any other VIP animal (in the wild) for that matter, are given in approximations. So, one could say, India has around 1400 tigers plus or minus 50 or something like that. You could of course say we have exactly n tigers in xyz ZOO!

Anyway, coming to the latest count, it is being said that there are around 1700 tigers in the wild. Is it a cause for celebration? We don’t think so!

A lot more needs to be done if we really wanted to save tigers!

Banning of tiger tourism is not at all a way to do it. Here is our list of bans required which are more important than banning tiger tourism:

  • Ban all mining for one year! Import raw materials and export finished goods or services. Check Japan for inspiration.
  • Ban felling of trees forever – a tree anywhere should be allowed to die a natural death. If felling of trees can be allowed on any pretext, then perhaps euthanasia could also be allowed!
  • Ban all infrastructure projects for one year! Only contractors and their cohorts (we all know very well who those cohorts are) are benefiting from these projects, not the people or the country! Remember, money doesn’t grow on trees! So, where will it come from for all these infrastructure projects?
  • Ban manufacture and sale of all vehicles for one year! In this age of advanced communications, why do people want to constantly and aimlessly, flit here and there? Check again! Where’ll the money come from for burning all that fossil fuel?

There are many more things that can be banned, but we don’t want to risk getting accused of blasphemy! Will the Honorable Superior Authorities take notice?

People reading this post… please offer your suggestions on what is more ban-able than tiger tourism?

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Tiger Tourism in Tiger Reserve Core Areas – What’s Your Take?

We feel very strongly about, and invite our visitors to debate on tiger tourism in tiger reserve core areas. We have seen remarkable improvement in habitat and tiger numbers in the few tiger reserves where tiger tourism is allowed in the core areas. Moreover, where it is allowed, it is usually a small percentage of the core area and it is strategically and systematically regulated. So we are kind of surprised by the sudden activism to totally curtail tiger tourism in core areas. An op-ed page report “Ban on tourists no boon for tigers” by C Sarath, in The Hindu dated July 31, 2012, presents a nice perspective on the whole matter.

We invite you to leave your valuable comment on this site and debate on tiger tourism in tiger reserve core areas.

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Tiger Census / count 2010

So, the tiger count in India is out, pegged ~1700 after the tiger census 2010. What does it mean to us? Is it a sign of improvement? The last India tiger census (2006) had put the figure ~1400.

Looks like the count is more because of the improved processes and increase in the sampling area. And, these figures are mostly for the protected areas. Counting or sampling is very difficult in the open areas.

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Tweet for the Sparrow!

Today, March 20 is observed as the World House Sparrow Day. Saving Nature is not unrelated to Save Tigers campaign. The vanishing house sparrow is a danger signal. We have become experts in destroying nature every which way we can! So, at least on this ceremonial day, spare a thought for the (not so ubiquitous any more) sparrow.

Here’s a 140 character rhyme, that you can use to Tweet for the Sparrow!

#Sparrow Sparrow, where ave u been?
2 #jungle coz ur city gone clean
No bowl o water, no grain to spare
All concrete n not a patch of #green

 

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Translocation of Indian Bison – Conserving Biodiversity and Food Pyramid

As we all know, tiger is at the top of the food pyramid, and tiger conservation cannot be done without conserving that food pyramid, which itself entails conserving the biodiversity of an ecosystem. Loss of green cover depletes the herbivores and depletion of the herbivores leaves the tiger hungry, real hungry! What a condition for the poor jungle king to be in? But, there is hope and some action. Acclaimed wildlife conservationists from all over the world recently got together and made a historical effort in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh – central India.

We bring our readers a special report on the Historic Reintroduction of the Indian Bison (Translocation from Kanha to the Bandhavgarh National Park). Read the full report published here with the kind permission of the author, Rakesh Shukla. An abridged version of this report first appeared in the print edition of Central Chronicle of Bhopal.

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A Pledge for Wildlife Conservation

Redeeming Our Pledge for Wildlife Conservation, was originally published in the print edition of Central Chronicle of Bhopal on September 30, 2010. Read the full article reproduced here at SaveTigers.com, with the author Dr. Rakesh Shukla’s permission.

Dr. Rakesh Shukla is a wildlife research officer in the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department and is currently based in Kanha Tiger Reserve. He is a winner of the ABN-AMRO Sanctuary award.

The royal splendour of a Tiger at Kanha National Park. Photo by Sudhir Mishra, FRO.

Are we gonna give this royal splendour a chance to survive? A Tiger at Kanha National Park, photographed by Sudhir Mishra, FRO.

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Save Tigers Contest – win book, t-shirts, caps

Okay folks! We all know, we need to save tigers – that’s why you are at this website. We hope all of you have now become aware of the various things you can do to save tigers. Many of you may also be having some more ideas. Most of you comment that the numbers are down and we got to save tigers – but, we all already know that. Right!

So, let’s stop wasting time and get productive. Don your thinking caps and let the creative juices flow. Got an idea, or a strategy? Shoot it across. Got some data and analysis – share it.

We are rewarding the best entries with:
1 book on tiger conservation;
10 t-shirts;
100 caps.

That’s 111 prizes to be won! Send in as many entries as you can think and create. Use the contact-us page to send your entries and remember to join our mailing list to get updates on this and other contests.

The entries will be judged by a panel of eminent persons and authorities related to wildlife and tiger conservation.

Please note that the ideas should be legal, non-destructive, reasonable, practical and agreeable to all stakeholders right from the forest denizens (including our dear Tiger) to the world community.

This contest open until September 30, 2010. Winners will be announced during wildlife week starting October 2, 2010.

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Tiger, Tiger! poem by Prof. Ashok Tiwari

Tiger, Tiger!
By Prof. Ashok Tiwari

Tiger, tiger, burning bright!
Dreadful is your present plight!

God’s mighty act of your creation
Filled Blake’s mind with fascination!
You are our national animal,
No other creature is you equal.
In deep forests you’re no longer found.
Your roars there no longer resound.
You are Goddess Durga’s mount,
All this does no longer count.

Tiger, tiger, burning bright!
Dreadful is your present plight!

Now your body is your enemy!
It is seen in terms of money.
Alive, some admirers you may please,
Dead, you’re worth lakhs of rupees!
The money is such a temptation,
In hunting you where’s hesitation?
Hunting you is no great art,
A steel trap, a bullet through the heart!
Your skin ladies wear for vanity—
An act devoid of all sanity!
It adorns a tycoon’s drawing room wall
Or the floor of some palace hall.

In China your genitals, ground to powder,
Restore old men’s sexual drive and power.
Your bones are used in medicines.
Your flesh and fat cure rheumatism.
Your skull is transformed into a trophy,
Your teeth hang in charms and jewellery.

Tiger, tiger, bright as flame!
Your extinction would be our shame!
In jungles may you thrive again!
May this wish not be in vain!
Lord of beasts, long be your reign.
Your blood jungle trails never stain.
May greedy plans of poachers fail.
May they spend their lives in jail.
May posterity still get to see
Your beauty, power and majesty.

Tiger, tiger, bright as flame!
Your extinction would be our shame!

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Saving Sher Khan

Saving Sher Khan by Pracheer Saran.

We all have heard of famous character Sher Khan the tiger from the Rudyard Kipling‘s classic novel Jungle Book. As a kid, we all were enthralled, mystified and excited and longed to see the animated film ‘Jungle Book’ by Disney Animation studio. Sher Khan the tiger is one such character in the film besides Mowgli the jungle boy, Baloo the beer, Bagheera the panther, etc who will never be forgotten. However, in reality we have forgotten to save and protect him.

Click here to continue reading Saving Sher Khan by Pracheer Saran.

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Save Tigers contest to come soon

Just to let our visitors know – we are soon going to run a save tigers contest. 111 prizes would be up for grabs. While we iron out the modalities, please start thinking of what to do to save tigers or if you have already done something start documenting it – ideas, articles, photographs, drawings, games, software – anything goes!

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