Redeeming Our Pledge for Wildlife Conservation

By Rakesh Shukla

This article was originally published in the print edition of Central Chronicle of Bhopal on September 30, 2010. The full article is being reproduced here with the author’s permission.

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. Commercial re-use strictly prohibited.

One of the most ambitious conservation schemes of its own kind in the world, Project Tiger initially recorded tremendous success with amazingly perceptible results in first stabilizing and later increasing tiger populations in the tiger reserve areas. The general restoration of ecological damage, the strengthening of protection, and improvement of infrastructures were commendably carried out in these wildlife ecosystems. The national and international community also heaved a sigh of relief that the tiger in this county was now back from a very critical brink and would ultimately reach a safer status, specially in the tiger reserve areas. There are now 41 tiger reserves in 17 states of the country, with a total area of 40,969 sq.km, which is only around 1.15% of the total geographic area of our country.

Amid this applause and complacence of the mid-Eighties, the bad news started trickling in that some of these tiger bastions were not so safe after all, and general forest areas, which harbored about 50% of the country

9 thoughts on “Redeeming Our Pledge for Wildlife Conservation”

  1. Very true. There has been so much money poured into in a Save Tiger campaign by one mobile operator in India. I wonder how much really would have happened tf the money were really put into the reserves!

  2. Iam an animal lover. . I can’t see tigers getting extinct
    I and WE want them, not only they are Our National Animal, but,
    look at them, dont they look cute and wanting to be saved.
    Plz save TIGERS , they are not our enemies, they r our lives.
    Love them and see the diference you feel by within. . .

  3. Tell me what I can doto save Tigers..
    Will do whatever is required to do, to save them. . coz,
    I want them alive ..always with me. . .
    Its just not a fake promise. . You can tell me whatever I can
    do to SAVE TIGERS. I will for sure… BUT SAVE TIGERS, COME
    WHAT MAY. . .

  4. save our sign of nation!!!!!!! don’t let fade the hallmark of india.
    its my polite appeal to every indian to take some initiative step in saving the TIGERS……..

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