Conservation Leadership Course-2011
Conservation Leadership Course-2011
Hero of Ranthambore award – 2010
In order to honour the hero’s of Ranthambhore – Tiger Watch awards for the year 2010 went to four such committed individuals from diverse fields who have worked steadily for the tigers and conservation of Ranthambhore.
The recipients of this award were Shri Ramnaresh Gujjar and Shri Kedar Jat who are forest guards of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve the other two individuals were Shri Ramphool Mali and Shri Devilal Gujjar.
Each individual was awarded with a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 each.
This award distribution ceremony was held during the Tiger Watch annual Conservation Leadership course, which had 25 individuals from all across the country.
Shri Ramnaresh Gujjar and Shri Jat have been actively curbing the illegal grazing, illegal wood cutting, acting against mining activities, filing cases against poachers and following them too.
Shri Ramphool Mali has been the sole man responsible for planting and managing the 600 odd biogas plants put by the Prakritik Society (Tiger Watch’s Sister NGO).
Shri Devilal Gujjar has been a resident of Kalakhora, Khandar area has been the only individual who along with his family - in spite of opposition from his fellow villagers protected a patch of forest near his village from illegal grazers and woodcutters for many years – he has been an ideal village man in front of the society.
Mumbai based tour operators Jungle lore gifted the awardees with camping bag.
This year’s cash prize was sponsored by Mr. Vikram Vohra who is the executive board member of Prakritik society and Mr Rupesh Kumar who is a wildlife enthusiast and has been active supporters of Tiger Watch.
With 11 years of experience in ground level conservation, anti-poaching, and rehabilitation work, we at Tiger Watch have been able to put together the knowledge that can be invaluable to those making a sincere and serious effort towards conservation.
Why this program?
The rural population still depends on forest resources, rivers and wildlife commodities for survival. Several species and ecosystems have come under severe threat due to depletion of resources and global warming. Before we reach an irreversible crisis, we need to stop and start working towards conservation with a strategic approach.
Each individual can be a leader in evolving better and newer ways in conserving resources. Environment agencies are working towards this but most of the time, the centralized institutional system does not work at the ground level. For that, there needs to be interaction with people who are working in the field as they are the ones who have evolved and developed the means and measures to conserve nature with the available resources in the most efficient manner, understanding the ground realities. The motive of this program is to discuss the current scenario and thrash out new ideas and strategies…
Duration: May 24, 2010 to May 29, 2010
* Seven lecture sessions with prominent personalities who work at the ground level in various fields towards wildlife conservation
* Two visits to
* A visit to the Chambal river bank to understand the ecology of Gharials
* Visit to the Moghiya Tribe Education Program
*Interaction with Ex-poachers
* Visit to the Prakritik Society
* Visit to a Village of the Moghiya tribals
Ashutosh Mahadevia - Tiger Watch Secretry giving out the Hero of Ranthambhore award during the course
Program involves talks and close interaction with the following personalities.
Fateh Singh Rathore – Fateh has been fighting for tigers for 45 years now, 25 years of which were spent in the Indian Forest Service. Many tiger experts of today have looked up to him as a pioneer and guru. Fateh is heading Tiger Watch and the wealth of knowledge he possesses is a guiding light for us in the field of conservation.
Jay Mazoomdaar – A freelance journalist and a wildlife film maker. Jay’s understanding of
Dr Govardhan Singh Rathore – Prince Charles awarded him with the precious Ashden Award for renewable energy. Govardhan has spent 20 years in community conservation and reformed several villages. He runs a school for some 300 kids of Ranthambhore. He has helped plant more than 500 biogas plants to substitute firewood and reverse the impact of deforestation. Along with the community, he has planted about 4 lakh trees around Ranthambhore. Govardhan has also built a state-of-the-art 60-bed hospital for villages near the park area. He is a true icon in community conservation.
Dharmendra Khandal, PhD – With a doctorate in botany, Dharmendra is the country’s foremost spider expert, and a connoisseur of Rajasthan’s flora and fauna. Dharmendra has been working at the ground level for tiger conservation since the past 6 years. A futurist in anti-poaching and wildlife conservation, he has not just helped governmental agencies nab poachers but also established ethics and methodology in anti-poaching strategies. He has religiously taken up the work of rehabilitating poachers’ families.
Nimesh Ved – Nimesh is associated with a leading conservation NGO – Samrakshan. He has been involved with leading teams at field offices in extreme remote and conservation priority locations of South Garo Hills (Meghalaya) and Saiha (Mizoram). Since moving on Mizoram (where he is currently based) during 2007 Conservation Education has been to his prime focus. The efforts are undertaken with school going students (and their teachers), youth associations, village councils and forest department personnel. Focus has been towards designing a locale specific program that is sensitive to the cultural values of the landscape and document the process with a view to understand the nuances.
Applicants must be 18 years and above. The course is intended for people who are currently involved in conservation, students, wildlife writers, or simply those interested in wildlife conservation.
The number of participants will not exceed 25. Participants have to make their own arrangements to reach Sawai Madhopur. The participants are expected to be present on May 20, 2009 i.e. the first day of the course.
Course Cost: Rs. 9,000/- (including AC accommodation for the course period, food, local travel, field visits and course expenses).
Fee does not include travel charges to and from Sawai Madhopur.
Mode of Payment: Cheque or demand draft in favor of “Tiger Watch”
For registration and details please contact:
Divya – 09166167005
Web site: www.tigerwatch.net
Last date for registering: 7th May, 2010
Postal Address: Tiger Watch, Maa Farm, Sherpur Khilchipur,
Ranthambhore is world famous tiger reserve, holding the most endangered Tigers in the western zone.
Tropical dry deciduous population of tiger is highly vulnerable because it is surrounded by villages making it an isolated island which needs to be protected by the villagers who graze and do agriculture very close to the tiger territory.
Keeping the tigers good will alive in the villagers is very important to keep the harmony.
The same condition of shrinking habitats and increasing population is the future of all tiger reserves in India. Hence it is the need of the hour to understand and start working on local population’s role in tiger conservation.
The main objective of the Solar Light distribution program was to connect with the local villagers – the tiger’s neighbours - Creating a good will in them.
Tiger Watch is a non profit organisation working around Ranthambhore for the conservation of tigers. Tiger watch also runs a successful antipoaching unit around Ranthambhore. Tiger watch gathers information related to poaching and trading of wildlife parts; this information is then passed to state police for conducting raids.
Volunteers and the paid informers are the main part of this information network.
Ranthambhore Solar Light and Tiger Conservation
Solar Light Project Partners –
Responsibility of TERI is to provide and install lights.
Monitoring of the entire project
Ground implementation of the project, selection of villager.
Village Selection –
Apart from these 2 criteria’s the reason why Tiger Watch chose the 5 villages was that they were in the corridor area where the authority has less reach. Tiger moves from Ranthambhore to neighbouring Keladevi Sanctuary via this corridor route hence it is important to make this area safe for the tiger.
Also Tiger Watch runs an anti-poaching program which can get some benefits from local people contact.
Pic1: Villages depicted in the corridor
A Prakash Dooth (Light Ambassador) was selected in each village. This man is supposed to be the coordinator of the program in his village – An educated, non controversial neutral man in the village.
He would have two responsibilities: Selecting the villages (First preference given to villagers with kids studying in school) and to the rest. The second responsibility was to charge the solar lights for which the coordinator would get 2 INR for each recharge.
The coordinator was also given a mobile phone for networking and contact.
Pic2: Solar light distribution among Kala Khora Village by Advocate Ms. Padmini Rathore
Pic2: Solar light distribution among Kala Khora Village by Advocate Ms. Padmini Rathore
Pic3: Solar light distribution among Jogipura Dhani Village by Advocate Ms. Padmini Rathore
How will Solar light Program help in Tiger Conservation:
Now a regular contact is established with the villagers and with the mobile phones Tiger Watch is able to speak on the solar light and other issues too. This base level communication with villagers will help in spreading message of Tiger Conservation.
In few months Tiger Watch will conduct a slide show in these corridor villages, when the villagers will be more receptive to the issue.
Pic4 :Entrepreneur at Bhid Village
Number of light distributed: 50
Coordinator: Mr. Murari and Mr. Mukesh Gurjer (9772344336, 9610139465)
Number of Light Distributed: 50
Coordinator: Mr. Sehj Ram Gurjer and Mr. Mukesh Gurjer (9828548161)
Number of light distributed: 30
Coordinator : Mrs. Birma Devi Jogi Mr. Ramkesh Jogi (9982997577)
Number of Light distributed : 10
Coordinator : Mr. Dhanji Gurjer
Number of Light distributed: 10
Coordinator: Mr. Deviram Gurger (9649194485)
(report by: Dharmendra & Divya Khandal, Tiger Watch, Ranathmbhore Road, sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan) email@example.com
Conservation Leadership Course 2009
With 10 years of experience in ground level conservation, anti-poaching, and rehabilitation work, we at Tiger Watch have been able to put together the knowledge that can be invaluable to those making a sincere and serious effort towards conservation.
Tiger Watch along with prominent conservation personalities conducted a Conservation leadership course from 20 – 25 May 2009. The course was intended for people who are currently involved in conservation, students, wildlife writers, or simply those interested in wildlife conservation.
The course schedule consisted of 7 lecture sessions with these prominent personalities who work at the ground level in various fields towards wildlife conservation.
The Chambal Express
A Tiger Watch initiated raid in Naghor district led to confiscation of 7 illegal guns.
On the tip off from an informer, the Tiger Watch team led by Dr Dharmendra Khandal conducted a raid with Jaipur Police in the border area of Jaipur on 25th May' 09. The place was Bhaadwa Sirsi village.
The team consisted of Dharmendra Khandal, Ruchik Pande, Digvijay Sabne, Lakhan (driver)
the items confiscated were 7 Illegal Guns, A dead Barn Owl, A dead Collared Dove. The poachers involved were Nanda, Fatulal, Kisan, Galara from the Bawaria community.
An Historic Arrest.. .
Ranthambhore’s first officially recorded Tiger Poacher; Gopal Mogya was Re-arrested after 17 years with tip from Tiger Watch sources by the Rajasthan’s Forest Department and Tiger Watch team.
Gopal was active in 1992 around Ranthambhore. He was arrested in 1992 by the Rajasthan Police with a tiger skin. Gopal was put on court trial for tiger skin possession, but soon was released on bail. During this time he declared himself dead.
The Lucifer emerged with a new name of Parsadi Mogya and relocated himself to Sariska Tiger Reserve, near Gola ka Bas.
He told about poaching tigers and leopards which would send chills through your spine. The way he killed a tigress which was caught in a foot trap by throwing stone from above, the way he killed leopard barely 4 months ago by hitting it with sticks to death after it was stuck in an iron leg trap.
In words of Ashutosh Mahadevia, Secretary, Tiger Watch; Gopal Mogya was a ‘Dream Poacher’ on the hit list of Tiger Watch.
1992 Fateh was the one who had got Gopal Mogya arrested and today once again after 18 years he was re-arrested by the Tiger Watch team, this shows how synchronous Fateh Singh Rathore is and will be...
Hero of Ranthambhore Awards
This award is committed to encourage people working on the ground-level in the field of wildlife conservation in and around Ranthambhore.
It is important that people working in conservation are motivated to get a long-term commitment towards wildlife protection.
It is very difficult to work on the field conditions and despite all odds the staff and many individuals around the forest fight for the tiger’s survival. It is in due acknowledgement of their efforts that this award was initiated – To honor these true heroes of Ranthambhore.
Green Teacher Madhu Bhatnagar presenting award to Jagdish Singh
Jagdish Singh – Ex-army personnel, posted at Khandar range. Last year 36 bull carts filled with forest wood were caught by Jagdish, the area you can imagine how difficult to work in. He has played an important role in stopping villagers from wood cutting and grazing in that area. Villagers attacked him – broke his hands and head, even after 36 hours he was hospitalized in a very bad condition. Tiger Watch and Prakritik Society facilitated his free treatment. He went back and resumed his duty in the same range.
Mr. Rajveer Singh
Mr. Rajveer Singh
Ashutosh Mahadevia honoring Forest Guard Rajveer Singh
Journalist and Wildlife filmmaker Jay Mazoomdaar Awarding Jaagan Singh Choudhary
Mr. Jaagan Singh is a police constable, a sportsman, and wrestler – A fit and strong man. Jaagan has been involved with Tiger Watch in the arrest of difficult poachers like Kesra Mogya, Parthya, Neniya Mogya, trader Babloo and in the capture the most important poacher Devisingh Mogya. He keeps a vigil on any poaching activities in the area. He is a brave and fireless Police constable of the department.
Animal of the month – Caracal
Seeing a caracal is a reverie for researchers, dream of wildlifers and an ultimate fantasy of photographers. Many species like the Snow Leopards or Red Panda are equally hard to see. To see a Snow Leopard one has to climb the tall Himalayan Mountains in freezing temperatures, while to see a Red Panda one has to overcome the nasty rains and various hurdles associated with a rain forest.
Geographically, the areas inhabited by the Caracal are easily approachable, and are a part of the main tourism hubs of India such as Ranthambhore and Sariska. Thousands of tourists, hundreds of vehicles go in these areas every day, yet the caracal remains ever elusive.
The April- June edition of Hornbill
Some interesting information on the caracal: ..
The word Caracal is derived from the Turkish word karakulak, which means “black ear”. Caracals are known and called by many names; known as ‘Siyeh gush’ in Persian, and as ‘Mor mar Bhageri’ in Rajasthani. Kutchi, a dialect of Gujarat, has a name for it,
‘Harnotro’ meaning haran (Chinkara) like colour. The scientific name of Caracal is Caracal caracal.
Caracal is a medium sized cat. It is generally dark red, grey, or golden sand in colour, and as the name suggests, the Caracal possesses a very unique distinguishing physical feature; its ears are long, narrow and tipped with long tufts of black hair on top of each ear.
Caracals are native to Africa, Asia, and even certain areas of the Middle East. In India, it is reported in Ranthambhore (Rajasthan), Sariska (Rajasthan), Kutch (Gujarat) and Chambal (Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh). Late Dr. Ishwar Prakash, Director, ZSI, reported a caracal from Bikaner district.
Other than the Cheetah the caracals were the only other feline which were used by the Moghul’s for hunting. Interestingly, the Caracal couldn’t influence art and culture like tigers and lions, because of its elusiveness.
Tiger of the month...
T23 lived in Lahpur, now resident of Gudha – Jhumroo Tigers son.