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.