Ambushing a Tiger - Story of a Teamwork with 2 Gypsies & what ails Bandhavgad today.

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There have been further developments beyond what I have reported here. The Mirchiani cubs have been relocated to Bhopal zoo after being banded man eaters after a spate of human attacks. Female cub of Sukhi Patiya is dead. Jhurjhura killers are scot free after destruction of evidence by unknown parties. Sheila Masood – a wildlife activist who was spearheading the Justice for Jhurjhura cause and making all the right noises and ruffling feathers was shot dead a week back. Chorbehera cubs are also on a cattle killing spree and the villages want them removed to the zoo also. The future look bleak for bandhavgad unless some drastic purging happens by HIS will somehow. My 2 cents.


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Some really bad news there. Hope something good happens.

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isn't there a way for the govt to rehabilitate the population from the adjoining villages outside the forest's periphery? Easier said than done, but right intent can take us a long way
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there has been a recent proposal to do just that, move all human dwellings from inside park area. some funds have also been allocated.
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should have been thought of much much earlier
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Relocation is the only way out if we want to save wildlife!
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it was thought of earlier but not all parties agreed. you can't just uproot a bunch of people without providing them with alternate means of livelihood. even people like Valmik Thapar acknowledge that there is no easy solution.
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Originally Posted by tanc View Post isn't there a way for the govt to rehabilitate the population from the adjoining villages outside the forest's periphery? Easier said than done, but right intent can take us a long way
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Originally Posted by Agnimitra View Post there has been a recent proposal to do just that, move all human dwellings from inside park area. some funds have also been allocated.
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All very true and pertinent.

But saving tigers isn’t rocket science. This is a resilient species that breeds well and has the ability to bounce back given adequate protection. This was demonstrated in the 1970s and 80s, when a determined effort was made to protect the tiger and its habitats. Despite the fact that India was an extremely poor country back then, tiger number saw a dramatic increase in many reserves, proving that all we really need to do is provide adequate protection for wild tigers, their prey and the habitat, and nature will do the rest.

In fact, in a few reserves where a proper system of protection has been institutionalized – with anti-poaching camps and regular foot patrols by field staff – tigers and other wildlife have staged a remarkable comeback and continue to flourish. But such reserves have become the exception rather than the rule. According to the Government’s own admission, at least 18 of the 39 Tiger Reserves in the country are in an extremely precarious state. As of 2011, only 9 or 10 Reserves are acknowledged to be doing relatively well.

We now have all the knowledge we need to save the tiger, thanks to decades of research by top notch wildlife biologists. There is no dearth of money either, since India is no longer a poor country. What is needed is a determination to do away with the ‘business as usual’ approach and tackle the problems head on.

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one thing that needs immediate modification is the value of fines and prison times for poaching, the current levels are laughable and serve as no deterrent.
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The last nail in the coffin of Bandhavgad - B2 dead due to infighting with Bamera

Bandhavgarh has lost another great tiger

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B2 with his son (Mirchiani male cub) in good times - both gone now
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With the death of B2, a legendary lineage which started from Charger has come to an end. Rest in Peace B2.

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Here's the link to the story of B2's death
http://articles.timesofindia.indiati...-natural-death

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oh my, i just saw a documentary about charger recently. he looks so good. he was deposed by his grandson and now this guy is dead as well. sad! yet Abheek why are you saying its the last nail in the coffin? is there something worse afoot?
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Originally Posted by happyarun View Post oh my, i just saw a documentary about charger recently. he looks so good. he was deposed by his grandson and now this guy is dead as well. sad! yet Abheek why are you saying its the last nail in the coffin? is there something worse afoot?
Arun Sir
The situation in Bandhavgad has become very bad. You will surely agress with me that a Tiger reserve can be considered healthy if there are plenty of breeding females and a few males having non overlapping areas in the park.

Lets talk about the current situation of Tala zone first : Breeding Adult females - 2/3 - Kankati and the current Rajbhera lady. The Banbei female can also be considered. Adult tigers - only 1 - The all encompassing Bamera.


Magdhi zone
: Breeding Adult female(s) - 1/2 - The Sukhi Patihaya female and probably one another. Adult Tigers - only 1 - the all encompassing Bamera while the shy Bokha also sometimes overlaps in Bamera's territory.

Panpata zone
- Breeding adult females - no concrete data (as tourists hardly ever go for us to get any reports and no reports from the FD) . Adult Tigers - Bokha has a stronghold over here.

God forbid if anything happens to Bamera, a lot of area of the park will be left without a guarding angel.

I would say that the balance of Tigers in Bandhavgad is currently in a very precarious position and one wrong push here and there will destabilise the ecosystem all together.

And there is no dearth of outside pressures - illegal cattle grazing by villagers on the park periphery still happens, the risk of poachers is still looming heavy, vehicles still run throughout the day and night on the umaria-tala road which is an important corridor connecting the tala-magdhi and the panpata zones.

However nature has an unique way of tackling all these pressures and nature is very resilient to a certain point. Death of old Tigers is offset by the birth of new cubs. Amidst all the bad news around I will also break the news of new cubs born to Kankati and recently photographed by a tourist (last week) in Tala zone.

Here's the evidence :

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These cubs are around 2-3 month old now and Kankati is a bold mother.

Nature's resilience along with the presence of crusaders of nature conservation like your self - Arun sir and Ravi bhai - will surely go a long way in saving our national animal from an early extinction.

Our first meeting:
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I am planning my next expedition to Bandhavgad in the month of feb-march 2012 to hopefully bring back good news again. I am looking for partners to join me.
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@abheekg, thanks for the update of new cubs born to Kankati.

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abheekg, that is great picture and you are doing a great job of keeping us all updated ont he whole scene. I am launching "Baagh Bandhu" initiative shortly and then we will be full swing into making postive contributions at ground zero as we identify flashpoints where tiger -human conflict is worst, also find replicable models to rehabilitate (for want of a better word) the buffer villages.

livelihood change is the challenge that we will have to tackle if real conservation is to be acheived. 51 tigers dead this year and one by a paranoid policeman's AK-47 only weeks ago is just too much.

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