Friday, March 29, 2019

Moving On A Thrill To Luxury India Wildlife Tours

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Starting from the Royal Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh to the jeopardised Rhinoceros of Kaziranga, the fascinating wildlife of India is absolutely captivating. The appeal for a wildlife tour in India is really powerful owing to the multi-culture of the nation.
One of the greatest form to experience freedom in the forest is to pick any of the well-proposed wildlife tourism in India. To begin with, India has a delightful variety of wildlife snuggled in all states of the nation.
This provides more than acceptable reasons for luxury India wildlife tour. The dense forests, slender desert views, snow-covered mountains, areas near water forms etc. Also, most of the areas are habitat to several species of wildlife.
The wildlife safari tours India is becoming famous with the growing importance of travel. Safari is a novel approach to encounter wood in an improved form such as jeep safari. Zoological parks are also there to encounter a wild animal.but watching them in their real habitat is somewhat more exciting.Going on safari is the way to have a natural glimpse of wild animals.
Experience Wild Animal Natural Habitat Through Wildlife Tour In India
Many wildlife lovers organise a tour to pleasure in an exceptional luxury India wildlife tours. The excitement of detecting wildlife species and threatened species of vegetation and animal is beyond explanation. The mystical forests are a break from the disorder of towns surrounded by the delightful contributions of nature.
Not just this, the wildlife tour in India give a complete measure of experience. Along with this comfort in natural ecstasy with loved ones is a complete package of happiness.Seeing animal wandering around in their natural habitat, hearing their noises makes your heartbeat rises with enthusiasm.
For the genuine adventure of wildlife, of the extraordinary mark is wildlife safari tours India. The nation is housing multiple national parks that preserve the endangered wild animals in the world.
The wildlife tour India is pleasant for families, particularly for the children. You may find the interesting possibility for wildlife tours. The Indian wildlife tours offer a journey by sitting on the elephant back.
Amazing Journey Of Luxury Wildlife Tours India
Indian wildlife tours are access to an amazing journey. You will witness considerably higher than the surprising Bengal tiger on your journeys into India’s famous forests. Through wildlife safari tours India you can meet all the characters of the jungle book in real.
The impressive parts include panther, bear, stags, fascinating birds, rhino, elephants in the grove, and Asiatic lion etc. India has plenty of sanctuaries and wildlife reserves for protecting the life of extinct species.
The wildlife tour India is a step to endure the travellers the consequence and charm of Indian wildlife. Awareness with the wildlife envelope by lovely views and village kind of culture is a beautiful adventure to have.
In prevailing years, hotels for luxury tours package India has been introduced in a maximum of the national parks. These luxury hotels in the forests are built to deliver your visit to a different top. Obviously, many guests relish observing a tiger in the grove on safari. India has a wealth of different wild animals.
http://www.newspatrolling.com/moving-on-a-thrill-to-luxury-india-wildlife-tours/

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Kids of This African-origin Tribe From the Land of Gir Lions May Someday Fulfill India’s Olympic Dream

Children of Siddis, who fall in the primitive tribes’ category in Gujarat and live in abject poverty, have shown medal-winning potential and their coaches are extremely hopeful about their capabilities.

Vijaysinh Parmar | News18
Updated:March 13, 2019, 6:49 PM ISTAhmedabad: Last week, Chitravad village near Talala town of Gir-Somnath district was abuzz with activities as hundreds of children belonging to Siddis, an African-origin tribe living around the Gir forest, competed against one another to prove their inherited and rustic talent.

The Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG) has launched a first-of-its-kind talent hunt exclusively for children belonging to the Siddi community.

“For the first time, such an initiative was launched among children from this African-origin tribe and encourage them to take up sports. Siddis inherit natural talent and we plan to train them in a professional manner. In fact, we went from village to village to convince their parents to send them for screening tests and provided them with all logistical support. As many as 197 Siddi girls and 262 Siddi boys took part in the talent hunt,’’ Kanji Bhalia, senior coach of Gir-Somnath district, told News18.

“About 60 children have been identified and now, they will be taken to the government-run Nadiad sports complex for further training and orientation. Once these kids pass basic screening tests, they would receive all facilities (academic and sports) free of cost,’’ Bhalia, himself a record-holder sprinter, said.

Siddis, who fall in the primitive tribes’ category in Gujarat, are mostly confined to 35 villages in Junagadh and Gir-Somnath districts around the Gir forest. According to an estimate, there about 9,000 Siddis living in the two districts.

Siddis trace their ancestry to the Bantu people of east Africa who were brought to India as slaves by Arabs in the 7th Century and later, by the Portuguese and British.

Siddis, who live in abject poverty, are engaged in agriculture as daily wagers and follow Islam.

“Children from this community have shown promising performances in national and international sporting events. Who knows, one of them might even make India’s Olympic dream come true,’’ Ghanshyam Rajput, a judo coach at Nadiad academy, told News18.

Five Siddi youths are receiving judo coaching under Rajput at the sports academy.

“We have very high expectations from these aspiring youths. Two of them have already won medals in the Commonwealth Judo Championships. While 15-year-old Rohit Masgul bagged a gold in the pre-cadet boys (42 kg) category held in Jaipur last year, Makwana Mehrok won a silver in the pre-cadet girls (52 kg) category,’’ Rajput said.

Last month, Muskan Chotiyara (17) won a bronze in the 3,000m run during the 16th National Youth Athletics Championships held in Raipur. She is being trained as a sprinter at the state’s Devgadh Baria Sports Academy.

“Most of the Siddis are socially, economically and educationally backward and we have to spend a lot of time in nurturing them and retaining them in professional sports schools. However, as we see medal-winning hopefuls among them, the effort seems to be worth it,’’ said another coach.
https://www.news18.com/news/india/kids-of-this-african-origin-tribe-from-the-land-of-gir-lions-may-someday-fulfill-indias-olympic-dream-2065679.html

The Remembering Wildlife book series and the struggle for conservation

This week I attended a talk at London’s Nikon School – just off Oxford Street – given by Margot Raggett, a wildlife photographer and creator of the Remembering Wildlife book series.
Remembering Wildlife brings together the work of dozens of photographers to help raise money for wildlife charities. Every photograph used in the books has been donated by many of the world’s best wildlife photographers. Three books have already been produced: Remembering Elephants, Remembering Rhinos and Remembering Great Apes. Each book is crowd funded on Kickstarter and all funds raised go directly to wildlife charities.
It’s a well-known fact by now that wildlife numbers are plummeting. Elephants and rhinos often make headlines due to poaching for their ivory and horns. Between 1979 and 1989, half of all Africa’s elephants were killed for their ivory.
In ten years half of all Africa’s elephants were killed for ivory
There are approximately only 400,000 African elephants left and only 40,000 Asian elephants.
The situation is even more dire for rhinos: there are only 30,000 rhinos left in the entire world. 20,000 of those are white rhino, the remaining 10,000 is made up by black rhinos, Sumatran rhinos and Javan rhinos combined. Headlines were made in March last year when Sudan, the last remaining male Northern White Rhino died – effectively making the entire species extinct.
Less well known is the struggle faced by the Great Apes; gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans. Orangutans are threatened by habitat loss due to the growing palm oil industry, as well as deforestation due to the demand for timber. Gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos are threatened by the bushmeat and exotic pet trade.
Perhaps surprisingly, lions are also in trouble. Lions were once the world’s most widespread predator – apart from humans and could be found in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and even as far south as Peru. Now, there are only 20,000 African lions and 500 Asiatic lions left in the wild. The main threats to lions are trophy hunting and conflict with the growing human population in Africa, which often hunts down the animals if their livestock is threatened. At this current rate, extinction could occur in the next 30 years.
All of these facts paint a rather bleak picture for the state of the world’s wildlife, if even the king of beasts is slipping away. The Remembering Wildlife Series is doing something to tackle this problem, by raising funds and raising awareness for wildlife conservation.
Since the first book, Remembering Elephants was released in 2015, the first three books have raised over £460,000 for elephant, rhino and great ape charities with over 10,800 books sold to date. This money goes straight to the charities to fund anti-poaching patrols, sniffer dogs, planes and to support orphanages for young animals who have lost their mothers to poaching.
The fourth book – Remembering Lions – is currently still crowdfunding on Kickstarter.  Already, over 1000 books have been sold and over £140,000 raised for lion conservation.
The success of this series rides on the back of the photographers who donate their work to this cause, to the designers and produces of a high-quality book and to the spread of the campaign on social media. Celebrities from Pierce Brosnan to Ellen DeGeneres; and biologists such as Chris Packham and Jane Goodall, all promoting this book series and raising awareness and money for wildlife conservation.
These are staggering numbers and all of it leads back to one woman deciding to do something after finding a poached elephant in Kenya. There are enough destroyers in this world, we need more creators. It was a pleasure to meet Margot and her story is truly inspiring for anyone who wants to make a difference in this world. If this is the difference one person can make, then there is still hope for these endangered species.
Want to support wildlife conservation? Check out the Remembering Wildlife Website here, support charities like WWF by adopting an endangered species (elephants, rhinos, great apes, lions and more) and learn earn more from charities such as the Born Free Foundation and Save the Elephants who do amazing conservation work.
Image credit: Jonathan Michael Peel
https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2019/03/27/meeting-the-author-of-remembering-wildlife/

Meet Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas, the lone voter from Gir village

A group of poll officials embark on a bumpy ride of more than 35 km, cutting through dense forests, to make the temple priest's life easier

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Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas, a man in his late 60s, may have been talked about since Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned him in his maiden ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address in 2019, but the reason he earned himself this special place dates back a couple of decades.
The lone voter from Gir forest’s Banej village has had the Election C
ommission of India (ECI) set up a poll booth just for him for years, in the dense and isolated Gir forest.
The temple priest is one of the very few humans to reside at the location among deer, peacocks, and a host of other wild creatures, and would have to travel 120 km to reach the nearest poll booth if the EC doesn’t make special provisions for him.

So, since no citizen must ‘ordinarily travel more than two km to reach the booth’, a group of poll officials embark on a bumpy ride of more than 35 km to make his life easier.
A ScoopWhoop report states how the priest’s isolation has not stopped him from being his bit of flamboyant. Clad in a saffron sarong and a pair of sunglasses, the senior citizen rocks a tiny knot towards the end of his long beard.
Darshandas decided to become an ascetic quite early in his life. He dropped out of studies and embarked on a religious voyage when he arrived at his current place of residence. It has been 20 years since, and he lives with no regret. He loves his life in this no electricity and phone environment; the meditative environment makes up for the lack of any form of entertainment.
However, he has stated how life gets lonely at times, given the limited access to human interaction and basic amenities. Things are a little better now, with the world finding out about his solitary existence and multiple journalists reaching out to speak to him.
The recluse gloats about the fact that his faith and dedication in the electoral system has made him “special”. That doesn’t mean he is not thankful for the tremendous effort made for him. “I feel good that the authorities come here to pick up my vote. I feel honoured,” he had said.
Every year, he waits eagerly for his turn to exercise his Right to Adult Franchise, while a team of poll officers, assisted by police, cut through dense foliage to collect his precious ballot.
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/meet-mahant-bharatdas-darshandas-the-lone-voter-from-gir-village-3703901.html

A Rare Species: An Officer Who Left His First-Class Post in Mumbai to Become a Forest Ranger in Gujarat

Dr Rajan Jadav, serving as range forest officer in Babariya, had exposed illegal lion shows being carried out in and around the Gir forest.

Vijaysinh Parmar | News18
Updated:March 22, 2019, 2:34 PM IST
Ahmedabad: Wildlife conservationists across the country were in a state of shoA Rare Species: An Officer Who Left His First-Class Post in Mumbai to Become a Forest Ranger in Gujaratck last year after a video of lion-show organisers from Gujarat went viral. The clip showed two persons, standing a few feet away from a lioness, in a farm in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. One of them, with a hen in hand, was teasing the animal.

After the incident in May 2018, the Gujarat government promised to take action against illegal lion show organisers around Gir forest, which is the last abode of Asiatic lions.
But not many are aware of Dr Rajan Jadav, Babariya Range Forest Officer, who had exposed the illegal show and caught the accused red-handed. Jadav pursued the case till the end -- the Gujarat High Court recently refused to grant bail to Iliyas Adreman Hoth, who reportedly owned the farm where the show took place.

Jadav’s story is unusual and inspiring -- unlike most government officers who prefer to switch jobs for better opportunities or higher positions, he did the complete opposite. A native of Rajkot, he was recently transferred to Kevadiya in Narmada district.

Jadav in 2016 left his class-one officer’s job in Mumbai to join the Gujarat Forest Department as a forest ranger, a class-two officer’s job. Before joining as probationary Range Forest Officer, he was posted as director (training) at the All India Institute of Local Self-Government in Mumbai and was entitled to all the facilities and perks equivalent to those received by an Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer.

Jadav’s decision to take a job that was considered a step-down surprised many colleagues and friends, who advised him to think before leaving the post.

But Jadav did not think twice to follow his basic instinct.

“As director (training) at AIILSG, my role was to strengthen the urban local bodies across the country for various government schemes, such as cleanliness and prepare policy framework,” Jadav told News18. “As a ranger, I am doing the complete opposite, but it is very important work, which is to execute the policy made by the government.”

Jadav holds a Ph.D in ‘Ecology Status and Importance of Grassland (Vidis) in Conservation of Avifauna of Saurashtra Region’. He holds two bachelor’s degrees -- in biotechnology another in zoology. Jadav was also invited to present a paper at an international conference organised by the Ecological Society of America in the United States in 2007.

“As a researcher, you may find lacuna in functioning of any government departments, but researchers can’t change it,” he said. “Only officers who execute plans can bring about change in the fields. So, I preferred to leave the class-one officer’s job to become a ranger and I am enjoying it.”

Jadav’s new assignment at Kevadiya includes developing a new zoo near the Statue of Unity in Narmada district.

“I was never a studious student and never bothered about my life and job. Everything comes naturally to me and I have accepted it,” said Jadav. “I am very grateful to my late father -- he died on the same day (April 14, 2018) when I joined as range forest officer after training for 18 months. He never forced me to do anything and gave me full freedom and space to live my life.”

“Nature is very dynamic and l keep learning from it,” added Jadav. “As long as I keep learning, I will be better able to serve nature.”

The state forest department can look forward to better things as long as such officers, who leave behind their daily comforts to serve nature, are available.
https://www.news18.com/news/india/a-rare-species-an-officer-who-left-his-first-class-post-in-mumbai-to-become-a-forest-ranger-in-gujarat-2074625.html

Why Not Arrange Pick-up? Amid Rising Lion Deaths, EC's Setup for Lone Gir Voter Irks Wildlife Experts

A voting booth is set up deep in the heart of the forests, about 26 kilometers inside Gir for Mahnat Bharatdas, a temple priest.

Vijaysinh Parmar | News18
Updated:March 20, 2019, 2:30 PM IST
Ahmedabad: Ahead of every Lok Sabha election, a polling booth set up by the Election Commission for a lone voter at Banej inside the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary — the last abode of Asiatic Lions — becomes global news.

The voting booth is set up deep in the heart of the forests, about 26 kilometers inside Gir for Mahnat Bharatdas, a temple priest. An entire polling team of six people travel to Banej to set up the booth, as according to the EC, no citizen should ordinarily have to travel more than two kilometers to cast their vote.
The importance of a single vote notwithstanding, conservationists, however, are of the opinion that alternate arrangements for the lone voter must be made in order to ensure that minimal disturbance is caused to the habitat of lions.

“Gir Sanctuary is passing through its worst phase in decades due to various reasons including, thousands of vehicles passing through various roads inside the Sanctuary that is harming the habitat. Better sense should prevail and an alternate arrangement should be made,’’ said Revtubha Raijada, an ex-member of state wildlife advisory board.

Bhushan Pandya, a renowned wildlife photographer and a member of the Gujarat state wildlife, suggested that it would be advisable to arrange for pick-up and drop facilities for the voter to the nearest polling booth “instead of setting up an entire booth in the core of the forest”.

According to forest officials, the nearest polling booths are located at Biliyad nesh and Sapnesh, both situated inside Gir Sanctuary and located around 16 and 24 km away from Banej.

Similar demands for special voting arrangements have been raised by activists for the 5000 salt pan workers, who live inside the Little Rann of Kutch, a wildlife sanctuary for eight months every year.

“We had demanded to set up polling booths for salt pan workers inside Little Rann of Kutch but EC had refused it citing that the sanctuary inhibits the Wild Ass. So, now, ECI has agreed to provide transportation facilities for salt plan workers to bring them to polling booths in nearby villages,’’ Pankti Jog, regional coordinator of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) told News18.

The demands for protecting wildlife habitat of lions assumes significance as according to the government data provided in the state assembly, over 200 lions died inside and outside Gir wildlife Sanctuary in the last two years.
https://www.news18.com/news/india/why-not-arrange-pick-up-amid-rising-lion-deaths-ecs-setup-for-lone-gir-voter-irks-wildlife-experts-2072975.html

Lion cub found dead in Gujarat's Gir forest


Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 
A cub was found dead near a farm in the Range of the Forest, said forest department officials Tuesday.
The 3-month-old cub's carcass was found by forest staff on Monday night and primary investigation has revealed it may have been killed in a territorial fight among adult lions to establish dominance, said D T Vasavada, Chief Conservator of Forests, Junagadh Wildlife Circle.
https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/lion-cub-found-dead-in-gujarat-s-gir-forest-119031901260_1.html

Spotted deer found dead; poachers held for hunting cranes

| Mar 18, 2019, 04:47 IST
Rajkot: As many as 13 spotted deer were found dead under mysterious circumstances in Sangodra forest reserve of Talala range in Gir-Somnath district on Sunday. According to forest department officials, there were no injury marks found on the dead deer. “It is only after forensic postmortem that the real cause of their deaths can be ascertained,” said a forester. Meanwhile, 14 Demoiselle cranes killed by poachers were found in Dhamlej village of Sutrapada range in Gir-Somnath district. The forest department arrested four poachers in this connection.