Friday 27 October 2017

Tiger-Farmer Conflict in Dudhwa

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Last year in summer, I accompanied scientist and friend Rekha Warrier to the sugarcane fields around Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh, where she is studying and working to resolve the conflict between tigers and cane farmers. Tigers often use the safety of the tall cane crop for sheltering their cubs, and this brings them in contact with farmers and their families, increasing the chances of casualties. The poster, written and illustrated in Hindi with inputs from Rekha, the Field Director, and the Wildlife Warden, enlists some precautions that the farmers can take to avoid conflict with the carnivore.
Thanks to Rekha, and my friend Rohit Jha (who has been studying the critically endangered Bengal Florican in Dudhwa) for showing me around (and also for giving me my first Bengal Florican, Gharial and Fishing Cat sightings), and to Rekha again for commissioning the poster through the WWF and a Rufford grant.

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