Raghu Chundawat believes that, for tiger conservation to figure, we’d like to figure on comprehensive model wherever the encircling communities are a section of the programme.
Do you have flashback in the mind that for the last time you went to National Park or Tiger Reserve or Wildlife Sanctuary for Jungle Safari expedition? Did you see wild tiger cross the path or inside the den in the jungle? Hardly this happens nowadays, is not it? Most of the tigers found during the jungle safari are the footprints from which we locate them and encounter them. As the study has shown, the Majestic Tiger is on the brink of extinction. And if you are on a tiger safari, then there can be no big evidence in the absence of tiger sighting. However, India’s wildlife lover and ecologists are making great efforts on their behalf to save this national animal.
The famous conservation biologist and Tiger ecologist, Dr. Raghu Chundawat started his new research on Ranthambore National Park at the TOFTigers Wildlife Tourism Awards at the residence of the British High Commissioner, it’s known as the value of wildlife tourism at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Over 15 years of tiger’s risk of extinction, touches on various aspects of tiger conservation.
The report says about the finance involved in the park and how the local community gets the benefit of it.
It has been emphasized that how Ranthambore National Park is increasing the number of tigers, due to which the number of tigers has reached around 70 in Ranthambore and the visitors visited the park without causing any recurring damage to the wildlife species.
Ranthambhore National Park earned nearly Rs.19.7 crores from wildlife tourism in 2016-17, which is more than the year attained by both the state and the central government, which shows that it is self-sufficient.
It has also been said that how wildlife tourism has changed in India over the years. However, Chundawat explains that there is a problem related to wildlife tourism in India, “wildlife tourism is not well promoted in the country”.
According to one study, United Nations shows nature tourism as one of the sustainable development tools and 70 percent of the jobs in the area are people of nearby local communities, which is 90 percent from the entire state of Rajasthan, while 55 percent of all tourism revenues are in the local area. There are many entanglements, including the illusion of this argument that nature tourism is for the rich and benefits its visitors as it can ensure a nature-friendly neighborhood on the boundaries of the parks.
Chundawat believes that it is important to capture such incidents and initiatives to inspire wildlife tourism across the country and at the international level, he says, “These are basically made to promote good practices in wildlife tourism. The best thing about it is that it creates awareness of wildlife among people. There are currently only one or two such initiatives that I know but should be even more. We must have a responsible wildlife tourism that will encourage people’s awareness of wildlife. ”
The people were also given prizes at night who have contributed immensely to wildlife tourism and other protection initiatives. Chundawat consider that this wildlife awards are vital. “”Why should not they be honored? They have the right to act as they have done, they should definitely be respected. They put other properties to be more responsible in the ecologically sensitive areas, developing sustainable tourism with light carbon pugmark. We want to encourage them to do good work in their field. Use in context of protection is very ethical. This is the reason that we only award to those people and we hope that the industry will promote such causes so that others can be encouraged to start it. At the international level, it works as a global platform and builds on it and works on a market. ”
Chundawat says, “People are changing the thinking of wildlife and the change is taking place but its speed is very slow, we need to bring awareness into it.. People in India are complex and have two different views about everything, so it is not very easy to move forward. People have different views but we need to take everyone together. It will take time to change this condition but according to their speed, the situation is going in the right direction.”
Chundawat mentioned that “we have to add locals with wildlife tourism and to carry forward this new beginning. We have to take several important steps in this direction. We have people’s support and have a great potential and in order to use it correctly, we need to work on alternate models. We are dependent on a model which is excluded. Of which only 6 percent of the forest areas is included and about 90 percent of the tigers have been kept out of their habitat. We can not make tiger natural habitat or protected area everywhere in the forest and can throw everyone out of their residence. We need an inclusive model where people in the local and surrounding communities are involved in this campaign. For this, we need different conservation models. We must have hundreds of such preservation models to ensure that at least fifty percent of them work. And then we can decide which one is best for repeated use of these. In reality, we need many other options because we can not be successful with the help of only one option. However with options you have different options that you can work on. If the plan A doesn’t work, then plan B will work. ”
Well, Chundawat has taken such a big initiative for the powerful great Indian tigers. He gave information that “Tiger is now found in only six percent of its original dwelling. The number of tigers has decreased considerably. The limit restriction in the extinction of tigers is the first sign. Our endeavor should be to increase the range of tigers in the forests. Tigers should occupy all areas of the forest, because tigers can not survive in the jungle without the friendly environment and their communities. It awakens me to go to the forest for jungle safari every morning. ”
He lauded the achievement and said, “This is a great success story of conservation. Tigers are actually well in their lodging, and wildlife tourism is positively beneficial to ensure this. Contrary to the usual negative perception of tourism, it is actually an important conservation tool, the park is making money for conservation, creating jobs for sustainable jobs and new livelihoods, increasing life, health and educational standards and forests Reduces dependency and best – does not harm the tigers.”