In summer 2009, we conducted a field work in Kanha Tiger reserve, as part of the ground truthing exercise to study the effects of eco-tourism and to understand the zone of interaction around the park for better management. It was an afternoon on a scorching hot day, the open jeep on which we were exploring the core area, suddenly stopped. Sensing wildlife nearby, I started looking around. Everyone whispered Tiger! Tiger!; still I cannot see it. After few seconds, looking at where the cameras around me are zoomed, I realised that the mighty Tigress was resting right ahead on the track blocking us.Order nike air max
Due to the camouflage and the heat, it took sometime for me to realize that it was indeed a tigress lying on the track. It was my first sight and the most beautiful one. She was relaxed, not at all perturbed with our presence, made us wait for some time before she decided to move and gave way for us.
It is amazing the way these carnivores get used to human presence in the Indian forests. Thanks to our human embedded landscapes with increasing population, it is nearly impossible to enclose an area stating core habitat. In the same trip, I was also surprised to see the amount of tourists flooding into the park to see wildlife. Even though they are allowed to enter in the buffer zones, the number of vehicles inside the jungle with cheering people wearing colourful dress surprised me. Being a wildlife enthusiast is well and good, but we need to learn how to respect their “ecological niche” when we are in.Oakley sunglasses Clearance
A different satellite view of Sariska taken at night:
Sariska at night (image taken in 2012), The blue color line is the park boundary and the bright pixels shows the night lights around, and inside parks representing the human presence.
Increasing Tiger population in Sariska is a good news, but do expect the conflicts unless we engage in serious strategies educating and involving villagers in conservation practices.
Question is how many “man-eaters” do we have to deal with before we get serious on “human” aspects of conservation !!!!