Human - Tiger Conflict

 

Human Tiger Conflict is a big threat to the long term survival of Tigers

In our hill state 14,000 villages are situated on the outskirts of the forests from where locals frequently stray into the habitat of wild animals. Mushrooming, housing clusters, dams, canals and roads have shrunk the habitat of carnivora like Tigers and Leopard and they frequently stray into villages. Leading to sometimes fatal retaliatory attacks by humans.

 

Why wild animals attack humans

Man-animal conflict is a daily part of life for many villages surrounding the Corbett Tiger Reserve. The buffer zone is home to not only many wild animals, including tiger, sloth bear and elephant, but is also home to many villagers who stay at the periphery of Corbett Tiger Reserve.  These villagers enter the forest on a daily basis to collect firewood and fodder, often encountering wild animals – which can lead to man – animal conflict when animal attacks occur. 


Our mitigation programmes

RURALTRAVELLER links with Society for Mahseer Conservancy, which runs a volunteer program which aims to reduce man/animal conflict by empowering villagers to make an alternative livelihood, thus reducing the need for firewood and fodder collection inside the forests.  The program is run in nearby Ringora Village, where the villagers make furniture and artefacts from lantana, an invasive weed and found in abundance. The project therefore has two objectives – the first one is to reduce man/animal conflict, and the second is the eradication of lantana from the area.

 

How YOU can help
A community owned shop by the name of Harela (named after a local festival dedicated to agricultural propagation and greenery) has been developed and local villagers sell their handcrafted goods and organic products here. The tea shop here is interesting, tea and coffee brewed in nearby shops is served in lovely mugs, thus ensuring maximum participation by local communities and making it popular with well meaning tourists.

 

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What You'll Do
Anyone with an interest in this program is welcome to come and join us, but ideally we need people with design/carpentry background, who can help us in finishing the products or those with marketing experience who can help market the product.
Cost :

This programme is free of cost. However if you can afford please contribute INR 5000 per week which will go directly for the Human Tiger Mitigation programme supporting compensation for human life and forest alternate livelihood programmes.

Best Time To Come

All year round.