Laurie Burette

P1000461Laurie is a French student and was based at Ringora to study the wildlife corridor between Corbett Tiger Reserve and the adjoining forest of Ramnagar Forest Division with us during three months, focusing on tigers’ movement. She went every morning walking on the road to notice any animal been killed by vehicles and also walked in the main nulla (seasonal stream) in Ringora used by wildlife, including tigers, to go from the Corbett Tiger Reserve to the Kosi River and beyond. In this nulla, she was looking for any signs of tiger or elephant and when there was, she took pictures of the pugmarks. She also studied the traffic on the Ranikhet highway (NH 121) that runs through this viable corridor, recording the total number of vehicles plying.

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She ended up with very important and alarming results such as:

- Tiger pugmarks are seen almost every morning on the nulla, proof that at least one tiger inhabits the area and uses this nulla

- Tigers and Elephants regularly use the nulla and game tracks in the vicinity of Ringora village

- The speed limit of 40 kilometers is seldom adhered to and the highway takes a heavy toll on wildlife. Mongoose, porcupine, primates, cheetal or spotted deer and numerous reptiles are commonly run down. In the past 3 leopards have died and a tiger was severely injured by such vehicular accidents.

101_0453Laurie’s work was one of the first ever meticulous assessment of the wildlife corridor between Ramnagar and Dhikuli and brought our alarming facts regarding the ever increasing traffic on NH 121 and impacts of mindless tourism.

Since her childhood Laurie had a passion for wildlife and especially big carnivorous fauna like wolves and tigers. It is very important to her to act for their conservation and protection. She graduated in sciences with a specialty on Biology Ecology and now, she is following a two year course in Management and Protection of the Nature and the Environment (High National Diploma) at the University les Barres (France).

For her Corbett was very motivating because it has a extraordinarily rich wildlife and different emblematic species to preserve. She also interacted with foresters and naturalists to help her in her research, which was indeed very interesting. Moreover during this three months period, she got the opportunity in term of human relationship to learn, meet people and discover a new culture. It was a fascinating experience to her, to be close to tigers, to feel their presence, to follow their pugmarks… it really was a dream. Laurie is now committed to act for the protection of endangered species especially carnivorous and to follow a course on mammals’ behavior, also called ethology.



2 Responses to “Laurie Burette”

  1. Varun Chopra says:

    Very nice job done. We need to preserve our Corbett and forests of India. This will be benefitial for all of us. Thank you for your support.

  2. laurie burette says:

    Whaou thank you for this very nice profile!!

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