Courtney Gloyn

Courtney is a Kiwi and was here for 5 weeks as an Ecotourism volunteer. She came to India to see the effects of tourism in a fragile environment such as Corbett Reserve and to fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing a Tiger in its natural habitat. This came true during a 2 day visit to Dhikala, a beautiful part of the reserve. Visiting India for the first time was fascinating and confusing all rolled into one for her – but it stole her heart and she will forever return and convince others to do the same. The bulk of her time was spent beginning a research project on a complex aspect of tourism...
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The King of Kings, by Nicola Addison

Coming from New Zealand, my experience of snakes is pretty limited as we have no snakes back home. So, when we got the call to say that someone had found the carcass of a 20 foot long King Cobra (or Hamadryad, Ophiophagus hannah), I jumped at the chance to go and witness this phenomenon.  A snake that has earned a reputation for its aggressiveness and courage, and is the largest venomous snake in the world, is definitely worth a look!   Myself, Sumantha Ghosh, and Frederique Lacraz all piled into the jeep early on the morning of the 1st May 2010 to head towards Kaladhungi, Nainital District,...
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Tiger Hair Analysis, by S.K. Gupta

  Tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti) hair analysis from Uttarakhand, by S.K. Gupta, Scientist from Wildlife Institute of India, Wildlife Forensic Lab, Dehradun 2010. A report on similarity test of two hair samples of Tiger (Panthera tigris)     Abstract: Two tiger hair samples were sent by Frederique Lacraz, Society for Mahseer Conservancy, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand to Wildlife Institute of India. Those two tiger hair samples were collected in the same area (Tera village) where there has been two attacks on ladies by tigers. The reason for a DNA analysis was to identify, whether both the sample...
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Lalit Mohan

Forester Lalit is the son of a Ranger. He is the new face of technology savvy foresters and has effectively used technology in monitoring the tiger in their natural habitat and mapping his movement patterns. Young, honest and brilliant Lalit has numerous feathers on his hat. A topper in Forest Act at the Forester Training Institute, Haldwani in 2004. A 2007 Topper of Champion Trophy of Corbett in Wildlife training at Kalagargh, 2007 Best Forester awarded by Assistant Forest Employee Union. Lalit has assisted researchers from the Wildlife Institute of India for estimating tigers and ungulate population...
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Sports for Conservation, by Mahseer Conservancy

  A sporting event under the banner of “Sports for Conservation” is being organized by Society for Mahseer Conservancy from the 22nd to 26th January, 2010 in the lovely Baluli village, on the banks of the lifeline of Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR)–the river Ramganga. Sport is a very effective tool in the cause of wildlife conservation, particularly for the youth since it promises thrilling action while sermons and speeches take a backseat! The first day of the event is dedicated to the girls, with games like kho-kho, kabbadi and rope pulling testing their mettle. A cricket tournament...
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My Amazing Time in Corbett, by Heather Wilson

Deciding on a trip to India was not an easy one with long haul flights and ‘all those injections’. However reading up about the country was exhilarating, the culture was nothing which I had ever experienced, the food was going to be different and no doubt take some getting used to and the wildlife, which was what I was most excited about, was vast. After landing and a bumpy but not too long drive to Tiger Camp at Corbett National Park, I was met by the most amazingly smiley faces, welcoming me at the reception with warmth and friendliness. As previously mentioned the wildlife I knew was going...
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Birds – a gift of Mother Nature to us, by Sanjay Chhimwal

White-Rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus) We all at some point in our life are fascinated with birds. During our childhood days, our adulthood or old age. Birds are found in different shape, size and colour. Birds are in true sense a gift of Mother Nature to us. Birds are a very special life form on earth as these winged creatures are capable of flying, running and even some can swim. Not all birds can fly like kiwi, ostrich. In many birds male and female birds of same species are of different colour this is called sexual dimorphism. Usually males are more beautiful and females are little dull...
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Initiation to the Ramganga, by Sumantha Ghosh

Emanating from Dudhatoli, some 140 km north of Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) in the Himalayan foothills, the Western Ramganga is also known as the Corbett Ramganga or just Ramganga. Since Ramganga is not a snow-fed river, fishing is a throughout the year attraction. Fishing is permitted on the 100 km stretch from Nagteley to Masi in the Upper Ramganga reaches from 15th of June till the 30th of September. You can enjoy the thrill of sport fishing in the exclusive beats around Vanghat from the 1st of October till the 15th of June, each season. The upper Ramganga is a typical Himalayan river with deep...
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Chilwa (Chela argentea), by Sumantha Ghosh

Chilwa is the most common fish of the Ramganga. They run usually about six inches in length, the biggest specimens growing up to a feet in length. It has a long more or less compressed body with a small head and upturned mouth. A bright silvery fish, covered with minute silver scales which come off very easily when handled. It usually keeps to the surface of the water. When freshly caught in running water, its coloring is most beautiful. The brilliant silver of its scales contrasts with the pale greenish sheen of its back, giving a fleeting radiance. Chilwa has a habit of continually throwing itself...
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Indian trout (Barilius bola), by Sumantha Ghosh

Belonging to the baril family, there are 14 varieties resident in India. Most of these take a fly with great interest. Despite being sporting fish, barils don’t grow to more than ten inches, except one variety—Barilius bola or the Indian trout, which tilts the scales at 5 lbs. The Indian trout can be found in any of the streams of Northen India and Assam. It prefers slow moving water above a rapid with fairly large boulders, to the actual rapid itself. It is silvery in color and has two or more rows of bluish blotches along the sides. Its caudal fin is orange stained with grey and black, while...
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