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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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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Project Tiger, by Philip Game

A jeep safari is a good way to see the sights One hundred years ago, India’s tigers numbered around 40,000, yet within decades the Royal Bengal Tiger faced extinction. Although hunting was outlawed in 1970, the survival of the species was threatened by continuing loss of habitat and by poaching. Enacting the Wildlife Protection Act in 1972, India’s central government established the first nine tiger reserves, including Corbett and totalling 16,000sq km, across India. Reserves now number 27 and encompass more than twice that initial land area. Project Tiger has doubled India’s tiger population...
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Fishing for Tiger, by Philip Game

If you don’t spot a tiger in India’s Corbett Tiger Reserve, at least the fish are biting. “Tiger is giving us dodge”, declares wildlife guide Hem Bahuguna, calling a halt near some tell-tale pug marks (pawprints) and scrapings. As the engine cools, then stills, we hear only the birds, the soft breeze and the distant chattering of monkeys. From time to time, another jeep materialises, stopping to exchange a few words. Otherwise, here in India, most crowded of nations, there is perfect peace. Corbett is India’s first, perhaps finest, Tiger Reserve and is buffered by surrounding tracts of...
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Rajiv Bhartari

I ain’t got time I got a race to run. It may not be rude to call this bone honest forest officer a workaholic. Anyone would be if they knew that we are running out of time on the planet. Rajiv has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in botany from Delhi University. In addition, he has received training in wildlife management at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Like his father Rajiv Bhartari went on to join the Indian Forest Service of the Uttarakhand Cadre. Corbett Park is certainly his second love if not first. He has served as the Deputy Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve for six...
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Brijender Singh

A legendary veteran of Corbett, he gave us valuable inputs on conservation of the Ramganga  River and on its monarc the Golden Mahseer and ethical ways of fishing. Brijender Singh, or just Brij has been the Honorary Warden of Corbett Tiger Reserve since 1982. He was recently awarded the Esso Award. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual or an organization for bravery, valor and lifetime dedicated to Tiger Conservation. Popularly known as Raja sahib he belongs to the royalty of Dada Siba in Himachal Pradesh and Kapurthala. Influenced by the well known hunter Colonel ANW Powell (Author...
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Sanjay Kumar Chhimwal

Sanjay was born and brought up in the eastern periphery of Corbett Tiger Reserve at village Dhikuli. He is a fine embodiment of local sentiments and scientific point of view regarding wildlife conservation. A bachelor of Science and Post Graduation Diploma holder in Journalism & Mass Communication and Information Systems Management, this young man has declined numerous lucrative posts in the cities for his love for the forest. He went to Oman but headed back in 17 days.  Sanjay attended one week long course conducted by National Institute Animal Welfare (NIAW), Faridabad, Haryana in 2006....
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Sunith Reddy

Sunith’s tryst with the jungles started when he moved to Bangalore which had its share of wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists. One of his friends first took him to Bandipur and it was love at first sight. He just felt at home and totally in love with the jungles. But his fascination went beyond that of a regular tourist after he spent a day on the machan in Nagarhole. It was just beautiful observing the creatures go about their life, unknowingly maintaining the balance. He began appreciating the smaller creatures after this visit. After that the jungles of south India were like a second...
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Kahani Ghosh and Shivang Mehta

Wildlife photographers, film-makers, this naturalists couple  have adopted Corbett Tiger Reserve as their main area of work since 2004. During this period, they have worked with the park authorities to promote healthy tourism in Corbett National Park through the medium of short films and their photographs. Their film – Wild Saga of Corbett – is the most comprehensive travelogue on Corbett and showcases how tourists can come better prepared for their visits to Corbett and thus help in conservation efforts of the people of Ramnagar and the forest department. The film – marketed...
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