WWF-India’s interventions

  • Capacity-building of frontline staff

    WWF-India regularly reviews existing enforcement systems and capacities of the state forest department. It assesses gaps in training needs for staff at every level, and develops training modules on a range of subjects such as law enforcement and monitoring, anti-poaching issues, crime scene investigations, documentation, use of new technologies and better patrolling techniques. This helps in building a strong network of informed and empowered frontline staff that can better protect the forests and its wildlife.

  • Assessing functionality of wildlife corridors

    The Protected Areas (PAs) of this landscape are connected to one another through reserve forests and territorial forests, forming wildlife corridors that are used by tigers and other wildlife to disperse in search of new territory, prey and mate. WWF-India is working in four key wildlife corridors to assess their functionality and confirm their usage by wildlife, especially tigers. Our teams conduct sign surveys to record movement of wildlife, human disturbances to the area and status of the habitat. Further, camera traps are deployed at strategic locations to capture the movement of tigers and confirm the use of these corridors for dispersal, thereby proving their importance and the need for increased protection.

    Working with local communities: We are working with local communities in four villages surrounding Ranthambore Tiger Reserve by acting as a bridge between them and the state government.

  • Monitoring of dispersing tigers

    Tigers are territorial animals and instinctively look for a defined territory as they mature into adulthood. Recently, Ranthambore’s tigers have been moving out of the reserve into adjoining forests to claim new territory because their population is on the rise and the forest area is limited. However, they face many challenges while moving between Protected Areas, due to increased human interferences and lack of proper connectivity through corridors. WWF-India is working closely with the state forest department to monitor the movement of dispersing tigers, through pugmark trails and camera-trapping exercises. A dispersing tiger is tracked through its journey from one forest to another, and regular information is provided to the state forest department to take necessary measures to ensure its successful dispersal into another forest.
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