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Tehelka: In a bid to boost conservation efforts, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) announced plans to spend Rs 20 crore on five endangered species namely the Dugong, Gangetic Dolphin, , Manipur Brow Antler Deer (Sangai) and Wild Water Buffalo.


WCT study reveals the presence of 48 adult tigers in forests surrounding the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur, Maharashtra

A first-of-its-kind tiger estimation study conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) in areas outside Protected Areas (PAs) of the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra has revealed the presence of 48 adult tigers. This pushes the number of tigers in the district to 120 including 72 living inside the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (as per the 2014 tiger estimation report).

field notes
  • “Tiger photographed in Palamu after 20 years!
    This tiger was seen and photographed on the evening of June 28, 2015 by a tourist, C. Kumar, from West Bengal, Chanchal Kumar, on Road No...
  • “In an exciting turn of events, data captured from WCT camera traps installed in the Pench Tiger Reserve and the Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve have revealed the long migrations tigers often undertake...
  • For several years, I had hoped to see a sloth bear in the wild and every time I visited the forest on WCT work...
  • Atul Tikhe, Sheetal Navgire and I witnessed an interesting piece of natural history while carrying...
  • It was 11 a.m. in the morning and I had just returned from a 10 km. survey walk in the Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra...
  • We were in Pench Tiger Reserve, on a trail through the forest looking for tiger signs and an ideal spot to deploy a camera trap within our grid, when suddenly one of us spotted a strange sight...
areas of operation
National Parks
39 West
30 South
17 Central
08 East
12 North

e - Rescuer with wireless screen

WCT has helped design the 'e-Rescuer' - a thermal imaging equipment that will be used to detect wild animals involved in conflict situations during night, day or foggy conditions

The e-rescuer is likely to
   enhance the animal-detection ability of the rescue team
   manifolds, especially during night and under foggy

It will reduce the risk to the lives of the rescue team
   members during a rescue operation.

The e-rescuer will greatly assist in tracking wild animals,
   planning tranquilization and mitigating man-animal conflict

Solar Energy and Potable Water

WCT has invested in designing
   special Solar Integrated
   Systems for Anti-poaching
   Camps (APCs).

Over 2000 units have been
   installed in APCs of 65 PAs
   across India.

The Unit can charge important equipment such as
   communication radio sets, cameras, mobile phones and
   provide for lighting in Anti-poaching camps