Bloggers For Tigers : Save The Tiger Campaign


Tigress Sita in Bandhavgardh national park. pic taken by Amit Kher

Hush

A poem I wrote after a visit from Corbett National Park.


She stood on the edge

overlooking the valley.

Her elegant frame silhouetted

in the moonlit night.

Her intense eyes,

Pregnant with grief and pain.

Her gaze,

Penetrating into the quite lugubrious abyss.

The maelstrom inside her,

resounding in the stillness of the night.

Nothing is moving, not even the dewdrops

hanging precariously from the leaves.

A small cub rests in peace

cuddled between her paws.

It’s body cold as ice.

They had been there together

just one night

both mother and child.

Slowly she slumps beside the lifeless child

and licks the furry body.

Tucking it closer with her paws

she embraces it for One last time.

The forest watches quiescent.

© Tikuli

India has lost more than 50 per cent of its tiger population in the past five years.


First two weeks of the year 2010 brought bad news yet again for the Tiger lovers. The three tiger deaths sent warning bells among the Tiger conservationists.

IT IS TIME WO WAKE UP AND DO SOMETHING.

According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India, there have been 84 tiger deaths, by both natural and poaching causes, in 2009-10. From around 40,000 at the turn of the last century, there are just 1411 tigers left in India, wildlife experts say tigers could be extinct in 20 years.

It is time we all started a serious campaign to save this majestic animal from extinction. There are many people who are already doing every bit  for this cause, one such blogger is Aman from Jabalpur. check out his blog Save The Tigers

Do we want to go the way Panna National Park and Sariska have gone ?

There are NO Tigers left there . What could be more tragic than this !

Tiger Alert

Click the link . A MUST  READ

When I visited Corbett National Park as a teenager I saw the Tiger family for the first time in wild and learned the shocking facts about poaching, dwindling tiger population, the corrupt officials, encroachment, the pathetic state of Tiger reserves, existence of international markets for illegal tiger parts, lack of funds and much more. Things have gone from bad to worse since then.sightings have become very rare and poaching is done with the help of forest officials which came as a blow to me. I heard the story of some royal people coming from Middle East especially for Tiger hunting and it was “arranged” by the officials there.

How can we expect a change in these conditions? Is there no hope ?

“Tiger Reserve: habitat protection is the key to sustenance of the gene pool. Inviolate spaces offer ideal breeding conditions for the tiger.” LINK

It is very clear that there is an urgent need for upgrading and maintaining the levels of security system in the Tiger Reserves, strict laws and even strict punishments for law breakers, a nationwide awareness campaign.

There is a lot one can do to save our National Animal. Choose  your way to protect the Tiger , check this

Save the Tiger/ What can I do ,  join the roar Here ,  join Stripey the cub on Facebook,  Show your support  here .

I did and so did my children.



I wanted this post to be a Bloggers Campaign for saving the Tiger. Write about it . Anything which will make the readers stop and ponder and do their bit  just like The Hitchwriter and IHM did.

Join NGOs that are working for this cause in your area. Become a volunteer. Spread the word.

Do read the Tiger posts from the blog world and ping them for support. Let us make difference.

17 out of the 37 Tiger Reserves are on the verge of loosing all their tiger population.

According to WWF

Tiger hunting was officially banned only after the enactment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act in 1972. Today increasing biotic disturbances, uncontrolled poaching of prey, urbanization, mining and quarrying; and poaching of tiger for its body parts gravely threaten the future of the tiger. Bones and other body parts of the tigers are used in Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) and their skins are used for making Chubas( the traditional robe worn by the Tibetans). It is this illegal market for tiger skins and parts in China and Tibet that remains as one of the most serious threat to wild tiger populations in India.”


It is not just with Tigers in India , there are hundreds of birds and animal species which are being neglected due to the callous attitude of our government and forest officials. Remember the Tal Chappar Tragedy . When I wrote that post I remembered how snakes also are getting extinct along with many other species including the elusive Tiger.

Click on the link to view the Tiger Reserves in India

Protect the Tigers to protect the web of life and the entire ecosystem.

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23 thoughts on “Bloggers For Tigers : Save The Tiger Campaign

  1. that is a wonderful poem… the whole scene was alive in front of my eyes !

    the most elusive cat is the most wonderful, beautiful creature nature has made… and we must all put in everything we can to help it survive and prosper !!

    btw.. dont you think corbett is the best place to go tiger spotting in india ???

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting dear friend. The poem is based from an actual experience.
    we must do something before it is too late.

    Yes I guess it is the best place right now but have you been there lately and sighted any big cat? :) I haven’t seen any in ages though they claim the population has risen there. If true , nothing like it. The NP is in bad state btw. inside story. :)

  2. Excellent presentation of the emergency of a situation that our national animal is fighting with, today, dear Tikuli!

    The stats are well-researched and are flabbergasting, to say the least. I’ve already voted for the post on Indivine. Hope the new-fangled awareness results in positively saving the tiger from extinction in India.

    I’ve published my post also in the same regard and it’s available on Indivine, too. Well done!

    Shrinath Vashishtha
    Port Blair.
    Andaman & Nicobar Islands (India).

    Dear Shrinath
    Thank you for such warmth and support. it is a great cause and I think we all need to undo what we have done in past years. It is our negligence that caused the tiger to come to this condition and not just tiger but many of other species.
    Commented on your post too. Great blog.

  3. Only 1411 Tigers are left. As they do`not kill us, so we should also not`kill them.
    They will be alone and hungry if we don’t care for them & don’t save them.

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  6. this is just to those who find humans feeding a cub with a milk bottle cute – this is not cute….this is just because someone killed this cub’s parents in the wildlife…..thats the reason they are being taken care off by the humans…away from their natural habitat…where they can never be left now..
    its cruel and pathetic that an intelligent human mind can become so short sighted and not understand the implications of these acts…
    some people are trying their level best to protect these endangered species….we should all try and help them.

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  8. From the Kohinoor to Peace,we have already lost a lot.The TIGERS have been the signature of India.Let us not let this legacy fade away.Lets think loud in finding innovative ways to stop the merciless killing of this majestic cat.Remember the old saying….”what goes around,comes around”….save this innocent animal today and someone might save you tomorrow when you are being poached in some way.Wake up.

    More at : ‘Save Tiger’ campaign helps create awareness among kids http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/india-news/save-tiger-campaign-helps-create-awareness-among-kids_1001091.html#comment-74889#ixzz0fctefs6Q

  9. according to my view its informative blog. and its said to figure out that only 1411 left out.as mentioned in the blog that 50% of tigers death with 2yrs occured. so its the time to wake the government and also the people to protect the tigers by making awareness programmes. otherwise within short period they is extinction of tigers . main reason for this is killing tigers because of fear and for other manufacturing purposes. for this the govt. has to take strict actions aganist who killing so that further incidents not occur.

  10. Tigers are among the most recognizable and popular of the world’s charismatic fauna.
    This magnificent animal has always been an important aspect of our country, occupying the position of “national animal”.
    Aircel has been thoughtful to bring forward to us the pathetic state of this mega cat. Its contribution to the awareness campaign is really commendable. All networking sites are continuously spreading this knowledge by creating groups and communities.
    As part of the youth of this nation I feel responsible for the diminishing population
    of all animals and more specifically the tiger.
    Infact saving the tigers would mean saving the forests, the eco-system directly and indirectly and everything that goes into keeping the tiger alive.

    1411. A number that is one most heard of these days. It is not mere figure but a harsh reality of how close we are to extinct a species. Albeit not on personal level!
    Admittance is the first step to cure. By not turning a blind eye to this harsh reality and lamenting facts, we are really keen to prevent any extinction.
    As the number 1411 keeps popping up in hoardings, TV commercials, posters, etc, it is a reminder of what each one of them represents:

    1 is a number where each one of us have to be involved and make it a unified goal
    4 a number of corners of the country this message has to reach to preserve this magnificent creature
    1 is where every single heart that is not touched by this message
    1 And finally another one is the number we ought to remember where when each one dies; we are morally, ethically and naturally feel accused of not saving.

    1411. These are alarming figures yet it is time to save, preserve and cherish the presence of each one of them. Let us pledge that the tiger is not alone in these heinous crimes committed against it.
    Let us help the tigers live. And let us help ourselves. It is our only hope that each one of us through word and deed help keep the tigers alive and roaring.

  11. With our nation progressing at a great rate everything is reducing. Be it our morals,our clothes, our toughtfullness or the number of our “National animal”. 1411!does the number ring a bell.
    Well, it should if you are one of the socially responsible citizens.
    With the introduction of the Aircel campaign the news has spread all over. With everybody from the news channels to the social activists talking about the issue and it sure has caused a lot of stir.The first tiger project being a failure the govt explained that the wireless communication systems and outstation programmes were set up to monitor the tiger number. However the number declined considerably to more than 50%. This brings up two disturbing questions: how does project tiger explain the loss of over 50% of the tiger population in less than 7 years? And; If the numbers were fudged then why? there is a lack coordination when it comes to intelligence gathering on poaching, the forest guards equipped do not get paid on time, there are over 30% vacancies in most national parks,massive encroachments in the in the buffer zones, and local communities are being isolated from the conversation programmes. The much needed wildlife bureau with an intelligence network to stop poaching is yet to take off. Truly a national disgrace to a national animal.

  12. South China tiger is the most endangered cat species in the world. They are so vulnerable that some scientists believe that they have disappeared in the wild. In captivity they remained 50-60, unfortunately, can not the mate among themselves, as are all related, so that they will soon disappear. They have disappeared because of human negligence and greed.

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  15. I love the poem! So beautiful! :) And your post has sure inspired me to spread the word about protecting our Indian Tigers.

    Thanks for this amazing post! Again,I loved your poem! :)

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