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.
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.
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 !
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
I did and so did my children.
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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