Tiger Monitoring

Conceived by Dr. Dharmendra Khandal and Mr Y.K. Sahu, the then Field Director of Ranthambhore and with the consistent support of Jaisal Singh and Anjali Singh of SUJAN, the idea was to improve tiger monitoring and vigilance in historically difficult areas for the Forest Department to access.

The Forest Department suggested the areas they want to focus on. Tiger Watch, with years of experience, in engaging local communities acted on the ground by handpicking  Village Wildlife Volunteers from villages on the periphery of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, primarily subsistence farmers and herders.

These Volunteers belong to pastoral communities and are thus skilled in tracking and identifying wildlife.  Tiger Watch trains them in basic field techniques such as camera trapping tigers. A team of Village Wildlife Volunteers operates in specified areas under the guidance of an area coordinator, who further relays critical information to Tiger Watch and the Forest Department using smartphones and online messaging applications.

The Volunteers monitor tigers moving outside protected areas in the Ranthambhore landscape. A Volunteer has even tracked and followed a tiger for over 235 km to the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh, which helped map out the dispersal routes of the tigers of Ranthambhore for the first time. The information obtained through this exercise has never been seen before and has evaded generations of forest officers and scientists.

Where Does the Tiger Monitoring Team Work?

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

The Volunteers monitor tigers outside of the protected areas in both Divisions I and II (Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary) of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, and their vigilance has enabled the establishment of a population of tigers in Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ramgarh-Vishdari Tiger Reserve

The team has also monitored a fledgling population of tigers in this newly declared tiger reserve south of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Bundi district. The team also helped train the forest staff to track and monitor tigers safely.

Dholpur Forest

The breeding population of tigers in this district directly abutting the Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary in the north exists solely due to the protection and monitoring efforts of this team. Due to the fruits of these efforts, the government recently declared the Dholpur-Karauli Tiger Reserve.

Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve

The team even monitored and trained the local forest staff of this tiger reserve to track and monitor the tigers that had been translocated to this reserve in Kota district. Often prior to the translocation of Ranthambhore tigers to other areas, the team is called upon to assist in localizing efforts so that the tigers may be translocated safely.

Monitoring Conflict Tigers

The team has tracked and monitored conflict tigers in and outside the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, assisting the Forest Department in these times of crisis by closely monitoring such tigers and acting as a bridge between the Forest Department and local communities.

Address: Maa Farm,
Ranthambhore Road, Post Khilchipur,
District Sawai Madhopur,
322 001, Rajasthan,
INDIA

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