The Corbett Foundation jointly with Cotton College State University, Guwahati and in collaboration with the Jorhat Division of the Assam Forest Department carried out an intensive twelve-day Primate census at Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga in Northeastern India. The five survey teams attended an intensive training programme prior to the commencement of field activities. The survey recorded data pertaining to the demographic characteristics of diurnal primate species here such as the Stump-tailed macaque, Pig-tailed macaque, Rhesus macaque, Capped langur and Hoolock gibbon. A report is being prepared, based on the collated information. Various threats and possible measures to counter these challenges were shared and discussed with the Assam forest department.
TCF has begun community-based conservation initiatives at Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary (TWS) - the forest that acts as a catchment for the Tansa and Vaitarna reservoirs where Mumbai sources 48% of its fresh water supply from. JSW Group has supported TCF, in collaboration with the Thane Forest Department in distributing 265 energy-efficient portable stoves to forest-dwelling communities here. Compared to traditional stoves, these stoves require 60% less firewood than is used daily by a single household, also reduces indoor pollution. This initiative is aimed at reducing the degradation of forest habitat in TWS while addressing the welfare of the local community.
The Kutch Ecological Research Centre (KERC), a division of TCF at Kutch received an award for its efforts towards the conservation of the Great Indian Bustard and other wildlife, at the National Conference on Wildlife of Kutch, organized by Kutch-based NGO Environment Development Trust. Mr. Tarachand Chheda, MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) of Mandvi Taluka presented the award to TCF representative Mr. Devesh Gadhvi, Deputy Director (TCF Kutch) in the presence of over 100 attendees. TCF is one of eight NGO’s and individuals awarded by this organization in appreciation of their efforts to conserve nature..
Kutch Ecological Research Centre (KERC), a division of TCF at Kutch and the Kutch (WEST) Forest Division implemented an Animal Birth Control & Anti-Rabies Vaccination Programme as a joint initiative in the Kutch district to protect the local communities from rabies and the Great Indian Bustard from stray dogs. It was initiated on 27th November, 2016 to foster the spaying and neutering of stray dogs in GIB habitat, in order to reduce their population and the grave threat they pose to the GIB. The intense two-week program included the capture of stray dogs followed by post-surgical care and release. During this programme more than 200 dogs from 14 villages were spayed/ neutered.
The 4 km-long solar powered fence that TCF has erected around paddy fields in Rangaloo village, Kaziranga Tiger Reserve, has yielded positive results. An independent assessment at the end of the harvest season revealed that paddy crop across more than 1000 acres of farms remained completely untouched by wild herbivores, with not a single report of crop-raiding incidents. The participation of the famers as stakeholders of conservation continues cheerfully, as they express their gratitude for this successful intervention.