Debmalya Roy Chowdhury , a project officer under WWF India, along with two others were on a usual trip inside the forest. After a six kilometer walk to reach one of their camera traps, they came across a rare sight – a healthy male Bengal tiger walking across River Kosi.
It was the best ever tiger sighting the team had in their life, but it was more than that for tiger conservation initiatives inIndia, where the tiger population is plummeting in many areas.
The pictures clicked by the team became the first evidence of the advantages of protected corridors in the area, a suggestion put forwarded by conservation activists across the country to save the big cat.
The area from where the striped cat was spotted belongs to the Ram Nagar Forest division in Uttarakhand, and it does not come under to the protected tiger reserves of the country.
But recent studies have shown that the area is having high density of tigers, with 15 tigers per every 100 Sq Km. That figure is higher than other unprotected forests in the world and many of the tiger reserves in India.
However, the wild life in the area is suffering high pressure from habitat loss all along the coasts of River Kosi, especially with the mushrooming resorts and growing human poaching.
The river bed of Kosi is the bridge that connects this rich wild population to the adjacent Corbett National Park.
There has been a lot of hue and cry from the conservation activists and organizations to set up safe and undisturbed corridors along the Kosi riverbed for tigers to migrate to the adjacent Corbett Tiger Reserve. Well, they have got the best evidence to push for the cause now.
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