Adding to efforts aimed at tiger conservation, technology support firm CSS Corp has donated an additional number of 200 camera traps to the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve and 100 camera traps to Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve. This is the second phase of CSS Corp’s CSR initiative towardsTiger conservation in collaboration with the Karnataka State Forest Department. Vinay Luthra, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden of Karnataka received the camera traps from “Tiger” Ramesh, CEO, CSS Corp.
As part of its CSR program, CSS Corp, in December2013, donated 200 camera traps to the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve (NTR). The cameras were received by B Ramanatha Rai, Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Government of Karnataka.
The Tiger census is carried out every four years. The National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA) guidelines make it mandatory for camera traps to be deployed under ‘Phase IV’ of the National Tiger estimation.
Scientific Tiger Census
The camera traps have been deployed with the objective of conducting a scientific tiger census, analyzing animal behavior patterns, detecting people movement in the forest and identifying miscreant activity in the region. These camera traps,once deployed, provide 24X7 monitoring and help protect Tigers.The current deployment of camera traps cover 75% of Nagarahole Tiger Reserve Area.With the additional camera traps being donated, it is expected to increase the coverage to 100% in the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve.
Speaking on the occasion, Vinay Luthra, said, Tiger protection and wildlife conservation is paramount to protecting the biodiversity of India. We welcome corporates like CSS Corp, who have come forward to collaborate with us closely in this endeavor. We are extremely confident that scientific tiger census using camera traps will go a long way in maintaining and strengthening the ecological balance of Karnataka.”
CSS CSR Program
“We take CSR extremely seriously and are fully committed to ensuring complete support to the State Forest Department in their endeavor towards scientific Tiger census. After the success of this initiative in Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, we are extremely pleased to extend our support to the Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve. The Tiger is at the apex of the ecosystem and extremely critical for the survival of future generations. We will continue to support the initiatives towards wildlife protection and Tiger conservation, ” CSS Corp CEO “Tiger” Ramesh stated.
According to R Gokul, Conservator of Forests and Director- Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, the first phase of installation of the camera traps donated by CSS Corp is already showing good results. To date, implementing the camera traps has resulted in over 45 tiger sightings and this number is expected to increase.With the additional 200 cameras being installed in Phase II we are confident of accurate Tiger tracking data that will go a long way in supporting a better habitat.
Srinivasalu, CF and Director of Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve, added that the initiative by CSS Corp will add immense value and give the much needed impetus to our efforts towards Tiger conservation in the Anshi-Dandeli Tiger Reserve.
ScoutGuard cameras from Australia
CSS Corp has imported the ScoutGuard cameras from Australia, at a total project estimate of Rs 85 lakh. The cameras are equipped with infra-red motion sensors, which can be triggered by any movement within a certain region of interest, automatically capturing high quality images, (upto 8 mega pixel) or recording video clips according to preset settings. Like human beings have unique fingerprints, Tigers too have unique stripes. With the help of these photographs, each of them is individually identifiable. This can also help the department in its research on other wildlife species.
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