Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mudumalai ride routes to change

Mudumalai ride routes to change

D. Radhakrishnan

Udhagamandalam: A new approach to strengthening conservation efforts at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is being evolved, according to Field Director of the Reserve Rajeev Kumar Srivastava.

Mr. Srivastava told The Hindu that the emphasis would be on making local communities supplement the conservation efforts of wildlife officials. Appropriate changes would be made to the routes for elephant and van rides within the reserve.

Tiger conservation would get the highest priority, but equal importance would be given to the protection of other animals and flora.

Pointing out that Mudumalai's stature as a wildlife preserve has gone up following its notification as a tiger reserve, he said that in terms of the rise in tiger numbers it was the topper in the country.

A major source of concern, particularly during the dry months, is forest fires. Enhancing awareness among the local people and visitors about the potential consequences of bush fires would be given priority.

The proliferation of lantena bushes would be checked. Rules governing tiger reserves are stringent; efforts would be made to relocate people living in the core area as early as possible.

The anti-poaching machinery put in place a few years ago would be strengthened. In course of time, better weapons would be provided.

Steps were being taken to set up a well-equipped interpretation centre near the reception area of the reserve. A superior veterinary facility was on the anvil.

A welcome arch featuring thought-provoking slogans would be erected near the Mudumalai-Bandipur border, Mr. Srivastava said.

Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Friday, May 16, 2008

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