Friday, April 17

Please Read Carefully

Dear Friends,
My name is Shalik Jogwe, a Wildlifer from Chandrapur. I am working in the field of wildlife conservation, Basically interested in the study of Tigers, since last 4 years. Though you may feel that this is a short stint, I have been part of these forests for the past 18 years and know them like the palm of my hand.

During this long stint I have witnessed many changes in the Regular as well as Protected forests of Chandrapur and Wardha District.

The intention to start this blog is-

1. To share the information on forest and wildlife, specially concerning Chandrapur and Wardha District.

2. To Discuss various problems arising due to various issues like Poaching, Uncontrolled Ecotourism, Deforestation, Encroachment, etc. in our conservation efforts.

3. To Discuss how to make Ecotourism a less disturbing factor for conservation efforts
in this area

4. All other issues that are Directly/Indirectly related with the task of Conservation.

5. To Discuss and Share Experiences/Difficulties/Arrangements in Exploring Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).

I would request you to visit TATR to experience its rich biodiversity and may be you could even give us some suggestions to improve our conservation efforts. We need your valuable support.

Please fill in "Contact Us" form given in the right to contact us or Feel free to CALL at +91 9420303020 , +91 9595936369 & +91 9372069911 .

Please give your valuable time,


Monday, January 11

Tadoba Closed for Tourism From 29/01/2010 to 03/02/2010

As per the information received from the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) officials, The Park will remain closed for 6 days for tourism from 29/01/2010 to 03/02/2010. The reason for closure of the park, for the said period, is Transact Line Census. During this period, no tourist vehicle is allowed to enter the park.

The volunteers will be allowed to participate in this programme. For registering their participation they need to contact office of the Hon. CF FD, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Opposite Bhavanji Bhai Chavan Highschool, Mul Road, Chandrapur. Only limited people will be allowed to participate.

I request all the people who either wanted to visit Tadoba, during the said period, to postponed their planning or cancel immediately if anyone has booked the accomodation, gypsies.

For further information, feel free to contact me on +91 9420303020 or 9372069911. You can also email me at

Sunday, August 2

Why Wildlife Tourism..?

A Beautiful Film by TOFT expressing the Need and Importance of Wildlife Tourism in Wildlife Habitat.

Tuesday, June 9

Facts Regarding DNA News about Tiger Poaching in Tadoba

Dear Friends,

Following is the news given by Mr. Ashwin Aghor Of DNA on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 1:48 IST. The Link is

20 tigers feared poached at Tadoba in past 5 months

Ashwin Aghor Tuesday, May 19, 2009 1:48 IST

Mumbai: Environmentalists are worried about the turn of things in the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), considered the best tiger reserve in Maharashtra. The man-tiger conflict in this Chandrapur forest area, which had grown alarmingly in the last three years, has suddenly come to an end in the past five months.

"The sudden end to the conflict should be taken seriously since it is an indication that the tigers in the conflict area are in serious trouble," said Kishor Rithe, president of Satpuda Foundation, an NGO working for forest conservation in central India. It is feared that around 20 tigers have been poached in the recent past in the Reserve.

The man-tiger conflict in Chandrapur district had become serious with 11 human deaths in 2006, 13 in 2007 and more than 26 in 2008. Surprisingly, only one incident of human death -- on January 21 -- has been reported this year.

Three reasons could be cited for this: 1. The tigers have uncharacteristically decided to stay away from humans; 2. Tigers and humans in the conflict area have "arrived" at a consensus not to invade in each other's domain and 3. All the tigers in the conflict area have been wiped out.

"First two possibilities are out of question and there are more chances that all tigers in the area are wiped out," he said, adding, "Tigers have no future outside TATR in Chandrapur district."

Even the forest department officials are accepting the fact. A senior forest official agreed that the tigers in the area must have been poached. "We have information that an organised poaching syndicate from Katni in Madhya Pradesh is active around Bhandara and Gondia," he said.

According to the official, there are around 40 tigers outside TATR and available information indicates that eight tigers have been poached leading to either death of three cubs and removal of two cubs from the forest, out of them one later died at Maharajbaugh Zoo in Nagpur.

The official said that there was an urgent need of undertaking 'know your tiger' exercise to create a data base. "Since poachers are far more advanced than the forest department, we should at least have detailed information about the tigers in the region. The poachers must have killed around 20 tigers in the region in past five months," the official said.

I don't want to raise any question about the information source or reliability of the news. The only thing which I want to discuss here is the confusation created in the minds of readers, Nature as well as Wildlife and Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) lovers. The continuous querries from so many people, that if it is true that the 20 Tigers have been poached in TATR, leads me to clear the fact.

If we carefully read the news, it can be clearly noticed that the fear of tigers being poached is outside the Tiger Reserve and the reason of confusation is just due to the HEADLINE and the FIRST LINE OF THE NEWS. Even the news itself mentioned clearly that TATR is a safe heaven for Tigers.

"Tigers have no future outside TATR in Chandrapur district."

The facts are:

1. There is no Human-Animal conflict, regarding Tigers, inside the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve except 2 cases in 2007-08.

2. The area which faced most of the Human-Animal conflict cases is Nagbhid-Sindewahi area which comes under Brahmapuri Division.

3. The Conflict later leads in the direction of Chandrapur area. Some of the cases registered in Chandrapur area were very close to Chandrapur City.

4. Remaining facts given in the news are correct.

Dear Friends, Please do not keep any confusation in your mind. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is still a safe heaven for Tigers. It is emerging very speedily as one of the best Tiger reserve in India.

Sunday, May 10

Now, Tadoba Tigers to help villagers

(News taken from Times Of India 8 May 2009, 0201 hrs IST written by Vijay Pinjarkar, TNN)

NAGPUR: In villages around Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, tigers are villains. Starved of prey base in forests outside the reserve, they have attacked cattle and also, quite frequently, human beings. Now, with a 1067 sq km area around the reserve being identified as the buffer zone by the state forest department, the villages will get funds under the centrally sponsored scheme (CSS) in future.

The buffer zone identified as the critical tiger habitat (CTH) comprises 79 villages. It will be in addition to the core area of 625 sq km of TATR. The TATR buffer area includes 671.37 sq km forested area and 393.83 sq km non-forested area. The move follows amendment to Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 in September 2006. The government has been asked to identify the peripheral area critical to the tiger habitat, designate it as buffer zone and prepare a tiger conservation plan (TCP) for both core and buffer zones.

Initially, on the basis of scientific data, preliminary buffer zone proposal of August 14, 2007, included around 133 villages in Chimur, Sindewahi, Mul, Warora, Brahmapuri, Bhadravati and Chandrapur tehsils with a forest area of 69,099 hectares and non-forest area of 46,295 hectares amounting to 1153.94 sq km. However, after discussions held on April 24 the expert committee on buffer zone has finalised a proposal for 1067.21 sq km having 79 villages.

According to principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) B Majumdar, the buffer was necessary to ensure integrity of TATR. "It's a legal requirement. We will ensure that agricultural, livelihood, development and other interests of the people living in tiger sensitive patches in buffer are not affected. The areas will remain as it is. Only status of protection will be increased."

Nandkishore, chief conservator of forests (CCF) for Nagpur wildlife circle, said: "We will ensure ecologically compatible land uses so that wildlife is not harmed. We'll also aim to promote man-animal co-existence with due recognition to the rights of the people. The approved buffer zone proposal will be soon sent to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). The NTCA will later refer it to the state government for notifying it."

In the buffer zone, highest 66 villages are in Chandrapur forest division, followed by 13 from Brahmapuri division. Although the buffer includes 12,550 hectare area of West Chanda division, not a single village falls in the proposed area. Interestingly, the buffer proposal also includes compartment number 390, where coal mines of Adani Power Limited have been proposed. The buffer also includes some 7-9 compartments proposed for mining near Agarzari near Tadoba. These blocks have been proposed by the Maharashtra State Mining Corporation (MSMC). "The mining blocks have been included because these are within 10 km of the tiger reserve," officials told TOI.

Kishor Rithe, member of the state committee for buffer area to critical tiger habitats (CTHs), who was part of the meeting held on April 24 to approve the buffer proposal, said: "Coal has taken toll on water, fresh air, health, agriculture etc. But now tigers will prove to be a bigger boon for Chandrapur district than coal. Buffer area of the TATR will have a legal sanctity now. It will boost economic and ecological development of Chandrapur. This is the beginning of environmental democracy and coming months would frame the 'real economic-ecological development' package for the villages living around TATR."

Rithe further said people in buffer area will not face displacement nor will they have to fight for funds for their development. Government will have to work with villagers for their economic-ecological sustainable development. This is the real 'win-win' situation for tigers as well as stakeholders.

On March 17, 2008, officials of wildlife wing, territorial and Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) had reached a consensus on creating buffer zones around three tiger reserves - Tadoba, Melghat and Pench - situated in Vidarbha. As per the amendment to section 38(v)(2) of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, establishing a buffer or peripheral area around tiger reserves is mandatory.

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has already suggested that for every 20 breeding tigresses, an area of 800-1,000 sq km be maintained inviolate. This would help maintain an overall population of 70-100 tigers that would be maintainable in the patch around the buffer areas. Nandkishore informed that consultations with the gram sabhas were done and people have been told about the benefits.

Tuesday, January 13

Tadoba is not Closed for Tourism

It was asked by many Nature Lovers if Tadoba National Park is closed for tourism.
It's true that Hon.PCCF (Wildlife) of Maharashtra State had issued the orders about the closure of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) for Tourism from 25th December 2008.
The background behind this panic decision, taken by Hon. PCCF (Wildlife) and Hon. Field Director, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, was lack of Field-Staff and responsible officers in the Park.
Only three responsible officers (Hon. Filed Director, an ACF and a RFO) were managing the park when this panic decision was taken.
The Posts sanctioned for the smooth Management of the Park are - A Field Director(IFS), An ACF (MFS) and 5 RFO's (MFS).
Out of these, as I had already said, only 2 RFO's were working in the Park, of which one RFO was on the training at WII, Deharadun.
So there was only one RFO looking after 4 offices and one Subordinate Round Officer was handling the Charge of Kolsa RFO, who was on training.
This situation was very badly affecting the whole management of TATR. Resulting into the fustration and thus leading the mentality of only working RFO towards Voluntary Reitirement.
Hon. Field Director and PCCF (Wildlife) tried to acquaint government's attention towards this problem but they were failed to get the officers.
Finally they decided to stop tourism till further order so as to reduce atleast some pressure on the park management and subsequently issued and published the orders in various media.
Now it's the time when government came into action, admitted and fulfilled the demand of Park Mangement and sent the required number of RFO's to Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Just before the closure of Park for tourism, i.e. on 25th December, the previous order was cancelled and Tadoba was not closed even for a single day.
The cancellation of orders, regarding closure of Tadoba for tourism, neither attracted proper attention of various media nor government has given due publicity, thus the situation of dilemma continued in the minds of Nature and Wildlife Lovers.

Today TATR is flourishing as one of the best Tiger breeding center. It has a great ratio of Tiger sighting alongwith other major manmals and birds as well as rich variety of Plants.



Monday, September 8

Discussion on Tiger Shows

Dear Friends,
I have started this topic to discuss the fairness of Tiger Shows that happened in various Tiger Reserves across India.

In this Topic we are going to discuss about:

1) Fairness of Tiger Shows,
2) Radio Collaring to Tigers,
3) Violation of Fundamental rights of Animal's freedom specially Tigers,
4) Violation of freedom to live at it's own discretion,
5) Interference of Human being in animal world,
6) Causes and Impact of Human-Animal Conflict,
7) Conflict between Human Vs. Animal's Fundamental Rights; it's nature and Impact on both sides,
8) All other relative issues and suggestions which you feel important for Tiger Conservation and protection.

Dear Friends, I very earnestly request you to post your comments thoroghly. It will be your great help in conservation and protection of Big Cats.

Let's Make this Topic a big discussion Forum.

Friday, July 18

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

An Article by Mohan Pai

Tiger Reserve

The Central Highlands of India, the enchanting land of Kipling’s Jungle Book.
The Central Highlands of the Satpura Range is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book. Kipling borrowed heavily from Robert Armitage Strendale's books 'Seonee', 'Mammalia of India and Ceylon' and 'Denizens of the Jungle' for the topography, wildlife, and its ways. Mowgli was inspired by Sir William Henry Sleeman's pamphlet, 'An Account of Wolves Nurturing Children in Their Dens' which describes a wolf-boy captured in Seoni district near the village of Sant Baori in 1831. Many of The Jungle Book's locations are actual locations in Seoni District, like the Waingunga river with its gorge where Sherkhan was killed, Kanhiwara villlage and the 'Seeonee hills'.
The Satpura mountain range that forms a part of the Central Highlands, is the land immortalised by Rudyard Kipling in his Jungle Book, where Mowgli, Baghera and Sher Khan roamed.
This is the largest contiguous tiger habitat in the world and as such crucial for the big cat’s continued survival. The Satpuras are not only home to majestic tiger, but also host other endangered species like the forest owlet, otter, pangolin, chinkara and mouse deer. Its grasslands are home to barasingha, while giant squirrels inhabit the canopy of the moist deciduous forests. The forests of the Satpuras need to be protected for their contribution to augmenting India’s supply of that most precious of resources - water. The Satpuras give birth to important rivers such as Wardha, Tapi, Purna, Denwa, Tawa and Narmada which sustain millions of Indians.
The entire Satpura landscape includes 13 Protected Areas (PAs) covering approximately 6,500 sq km. These Pas are connected by vital wildlife corridors and the inclusion of these takes the range’s contiguous cover to around 10,000 sq km. The famous tiger reserves of Melghat in Maharashtra and Pench, Bori-Satpura and Kanha in Madhya Pradesh all lie within the Satpuras. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger reserve is at the southern part of this complex.

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is a pristine and unique eco-system situated in the Chandrapur district of the Maharashtra State located at a distance of 40 km from Chandrapur. The Reserve contains some of the best forest tracks and endowed with rich biodiversity. It is famous for its natural heritage. Tadoba-andhari Tiger Reserve is the second Tiger Reserve in the State 0f Maharashtra. Tadoba-andhari Tiger reserve was created in 1995. The area of the Reserve is 625.40 sq. km. This includes Tadoba National Park, created in 1955 with an area of 116.55 sq. km. and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary created in 1986 with an area of 508.85 sq. km.

The name 'Tadoba' is the name of the God 'Tadoba'or "Taru", praised by the tribal which is supposed to live in the dense forests of Tadoba and Andhari region.Forest Types

Southern tropical Dry Deciduous

Wild Life
Aside from around 40 tigers, Tadoba Tiger Reserve is home to rare Indian wildlife like leopards, sloth bears, gaur, wild dogs, hyenas, civet and jungle cats, and many species of Indian deer like sambar, cheetal, nilgai, and barking deer. The Tadoba lake sustains the Marsh Crocodile, which were once common all over Maharashtra. Tadoba is also an ornithologist's paradise with a varied diversity of aquatic birdlife, and Raptors.
This is a panoromic view of Tadoba's dry deciduous forest and the Tadoba reservoir, which is known as the 'Heart of Tadoba'.
Tiger Attacks
At least 31 people have been killed by tigers from Tadoba since April 2005, according to forest department records. But only two of these killings took place inside the reserve. The rest occurred in the thickly forested Mul, Shioni, Talodhi, Nagbhid and Brahmapuri forest ranges adjoining the reserve’s eastern border, where most villages are located and most roads are being built.
The attacks have affected the rural economy. Most villagers are wary of venturing into the forests to collect forest produce. In Talodhi range’s Jankapur village, where three persons were killed by tigers in recent years, half the villagers haven’t cultivated their land since June 2007.
Forest officials aren’t clear what’s prompting the attacks. Last November the department killed a supposed man-eater in Talodhi, but that didn’t stop the attacks. Poonam and Harsh Dhanwatey of the Tiger Research and Conservation Trust, who have been working in forests outside the reserve, suggest the attacks might be due to seasonal wildlife pattern changes. However, Amrut Dhanwatey, wildlife photographer and owner of the Tiger Trails resort on the western side of the reserve, says road-building and tourist activities is disturbing the tigers and their prey base and forcing the cats to move outside the reserve.
Both conservationists and forest officials allege local villagers’ forays in to the forests to graze cattle and collect forest produce is the lead cause of the attacks. Villagers also blame the development activities. Last year, for instance, Jankapur villagers lost around 485.6 ha to a canal being built as part of the Gosekhurd dam project. This included their entire grazing land and a village tank. Since they are losing land, villagers are forced to go into the forest to graze their cattle. “Officials don’t understand how crucial forests are for us,” says Dhondabai Kusram of Jankapur.

The Gaur

Marsh Crocodile

Serpent Eagle

Acknowledgements: Satpura Foundation, Atul Dhamankar

Tuesday, May 13

Tadoba: Photographs

Dear Friends,
I have started a new blog to let you watch and enjoy the exclusive photographs taken by me from Tadhoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.
I have also given the information about each photograph in the comment link. The link is given just below the photo. Please click it.
I hope you will Enjoy the photos.
Here you will also find the photos of the visitors whom I accompanied.
Please follow the following link to watch and enjoy.


or enter the URL directly:

Enjoy the Show....!

Saturday, May 10

Tadoba: Latest News

Dear Friends/Tadoba Lovers,
You can find here the Latest News about, in and around the area of, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. If you have such any news concerned to the Wildlife protection, Conservation, Ecotourism, Poaching or such anything which you feel important please mail it to me at

Please feel free to call me at +91 9420303020, +91 9595936369 , +91 9372069911