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Forest Rangers, Trackers, Guides & Other Personnel

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Today on 31st July, World Ranger Day, a new thread dedicated to the boots on the ground.










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M.P. Tiger Foundation Society, India
· 7 October 2019 · Edited · 

Vanrakshak: Protectors of the Paradise
Vanrakshak is not just a title or a post , it represents a team of field functionaries of forest department includs the Forest Guards , Watchers , Deputy Rangers , Rangers , Mahouts and many more . They are the real heroes behind the everyday hardship and struggles of otherwise calm forests. To conserve something big one have to sacrifice one's life and needs. To save this planet and all life forms these Vanrakshaks makes numerous sacrifices each and everyday. They work 24x7, no matter the conditions, they always give their 100%. Serving for mother nature and its creatures is not an easy job, 47 forest personnel have lost their lives while saving this planet between 1961-2019 in the state of MP alone. Vanrakshak is a story of hardship, struggle and bravery of each and every forest personnel working in Madhya Pradesh and all across India. 




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Two young forester have won appreciation for their work towards saving tigers and tracking wildlife crime from National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
A Selection Committee of NTCA headed by Inspector General of Forest and consisting of nominee of ADG (WL) and representatives of WWF-India as members discussed on February 28 and made the assessment of individual nominations on the basis of profile of the nominated candidate, recommendations of nominee and uniqueness of the case. Nominations were received from 9 tiger reserves.



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Akash Anil Sarda working as Forest Guard with Wildlife Crime/Cyber Cell, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Amravati. He extended outstanding services in detecting tiger, leopard and other wild animal poaching cases occurred in Melghat, arresting 20 accused in 3 tiger poaching cases, court granting them imprisonments, giving live locations of accused to Mumbai, Delhi and other places, etc. He is recipient of Chief Minister’s Wildlife Conservation Award, Wildlife Crime Detection and Protection Award and Award for Wildlife Crime Detection & Decoy Operation in Melghat Tiger Reserve.


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Pramila Istari Sidam also extended valuable services during terror created by T1 tigress in Pandharkawda Forest Division in Yavatmal district. The tigress had killed 13 persons in different villages in Pandharkawda and Ralegaon tehsils. Pramila participated in search operation of the menacing tigress & frequently checking camera traps, running risk to life.
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“The tiger sees me daily”
20 MARCH 2020 16:55

National Tiger Conservation Authority has awarded Srinivasan, Tiger Monitoring Watcher of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve for his outstanding contibutions to tiger conservation. 

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Sreenivasan K was recognised by the Government for his knowledge and efforts at tiger monitoring in the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

“I cannot express my happiness at this recognition. I have worked very hard and it fills me with such joy that my eyes well up,” says Sreenivasan K on being recognised by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate for his knowledge and efforts at tiger monitoring in the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. He is one of the 6 Frontline Staff — Forester, Forest Guard, Forest Watcher — from across India who was feted.

Nicknamed “Tiger Sreeni”, he was born and raised in the forests of Parambikulam, where he lives with his wife and three children. As a child, Sreenivasan would accompany his father who was a mahout and explored the forests thus. He started off his tiger expeditions way before Parambikulam was named a Tiger Reserve, by collecting pugmarks.
Vysak Sasikumar, Deputy Director, IFS, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve says, “Sreeni belongs to the Malasar group, one of the four tribal communities in the hills, and has been working with us for the past 20 years. He began as a watcher and assisted forest staff in patrolling.”


Ten years ago the forest department began scientific wildlife management and constituted a tiger monitoring team of 13 members, all of whom belong to the tribes from the area. Sreeni was a part of this as his knowledge of reading landscape was exceptional.

“Tiger monitoring is a long-term study on the population dynamics of the tiger. Earlier the pug mark method was followed but it was unscientific. The Wildlife Institute in Dehradun formulated a methodology that is based on a grid system. The entire forest is divided into grids and the frequency of tiger sightings in the grids is caught on camera. Srinivasan has this expertise,” says Vysak.

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Sreeni says that he has sighted tigers nearly 2,000 times. After a Divisional Forest Officer gifted him a camera in 2010, he was able to shoot the tigers and provide evidence. One of his most dramatic photos is of 5 tigers in a single frame.

His expertise also makes him the most sought-after guide by research scholars who come to the forest for in-depth study. He is also a teacher in the Nature Camps, a residential programme for schools by the Government of Kerala.

Shefiq Basheer Ahammed, Joint RTO and wildlife photographer, has always chosen Sreeni to be his guide in the wild, for the last 15 years. “He knows each every nook and cranny of Parambikulam and has extra knowledge about animal population,” says Shefiq adding that Sreeni knows the sounds of the forest — of an approaching animal, a leopard or a tiger nearby.
Shefiq recalls an incident when he was saved from a tusker only because of a timely warning by Sreeni. “It was a misty morning and visibility was poor. Generally, when a tusker walks, its flapping ears brush against the leaves and there’s some sound. This time it was very quiet but Sreeni sensed the animal and asked me to step away. Had I not paid heed I would not be alive.”

Shefiq vouches that tigers in the forest know Sreeni well. “If it was another the tigers would attack but for him they stay calm and almost pose. That’s how I shoot them.”
Of his relationship with the tiger, the 38-year-old Sreeni says, “In a 15-day field trip I may see the tiger roughly four to five times but the tiger sees me daily; he knows me and knows that I am no threat to him.”
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