Mother Earth the creator of all completely depends on her oldest creation that is the extensive range of wildlife and biodiversity. She is in grave remorse due to the betrayal of her finest creation, the man who is unwillingly forcing her to her older and trustworthy pals. The man is searching money in every field and there is no exception for wildlife. Hence the wildlife is experiencing great harassment by the man for the sole cause of money and the false look of royalty. Due to the selfless works of many conversationalists and the early awakening of the government, India’s wildlife is still in a good condition. The vast open forests like Dudhwa, Ranthombore and the conversationalists like Billy Arjun Singh and Fatehsingh Rathod are the blessings for India’s wildlife.
Ranthombore is the national park located in Rajasthan, covering a huge area of 400 kms with the fort at the entrance. It gets its name from two hill ranges, “Ranas” and “Thambore” which meet there. It is a dry deciduous forest having three lakes – Rajbaug, Padam and Malik. Today, Ranthombore is home for almost 2500 species of birds and 3000 species of animals. The main tourists’ attraction here is the royal Bengal tiger. The 400 km area of Ranthombore hosts 30-32 tigers which show that Ranthombore has a healthy ecosystem.
Rathod sir was the first director of this national park. Due to his ceaseless work this national park has not suffered much from poaching, hunting and grazing comparing to the other national parks. His contribution in developing and keeping this park full with flora and fauna is great. He still stays in the premises of the park and personally goes for catching poachers and grazers. In 1994, it was a home for 47 tigers but in 1999, only 21 left. Rathod Sir was struck with grief and founded an organization “Tiger Watch” to study the deaths of the tigers. It was found that poaching, mainly done by the Mogya tribes was the main cause of the tigers death. After a decade of meticulous research, tireless hard work and many spine chilling encounters, about half the poachers have joined ‘Tiger Watch’ now. The Tiger Watch provides a second livelihood for poachers once they are caught. The success of Tiger Watch lies in the fact that Ranthombore now contains 30-32 tigers.
My trip to Ranthombore was a great visual treat to me. The birds like cormorants, miniwets, darters, drongos lapwings, onoles, cormorants, kingfishers, stone curlews and eagles made me speechless. I saw thousands of peacocks and peahens and two of them dancing. The mammals were in plenty too. I saw at least a thousand chitals, 800 neelgais, one rattle and slothbear, many sambars, few chinkaras grazing, a blackbuck and many crocodiles. A python went right across my gypsy. I liked my stay there for many reasons. It took me away from the city noise and pollution into the homes of my favorite pals, the wild animals. My lungs breathed a good amount of pure oxygen and my eyes experienced a nice visual treat and my ears heard incredible sounds. It was a great and astounding experience to me.
To conclude I would say that India’s wildlife is not in bad condition but still needs to be improved. It is disappointing to know that Sariska, a “Project Tiger” implemented national park has no tigers left now. India is the only country whose national animal the royal Bengal tiger endangered. We can help these national parks by giving donations. The common man fondly called “Aam Adami” is completely at sixes and sevens about the wild life. He should give off all the misconceptions like when you see a tiger, it will leap towards and eat you. Whenever a leopard comes into a locality, the people first try to kill it. Any snake seen will be killed. That is why man has a terror about wild beasts and can’t help it much. The earth first belongs to them and secondly to us. And so, we should take every step possible to save them from the problems like deforestation and global warming which we have created, because saving them is saving us.
Nimish Atul Wagh
Dr. Vikhe Patil Memorial School,