|Ghatpendari - water provided by us for langurs|
On April 25, Field assistant Dilip Lanjewar, with the assistance of VEDC members, organized a programme to clean “Shiv Kund” near Wagholi village. Shiv Kund is a religious place and also a tourist attraction. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and a water body next to the temple. Due to the various programmes held in the area, plastic waste is dispersed all around the area, making the area and the water body unsafe for both humans and animals. As the area is on the fringe of the Tiger Reserve, wild animals like spotted deer, leopards, wild boars, etc often visit the water body. Cleaning the area reduces the danger of wild animals ingesting plastic litter.
|School children helped to clean the water body|
|Dilip Lanjewar assisting in cleaning the water body|
On April 25, Field Assistant Bandu Uikey joined forest department staff and VEDC members in a programme to clean a man-made waterhole at Hattigota beat of West Pench Range. This waterhole is situated inside the Tiger Reserve 3 km from Ghatpendari and is used by wild animals. The programme helped in clearing the stagnant water and also helped to keep tabs on any illegal activities at the waterhole.
|Team cleaning silt and organic litter from the water body|
On April 3, Bandu Uikey and the head teacher of Ghatpendari school organized a conservation rally to spread awareness about wildlife and forests in the village. Children went through the village chanting slogans like “Bagh Bachao, Jungle Bachao, Paani Bachao” (Save Tigers, Save Forests, Save Water). Photos below.
Dilip and Bandu joined VEDC members in the community patrolling programme on April 14 and 28 and on April 8 and 14 respectively. Members on patrol searched for signs of illegal activities on the fringes of the Tiger Reserve.
|VEDC members of Khapa on patrol|
|VEDC members of Khapoli on patrol|
On April 19 and 28, Dilip took 10 children from Ghoti and 12 children from Sillari on nature trails. On the trail he explained how to interpret signs of the wildlife in the area. He also showed them various trees and explained their value in human life.
|Sillari children on a nature trail|
|Dilip showing children scratch marks made by a sloth bear |
under a mahua tree
SF has prepared micro-plans for the VEDC of Wanera (Pench Kukda) and Siladevi villages, located in the buffer zone area of Pench Tiger Reserve.
|Showing wildlife films on a laptop to Ghoti children|
IT Education Programme