International Tiger Day Organized by Kanha

29 July 2017

The International Tiger Day was organized by the Kanha Tiger Reserve on the 29th July, 2017, at the Baghira Jungle Resort, Mocha to generate public awareness about wildlife conservation in general and tiger conservation in particular. The event also showcased major tiger conservation activities taken up by the Kanha management and several non-governmental organizations through PowerPoint presentations.

The International Tiger Day began with a huge rally of school students, carrying a number of slogans relating to forest and wildlife conservation. Mr. Sanjay Kumar Shukla, IFS, Field Director, Kanha Tiger Reserve, who was also the convener of the entire event, participated and led this rally to the termination point at the Baghira Jungle Resort, Mocha. Representatives of WWF-India (Satpuda-Maikal Landscape) also took part in the rally. Officers of the tiger reserve interacted with school students at the Resort, and a drill of Kanha’s sniffer dog was also organized.

The Kanha management also tied up with the postal and telegraph department to release stamps on the Kanha Tiger Reserve under the “My Stamp” philatelic scheme at Khatia.

The technical session was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr. Dharmendra Verma, IFS, Director, State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur in presence of the Guest of Honour Mr. Gulshan Bamra, IAS, Divisional Commissioner, Jabalpur. Among notable attendees were Mr. Dhirendra Bhargava, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, Balaghat; Ms. Renu Singh, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, Jabalpur; Ms. Sufiyah Faruqui Wali, IAS, Collector & District Magistrate, Mandla, Mr. Rahul Kumar, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Mr. KS Bhadoria, Joint Director and Ms. Anjana Suchita Tirkey, Deputy Director, Kanha; Mr. Atul Tiwari, Senior Superintendent, Department of Post and Telegraph, Balaghat, and forest officers of the Mandla district and Kanha Tiger Reserve.

Mr. Sanjay Kumar Shukla, Field Director welcomed the guests and gave a detailed presentation on the profile of Kanha Tiger Reserve and the Kanha landscape. It was later followed by several presentations given by representatives/ researcher of WWF-India, WCT, The Corbett Foundation, FES, STF, and AVC College, Tamilnadu.

After presentations, the wife of late Mr. Pothiram Yadav, a daily wager, electrocuted during night patrolling; and Dr. AB Shrivastava, retired Professor and Dean, Jabalpur Veterinary College, were honored for their exemplary services. A new website of the Kanha Tiger Reserve was also launched at the event. Several employees of the Kanha Tiger Reserve were also awarded by the dignitaries for their meritorious services.

Ms. Renu Singh, made concluding remarks regarding importance of forest and wildlife conservation, and laid emphasis on tiger conservation in the Kanha landscape.

The Chief Guest Dr. Dharmendra Verma reiterated about the importance of wildlife conservation in the country and in the Kanha landscape, and laid emphasis on biodiversity conservation. He stressed on the need to garner support from local communities for an effective tiger conservation programme.

Ms. Anjana Suchita Tirkey, IFS, Deputy Director, Kanha Tiger Reserve gave a vote of thanks to all the guests.

The event was wrapped up by an inspirational play on wildlife conservation by small students of the Chakraborty Public School, Baihar. The inauguration of a week-long annual elephant rejuvenation camp at Kanha also coincided with the International Tiger Day

Release Stamp on Kanha under the “My Stamp” Philatelic Scheme

The Kanha management also tied up with the postal and telegraph department to release stamps on the Kanha Tiger Reserve under the “My Stamp” philatelic scheme at Khatia.

Elephant Rejuvenation Camp

The inauguration of a week-long annual elephant rejuvenation camp at Kanha also coincided with the International Tiger Day.