--Tiger farms right now are recently a big issue since a major news show here in America stated that if we farm and allow people to own endangered animals like tigers, their numbers will be greater and they wont be endangered, any opinions on this line of thinking?
(DR. Dharm) It is a completely wrong notion. We don't want just the animal, we want its natural behavior, the way it controls the eco system and the role it plays in the eco system. An animal saved in zoo is equivalent to saving just an animal but in a wild it would mean saving several deer's, few kilometers of grass, habitat also. It means saving the entire eco system which is the birds, spiders, rodents, reptiles, everything. Ex- situ conservation is required for animals whose numbers are very low and/ or have difficulties with breeding. In India we have around 1400 – 1500 tigers but Indian jungles can hold about 2000- 2500 tigers. If the poaching scenario is diminished this number can be attained in 3 years. Tiger is a proliferous breeder however poaching and habitat destruction is pushing them towards extinction.
--What would be for Ranthambhore Park a good tiger population? & what is the current tiger population?
--What are the biggest threats in Ranthambhore park and overall to the Bengal tiger population?
1-The population of India is the biggest problem. 2-These days' tiger poaching.
--As for Tiger poaching and the illegal trade in their parts, the locals can't afford to buy the skins and bones, so who is buying the items and how do we get it under control?
Recently I wrote a letter to somebody. It is also a brief about my work, excuse me for cutting and pasting it here, but the info will help you understand the poaching chain. Anti-poaching work of Ranthambhore had caught lowest, middle & top most of poachers and traders.
There are 3 types of people
--Why conserve the tiger and how do you tell someone who has been attacked or had a family member killed that the tiger is important and needs to be protected?
There are many answers to 'Why save the Tiger?' In our area we have lesser incidents of such attacks however there are places like Sundarban and Chandrapur where such incidents are frequent. One can not convince a grieve struck family on the day of the incident that a tiger is important but one can keep constant and vigorous conservation education programs during the in-between periods of such incidents so that the masses are aware and educated on the issue.
--Hopefully soon the local people will have better health care and water sources and thus will live longer and healthier lives. But since a growing human population is always a threat to wildlife will there be education about family planning (birth control) or housing/homes that build up and not out into the parks? How will the parks manage/deal with the growing human populations outside the parks?
--What do you say to someone living half a world away (like a child in school) who loves tigers and asks what can I do to help save them? If they can only afford to give a few dollars, will that small amount help? And since the recent money from US Fish and Wildlife was returned, when can we see the plan to provide a better life for the local families?
No. A dollar never helps. US fish sent me dollars, I had to return them because at that time the problem was not understood carefully nor did we have a plan to curb the problem. They gave us the money to rehabilitate the Mogiyas (local people) but at that time we were waiting for government support to allot us land for the rehab work. They denied the allocation of land and the entire program went in drains. This time however we exposed government, making it stand against us but we still went ahead and took up the Mogiya rehab work, faced several challenges due to government. Just because of good understanding and plan we are able to move ahead in providing good healthcare, education and alternate livelihood to the Mogiya families today.
--Where does most of the money given to tiger conservation go? And who seems to give the most money?
--Sadly, all business (including the wildlife conservation industry) seem to have greed, politics, and corruption, so how do you try to keep that out of tiger conservation and also its projects to help the local people?
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