Protecting India's Wildlife

Despite the lockdown period, the national park authorities in India have been working with the reserves and the park rangers to ensure they're performing their duties of patrolling just like normal.

April 2020 • Anurag Bhutungru, Go Vacation India

Protecting India's Wildlife

The current lockdown implemented in India due to the COVID-19 Crisis, which has engulfed all of us, has led to a break in normal life and routine, but it has had a positive effect on the environment with a reduction in levels of pollution all over the world. During this lockdown period the Indian government is still functioning and the people associated are still working with the government to cater to the people’s needs during this time.

The Wildlife reserves and the National Parks are also controlled and governed by the government officials in India, with the respective state governments taking care of the parks/reserves which fall under their jurisdiction.

We have a lot of National Parks where our guests travel to and our local vendors/hotel partners have explained that that despite the lockdown period, the National Park authorities in India have been working with the reserves and the park rangers to ensure they're performing their duties of patrolling just like normal.

Ranthambore National Park & Sariska National Park, Rajasthan - Even though the parks are closed, the park authorities have continued to patrol them. The authorities are stationed at the entry/exit points of these parks and the rangers have reported that there have been no incidents of any poaching at these parks.

Bera Leopard Sanctuary, Rajasthan - Bera Sanctuary/Wildlife is protected by forest rangers and the forest security department is continuing to patrol all the time. The wildlife is already under surveillance with CCTV at every point of entry, exit and various places inside the forest area, hence there are no poaching cases in this region. If any vehicle enters inside the wildlife area/any suspicious activity is noticed by the Bera officials, then immediate action is taken by them to control the situation. The natives residing in the Bera region are aware of the consequences of poaching/illegal activities. The family members of these natives are employed in varied hotels and if any of their cattle are killed by wild animals, then there is a provision of reimbursement by the forest officials.

Kanha National Park & Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh (Central India) - There is no poaching happening in this wildlife area during the COVID-19 lockdown, and the government and the forest department are taking special care of the community around the forest. The local people understand the value of conservation, so they aim to help the forest department in protecting their treasure as this is also a source of income for them.

Gir National Park, Sasangir, Gujarat - The Gujarat government are conducting regular monitoring to keep this zone safe. The local community is also involved in protecting these animals as they are a source of livelihood for them as well.

Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat - The forest department of Little Rann of Kutch range Bajana is taking good care of the park and patrolling is done constantly at random timings by forest rangers. Summer has arrived in this region, so the forest department are providing drinking water for wild animals - a water tanker refills the water holes twice a day. Due to the lockdown and police patrols in the area, it’s nearly impossible for anyone to poach the wild animals and so far not a single case or an incident is registered with the forest department, neither with the police department. There is a good number of animal and bird sightings by forest ranger. 

Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka - We have a very strict rule as far as wildlife protection goes and thanks to the increased awareness, poaching is something we haven't heard of in the last few years. In Bandipur National park, forest officials have increased their security rounds to check on animals & their activities, moreover, detective cameras are also there to keep track of animals, including the endangered ones, as we anticipated poaching due to zero tourist activity.