As part of our Eco Volunteer Training program we were to visit an Anti Poaching Camp in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. I will not repeat here why anti poaching camps are needed, we all know we have only about 2500 tigers left in the wild and our apex predator is in great danger from organized poaching camps to man animal conflict leading to casualties on both the side. We humans forgetting totally that the tigers were living in the jungle before humans started encroaching and dividing Tiger territory.
Our visit to Anti poaching camp in Bandipur Tiger reserve was full of pleasant surprises, as we were going on a path where tourists are not allowed we were lucky to see some really beautiful wild animals. There was Gaur or Indian Bisons, Elephants, Sāmbhar, Barking deer, Cheetal a sloth bear and numerous birds like Brown fishing owl, kingfisher, flame back woodpecker, peacocks, spotted ducks. But as these animals are not used to human presence, they were very shy and tough to photograph.
The Anti Poaching Camps are deep inside the tiger reserve and are typically manned by 1-3 staff members who are locals and are given jobs with the forest department.
Mind you this is deep inside tiger and elephant territory and you are at mercy of wild animals to not attack you. But deep inside the jungle the attacks by wild animals are rare as both humans and animals have no conflict. It is on the boundaries and buffer zone of the Tiger reserve the man animal conflict take place.
We met Raju the staff member of the Anti Poaching camp we visited. He was alone in the camp as his colleague has gone for some work. Raju could speak only Kannada and took help from another volunteer in our group to communicate with him.
A few leanings from our interaction with Raju the forest guard who lives deep inside the jungle in the Anti poaching camp in Bandipur Tiger Reserve. More....