By P. Oppili
The Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) authorities have come up with a new adoption programme to provide better facilities to anti-poaching watchers.
It will help them get the required gears such as additional uniform sets, shoes, raincoat, torchlight and a backpack.
“Committed towards tiger conservation, the reserve solicits the patronage of private sector in fostering its aim of making the STR a model reserve of global standards,” I. Anwardeen, Conservator of Forests and Field Director, STR, told The Hindu.
An anti-poaching camp (APC) could be adopted by donating Rs. 20,000 out of which Rs. 5,000 would be used for purchase of uniforms and the gear with the patron’s name embossed on it.
The remaining Rs. 15,000 would be used for providing ration, insurance cover, short-term loans and other facilities.
“Each APC will have two patrons. The names of the patrons will be prominently displayed in the APC buildings also,” Mr. Anwardeen said.
Patrons will be allowed to see the functioning of the APCs and the watchers four days in a year.
They will be allowed on a priority basis to stay in the interior APCs and accompany the watchers during their perambulation, he said.
The adoption programme was launched recently with the objective of helping the anti-poaching watchers, who mostly guard the interior and inaccessible forest areas.
They also provide vital information on the habitat, wildlife behaviour, straying of calves or cubs and related data.
Such critical data help the authorities while creating management plans for the area, he said.
Already, the STR authorities have received good response from the corporate sector in Coimbatore which expressed willingness to adopt anti-poaching camps.