Oct 16, 2014
PILIBHIT: With highly diversified ecosystems combined with the presence of rare and threatened species of wildlife, the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve will soon be a research hub for international students and research scholars. The district administration has now decided to evolve an ambitious plan in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), India and the forest department to share the salient features of the reserve with wildlife research institutes and international universities. District magistrate, Om Narayan Singh, while talking exclusively to TOI on Saturday said that the move was expected to be successful in inviting overseas students and research scholars to carry out their research programs on forests and wildlife. The district magistrate said that there were many renowned universities in United States of America and the United Kingdom which provided post graduate courses and research programs in forest and wildlife majorly based on large practical elements. Some of these universities included Harvard University (USA), Stanford University (California), University of Florida (USA), The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, an integral part of University of Kent (UK), and the Southern New Hampshire University (UK). “The key assistance in this herculean project would be sought from WWF as this organization was working in more than 100 countries in the world,” he added.
The district magistrate said that the conservation of tigers and other wild life could not be possible without active participation of common people living in the surroundings of the forest area in wildlife protection campaigns. In order to make them echo-friends it was essential to ensure their proper linkage with definite sources of income. While speaking at the closing ceremony of the Wildlife Week organized by the WWF (India) at the headquarters of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Singh said that the reserve had immense potential to be developed as one of the most famous tourist centres of wildlife. Singh added that he would assist the forest department in dealing with poachers, illegal fellers and usurpers of forest lands stringently as the fear of law always fits the crime. The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is the 47th tiger reserve of the country, which is home to various species of wildlife like Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, swamp deer, hispid hare, Bengal florican and four horned antelope.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com