By Jack Kinross
ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT – THE IMPORTANCE OF THE #LEOPARD… For all the problems, there is hope because there are some damn good people making real efforts, often at considerable sacrifice. I think what is lost on others is the sheer importance of the leopard in its role in the ecosystem way beyond protected areas. As the species specific approach on fragmented protected areas more and more shows pitfalls the concept of a more holistic strategy is gaining traction. This is where the leopard enters the fray. The leopard has an overall role far beyond many of the well supported icon species. For support people have to think “ecology” rather than cute baby animal and tourism sector dynamics, once this happens then conservation efforts can be far wider reaching. More on this in the next project update which will be later this month. Please refer to the links in the previous post.
My best to all who care about this situation and making contact to get involved.
“Those who have never seen a Leopard under favourable conditions in his natural surroundings can have no conception of the grace of movement, and beauty of colouring, of this the most graceful and the most beautiful of all animals in our Indian jungles.” Jim Corbett
The legendary Jim Corbett wasn’t wrong. That’s what makes this situation extremely serious, this beautiful animal is under constant threat in so much of its range.
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There’ll be another update this month which will include new strategy with Project Mountain Tiger as well as news on LeopardEye.
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We’re currently following up several cases involving the seizures of leopard skins and other body parts. This has meant a delay in our next project update, we’ll bring it as soon as possible.
Namaste, Jack here. We’re streamlining our online platforms including here at wildleopard.net as well as at wildtiger.org, hopefully this will be finished soon. Many thanks to those who care about these issues and take the time to read these blogs and updates. You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
As leopard skin (and other leopard body parts) seizures continue from West Africa to South and South East Asia, poaching remains a huge problem throughout most areas of the leopard’s range. Although it’s good to be able to report progress in rehabilitation and coexistence (however still many challenges), the wildlife crime aspect does not make good reading for one of the world’s most persecuted and marginalized animals.
We’ll have a more detailed project update soon (as we finish streamlining our online platforms) including progress on LeopardEye, the technology testing that keeps me in the forest a lot but doesn’t hide me from the plight of the leopard as case analysis and database building continues the rest of the time. Don’t forget to follow @WildTigerNews and the WildTiger site as Pragati continues her investigations. We collaborate with several orgs and agencies, both gov and non gov, on wildlife crime issues, it truly has become a massive challenge.
Namaste, Jack here. I’ve had a few people message me saying they want to read my blog but not at Facebook (fully understand many people don’t like to use Facebook) where I do have some posts that are not here. We’re streamlining our online platforms including here at wildleopard.net as well as at wildtiger.org, hopefully this will be finished soon. Many thanks to those who care about these issues and take the time to read these blogs and updates. You can contact me directly at email@example.com
Once when Ridem and I were talking about leopards she rose to her full height (not very high), looked me in the eye (I was sitting on the ground) and said with the full ferocity a tiny Tharu girl can muster, “I am Ridem Tharu Ghatghuri!”
I was impressed. Ghatghuri is a Tharu word for leopard.
Now when Ridem’s mum, Sita, and I talk about Ridem we refer to her as RTG.In yesterday’s post I referred to Nirajan‘s (Babu) role keeping in keeping things safe for communities and leopards. With the motorbike, camera equipment and training we’ve supplied he can effectively monitor situations… and it’s working. Effectively Babu is now a leopard monitor. I’m back in high country areas now and terrain is far more difficult to move round on than on the Terai where Babu and RTG live. But we’re developing strategies to cope with that and as time goes by I’ll be announcing more leopard monitors. I’m in constant contact with Babu and others getting updates.
RTG doesn’t use the outside toilet at night. I’ve found leopard pug marks within 50 metres of their house. Sita and her husband built a small concrete house, this means they are much safer from wandering wild elephants. All this is basic safety although sadly there are many people without the economic capacity to improve their infrastructure. This is where the monitoring role of people like Babu becomes crucial, it adds the awareness and education elements and I’ve written before about the early warning SMS systems we’ve implemented particularly re elephants but applicable for leopards.
And that education element? This is where RTG is going to become a poster girl for the strategy. The more she understands conflict mitigation strategy, the more it becomes part of her being, the more likely we can avert tragedy.
It’s not rocket science but it does take time, effort and resources. All totally worth it to save lives, on both sides, and foster peaceful coexistence.
A big thanks Dan for the beautiful image of my little buddy. And RTG, I miss you lots, hope to see you soon…