Save the Tiger Campaign

“ Save the Tiger Campaign” is another Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of Raaika Tours & Treks Pvt. Ltd. The Bengal Tiger popularly known as the Royal Bengal Tiger is the largest member of the cat family. Bengal Tiger inhabit in the wild dense forests and lush gardens of the Indian Subcontinent.  CITE (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) has listed the Royal Bengal Tiger whose current status is alarmingly disturbing and is categorized under an endangered species. It has been estimated that the population existing in the present is 90 per cent less than what it was a century back.
The primarily reason for this is the habitat destruction of the wildlife by extensive deforestation along with the increasing illegal wildlife markets. Poaching is well practiced where the body parts are traded for medicine, folk remedies and also a mark of social status in some Asian culture. These activities keep the tiger at a vulnerable state. When a species natural habitat is affected it brings a change in the bio-diversity ultimately affecting the eco-system.
Having realized the huge importance of the bio-diversity conservation and protection Raaika Tours & Treks Pvt. Ltd.  Launched the campaign SAVE THE TIGER primarily focusing on the two national parks and one wild life conservation areas located in the west low-lands of Nepal – Bardia National Park, Banke National Park and Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve to raise awareness among the local people about the importance of protecting the rare wildlife species.
The Bardiya-Banke Tiger Conservation Unit (TCU) is seated in the nationals parks. The Bardiya National Park alone is home to more than 50 mammals including Royal Bengal Tiger, rhinoceros, wild elephants, swamp deer and gigantic dolphins. Besides such wildlife species the parks also possesses dense sub-tropical forests and grasslands and hundreds of species of birds and plants.
The reserve also covers grassland, forests, riverbeds and tropical wetlands at an altitude of 174 to 1,386 metres. The Indian Tiger Reserve Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary is adjacent in the south. The coherent protected are of 439 square kilometers represents the TCU Shukpahanta-Kishanpur which has a block of alluvial grasslands and subtropical moist deciduous forests.
An estimated 46 mammal species such as the Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, sloth bear, swamp deer, elephant and hispid hare are found in the reserve. The congregation of swamp deer in the reserve’s grasslands is probably the world’s largest.
The campaign aims to raise awareness regarding the tiger’s habitat where the local communities are well informed about the importance of tiger and utmost priority given to their well being. This would lead to an increase in the number of tigers thus promoting the region as a well known tourist destination. As more number of tourist flow these regions would be well developed in turn improving the living standard of the local community.  In this manner the campaign aims to benefit both- the tiger and the local community – a win-win situation for both.
Utmost focus is given on saving the habitat of the wildlife. The campaign launched in 2015 intents to bring together the local community in spreading awareness regarding the existing scenario of the wildlife, poaching and illegal wild life trade and also the importance of the tiger in maintaining the eco-system. The campaign encourages anti-poaching activities, educating people and brining societal changes through awareness programs.
The camping also focuses on the younger generation reiterating the challenges faced and ways to overcome them. This campaign is in its initial phase. With active participation, genuine commitment and continuous support from local community, schools, colleges and local entrepreneurs the campaign endeavors to create awareness through speech, pamphlets and different Medias for effective result in protecting the wildlife and keeping the roar alive.
The ultimate goal of the campaign is to increase the tiger population and attract more number of tourists into the region and help contribute to improving the living standard of the locals through the sustainable wildlife tourism.
We would like to call upon all the interested individuals and organizations to join hands with us to make this campaign a grand success.10492447_806056919473165_6551856444986981202_n