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ABOUT THE RANGERS
They know the secrets of the forest, its rivulets, water holes, hiding places, vantage points, where tigers like to hang out, and more. They watch over the wildlife under their care, following their movement, keeping away human interferences, and protecting them from intruders. Their presence in the forest is the reason the tiger still survives in the wild.
Where the rangers workIndia holds the world’s largest tiger population in the wild, spread across a variety of habitats, including tropical and sub tropical forests, evergreen forests, mangrove swamps and grasslands.
To protect the tiger and to ensure its survival in the wild, WWF-India supports tiger conservation initiatives undertaken by the Government of India. The activities undertaken include strengthening protection measures in National Parks, Sanctuaries and Tiger Reserves, helping local communities to reduce their dependence on forest resources, mitigating human-wildlife conflict, providing a scientific database that will serve as a basis for sound management of tiger habitats, and capacity building for conservation of the species.
TRAFFIC-India, the wildlife trade monitoring arm of WWF and IUCN, works to curb illegal trade in wildlife that is drastically affecting the wildlife populations in India.
The Indian rangers featured here come from the following tiger landscapes where WWF is currently providing active support:
- Satpuda Maikal in central India
- Terai Arc in western part of India, on the border with Nepal and Bhutan
- Western Ghats-Nilgiris in southern India
- Sunderbans, the world’s largest mangrove area and a UNESCO World Heritage
- North Bank in northern India
- Kaziranga Karbi Anglong in the eastern state of Assam