Yet another eventful year at the E-Base has passed. Last month, the E-Base program completed four years. In the company of our wonderful students and forest guards, we celebrated four years of learning and creating appreciation for wildernesses and the tigers that reside in them. This year saw our students improve their reading skills, explore the biodiversity around them in more depth and learn yoga. Here is a quick glimpse of our anniversary celebration in Pench.
Our students are surrounded by one of central India’s most beautiful forests, which hold a large number of species within their innumerable, beautiful shades of green. Through this workshop on understanding biodiversity, we wished to bring to the notice of our students the biodiversity of Pench and the important purpose it serves.
Beginning with a small challenge, the students named all the plant and animal species they could think of. A one minute challenge led to much excitement and long lists by every student. It is always comforting to see our students to know that our students are connected and aware of their surrounding. Using these long lists, Purvi and Sangita of our partner organization, Reniscience Education, elucidated the definition of biodiversity. It is exactly this- a whole set of species, big and small, short and long, marine or terrestrial that make up an ecosystem.
Sanctuary Asia covered our work this month; here is the e-version in case you missed it in print.
We would like to thank Sanctuary Asia for this wonderful piece!
This tigress from Pench Tiger Reserve, captured by Aniruddha Majumder, also known as Collarwali littered for the first time in May 2008. The inexperienced mother was unable to protect her cubs from the harsh monsoon rains and her newborns died of pneumonia within three months. Her subsequent three litters have fared much better, with cubs from two litters having independently established territories. The fourth litter of three cubs are currently with Collarwalli.
Read about her amazing journey here: http://bit.ly/Collarwali
Source: Courtesy Sanctuary Asia Magazine
Conserving our planet’s surviving biodiversity, in the face of today’s misguided developmental ambitions, is undoubtedly one of the most crucial challenges that threatens the very survival of life on earth. This battle is umbilically connected to the climate crisis that has now come to be accepted as a reality by even the most hard-headed economists and scientists.