Photograph that shaped Tamil Nadu’s teenage wildlife advocate – The New Indian Express

ByDavid M. Conte

Mar 4, 2022

By Express press service

THOOTUKUDI: It was in 2015, and CR Ramana Kaliash was only 8 years old at that time. A photo of a Sumatran orangutan burned to ashes in a forest fire shook the boy’s mind and he decided to raise awareness about wildlife conservation.

Now 15, Kailash is the proud author of the novel “Fire of Sumatra” which is based on the recurring incidents of forest fires that endanger wildlife, including pushing the Sumatran tiger to the brink. extinction. Kailash said tigers are an umbrella species that must be protected for a balanced forest ecosystem and more attention must be given to increasing forest cover to protect wildlife.

On the occasion of World Wildlife Day – 2022, themed “Recovering Key Species for Ecosystem Restoration”, Kailash said that tigers preserve the dense forest and surrounding environment from human destruction and thus protect the rivers coming from the hills. “The Thamirabarani River originates in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats and remains perennial as its sources are surrounded by tiger corridors,” he said.

The teenager who had been to many tiger reserves in the country including Kalakadu-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR), Megamalai Tiger Reserve, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Bandipur Tiger Reserve said that tigers can survive in different landscapes. like the mountainous terrains of the western ghats and the rainforests of the northeast, the arid forests of Rajasthan and the mangroves as well.

He said the tiger population is increasing due to extensive conservation efforts, but needs adequate movement corridors.

“According to the tiger population census, the number of tigers in the country was estimated at 1,411 in 2006, 1,706 in 2010, 2,226 in 2014 and 2,967 in 2018,” he said.

“When the tiger population increases, its habitat and the corridor must be expanded so that they can move around avoiding human-animal conflict,” he said, adding that there had been no reports. of tiger attacks and poaching in KMTR’s recent past. He reasoned that it might be due to Periyar Tiger Reserve in the north and Kanyakumari wildlife in the south.