A talk on 'Tiger Conservation - Forester's View' was organised by Mysore Zoo at its auditorium yesterday evening.

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Project Tiger) B.J. Hosmath, delivering the talk to a gathering of about 150 participants, said that tigers should be protected not just for the pleasure of seeing it but for our survival also because most of the major rivers in the country originate in tiger reserves.

With the challenges of developmental priorities for a growing economy like India and ever-increasing demand for tiger and its body parts from China and South East Asian countries, the tiger species are under constant threat, he rued.

Hosmath said that the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has been playing the proactive role by persuading the State Governments to have at least 8-10 more Tiger Reserves across 17 Tiger States of the country and added that NTCA led by eminent foresters has been making sustained efforts to have inviolate space for this magnificent creation of nature.

He further said that the NTCA was making sustained efforts to rehabilitate about 50,000 tribal families living inside the Core Area of the Tiger Reserves.

Hosmath said that foresters have always been aware of the societal needs but it is one profession which has to say no to the increased consumption of the vital natural resources of the country in order to secure the basic need, which is water.

Continuing, he said that with the debacle in the form of disappearance of tiger population in Sariska and Pench Tiger Reserves, it is to the credit of the foresters that not only these two Tiger Reserves are successfully being restocked but also in the last decade or so, the Tiger population across the 41 Tiger Reserves and their buffer areas, has seen a significant increase in the number.

Zoo Executive Director B.P. Ravi was present on the occasion.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore