All those caught on charges of hunting and poaching should be seriously punished. The laws should get stronger and a check should be kept on any possible export of tiger products. The surveying system should be improved and a safe atmosphere should be provided to them for their growth. Also, children must compulsorily be made aware of the dangers of this animal’s extinction and initiatives must be taken to encourage visits to tiger reserves and try to bring them close to these poor creatures who wish to stay alive. It is equally important that people living in the villages or close to a reserve should be made aware that tigers are important to conserve our ecosystem and so they must be protected.
by Urvashi Pande - New Delhi
Army is largely trained in jungles and remain close to nature. Presently this force is the most reliable in India. The forest services must be made combative and made part of the armed forces to ensure the safety of wild life and tigers.
by Dharam - Bhavnagar
There cannot be any better way to save our tigers from poachers than engaging the locals staying in the vicinity of these forest areas. Also, if the nexus between poachers and security guards-police-local leaders can be broken, it will go a long way in not only checking the reducing numbers of tigers but also increasing their population.
by Ankush - Delhi
No human habitat or villages should be near any sanctuary or reserve. The government should relocate them and also keep a surprise check on the forest department, guards etc who move in and out of the forests and could be associated with poachers for financial benefits. The teams involved in conservation of this animal should be given better weapons to protect themselves.
by Imran Khalid - -Mumbai
No human habitat or villages shuold be near any sanctury or reserve. The govt should relocate them and also keep a surprise check on the forest deparment guards etc who are actually moving in the forest and are liable to be in touch with poachers for financial benefits. They shold also be given better wepons to protect them selves from the poachers.
by Mohd. Khan - Varanasi
I would suggest that the MOEF employs more guards. The guards also need proper equipment to protect the forest which would in turn be a deterrent to poachers. India’s national animal must be saved. People need to support local NGOs and the forest departments must focus on transparency and teamwork.
by Phil Davis - Hereford
Too many tourists in jeeps are destroying the already fragile habitats of tigers - there should be some kind of control on the number of visitors allowed in a sanctuary at one time. The more confusion created with new roads and makeshift restaurants the more difficult it is to detect poachers. Tourism might have helped raised the income of some local inhabitants but it has not changed their morality.
by Kajolik - New Delhi
All villages should be removed from national parks. And all the parks should be well protected by security guards. People of the country and government should be aware of the importance of our national animal. Criminals should be punished severely. All of us must come together to save our tigers.
by Bob Raj - Rome
The Bishnoi community has had a good record in protecting the wildlife. We can recruit educated boys from this community to make a tiger protection force which is headed by retired defence officers possibly from the same community. We can have such a force manning all major sanctuaries around the country. Then tying up with Nat Geo or Discovery for technical and scientific support and continuous media coverage across the world could continue to increase awareness for not only tigers but all the species including the depleting flora too.
by Hardeep - Mumbai
To save the tiger, ground level infrastructure needs to be strengthened including better equipment and training to the security staff. Also people living in and around the wildlife parks need to be relocated, educated and informed about the conservation efforts. Most of all strong laws should be framed and enforcement agencies strengthened to save the magnificent wildlife. Determination and will is needed to protect the wildlife.
by Manish Thakur - Mumbai
I believe first of all we should use social media to create awareness against poachers like Sansar Singh so that they wont be spared and harsher punishments will be a lesson for others who do not know the importance of others’ lives.
by Peeyush - New Delhi
Buffering zones should be increased by each state government. The Center should always cross check whether it’s been achieved or not. Breeding should be increased. Budget should be increased regarding wild life conservation. Top class medical facilities must be provided. Active involvement of citizens of the state and the country must be ensured. People in rural areas must be educated about tiger conservation because they often come face to face with wild life which could lead to tiger deaths due to their ignorance.
by Nagarjun.D - Bangalore
Firstly, make it compulsory for the elected representatives to include 'SAVE OUR TIGERS' as a part of the election manifesto. Only through political agendas can we step up the pressure on the poachers.
Secondly, touring talky-svehicles can be employed in villages/tribal areas where poaching is rampant - gory pictures of badly-mauled tigers, some of them trapped in metal-mesh, mewing piteously, will surely pull the heart-strings.
Thirdly, this too doesn't work then rope in Ram Gopal Verma to make horror films like Tales of the Tiger Bhoot or The Revenge of the Ravaged Tiger - the message would be sure to reach hard-core poachers.
Fourthly, impose stiff penalties when they are nabbed exporting tiger-parts, particularly to China.
Finally, I think moral-science lessons work best... educate them.
by MRS.SRINIVASAN - Jalandhar
I have got to know about your campaign and my idea regarding that is, government should give a chance to the private enterprise and firms to make a place for tigers which can suit their living conditions and proper environment for their upliftment. The allotted place should a part of a sanctuary, regulated and maintained by the private firm.
by Dr.Ranjan Bajpai - Jabalpur
Everybody these days is talking about saving tigers but, how many people in this country, whatever are their levels of education, know why we save the tiger. Very few people can answer this question. This is because the awareness levels are very low. We are all targeting the internet browsing community. How many people in this country have access to internet? Only larger public awareness and political agendas combined with serious conservation efforts can save wildlife in this country.
by Ramana kandula - Tenali
Actions needed :
i) Poaching of any endangered species should be punishable with rigorous life imprisonment.
ii) Cases against the likes of Sansar Chand, Nawabs, Filmstars, politicians be immediately disposed of with exemplary punishment.
iii) Educate & involve the forest dwellers.
Tapan Mukherjee - Shyamnagar, Asansol
There must be a regular monitoring on the tourists who visit forests. And the local tribal peoples must be educated and kept in contact because they play a huge role in forest protection.
by Nikhil - New Delhi
Nature has full potential to revive itself. So all the forest areas under tiger projects should be out of bounds of tourists, researchers and over all from our so called custodians of forest i.e. IFS officers. There should be a ban on entry of people with qualifications in IFS like maths, statistic, physics, chemistry, engineering because such IFS officer just enter the service to enjoy life. Most of the time they are either in cities undergoing trainings or go abroad. These people are fully responsible for the present state of our forests and wildlife. Villager in and around should be made aware of the importance of wildlife and should be taken into confidence through this initiative.
by B.S.Sokhi - Dehra Dun
Extremely strict laws must be formulated against poachers. More funds to research on tiger conservation must be mobilized. Hiring of international subject matter experts must be done to come up with a short term, mid term and long term plan for tiger conservation and to take measures to increase their population.
by Deepti – Concord
There is a strong and urgent need to employ enough forest guards who are trained and possess the latest weapons to tackle with the ever improving and menacing poachers who take the advantage of lesser and weaker guards. The government granted money should be adequately utilised for wildlife conservation and not for filling the pockets of forest officials alone.
by Pallavi - New Delhi
Harsh penalty must be incorporated for poachers and traders of tiger body parts; the number of security guards at wildlife sanctuaries must be increased, high-tech weapons must be given to security gaurds. Also, manufacturing tiger merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, pens, toys, stationary, calendars, etc and retailing them widely all over the country, especially tourist centres could be encouraged and the proceeds from sales of the above items could be used for the welfare of tigers and wildlife sanctuaries.
by Msarshi - Lucknow
Here are some suggestions for saving our precious tigers:
1) make everybody from top official to the beat guard responsible for any tiger killed in their jurisdiction.
2) harsher punishment ,fast track courts to solve poaching cases.
3) forest department to be given more power to curb on encroachments and illegal villages near the jungles.
4) more people from ngo, private organisations should be brought in for the control of poaching menace.
5) checking of illegal transit points of tiger trade must be stricter.
6) honest officials should be given cars for encouragement.
Hope the above ideas will control the depleting tiger population to some extent!
Ajay Dubey - Mumbai
Strict and timely legal action should be taken against poachers and those who help them. Lessons on what is wildlife and how it can be protected should be incorporated in school education.
by Shrawani - New Delhi
Tough measures must be ensured to deal with poachers, especially the ones at the top who employ poor tribal men to do their dirty work. They should be given life sentences.
Sensible relocation of villages out of prime tiger habitat and implementation of adequate compensation are a few other ways. Let the villagers see the benefit of tiger conservation by improving their lives.
Sack corrupt forest officials who cover up their messy inefficiency.
by Meher Toorkey - London
1. Minimum punishment for poaching of any declared endangered species should be life imprisonment.
2. Speedy trial and disposal of cases with exemplary punishment if found guilty for Sansar Chand, Nawbabs and filmstars.
3. Educate & involve the forest-dwelling people in conservation.
by Tapan - Shyamnagar
Robust conservation policies at the Centre and State level, high-tech vigilance systems’ implementation, reward based projects, inclusive participation and accountability, impress upon the industries for funding and rehabilitation, continuous feedback to public by media about the report card of the progress
by Sarmistha – Thana
Find out who poach and the others involved in it. They must be doing it due to poverty. Launch some programs to support their livelihood and encourage the communities near reserves to communicate with the authorities concerned about poaching etc. Educate the children of the communities about the importance of saving tigers - have competitions and reward systems for those who help saving tigers.
Stop deforestation in the name of real estate investments, road developments and give space for animals to live and breed especially around Bandipur. Isolate villagers near the habitats. Train and educate them on farming and other jobs.
by Sowmya - Richmond
It is very important to involve the local people living around our tiger reserves, in our efforts to save the tiger and his world. Our N.G.O. the Tiger Guards of India is taking the village children of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve on park safaris everyday. Such initiatives are urgently required.
by Deepak Talan - New Delhi
We should provide the tribals with employment opportunities in tiger reserves and thus make them believe in co-existence.
Amit - Kolkata
Arrange for an independent body of wildlife lovers and give them enough authority so that the corrupt officials cannot undermine conservation efforts and we can be sure there will also not be anyone hand-in-glove with the poachers. Also, start selling the merchandise and use the proceeds for conservation efforts. Do not allow politicians to bypass forest rules.
by sahil - Bengaluru
I feel that the government should take concrete steps to stop further construction of so called resorts in the buffer zones around tiger reserves. Please let tigers live in peace
Raj Rajeshwar Bhakuni – New Delhi
Poorly equipped forest guards are no match for poachers.
We need to raise a tiger force on the lines of CISF/BSF/RIOT Police.
We also need to coordinate with SE Asian countries regarding illegal trading of tiger parts. And finally we need effective laws to deal with poachers. For all this to happen we need political will at the highest level.
by Dr.vrajendu - Bengaluru
To save the powerful breed of tigers in our country, government should come forward and join the hands with the private organisations working for the cause. Serious measures need to be taken in the wildlife sanctuaries and parks, young, dynamic and educated group should be appointed as forest officers and should increase the hiring of such officers as the cause needs lot of attention and action.
by Rich.khullar - Gurgaon
Though government has been taking more awareness campaign off late, it doesn't seem to be enough. Stringent steps must be taken to curb poaching. New equipments must be installed and forest officials must be regularly updated about it. They must be made responsible and should be suspended if they aren't effectively taking their job seriously. Government should start thinking seriously if they have to save tigers.
by Meghaa gupta - New Delhi
I am in very close with forest. I feel that to save the tiger, we need proper management and professional approach of forest official. I have seen many times that senior level officials are not interested to work on grass root level and welfare of the forest guard are not being taken care of. Subsequently, the guards are reluctant to give their best services to save tiger and other animals in the forest.
Ataur Rahaman - Bhopal
Poachers get away with the complicity of villagers and possibly forest guards. The patrolling has to be increased with better equipment and better emoluments. There could be a ban on visitors for some time to these areas. Villagers around these areas should be more actively involved and made aware as we have seen where this is done the tiger population has survived as in Gujarat. Poachers caught by villagers or guards should punished with life imprisonment, special courts at panchayat levels may help. Adequate incentive for bringing poachers to book should be encouraged.
by Nandita - Mumbai
We need to understand tiger's habitat and its way of living. It’s not an object of tourist amusement but an essential element of forest food web. Vigilant and authoritative checks need to be deployed. Forest rangers and guards must be provided with efficient weapon system to deal with poachers... love tigers... let not the "roar" be a cry..
by Tushar – Jalandhar
Restrict Intrusive Tourism. Relocate the villages near national parks, not just away from core area, but far away from national park area. Harsh Punishment needed for poachers. Let man not interfere in the life of this wonderful shy and solitude loving animal.
by Subodh Ngm - Bhopal
Indulge locals around national park in providing security, enrol them as guides, generate employment for them based on forest, make them understand the importance of forest, let them be the eyes and ears of intelligence network to counter the advances of poachers to save the tiger from getting poached.... on the other hand vulnerable areas from where tigers move out from the forest shouldbe wired to prevent man-animal conflict.
by Pradeepbisht - Gurgaon
Increase forest cover, expand forests, and create forest corridors for tigers to roam from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Bengal and Assam. Punish poachers and forest officials and police aiding and abetting
by Syed Burhanq
The tiger has been my all-time my favourite animal. It can be saved by keeping poachers away. Punishing the poachers seriously (even sentence to death) could help. Where tigers are more in number, make availability of water and food. In-depth study on tigers in national and international schools must be encouraged. Providing awareness camps to people and children is important. Forests should be managed by the army and not forest officers. Increasing the security in forests surroundings and providing quality effort in saving the tigers is crucial.
by Bodatrinadh - New Delhi
If we are serious about curbing poaching, the crime must be made non-bail able with a special standing fast-track court to dispense justice within 30 days. Punishment must be harsh to be exemplary.
by Pradeep Wahi - New Delhi
To save tigers we must save our forests and decrease the man-animal conflict. This is only possible if we decrease our population which in turn will decrease our needs and will decrease the development and construction activity encroaching on to our forests. There is no point in increasing tiger population if their space decreases. Tourists entering wildlife sanctuaries should be briefed before entering the sanctuary so that they follow the rules of the forest department.
by Ujwala shevade - Mumbai
Educate villagers in the vicinity of national parks and reward them with money and coverage in various news sources as gallantry awards for giving information regarding poachers and others who deter this initiative.
by Sunil kaul – Mumbai
The strength of the forest rangers must be increased significantly and laws must be made harsh.
by Sriramsridhar - Pondicherry
Even though poaching is managed by organised cartels yet at the ground level it is done by the local population living near the forests. In spite of many dangers they do this activity due to lack of alternative livelihood opportunities. Thus a large scale livelihood initiative should be undertaken to promote viable and sustainable livelihoods for this forest communities. Along with this they also need to be trained to save the forests and the tigers.
by Arindam Dasgupta - Guwahati
Better patrolling and law enforcement must be done. Grazing and deforestation must be stopped and there should be buffer zones.
by Nita - Bengaluru
hold the forest officials responsible for any loss of tigers and increase the punishment for poaching to death. the buffer zones should also be made no entry zones to save this precious national animal
by KR Solomon - Salmiya
Since the numbers of tigers are limited, GPS tracking should be used to track live movements of all existing tigers. This will increase the number of people caught poaching and deter and slow down the poaching greatly. Secondly, we have to keep tracking the newborns also till the populations reach significant level and third, we have to make sure that their habitats are not threatened, or create controlled habitats specifically for tiger breeding.
by Padmanabh Kulkarni - Chennai
Wildlife and man cannot live together; villages inside the PA's should be shifted out. Staff/Officer posted in PA's should be willing, honest, dedicated & nature lovers. Presently, they are just performing their duties. Staff posted in PA's should be paid enough allowances to maintain their establishments at atleast two other places and they must be insured for justified amount by the government. Strict action should be taken against staff, if found guilty.
by V.K.Johri - Mumbai
A volunteer program throughout our national and state park system is needed to educate both rural and urban citizens as well as interested foreigners as to the realities of the issues facing wildlife and our role in the conflict. They should exchange their own ideas on the functioning of those parks and their employed forest officials; help improve facilities, communication and respect for the value of the environment.
by Arvind Badrinarayanan – Dubai
Educating the people to the importance of tigers in our life, public exposure of poachers and use of modern and
up-to-date technology for the census and tracking of tigers. Discouraging the use of tiger products will put poachers out of business.
by Gargi - Shyamnagar
Immediate steps should be taken to equip the forest protection staff & ample of training should be given to them to protect the animals and create natural habitat for their habitat..
by Shruti Sood - Delhi
Shera, is the mascot of CWG2010 and this campaign is also for the tigers... so why don’t we use the platform of CWG2010 to make the people aware of the plight for the tigers. The message gets around globally and we can have more people join this effort to save the TIGER...
by Jaideep Nirula - New Delhi
A proper buffer zone protection is required and if possible tagging the remaining tigers with sensors so that when they cross boundaries and go into public the forest officials can trace them early and protect them from being harmed.