Guwahati, Oct. 15: Come tomorrow and the forest guards of Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary will get a taste of the intricacies of wildlife management at the famed Corbett National Park.
A team of eight from the sanctuary, located along the Kokrajhar-Dhubri district border in Lower Assam, set off recently on a six-day exposure-cum-training tour beginning Thursday at the Kalagarh training centre of the park in Uttarakhand.
“This is the first time that foresters and forest guards from Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary will be going to Corbett National Park to acquire more knowledge about wildlife management. The all expenses paid trip is being sponsored by Conservation Initiative for Asian Elephant, USA and Aaranyak,” said Bibhuti Lahkar of Aaranyak.
Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary is at present administered under the Bodoland Territorial Council. It was accorded the status of a wildlife sanctuary in 1994 for the conservation and preservation of the highly endangered golden langur (Trachypithecus geei) and other wild flora and fauna.
Lahkar said the training would enable the forest guards to study and learn the various anti-poaching measures and eco-tourism initiatives currently being practised in this renowned park. “They shall also be visiting community tourism initiatives and the high altitude zoo in Nainital.”
“Exposure trips will motivate the frontline staff to learn from the best practices in protected area management and also help them in experience-sharing with their counterparts,” said A. Christy Williams, a WWF expert.