Forest Guards Training

In case of any Human/Wildlife Conflicts in Rural areas, Forest guards are the easiest to reach for general public, especially in villages surrounding forest areas. Hence, it becomes absolutely critical that the forest guards be empowered with sufficient knowledge and information to deal with wildlife encounters either in conflict situations or in cases where a rescue presents itself.

Forest department staff also are the first to get in their custody, any orphaned or injured animals be it an elephant calf or a few leopard cubs. This makes it very highly essential for the staff to be empowered with adequate methods, information and best practices on animal holding, caring, first aid and shifting procedures until they reach a qualified hospital or veterinarian.

Vanamitra has trained the Karnataka Forest department staff on

1.     Leopard Cubs Reunion Procedures

2.     Caring for Leopard Cubs such as Feeding etc.

3.     Leopard Capturing

 Vanamitra has so far trained forest guards of Tamil Nadu Forest Department in the following topics:

(a) Snake Identification 
(b) Snake Rescues – Safe methods of Handling, Bagging & Release
(c)  Do’s & Dont’s in Snake Rescues
(d) Importance of Crowd Management in Snake Rescues
(e) Wildlife Rescues & Handling Wildlife – Basic Procedures, Do’s & Don’ts 
(f) Holding Rescued Wildlife – Basic Procedures 
(g) First Aid to Rescued Wildlife in case of any Injuries 
(h) Myths & Superstitions around Wildlife – Basics 
(i) Interdependence of Life 
(j) Basics about Roles of various Wildlife in our Ecosystem
(k) Wildlife Identification

Forest Guards Training on Wetland Birds Identification

Further Advanced Level training has been proposed for the same set of Guards in the following topics:

(a) Identification of various species of Wildlife – Avians to start with 
(b) Ecosystems & Interdependence of Life 
(c) Wildlife classification as per Wildlife Protection Act 1972 Schedules 
(d) Wildlife Rescues & Wildlife Holding – Detailed & Species specific