Man vs. the Wild

July 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm 5 comments

According to a recent report in one of the leading English dailies, Ministry of Environment & Forests (MOEF) is going to import Cheetahs from the foreign lands ( Cheetahs became extinct in India way back in 1952, for this one maybe we can blame the Britishers who must have killed them for fun). The Govt is proposing this idea in order to bring back the species into the the Indian wilds… Is this the first wild species to go extinct in India? What are we doing to protect the ones that nearing extinction, which also includes our National animal Tiger.

Yes, many programmes on paper are run by the Govt, there are National Parks to protect the animals in their natural habitats, the law says poaching is a criminal offence etc etc… So, steps have been taken, but has the Animaldom benefited from the man- made schemes? I don’t think so. I happened to meet a news photographer recently, who was doing a special feature on the Tiger National Parks and sadly, out of the three he visited two of them only had tales to share…

The Ministry has also announced that the earlier practice of tracking tigers through pugmarks will be discontinued instead a new camera technique has been introduced. According to me if some methods and techniques are introduced to track the poachers and not the animals it will prove to be more beneficial.

Anyway, the idea, of this post is not to point out what is not there, or the wrongs but to highlight that what is left, can something be done about that?

As a child when I visited Delhi, one of our must visits was the Delhi Zoo no matter how hot it was, we kids just loved to go there. As you stepped in to the zoo one was welcomed by the Swans, Ducks, and Crocodiles and that was just the beginning. Almost a decade ago, the Delhi Zoo boasted of being a habitat for many wild animals and also rare birds, it also had a snake zone (where they kept variety of snakes). So when, my young cousins (aged 4 & 6) who live in UK & were visiting India last winter, I thought of taking them to the Zoo, and only to regret it.

The place is almost dead, there are no swans or ducks to welcome you, the croc pond is dry and only animal that will welcome you into the zoo are stray dogs. The huge multi acres plot is a waste, the greens of course are beautiful but the animals have gone. Only a few are left, you will have to go cage to cage to try and spot some. The stench confirms the fact that cleanliness is definitely not taken care of.  The food and water pots have algae growing in them…I can go on and on.

Can the MOEF look into this matter please, if animals won’t die of poaching they will because of the unhygienic conditions. Oh yes, I must add some of the animal societies and Ms. M. Gandhi don’t even care for anything beyond  animals being ‘supposedly exploited’ in films, stray dogs ( which, too need to be taken care of) and  exhibitions with stars. Everyone seem to ignore the ‘wildlife Zone’ that is located in the heart of the city.

The Delhi Govt is planning to have state’s own Animal & Bird (I think this is being planned for the 2010 games) but the zoo belongs to the state too. What was once a delightful journey is now a road not many like to take.

And yes, as aam Janta we think it is not our responsibility, please think again if we can visit these places for fun & picnics the least we can do is not strew the surroundings with waste and left over stuff. You like your home to be clean then let the animal habitat be undisturbed as well.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mayur  |  July 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I neverknew Delhi has a Zoo. Anyway, I think importing the Cheetah and leaving him to die at the hands of poachers here in Indian Jungles is a bad idea. What is gone is long gone. Let us preserve what we have here

  • 2. Pallavi  |  July 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    See you didn’t even know because it is there and no one cares! anway it has been there since 1959.

    I agree with you, we should focus on saving what is left of our wildlife.

  • 3. Sapna  |  July 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Agreed Pallavi.

  • 4. Prateek  |  July 10, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Something needs to be done…hmmmm. I remember a visit to Delhi Zoo as a child, it was not in great shape even then. We place a lot of importance to Human life and its preservation but forget that there are other life forms too. Enough words, it is tie for some action. I will formulate a plan. Let us see what happens. Will have to go visit the Zoo as soon as possible with a camera.

  • 5. durga  |  July 12, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    its not only the Delhi zoo, its for most of the zoos for the matter.
    Its more of communal education I believe.


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