HYDERABAD TIGER CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Introduction : Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society (HyTiCoS) is a voluntary organization working exclusively for Conservation of Tigers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Vision: Hyticos endeavors to protect Tigers and its ecosystem hence ensuring the survival of thousands of species including humans that depend on this ecosystem.

Mission: Hyticos does scientific environment assessments, advocating objective policy changes and collaborating with groups of diverse expertise to save Tigers. We believe in fair policy implementations which benefit tribals and ensures collaborative approach towards conservation of wildlife. Hyticos promotes capacity building and morale boosting programmes for front line forest staff, it firmly believes they are true custodians of the forest.

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Pilot Program: Hyticos has adopted Kawal as a pilot in 2002, that resulted in declaration of Kawal as a tiger reserve. Hyticos has played a key role to highlight and facilitate address conservation issues in Kawal that includes road closure, cattle kill compensation, anti-poaching, wildlife monitoring and tribal welfare.

Few Achievements:

Capacity building of Field staff for Tiger and prey monitoring and law enforcement at Kawal Tiger Reserve.

Continuous Tiger monitoring in Tiger landscapes of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Special Tiger monitoring and awareness campaigns in Corridor of Kawal Tiger Reserve bordering the Maharashtra forests.

Capacity building workshop for hundreds of forest staff to undertake the Phase-IV of tiger monitoring.

Developed a manual for simplification of Phase-IV protocol for tiger monitoring.

Brought KWS to the forefront of all conservation efforts across India in  past decade, eventually it got declared as a Tiger  Reserve in year 2010.

Our Biologist has established prey density at Kawal, this study has been first of its kind in A.P.

Anti-Poaching has been a key feature of Hyticos activity, imparting/arranging anti-poaching trainings by experts for field staff and volunteering.

Hyticos successfully lobbied for stopping traffic at night across Kawal Wildlife Sancatuary.

Curbing migratory cattle for most of Kawal Widlife Sanctuary.

Spreading conservation awareness among communities residing in and around KWS.

Bird Watching trips and formulation of lists at KWS.

Help formulating Management plan for wildlife habitat management at KWS.

Wildlife Corridor identification for KWS and other forests landscapes adjacent to it.

Helping curb the Boo-Paratam the illegal acquisition of Forest land in name of Tribal rights.

References:

The Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society has also worked with Government to establish tiger reserve status for Kawaal Wildlife Sanctuary. – New York Times Sep 11 2012

Hyticos now has more than 80 volunteers and has done extensive work in the forests of Andhra Pradesh, especially with the Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger Reserve and Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary. The Hindu Feb 11 2012

Hyticos also trains the staff and trainees of the state’s forest department to enable them to conduct tiger and leopard censuses. They provide support to researchers and monitor tiger behavior and movement in special regions of the state. The Hindu Feb 11 2012

DNA tests on scats collected from the forests in May have proved presence of four tigers in the KWS. However, three of them being males is a disturbing factor,” says Imran Siddiqui of the Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society (HYTICOS), an NGO involved in the census. –The Hindu Jun 04 2011

It is better to do one thing perfectly than involve in ten different things, so Hyticos concentrated in Kawal…that changed the fate of Kawal..” – The Hans India, October 02 2011

Their strategy is simple – target an area and visit it repeatedly to record its wildlife and understand its conservation dynamics and roadblocks… this group of young people has organised itself into a strong protection force for Andhra Pradesh’s wildlife habitats.” – Sanctuaryasia, October 2008

Programmes :

Camera trapping in NSTR, Amrabad and Kawal Tiger Reserve.

Annual Prey base analysis using line transacts at Kawal Tiger Reserve.

Participation in annual Tiger and prey monitoring at tiger source areas.

Promote and participate in research and scientific monitoring of wildlife.

Support the front line staff with proper gear and equipment for better protection of habitats.

Bird Watching and Nature treks once in a month, with field visits at site to monitor ongoing conservation activities.

Monthly meetings and discussions.

Organizing wildlife talks, films, awareness programs and events as outreach activities.

Other References:

http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2044:hyderabad-tiger-conservation-society-hyticos&catid=585:ngo-profiles

Few Media Highlights:

Today’s Paper » FEATURES » METRO PLUS

February 11, 2012

Into the wild

VISHNUPRIYA BHANDARAM

  • PHOTO: NAGARAGOPAL  TAKING THE JUNGLE CALL Members of Hyticos on the field and
    Chital deer photographed by Asif

Environment Conservationists and tiger lovers Imran and Asif say that the time is always ripe to reclaim the forests

In a small, crowded and unassuming office, two brothers, Imran and Asif Siddiqui, are packing up their gear — a GPS tracker, a few maps and binoculars. They are headed to the Srisailam-Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger Reserve. They are not forest rangers. Founders of the Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society (Hyticos), they like to call themselves wildlife lovers and conservationists.

Asif tells us Imran’s heart has always beat a little more for the animals. “We were very young and had gone to the Nehru Zoological Park with my cousins and parents. While coming back we realised that Imran was missing. When we went back to fetch him, we saw him noting down all available information about the animals…he wasn’t even aware that we had left him and gone.”

Volunteering for the cause was not easy, Imran says, “We come from a middle-class family and pursuing anything other than engineering or medicine was unheard of. To keep myself close to my passion, I took up B.Com and later an MCA and so did Asif.”

But what really got the ball rolling was a visit to the Eturnagaram forest for a tiger census in 2001. “That visit shook us,” says Imran, “the fact that we are losing forests at an alarming level became very clear, and the numbers of tigers were dwindling. It’s one thing to read about all this, but it changes you when you look at it with your own eyes.” They realised that there had been a massive habitat destruction aided by the antipathy of the locals. Back in Hyderabad, the brothers looked for an organisation they could volunteer with. They even approached the then forest ranger of Nallamalla Forest Reserve, who discouraged them from pursuing the cause. They finally decided to set up Hyticos. “It has been a very long and hard journey for us,” says Imran. “Without the know-how and resources, I am surprised we have been able to reach this level.” Asif adds, “As an individual, nobody will take you seriously. We certainly were disillusioned but we didn’t give up.” They decided to expand Hyticos when Imran quit his day job to pursue a course in wildlife at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Back in college, Imran and Asif used to volunteer for the tiger census during their semester holidays, using their own funds. “We used to get bare minimum pocket money, we used to rear hens and sell them and whatever money we got from it, we would spend on our tiger trails,” says Asif with a smile. Hyticos now has more than 80 volunteers and has done extensive work in the forests of Andhra Pradesh, especially with the Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger Reserve and Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary.

As a part of Hyticos, the duo extensively and successfully lobbied for the closing down of a road in Kawal region at night because the number of road kills was rising.

They also aided in the set up the Kids for Tigers project, helping to spread information on wildlife to schoolchildren across urban areas in Andhra Pradesh. Imran and Asif are partly responsible for initiating the move to name the Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary a tiger reserve. “Such a move will definitely bring down poaching and felling,” says Asif. “Once it is declared to be a reserve, it will come under a forest conservator, making things manageable.”

A day out in the field means walking 10 to 12 kilometres at a stretch during the hottest times of the day. They target one area and record its wildlife, while documenting all available data. They bring anomalies to the notice of the authorities. Hyticos also trains the staff and trainees of the state’s forest department to enable them to conduct tiger and leopard censuses. They provide support to researchers and monitor tiger behaviour and movement in special regions of the state.

Imran and Asif have had an adventurous decade. They were attacked by a gaur that thought that Asif was standing between him and his herd.

The animal charged deep into the other side of the forest on seeing the rest of its herd. Imran talks of an incident when they almost got beaten up by villagers in Adilabad who thought they had come to create trouble. “The sarpanch intervened so we were saved,” adds Asif. One time, they were even mistaken for Naxals by the police!

The brothers believe that awareness needs to be created in and around the forest regions. “The local people do not realise that the number of tigers are dwindling,” says Asif. “They set traps for tigers. One day out on the field, we saw a poison bottle and followed a hunch. We found a number of traps laid out in the forests.” Imran and Asif feel that tiger conservation is a difficult path to tread. “We receive flak from both sides, the locals feel that we’re hampering their lifestyle.

It is extremely difficult to make them understand the concept of climate change,” says Asif. They believe in Gerald Durrell’s idea of a zoo, a reflection of the forest with no cages and chains.

With a broad smile, their field hats and a shiny blue jeep, Asif and Imran set out into the forests, following the call of their tiger. One step at a time, they have let passion churn out the best in them.

VISHNUPRIYA BHANDARAM

As an individual, nobody will take you seriously. We certainly were disillusioned but we didn’t give up

A saga of a man’s love for the tigers, and the birth of a reserve

By  T P Venu
Hyderabad 04 Oct 2016 Posted 03 Sep 2016
Vol 7 Issue 36

He is not a celebrated environmental activist, but Imran Siddiqui is a zealous guardian of forests who singlehandedly worked to protect large tracts of mangroves in Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh, and played a key role in getting the state’s Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary the status of a tiger reserve in 2013.

The construction of a 2.5 km road that began earlier this year cutting through the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary was stopped following the directions of the state’s High Court, thanks to the PIL filed by Imran.

Imran Siddiqui has relentlessly worked in the field of wildlife conservation and played a major role in the recognition of Kawal as a tiger reserve

His effort has now ensured the preservation of the area’s precious primary mangroves. The road construction would have allowed seawater into the mangroves, increasing the salinity of the water and destroying the unique ecosystem and the plant and animal diversity it supports.

This is just one of the many green initiatives of 36-year-old Imran, who is best known for his commitment to the Kawal Tiger Reserve, about 300 km from Hyderabad and for long a protected sanctuary for a variety of wildlife including leopard, gaur, cheetal, sambar, nilgai, barking deer, chowsingha, sloth bear, and several bird and reptile species.

Now as befits its name, courtesy Imran’s efforts, it is also the home of two adult tigers – a male and a female – and four cubs on the periphery of the reserve located in the Jannaram mandal of Adilabad district in Telangana.

Imran’s passion for conservation goes right back to his childhood, when even as a class eight student in All Saints High School in Hyderabad, he would go to the forest department office in Saifabad and read books on wildlife.

As a class eight student, Imran visited the forest department’s office to read books on wildlife

“In class 9, my brother and I had suggested to the authorities at Mrugavani National Park in Chilkur on the outskirts of Hyderabad, to conduct a nature camp but they didn’t agree,” recalls Imran.

But today, the very same Forest Department invites him to deliver lectures on conservation and wildlife.

The call of the wild drew him to the forest in 2001, when P Raghuveer, Forest Officer in-charge of Warangal, was looking for volunteers to be part of tiger census under the programme ‘Bravehearts to Count Tigers’ at the Etunagaram Wildlife Sanctuary.

Discovering the complexities involved in wildlife and nature conservation was an eye-opener for Imran and his brother Asif. “I was 21 and that trip made me realize that I would be involved with wildlife conservation for life,” Imran recalls.

Right after, in October 2001, the brothers founded the Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society (HyTiCoS), a voluntary organisation that works for tiger conservation in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

At Amrabad Tiger Reserve, Imran examining a carcass

“The two of us decided that one of us would take up a regular job and the other would work full time for wildlife conservation,” says Imran

So now while Asif works for an IT company, and often joins Imran on field trips, the latter focuses on conservation.

Hyticos coordinated the Kids for Tigers programme with Bittu Sahgal, environmental activist and founding editor of the wildlife and ecology magazine Sanctuary Asia, and covered 55 schools in Hyderabad as well as more in the rest of India to spread awareness about tiger conservation.

It was a struggle to live a life dedicated to conservation. Between 2001 and 2005, Imran reared country chicken in his backyard and hawked them on a street in Erragadda in the city, and later dabbled in selling software to chartered accountants to support himself.

However, Imran realized that to completely immerse himself in wildlife conservation he needed money.

So in 2005 he went off to Dubai and worked there till 2008, making navigation systems and maps for cities such as Singapore, Paris, Qatar, among others.

Even then, every six months, he would be back in India and head straight to Kawal, before going on to his parents’ home in Hyderabad.

Imran had established the presence of tigers in Kawal using fecal DNA

Later, he began to conduct training workshops for more than 1,000 staff of Kawal’s Forest Department on field monitoring of the tiger and its prey – all without charging a paisa.

“Once I take a fee, I feel obligated,” says this green warrior who doesn’t want to lose his freedom of opinion.

Imran used to have a love-hate relationship with the Forest Department, but in the last 15 years it has evolved into a mutually beneficial and symbiotic partnership.

Replacing confrontation with persuasion, coupled with petitions, have brought small and big triumphs, such as the setting up of a toll-free number manned by the Forest Department at Kawal, which gets 50-60 calls every month reporting illegal activities.

One of Imran’s most gratifying achievements includes a night ban on vehicular traffic on the 70 km road inside Kawal, which saw as many as 2,000-3,000 vehicles a month thundering along it.

With the help of the Legislative Assembly Committee for Environment & Wildlife and the then deputy speaker of United Andhra Pradesh, Nadendla Manohar, the use of this forest road at night was stopped in 2007 and traffic diverted to the highway.

Imran works closely with officials of the forest department

The road on which Imran journeys is not an easy one. “When I got married in 2008, my wife just could not comprehend what I was doing,” Imran says, “Today, she understands my passion.”

In the 2000s, Imran and his brother were mobbed by villagers, threatened by Naxalites to stay away from the forests, disliked by tribal groups who believed that Imran and his team were against their interests, and regarded unfavourably by local politicians with vested interests in the forest.

Imran persevered and applied for an M.Sc. in wildlife conservation at the National Centre for Biological Society – Wildlife Conservation Society (NCBS-WCS), which usually looks for people with a science and forestry background. In contrast, Imran had B.Com and M.C.A degrees, but his track record in conservation got him in.

In the course of his Masters’ research project Imran was able to prove that Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary had 13 prey animals per sq km and could support 20 tigers. This data was not only revelatory for the Forest Department, but also helped Kawal get the status of a Tiger Reserve, with the support of DFO Ramakrishna.

Imran had established the presence of tigers in Kawal using fecal DNA in 2001 and he helped researchers at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad in the design and implementation of studies on tiger sign surveys at Kawal and Tadoba Tiger Reserves.

After 2011, post his M.Sc. and valuable mentoring by leading conservation zoologist and tiger expert K. Ullas Karanth, Imran started getting projects, including for mapping corridors between Kanha National Park and Pench National Park from the Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mumbai, and a Wildlife Trust of India grant for its Rapid Action Project initiative.

Imran with Ullas Karanth

Now, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Bengaluru offers steady work opportunities to Imran.

According to Imran, every day it is a challenge to protect animals and the forest from encroachment by people, poachers and hunters of wild animals, smugglers of teak, man-animal conflict and unnecessary human intervention.

“Nature can cure itself only if we humans do not interfere with it,” he says.

And it has Imran, the crusading protector of forests, to facilitate the process.

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అనుకోని అతిథులకు… పెద్దపులి ఆతిథ్యం.

చెట్లసందుల్లో నుంచి జీపు మెల్లగా వెళుతోంది. చెట్లపై కనిపించే అందమైన పక్షుల్ని ఫొటోలు తీసుకుంటున్నాడు ఇమ్రాన్. పులి అడుగులు కనిపించే మట్టిప్రదేశం ఏవైపు ఉందో పరిశీలిస్తున్నాడు ఆసిఫ్. ఇంతలో దారిపక్కనే ఓ పది అడుగుల దూరంలో చెట్లపొదల నుంచి బయటికి వస్తున్న పులిపిల్లలు ఇమ్రాన్ కంట్లో పడ్డాయి. వారికి తెలిసినంతవరకూ క్రూరమృగాలు కనిపించగానే అనవసరమైన హడావుడి చేయకూడదు. నిశ్శబ్దంగా ఉంటే చాలు… వాటిదారిన అవి వెళ్లిపోతాయి. ఇమ్రాన్, ఆసిఫ్ కూడా అదే పని చేశారు. పిల్లల వెనకే వచ్చిన పెద్దపులి వీరిని చూసుకుంటూనే దూరంగా వెళ్లిపోయింది. అప్పుడు వీళ్లంతా ఊపిరిపీల్చుకుని అక్కడినుంచి కదిలారు. ఎవరు వీరంతా? ఎందుకు అడవికి వెళ్లారు? అక్కడేం చేశారు?

వారాంతం అనగానే సినిమాలు, షికార్లంటూ యువత చాలా బిజీగా కనిపిస్తారు. అందుకు భిన్నంగా కొందరు యువకులు అడవిబాట పడుతున్నారు. ఒక జత బట్టలు, నాలుగు బిస్కెట్ ప్యాకెట్లు, నీళ్ల బాటిల్స్ బ్యాగులో పెట్టుకుని ఆదిలాబాద్ అడవులకు పయనమవుతున్నారు. అక్కడ పక్షులతో, జంతువులతో కాలక్షేపం చేస్తూ వాటి క్షేమంకోసం తమ వంతు సాయం చేస్తూ తమ ప్రత్యేకతను చాటుకుంటున్నారు. ఇటికోస్(హైదరాబాద్ టైగర్ కన్జర్వేషన్ సొసైటీ)పేరుతో పదేళ్లుగా వీరు చేస్తున్న వినూత్న కార్యక్రమాలు వన్యప్రాణుల పాలిట వరాలయ్యాయి. ఒక్క యువకులు మాత్రమే కాదు, ఆసక్తి ఉన్నవారెవరైనా తమతో చేయి కలపొచ్చని పిలుపునిచ్చి దగ్గరుండి మరీ అభయారణ్యాల్లోకి తీసుకెళ్లి వైల్డ్‌లైఫ్‌ని పరిచయం చేస్తున్నారు. ఆ విశేషాలే… ఈ వారం జనహితం.

ప్రేమకు పట్టుదల తోడై…

అరణ్యజీవులపై ప్రేమతో ఆసిఫ్, ఇమ్రాన్ అనే ఇద్దరు యువకులు ఇటికోస్‌ని స్థాపించారు. ఈ యువకులు తమ అనుభవాలను మరో నలుగురికి చెప్పి వారిని కూడా తమతో అడవికి తీసుకెళ్లి అక్కడి ప్రకృతి అందాలకు, అరణ్యజీవులకు అలవాటు చేశారు. అలా ఒకరిద్దరితో మొదలైన ఆ సొసైటీలోకి ఇప్పుడు వందల సంఖ్యలో యువత చేరారు. ‘‘శనివారం వచ్చిందంటే చాలు…పట్టణంలోని కాలుష్యపుకోరల్లోంచి బయటపడి పచ్చని అడవుల్లోకి అడుగుపెడతాం. అక్కడ ఉండే మజా వర్ణించడం మా తరం కాదు. ఏదో పొద్దుట్నుంచి సాయంత్రం వరకూ అడవిలో గడిపి వచ్చేయడం అనుకుంటారేమో… మా విజిట్స్‌లో అడవిలో అమావాస్య రాత్రుళ్లు గడిపిన సందర్భాలు కూడా ఉన్నాయి. నానాపాట్లు పడి అడవిలోకి వెళ్లి ఊరికే కాలక్షేపం చేసి వచ్చేస్తే ప్రయోజనం ఏం ఉంటుంది? వన్యప్రాణులకి, వాటిని కాపాడే అటవీ అధికారులకు మాకు తోచిన సాయం చేయాలనుకున్నాం. సాయమంటే ఆర్థికసాయం కాదు అరణ్యజీవుల్ని కాపాడే సాయం’’ అని చెప్పారు ఇటికోస్ సభ్యుడు సందీప్.

అధికారుల అనుమతితో…

ఓపెన్ ఫారెస్ట్‌లోకి వెళ్లాలంటే పెద్ద ఇబ్బంది ఉండదు. రిజర్వు ఫారెస్టులకు వెళ్లాలంటే మాత్రం అటవీ అధికారుల అనుమతి తప్పనిసరి. పులుల గణన చేసే అటవీ అధికారులకు సాయపడేందుకు ఇటికోస్ సభ్యులు చాలావరకూ రిజర్వు ఫారెస్ట్‌కే వెళుతున్నారు. అధికారులు చెప్పిన వివరాల్ని దృష్టిలో పెట్టుకుని పులుల పాదముద్రలు లెక్కించి, వాటిని ఫొటోలు తీసి ఆ వివరాల్ని అధికారులకు అప్పజెబుతారు. ఆసిఫ్‌లాంటి వారు పులుల లెక్కింపుపై రీసెర్చ్ చేస్తున్నారు. అందువల్ల వాళ్లు చెట్లకు కెమెరాలు అమర్చి రాత్రిపూట పులుల సంచారానికి సంబంధించిన పూర్తి వివరాలు సేకరిస్తారు. ‘‘ఆదిలాబాద్ దగ్గర కవ్వాల్ రిజర్వ్ ఫారెస్ట్‌కి పులుల గణన కోసం మేం చాలాసార్లు వెళ్లాం. రెండు మూడుసార్లు పులులు కనిపించాయి. మేం జీపులోంచి దిగకుండా ఎలాంటి చడీ చప్పుడూ చేయకుండా వాటి నుంచి తప్పించుకున్నాం. జింకలు, లేళ్లు, చింపాంజీలు… కనిపించగానే వెంటనే మా కెమెరాలకు పనిచెప్పి వాటివెంట పరుగులు పెడుతూ సరదాగా గడిపేసేవాళ్లం. రిజర్వ్ ఫారెస్ట్‌లో రాత్రుళ్లు ఉండడం కష్టం. దాంతో కాస్త ఓపెన్‌గా ఉన్న అటవీ ప్రాంతంలో రాత్రుళ్లు ఉండడానికి ఏర్పాటు చేసుకుంటాం. మాతో వచ్చినవారిలో ఎవరైనా భయపడితే దగ్గరగా ఉన్న గిరిజనుల దగ్గరికి వెళ్లిపోతాం’’ అంటూ అభయారణ్యంలోని తన అనుభవాలు చెప్పుకొచ్చారు ఇమ్రాన్.

ఆసక్తిని బట్టి…

ఆదిలాబాద్, వరంగల్, శ్రీశైలం అడవుల్లోని రిజర్వ్‌ఫారెస్ట్‌లన్నింటినీ ఇటికోస్ సభ్యులు సందర్శించారు. కవ్వాల, మన్ననూర్, ఫర్హాబాద్ అడవుల్లో వన్యప్రాణుల గణనలో పాల్గొంటున్నారు. ఈ మధ్యకాలంలో పెద్దవారినే కాకుండా కొన్ని జాగ్రత్తలు తీసుకుని పాఠశాల విద్యార్థుల్ని కూడా అడవులకు తీసుకెళుతున్నారు వీళ్లు. ‘‘చిన్నపిల్లల్ని అడవుల్లోకి తీసుకెళ్లడం రిస్క్‌తో కూడిన పనే. ఆసక్తి ఉన్న విద్యార్థుల్ని ఎంచుకుని వారి స్కూలు యాజమాన్యంతో, తల్లిదండ్రులతో మాట్లాడి డే విజిట్‌కి ప్లాన్ చేసుకుంటాను. అంటే పొద్దున్న వెళ్లి సాయంత్రానికి వచ్చేయడం. ఈ మధ్యనే కొందరు విద్యార్థుల్ని చిలుకూరు అడవులకి తీసుకెళ్లాను. పిల్లలకు అడవి అందాల్ని చూపించి అక్కడ వారి జ్ఞాపకాల్ని ఫొటోల్లో, వీడియోల్లో బంధించి వారిచేతికిచ్చి క్షేమంగా ఇంటికి పంపిస్తానన్నమాట. ఇప్పటివరకూ ఓ యాభై మంది స్కూలువిద్యార్థుల్ని ఆదిలాబాద్ అడవులకి తీసుకెళ్లాను’’ అని వివరించారు సందీప్. నిజమే! అడవి అందాల్ని మించిన సౌందర్యం ఇంకెక్కడా ఉండదు. చిన్నవాళ్లు, పెద్దవాళ్లు అని ఏమీ ఉండదు. స్వచ్ఛమైన గాలి, పచ్చని చెట్లు, ఎత్తై కొండలు, అక్కడక్కడా కనిపించే సెలయేళ్లు… ఇంత అందమైన ప్రదేశంలో ఒక్క గంట గడిపినా చాలు. కాలుష్యపు కోరలనుంచి ఆ పచ్చని కొండల్లోకి చేరుకోవడానికి పడే ప్రయాసలో కూడా సుఖం ఉందంటారు ఇటికోస్ సభ్యులందరూ. వారితో చేయి కలిపితే మనం కూడా కొన్నిపక్షులతో, జంతువులతో స్నేహం చేయొచ్చు. వాటిమధ్య గడిపిన జ్ఞాపకాలతో వన్యప్రాణుల్లా మనమూ ఆరోగ్యంగా ఉండొచ్చు.

– భువనేశ్వరి, ‘సాక్షి’ ఫీచర్స్ ప్రతినిధి

మూగజీవుల రక్షణకు…

కాలక్షేపం కోసం, థ్రిల్‌కోసం అడవులకు వెళ్లడం లేదు వీళ్లు. అడవిలో మూగజీవుల్ని వేటాడే వేటగాళ్లకు బుద్ధి చెప్పడం వారి ‘విహారం’లో భాగం. ‘‘మేం అడవిలోకి అడుగుపెడుతూనే జింకలకోసం, అడవి పందుల కోసం వేసిన ఉచ్చుల్ని గాలించి పట్టుకుంటాం. ఒకసారి ప్రభుత్వంవారు వైల్డ్‌లైఫ్ లా గురించి అధికారులకు వర్క్‌షాప్ పెట్టారు. దానికి సుప్రీంకోర్ట్ న్యాయమూర్తి వచ్చారు. ఈ వర్క్‌షాప్ ఆదిలాబాద్ అటవీప్రాంతం సమీపంలో నిర్వహించారు. ఆ కార్యక్రమానికి మా ఇటికోస్ సభ్యులం కూడా హాజరయ్యాం. జింకను చంపితే ఏ శిక్ష పడుతుంది, పందిని చంపితే ఏ శిక్ష పడుతుంది, నెమలిని పట్టుకుంటే ఎంత జరిమానా కట్టి ఎలాంటి శిక్ష అనుభవించాలి? వంటి న్యాయపరమైన విషయాలను ఆ న్యాయమూర్తి చాలా వివరంగా చెప్పారు. మేం వాటిని పుస్తకాల్లో రాసుకుని అడవికి దగ్గర్లోని గిరిజనవాడలకు వెళ్లి అక్కడవారందరికీ అర్థమయ్యేట్టు కౌన్సెలింగ్ ఇచ్చాం. అలాగే అడవి జంతువుల మాంసం కోసం పట్టణాల నుంచి అమాయక గిరిజనుల్ని ఆ పనికి వాడుకునే వారి ఆట కట్టించే పథకాలు కూడా వేశాం. మాకు రెడ్‌హ్యాండెడ్‌గా పట్టుబడ్డ వేటగాళ్లపై కేసులు పెట్టించాం’’ అని చెప్పారు సందీప్.

HON’BLE SPEAKER OF ASSEMBLY NADENDLA MANOHAR WITH TEAM HYTICOS AT NSTR

– Feb 08 2012

Speaker with Imran of Hyticos - NagarJunaSagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve

 

 

Speaker with Hyticos Team - NagarJunaSagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve

ANDHRA JYOTHY – Feb 2013 reports on hyticos

Andhra Jyoti Report

ANDHRA JYOTHY 06/10/2012 – Hyticos members share their ideas.

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53 thoughts on “HYDERABAD TIGER CONSERVATION SOCIETY

  1. Hi I am from Mumbai, would like to join you guys. I will be shifting to Hyderabad next month. Can you let me know what help i can be of??

    • The efforts by both Mr.Imran and Asif are a welcome one. Though I used to read the HYTICOS in papers I did not have chance to open the website. I whole heartedly appreciate their efforts. I am 65 and was a voracious tiger lover reading only in news papers and magazines. Now I am interested to join the hyticos but my health may not permit. By the by I wonder how a commerce man could get M..Sc. Conservation degree? Well my daughter because of my gene is fond of animals especially serving the dogs to the core. Can she get a chance to study the M.Sc. Conservation if offered as she is a B.Tech. IT. Please reply. regards

  2. HI,
    I have read about your Organisation in the latest issue of Sanctuary Asia. it has been a great work by you people. i am from Hyderabad. i need information regarding your organisation, so i can decide to join your Organisation.
    i have been a nature lover and looking to do something for our MOTHER EARTH.

    Siva

  3. Hi Hyticos,

    You guys are outstanding. I was browsing thorugh some of your articles and conservation efforts and was thoroughly impressed . I belong to AP but live and work in Delhi. A vouched Tiger enthusiast, Nallamala forests have impressed me with their mystique and spread. Added to this, some of Kenneth Andersons exploits in these ranges like Peddacheruvu and Chelama strike a bit of nostalgia. What are the possibilities of an adventure trips and chasing Tiger trails here? I would like take part of whatever you do for the Tiger cause.
    ramanaev@gmail.com

    • Hi Ramana,
      Extremely sorry for late reply.
      Andhra Doest have good tiger sightings, Tigers here are at the brink and very shy. Nallamala forest does have greates potential for tigers. But about chasing tigers on trails I am really doubtful as Tigers are mostly Nocturnal here leaving only Pugmarks for the day which are trampled by Cattle in Morning,
      Your Appreciation is really a motivation and we look forward for your support,
      Write to us directly to us hyticos@gmail.com or imran.siddiqui80@gmail.com
      Regards
      Imran Siddiqui

  4. great work…………..contribution of ur to protection of wildlife is truly great…………………

    please start ur newsletter………..its must…………

  5. Hi Imran
    I have to agree that it is important to leave the TIGERS to there normal habits and not hassle them with the circus of vehicles chasing them over the forest.Tourism has a place in conservation to help Tigers and other animals if this is done responsibly.Keep up the good work.

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  7. Hi i m Neha
    I really like the work which Hyticos is doing to protect the wild life and i would like to join u guys
    Can u let me know how can i be of help?

  8. Hi,
    I’m Mural Krishna. I’m a Wildlife researcher. I’m from Andhra Pradesh. But work in Arunachal. The condition of tiger habitat is good as tourism is not developed in Tiger reserves of AP. I’m very happy about it. And the recent news that i read about kawal is that the tiger sex ratio’s of 3:1 (female:male) are well maintained over here. And one more interesting thing is none of the tiger reserves in India have got such a good ratio. Kudoos to HYTICOS.. I feel proud bcz such a good organisation exists in Andhra and they advertise very very less about their greatness. Where as on the other side many NGO’s in India boost them selves up alot with sm unnecessary stuff..

  9. Hi I am Ganesh I am a wild life enthusiast, I visited Kawal multiple times and heard of Mr.Imran Siddiqui and his work I wanted to join the group can anyone please suggest what do I do to join this group? I really want to be of some help and do my bit to save the forest and wildlife

    • Hi I am Ganesh I am a wild life enthusiast, I visited Kawal multiple times and heard of Mr.Imran Siddiqui and his work I wanted to join the group can anyone please suggest what do I do to join this group? I really want to be of some help and do my bit to save the forest and wildlife

  10. Hi HyTiCoS,

    I am Sreeman .I just finished my graduation and I am an intern in a software company in Hyderabad.I read an article about HyTiCoS in a newspaper today,and i am very impressed and happy. As a child i was always very intrested in wild life.I used to participate in the youth hostels trekking programmes. For a very long time I was looking for an organisation where i can help,participate in conservation of wildlife and TIGERS especially.The number of tigers now in India is very depressing . I was always intrested in wild life photography,and i am a fan of kenneth anderson’s books.I was looking for a way to follow my passion along with my profession. I would like join you guys.Please let me know how i can help or participate.

    Imran and Asif,I thank you guys for taking that initiative.Good work .Keep it up guys.

    Thank you.

    • Good Sreeman,

      You Are welcome, we need more and more volunteers who share the same passion.
      Please feel free to contact me at 9704876609

      Best Regards
      Imran Siddiqui

  11. I read about hyticos in news paper…i really liked the organization…i would like to extend my support to you guys…you people are doing a great job…

    hats of to guys…..

  12. Hi Imran/Asif!

    I’m a big wildlife enthusiast and I think you guys are doing a great job. How can somebody like me be of any help to your organization. I can maybe spare a week every two months. I have absolutely no problem traveling or staying over in the villages or jungles.
    Before we can meet, let me know how I can contribute. My phone # 98494 00028

    Sajid

  13. Hi, Hyticos,
    i am Bharath, I am now working in a bank and before that I worked in a pharma company, I am a bsc graduate in life sciences, I have a great passion for wildlife protection, I am intrested in pursuing and joining hands with your guys and contribute my life for the protection and safety of the endangered species of ths world. Please let me know what are the basic things I have to do to join your community.
    Regards
    Bharath.

  14. hi,

    I am vinod kumar, persuing poste graduation in biotechnology. my studies will be completed by june 2012. i am a nature lover and very passionate to work in the field of wildlife research. I am basically from jannaram , i want to contribute something to wildlife and nature. I am very keen to learn about the tiger habitats and i can adjust to any kind of environment . i will be useful for your organisation
    so, please allow me to join in your organisation….thanking you

  15. hello sir , i am vinod kumar, persuing M.Sc biotechnology final year in VIT university. I am very keen to work in the field of wildlife research especially about tiger habitats. My Masters will be completed by june 2012. so , i am interested to join in your organisation to contribute something from myside to wildlife and nature conservation.so please accept me as a member so that i can help you …

    thanking you

  16. I WANT TO JOIN HYDERABAD TIGER CONSERVATION SOCIETY AS I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN ANIMALS FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE.

  17. I am a big fan and lover of wilderness n nature, I would love to join the group n help in any which way I can to save our Tigers n their habitat.

  18. Hi there,
    I was just wondering what the requirements for volunteering with your organisation are. I would love to participate with your group in conservation and research activities. Please let me know who I may contact to do so!
    Thank you!

  19. Hello, Hyticos. You guys are doing a really tremendous job! I truly appreciate your work”
    Kwel, I am Bharath working with Bank” I am a nature lover” Love to travel new places and explore new things. I’ve done couple of treks in Nagala forest, Boda konda, Narsapur forest. And, Rock climbing, Rappelling, Hiking, etc. Kindly lemme know the procedure to contribute my experience to safe wild life 🙂

  20. hi i am anand i really like to work in wildlife and my passion save animals.i would like to join hyticos.i was interest in wildlife photography.i wood like to join u guys.let me know how can i help

  21. Hi there!
    I am currently a student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, studying zoology. I feel that i need some practical experince of conservation and was wondering if there is any way that i could get involved sometime this summer? Thanks, Fred Newell

  22. Hi i am Harish firstly i sincerely appreciate ur work guys. I am still an undergraduate student, but i am very much interested in doing the wildlife conservational practices. Pls let me know what sort of work can i do for hyticos. And also are there any plans of establishing ur branches in some more areas?
    thank you.

  23. Imran/Asif, Glad to see you guys make it big with Hyticos. Back then (10-12 years ago) i thought it was joke. I am really proud of You guys. For those who came in late, I am friends with these folks since may be 13-14 years.
    God bless You and keep up the good work.

  24. HI, I have read about your Organisation in the sakshi news paper. it has been a great work by you people. i am from Hyderabad. i need information regarding your organisation, so i can decide to join your Organisation. i have been a nature lover and I am interest to do something for wild animals .

    Satish kumar

  25. Hi
    I am Silas work for a BPO in hyd, its really eye opener for me , I have never imagined so much is being done to conserve the endangered animals Hyticos you are really doing something which is priceless. I would like to take part as a volunteer just to get the feel of it first and sure would like to spend more time on something that interest me and something that is more worth. I would like to be a part of any of your upcoming activities, my basic interest are travel diff places, specially wildlife & forests always amazes me, because there is so much to experience and learn new things, I am interested to be part of such interesting cause.

    Silas Paul
    9248627996

  26. hey..im neha..im doing my btech in sastra university,thanjavur. im really interested in wildlife protection and management.i want to do an internship in this field. please let me know if there are any opportunities to join u guys or any camps(one week span) are conducted.i would love to join to u guys for a gud cause. i will be happy if u respond to this request soon.thank you

  27. Hi HyTiCoS,
    Have read some articles in various newspapers. Your work is great. I’m very much interested in conservation of tigers and am very happy that I have come across such an organisation dedicated for the tiger conservation program. Please let me know the details for getting membership in HyTiCoS.
    Thank you

  28. The work HyTiCoS is doing is exceptional. Big admirer of your work!
    Also, your wordpress blog is one of the few sources of credible information of the state(s)’s flora and fauna and conservation status. In this regard, I think it’ll be very useful if you can highlighight how NSTR has been affected by the separation. Because acc. to the map, it has been divided by the Krishna river.
    Protection measures will not necessarily be the same, and also the tiger signs. What is your opinion on how the forests must be dealt in this regard, etc.
    Thanks!

  29. Hi Sir,

    This is Saumya. I am a student at University of Hyderabad. I am currently pursuing MA Communication. I am writing a report on the Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad in context of the recent incident at the Delhi Zoo. I require some inputs from wildlife experts for the same. Could you please tell me your views on zoos in India? Would you choose to go for zoos or natural habitat? Your views will not published anywhere. I am seeking it for my academic purpose.

    Thank you.
    Saumya Painuli

  30. Good evening sir,
    Am naren pillay i want to join wildlife. I would like to work with u all in a team. Am founde of animals. And i would like to start my career in this field.

  31. I am a wild life enthusiast reading only on papers the observations of stalwarts on wild life. I congratulate the Hyticos for their efforts to save the tigers in AP and Telengana and other regions of the country. Once again congratulations

  32. Really HYTICOS is the best organisation in india.. i will surely support you in all the way
    But their is some more problem with the decision of forest department.
    Allow the vehciles on adilabad to mancherial road via jannaram…
    by the decision of baning heavy vehicles in kawwal tiger zone this are is became undevloped and this area business market also in lose.. in future this baning disicion will get more problem to live in this area.
    Many more peoples are living in this area because they are earning money on depending transport and lorries…
    And now they are in trouble to get income becoz the lorries are not traveling on this road. And also this road is very shortcut to karimnagar warangal khammam and andhra from north states vehicles…
    And this road conect the 2 national highways nh44 and nh 63…
    I request you to take a look on problems of this area in K.t.r
    And suport to devlope this area in new state telangana…
    Please try to take the decision back and allow the vehicles on adilabad to mancherial road via jannaram..

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