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Big Match Fortnight: grant Indian Elephants right of passage

4 October, 2016 - 17:40 -- World Land Trust
Indian Elephants
Elephant Corridor Appeal

The time to help give Indian Elephants safe passage has arrived. Today marks the first day of Big Match Fortnight, when all donations to the Elephant Corridor Appeal will be doubled by match sponsors.

A violent conflict has been building between the elephants and people of India as human developments encroach upon the land Indian Elephants have patrolled for the past 6,000 years. Elephants are finding themselves trapped within islands of habitat within protected reserves, but when they try to cross roads, towns and agricultural lands to reach other isolated elephants, they run into deadly confrontations with people.

In the interest of elephants and people, World Land Trust (WLT) has teamed up with Wildlife Trust of India to create safe, protected passages for elephants to pass between reserves without coming into conflict with humans.

Mudahalli Elephant Corridor

WLT’s appeal target is £750,000, which will extend and secure the Mudahalli Elephant Corridor, a pathway elephants use to pass between the Eastern and Western Ghats mountain ranges in southern India. There are only two corridors forming this connection, and the other is too narrow to allow wildlife safe passage.

The Mudahalli corridor grants safe passage for elephants between the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve and the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve. A host of other endangered wildlife such as the Asiatic Wild Dog (Dhole), Bengal Tiger and Indian Leopard will also use the corridor, to unite with populations from other areas and ensure the species’ genetic security.

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Big Match Fortnight

Each year WLT launches an appeal of crucial conservation importance which is supported by a Big Match Fortnight (BMF) for two weeks in October. During this time all donations towards the BMF appeal are matched by our BMF sponsors, so your donation will go twice as far.

Big Match Fortnight ends 19 October. Help us ensure Indian Elephants safe passage between the Ghats mountain ranges.

Donate to the Elephant Corridor Appeal

Comments

Submitted by Alan Lane on

Are you not also supporting an elephant corridor in the Garo Hills in NE India? Sometime ago you were doing so but I have not heard further if this has been successful or not. Any update?

Submitted by Ben Hammond on

Hi Alan, World Land Trust has helped create two corridors in the Garo Hills, the Siju-Rewak and Rewak-Emangre corridors. WLT continues to work with Wildlife Trust of India to support local people and ensure the ongoing protection and restoration of critical wildlife habitat in the Garo Hills.

Submitted by BRONWEN HARMAN ... on

You say on your page that donations will be doubled by match sponsors - who are the match sponsors please.

Submitted by Ben Hammond on

Hi Bronwen,

Our match sponsors are a small group of individuals and corporate sponsors who have pledged the match funds in advance.

Submitted by Rowena Boden on

Do you work with other charities for instance Elephant family who I believe are doing the same thing?

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