Following dinner plate-sized prints in the mud, and ageing piles of elephant scat, World Land Trust (WLT) partner Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) has begun a wildlife monitoring survey of the Mudahalli Elephant Corridor so that they can compare wildlife currently using the corridor with the number using it once the land is secured.
The Elephant Corridor Appeal, which was launched for WLT’s Big Match Fortnight last year, has now raised nearly £650,000, and still needs to raise £106,000 for the corridor to be extended and protected.
Once secured, the Mudahalli Elephant Corridor will facilitate the safe crossing of elephants and other wildlife between the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve. The new wildlife survey will monitor the success of the corridor using tracking and camera traps, which WTI proved was effective with the success of the Tirunelli-Kudrakote corridor survey in 2013.
Thanks to the generous support of WLT donors over the last few months, WTI have been moving forward with the operation to extend and secure the Mudahalli Elephant Corridor. As well as the monitoring work currently taking place WTI have been working closely with the owners of the corridor land to ensure a win-win agreement. As land which connects reserves is much more likely to be subject to crop-raiding by elephants, WTI have reported that the majority of the landowners are happy to accept a ‘land for land’ option in nearby villages where there will be less wildlife conflict.
WLT would like to thank all supporters of the Elephant Corridor Appeal, and will continue to post updates from the project on the website and in the eBulletin. With £106,000 left to go before the appeal is officially completed, we would like to thank any supporters who can help us finish this important appeal.