The Corbett Foundation (TCF) was established by Mr. Dilip D. Khatau on April 22, 1994 as a charitable trust fully dedicated to the conservation of wildlife with active involvement of local communities. TCF was established primarily to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and with a strong belief that humans and wildlife can co-exist.
In its 25 years of existence, TCF has worked with dedication towards achieving the above goal by successfully demonstrating its interventions around important tiger conservation landscapes in North, Central and North-east India spreading over 10,000 sq km.
ASAP Species That We Work On
TCF’s conservation work covers several important habitats in India and it directly and indirectly facilitates the conservation of the following species:
What We Do
TCF is a SAVE Associate and its activities include awareness and advocacy work for the conservation of Gyps species of vultures including Slender-billed and White-rumped. TCF runs a veterinary programme that ensures to promote the use of meloxicam in over 200,000 livestock and spread awareness about the detrimental effects of diclofenac and also other suspected NSAIDS on vultures. TCF has studied vulture populations in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and conducts capacity building programmes with the forest department in vulture species identification and monitoring. (http://www.corbettfoundation.org/admin/images/Vulture_Report_2014-15.pdf)
As part of the state-wide Vulture census conducted by the Gujarat Forest Department, TCF was appointed as the Kutch district co-ordinator for this census. Based on the critical status of declining vulture populations in Kutch, TCF rallied for making important vulture habitats in Kutch to be kept free from any windmills and power lines.
TCF works in and around Kaziranga and in Tamenglong, Manipur where Chinese Pangolin is found. Our programmes address the issues of illegal hunting and wildlife trade of species such as Chinese Pangolin.
Where We Work
TCF adopts a 'holistic approach' to conservation which includes interventions such as conservation-oriented research in biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, habitat restoration, watershed development, sustainable rural development, human and veterinary health, environmental awareness and sustainable development solutions.
In tune with its mission statement, TCF works towards a harmonious coexistence between human beings and wildlife across important wildlife habitats in India, namely Corbett Tiger Reserve (Uttarakhand), Kanha and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves (Madhya Pradesh), Kaziranga Tiger Reserve (Assam), and around the Greater Rann of Kutch (Gujarat).
In addition to the above areas, TCF lays more emphasis on taking up conservation work in critical wildlife landscapes of the Kanha-Pench Corridor and the Bandhavgarh-Sanjay Dubri Corridor, both in Madhya Pradesh. TCF's programmes have also reached the Little Rann of Kutch and other parts of Gujarat, the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, Tamenglong in Manipur and Laokhowa and Burachapori wildlife sanctuaries in Assam.
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