Febraury 8th 2017 (By Abhay Sengar)

We all were so fresh, energetic and excited, it was our day two of training at Sariska, even though training officially started at 5th of Feb, that place was having very soothing vibes, giving all best environment to learn and explore. The day started with a lecture of Dr Bilal, it was about the aspects which cover the various ecological, behaviours and biological aspects of wild fauna, it was more over a great conversation, exchange of ideas and thoughts, which lighten up the eyes about various facts of wildlife.

With continuation of the class after the superb and tasty lunch; I must make a note of this food at Sariska was so yummy and delicious, I should be back to our serious task, it was about 3:00 pm we all gathered at the front of palace, jeeps were ready for us to board….. we jumped up into our rides and moved to the field, gathered at a point and we were ready for sign survey and learn about the behavior ecology of wild animals, we were moving on foot with our tutor’s Dr Parag Nigam and Dr Bilal Habib, Prof. Anna. along the superb young researchers of WII (Dr B.Navnethan, Dev, Palavi and Shivam). Forest is full of information, every small thing there can give you something, and that’s because of the diversity, we had an amazing practical session and moved back to palace pockets full of information. All the participants of IWAH 2017 have come from different places so it was needed to know about each other, we all gathered in lecture hall this session of introduction was organized and supervised by Alex and Prof. Anna, I personally liked this session of intro, we came to know more about each other and it was very much enjoying so with this happy note of lots of learning we all moved to have dinner and then to our respected rooms with the excitement for next day.

  

22nd February (By Nidhi Rajput)

Now, we are moving towards the end of field training. The last two days are fixed for the assessments. However before all that, in the morning at around 6.15, we all were ready to visit Kankwari fort situated in the core of Sariska Tiger Reserve and we were told that the sculpture and its beauty cannot be compared. We started to move in the open gipsies at 6.30 with our packed breakfast. Morning is always beautiful in the Jungle, and when we reached the fort, we all were awestruck with the mesmerising beauty of the place. ‘Fairytale,’ the word was striking the mind. There were migratory birds around and the remnants of history made the place a mysterious one. Then, we were told about its tragic history and how the fort remained abandoned for years. Interestingly, it was the favourable place of tiger ST1, who had owned the fort for quite long. According to the information, ST1 was frequent in giving perfect poses many times in the fort and for us, it was a thrill to imagine. After exploring the fort, it was time to have breakfast and then we all departed to Sariska Palace leaving the mystery behind.  Back to Palace, we had a lecture on “Physical restraint tools and techniques” by Dr Parag Nigam. Afterwards, at Queen’s corner, we were given the hands-on training by Navaneethan Balasubramanium and Dev Sengupta for handling various equipment of physical capture; tongs, hook, trap, cages and mist netting. This was the last lecture and then we were all ready for the assessments. After lunch, we had an exam, where it was startling to complete the 40 multiple choice questions in just one hour. Questions were too tricky but interestingly each question made us remember the concerned tutor. After the exam, Dr Nic Masters summarised the data sheets of immobilisation practices of past days and then we all moved back to the den for the preparations of tomorrow’s presentations.

At the end, the day went fine and our mind was filled with so many experiences of a different kind to feel confident and smile once again.

19th February (By Bharat Kanjaria)

It was the most exciting day in our training so far. it started half an hour earlier than routine. after a good breakfast, Dr Nic Masters has gave us a very useful information in class on restraining of wild animal by using drugs by darting them.

After that our class was divided in four group for practical. Each group has assigned different task by rotation in front of queen’s corner. our group has got first task of knowing the Remote delivery system equipment operation, maintenance, making dart, precaution while handling the equipment and drugs etc which was very well demonstrated by Dr Pradeep malik sir.

Then we went to our next task of RDS practice which was very nicely taken care by Dr nic masters. First we practised blowpipe, then tel inject gun by different distances on the targets. Really it was a very very useful exercise and we enjoyed a lot.

Then it was a break for lunch. After a delicious lunch we again came back to queen’s, corner for our next task at 2.00 pm

Now it was a topic of planning before going to field for actual capturing of wild animals. The topic was very interestingly and practically explained to us by Dr Parag Nigam sir.

Then we learn very important aspect of medical emergencies arises while capturing wild animals and how to overcome to it, what instrument usage etc was deeply explained by Dr Neil Anderson.

In the evening we has a fantastic presentation on human-wildlife conflict management by CCF Dr Bhardwaj of jodhpur circle and then we celebrate the marriage anniversary of our colleague Dr Dhyani

And it was really a memorable day

 

 

16th February (By Somesh Singh)

After the comprehensive and interactive talks of Dr. Tony Sainsbury (TS), ZSL on Disease Outbreak Investigation and Dr. Neil Anderson’s (NA), UoE on application of innovative and alternative technologies; spatial analysis of the outbreak using Geographical Information System, I was keen to understand the innovations in epizootiological aspect of Wildlife-Livestock-Human Interface, and hands on recent advances in necropsy techniques and diagnostic samplings.

The day 12, dated Feb.16th, 2017 started with a session by NA revealing manifolds on disease epizootiology arising from Wildlife-Livestock-Human Interface; followed by a visit to Pandupole Temple, STR for field workouts. Meanwhile, carcass of a Sambar deer (Cervus unicolor) was spotted by tiger monitoring team near Pandupole Temple.

We were accompanied by TS, NA and Ms Alexandra Thomas (AT) in the field. The field techniques exhibited by experts pertaining to interface studies, necropsy, sampling and bio-security measures were highly professional and admirable. It was a great experience working with the learned faculty especially Dr Tony Sainsbury. Though I had a bit experience with Indian wildlife professionals; it was impressive to interact, work and learn together with the group colleagues Rebecca Amos (RA), U.K. and Caroline Asiimwe (CA), Uganda who despite my long association with wildlife health could add a lot in the knowledge arena.

The ‘Interventions in Wild Animal Health’ programme has not only widen my knowledge horizon but also paved a way for inter-institutional collaborations in future.  I look forward to avenues to work with the wildlife health professionals like TS, NA, AT, RA and CA, for the cause of wildlife conservation across the world. May God bless us all

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16th February (By J.P. Desai)

We reached the conference hall at 9:00 am for the training programme and there were some instructions given regarding the practical programme and our schedule are kept on a white board. We were then divided into 5 groups. First, we had a presentation about wildlife/livestock/human interface by Dr Neil Anderson up to 9:30 am. Then we had a programme about field visit to Pandupole temple. After planning with instructions given by Dr Neil Anderson we all got into different gypsy according to accommodation and go for Pandupole temple at 9:30 am onward and reached to site where our practical is to be performed. At Pandupole temple we learn about the interface between wildlife and human (pilgrims). We also learn about what are the contact point and mechanism of diseases transmission? What species are most at risk? Is there any spatial or temporal separation between hosts? What disease agent likely to be of most concern? What is the direction of transmission? How could you investigate disease transmission and could you control disease transmission?  During that time, we get carcases of buffalo and sambar so Dr Neil Anderson and Dr Tony Sainsbury and Ms Alexandra Thomas decided to perform post-mortem practical. Here Dr Tony Sainsbury gives information about the pathological examination of carcases and afternoon we do a post-mortem of buffalo and sambar under the guidance of Dr Tony Sainsbury including pathological examination of carcases and collection and examination of diagnostic samples. Information given today is very useful to us in field condition.  After 5:30 pm we came back at Sariska palace hotel. Then we take a lunch and we release and go to  our rooms.

 

 

14th February (By Ravikant Kobragade)

 

The morning session was conducted and delivered a lecture on “Disease Outbreak Investigation in free living wild animals “by Dr Tony Sainsbury.

The lecture was very informative and thought provoking regarding the diagnosis, identification of disease in free living wild animals. If implicated in the true sense of the lecture, it will go a very long way in disease eradication.

After the lecture, the participants were divided into 5 groups, all groups were assigned a single topic i.e., “Importance of wildlife diseases  investigation “ for presentation and  come up will most important facts from all groups via intergroup discussion.

At the end of presentations, all participant of training gathered for an official group photo shoot.

Post lunch session, it was to undertake the field exercise in disease investigation under field condition.

The participants remains as par the morning groups. In the field exercise, all participants noted the various imaginary specimens of wild animals, the specimens were marked dead, alive, sex, various stages of clinical signs and other parameters. Following the information gathering all groups analyzed their findings.

Dr Sainsbury then initiated a inter group discccusion on the field findings and a possible diagnosis was concluded.

The entire exercise gave an in-depth knowledge on information gathering, analysis and conclusion of free living wild animals.

In the evening session, Dr Sainsbury very nicely illustrated “the planning for pathological examination of free living wild animals “which will definitely helpful in field.

So at the end of Day, we all got the details about the tools and techniques while dealing in free living wild animal disease investigation.

 

12th February (By Sarvesh Kumar Rai)

On 12 Feb we wake up at early morning, after doing our morning chores we left for Jaipur Rajasthan at around 9.30 am. After 3 hours journey, we reached Amer Fort at noon. It was a fun 3 hrs ride, after some time we went for sightseeing of Amer fort, Hawa mahal. The Amer fort, situated 11 kilometres from Jaipur, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. In Amer fort, we observed the architect and other historical things. After that, we departed to Jaipur and reached there at around 5.00 PM. Then we took a cup of tea and went for shopping at Johri market. Then after all this, we were back to our hotel Alsiser Haveli after taking some rest we had our dinner and day ends. It was a great day we got a chance to learn about the history and culture of Rajasthan – state of Kings.

11th February (By Shailesh Pethe & Amit Dyani)

This was one more day in the ongoing process of Wildlife conservation in India. The occasion was 21-days of course work in Interventions in Wild Animal health management. Today was the day when we learnt about the most important non-technical aspect of Tiger Conservation. The topic of the day was ‘Introduction to People Park Interface’ the session was delivered by Dr BK Mishra, Former Prof, Wildlife Institute of India. Dr Mishra gave a detailed presentation on the importance of conservation being integrated with the economic development of local communities. An interesting fact was learnt that India occupies just 2.5 % of world land mass, yet it accommodates 16% human population and 18% of cattle population. An emphasis of more organised, focused micro planning eco-development experience was laid. The strongest messages that need to be taken are

  1. Lack of awareness that our present actions will jeopardise      the life of our children
  2. Overlooking the fact that Earth is the only planet where life can exist.
  3. Economic agenda is not supreme

The point of not realising the subtle changes happening in nature and human-animal-human inter-relationships was best demonstrated by a novel way.          Dr Mishra made all the participants play a novel game to realise the changes around us.

To collect first-hand information on People Park Interface, the participants visited the village Hari pura located within the Sariska National Park. This village had failed to relocate itself outside the park area when the authorities decide to relocate all villages falling within the Park boundaries. The participants were divided into four groups.  Each group was assigned a task to gather information on

  1. Socio-economic considerations
  2. Livelihood and occupational types
  3. Resource dependency
  4. Resettlement issues

The group reassembled in the classroom to present their findings and conclusions in details.

The post lunch session was predominated by a visit to the nature interpretation centre (NIC). The participants divided into different groups, studied various aspects of the NIC and general management of the Sariska National Park. In general, the participants were majorly critical of the activities conducted by the authorities. The session was finally concluded by Dr Mishra.

The day was certainly path laying exercise on the effective management of the issues relating to wildlife conservation and the role of local villagers in the gamut of things. At no point, the role, participation and well-being of villagers can be ignored if a sustainable wildlife conservation has to be achieved.

 

The game of the day

Visit to the Village Haripura

Interaction with Villagers

Visit to the Interpretation Centre

February 7th (By Sandip Agrawal)

Hi all,

All the participant and the resource person gathered and spend their night at IBIS international hotel Near Aerocity New Delhi. The 7 February 2017 we all took our breakfast at 8 am and were ready to travel to Sariska Tiger Reserve near Alwar district of Rajasthan state. We were commanded by Ms Alex along with Ms Anna and we interacted with each other. When we came out from the hotel it was a foggy morning and visibility was too low but it was a pleasant scene with moderate cold waves. Our bus was ready on time and we all put our luggage in the bus meanwhile, Ms Alex told us that Mr P.K.Malik will be join us in short time.  After he arrived we all interacted and addressed by Dr Malik it was a very nice experience to have a presence of all together.I used this time to play chess and other participants also played other activity. We started our journey at 12 am to Sariska Tiger Reserve and reached at Sariska palace at 4 p.m. We all were warmly welcomed by the palace staff with traditional Indian culture by flower garlands. We all occupied our rooms with our sharing partner near queen corner.

The palace was very beautiful with a very well maintained large green lawn in front as well back area of the building. We all stayed together at queen corner and 8 p.m. the campfire with a folk music was arranged .we all discussed each other about ourselves and next day schedule

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February 27th (by Alexandra Thomas)

The End

Despite my students all being older and much more professional than me I was surprisingly nervous for them all doing their presentations on this last day. Not because I thought them incapable but because they’d all worked so hard and I was so inspired by them and proud I wanted it to be recognised by the tutors as well.

Needless to say everybody absolutely triumphed and each presentation covered an interesting, relevant and thought provoking topic. Even when poor Yogesh had to deal with multiple power cuts during his presentation he put across his subject brilliantly.

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