Satisfying wildlife conservation in the DEWS – ADC Ruksin
- Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary is on the border area of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in the floodplain between Siang and Sibya rivers in an area of 190 sq.m.
PASIGHAT (By- Maksam Tayeng) – Wildlife conservation in the DEWS is good, but basic equipment for the protection team should be provided by the government, said Tajing Jonnon, Additional Dy. Commissioner of Ruksin Subdivision of East Siang District.
In order to promote and support the conservation work of the current management of D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary Division, Pasighat, field staff and wildlife protection team, ADC, Tajing Jonnom accompanied by a circle officer, Bilat Circle, Bapu Dorjee and other eco-development committee members visited D. Ering’s Borguli Range Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday and Sunday.
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Jonnom and his team visited several vital places like Jopong Patang, Mikok, Kengkut, Jopong Podium, etc. and as a wildlife lover, he expressed his happiness at spotting several wild animals. He was also satisfied with the adequate protection of the sanctuary against hunters/poachers.
“The Sanctuary Patrol and Protection Team needs basic equipments like telescope, drones, night vision cameras and many more to function properly and I hope the government will provide all these materials of base in order to protect and preserve the rich flora and fauna of the sanctuary”, added Jonnom while ensuring to donate some walkie-talkie kits so that the field staff can communicate with each other in the event of a power cut. mobile phone network coverage.
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He also suggested the early introduction of Gypsy and elephant safari inside the sanctuary for tourists around Assam’s Kaziranga National Park and other well-established wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the country.
Jonnom also suggested conducting a regular exhibition tour for people from peripheral villages of the sanctuary to well-organized national parks like Kaziranga as part of an outreach program to create awareness among the general public. to develop wildlife tourism in and around the DEWS while protecting wildlife.
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Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary is on the border area of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in the floodplain between the Siang and Sibya rivers in an area of 190 sq.m. It is located 16 km southeast of Pasighat Town, the HQ of East Siang District.
About 80% of the Sanctuary is grassland, and the rest is patches of riparian forest with mixed primary and secondary forest. Streams and canals cross the entire Sanctuary. There are small to medium water bodies within the sanctuary which provide good nesting sites for birds.
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The area is generally rich in grassland birds which are also home to one of the critically endangered bird species ‘Bengal Florican’ in addition to many other rare birds like Swamprinia, Jerdon’s Babbler etc. in addition to other animals like elephants, leopards, hog deer, wild buffalo etc. .
Ering Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1976 and was originally called Lali Wildlife Sanctuary (after Lali Forest Reserve, which was notified as a sanctuary). It was later renamed D. Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary in 1986. D. Ering is divided into three ranges – Anchalghat, Sibiamukh and Borguli, and is administered by the Divisional Forest Officer based here at Pasighat.
This sanctuary had lost its glory in the past as hunting and poaching were not restricted at that time, which led to the killing of all the Royal Bengal Tigers in the sanctuary. However, once the sanctuary is gradually freed from hunting and poaching, tigers are expected to move into the DEWS from other areas such as Poba and Gutin RF and other hilly areas.
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With the change of command at the sanctuary 4 years ago, several extraordinary efforts were made by Division Forestry Officer, Tasang Taga, Range Officer, Orin Perme and other wildlife activists and members of the EDC to revive the sanctuary.
In this regard, more than 20 firearms were seized and several hunters arrested in a few years without any leniency or compromise, after which hunting and poaching could be restricted inside the sanctuary.