Trust, in collaboration with HCL Corporation have tied-up with
India’s number 1 wildlife channel Animal Planet to showcase a
new TV series ‘On The Brink’ to create awareness about Animal
Conservation in India.
An unprecedented portrait of India’s natural world exploring
species and habitats rarely seen on Indian television. Explorer
MalaikaVaz journeys through the sub-continent, immersing herself
in the most incredible landscapes and habitats in the country
and coming eye to eye with the rarely spotted animals that live
here. Grassroots conservationists unravel mysteries of the
natural world and help us understand why species that once lived
in large populations, are now literally ‘On the Brink’.
classified as a wild life sanctuary in 1958, a national park in
1977, and then as a tiger reserve in 1988. Located on the
India-Nepal border at the foothills of the Himalayas, the
protected area covers approximately 2,200 km2 with a core area
of 1,100 km2. Dudhwa National Park, Kishanpur and Katerniaghat
Wildlife Sanctuaries, along with the forests of Shahjahanpur,
North Kheri and South Kheri Forest Divisions are together
classified as Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
A rich biodiversity of flora and fauna exists within this range
including mega-fauna such as the Bengal tiger, Asian elephant,
leopard and one-horned rhino (following a successful
re-introduction program), 5 species of deer, over 423 species of
birds and endangered Gharial and river dolphins within the
Katarniaghat site. Additionally, the reserve is connected to
important wildlife parks in Nepal including Bardia, Banke and
Shukhaphanta National Parks.
However, due to its proximity to the border and growing tiger
population, Dudhwa has become the target of poachers and illegal
wildlife traders. Additionally, a large population of forest
dependent communities puts great pressure on the forests.