STATE TIMES NEWSLEH: The officers of Department of Wildlife Protection Ladakh undertook a four-day training workshop at Gir National Park, Sasan-Gir, Gujarat. The training visit was organised by the Department of Wildlife Protection, Ladakh and GoI-UNDP-GEF project – SECURE Himalaya. The cohort consisted of the Chief Wildlife Warden Ladakh, Wildlife Warden Kargil and 27 Wildlife Guards from both Leh and Kargil, along with project associates from SECURE Himalaya Project. The broad objective of the visit was to expose frontline staff of the Department to best practices in mitigation of human-wildlife conflict from one of the well-managed National Parks in the country. Over the course of four days, the participants received training in wildlife healthcare and management, maintenance of wildlife holding facilities, diet and feeding of rescued animals, tranquilisation, rescue and release protocols as well as crime scene investigation. The frontline staff from Ladakh found it highly valuable to observe Gir Hi-Tech Monitoring Unit, a technology driven control center for monitoring and patrolling systems put in place by Forest Department of Sasan-Gir to mitigate human-wildlife conflict in the landscape. The team was able to learn from exemplary models of both in-situ and ex-situ conservation of big cat species and their habitats. The Chief Wildlife Warden of Ladakh, Sajid Sultan expressed immense gratitude to the Forest Department of Sasan-Gir, headed by DCF WL Sasan-Gir, Dr Mohan Ram, IFS for planning and organising the training visit for their counterparts from Ladakh.
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