Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Which is true Conservation: A Species Protection or Habitat Protection?

From the time when I started to work with wildlife, I’m thinking about true conservation activity. Many of you might think these both methods are true conservation and should apply simultaneously to protect the nature… Am I right?

In some situations I’m also agree with your thoughts, but sometimes some situations divert me to think in different manner or at other side.

A Species Protection, It’s a widely used and talked method. In every country many conservation organizations are working to protect unique species. I’m not against this method but sometimes because of this method other species suffer negligence. Most of the monetary funds diverted to protect specific species and because of this, other species do not get the same treatment. Many times I’ve seen in respect of hyper awareness program to protect specific species majority common people think about to protect that species and do not give much importance to other species.

A big example is the ‘Project Tiger’ program in India to protect tigers & its habitat. Many tiger reserves created under this program. Idea was nice but after many years of implication of this program, still tigers do not feel safe and protected in India.

Whereas other species like Asiatic lion, Kashmir Stag, Red Panda, Golden langur, Nilgiri tahr, Wild buffalo etc. are some endangered species of India but there are no special protection programs to save these animals like ‘Project Tiger’. I’ll say they all are comes under neglected species. There are many other endangered species also, but no one talks about it and many are becoming extinct.

Today majority tiger reserves in India found stuffed with lots of local as well as foreign tourists, because of ‘Project Tiger’ programme. I consider this type of hype is not good for wild animals, and sometimes it responsible for the changes in behaviour pattern of wild animals. Due to heavy safari traffic in these reserves now tigers do not feel threaten or shy from human presence. This is the same case with Asiatic Lions in Gir NP and African Safaris also. I believe poachers gets success because of this type of changes in behaviour of these animals. Animal can’t differentiate between tourist and hunter.

Habitat Protection, I’m firm believer in habitat protection, because of its resourceful conservation approach. I would like to add an example, how dangerous is to make changes in habitat.

A famous example is Mauritius Island for its extinction of rare bird like DODO. This is Extinct between 1681-1790 from different islands because of excessive hunting and introduction of new animals by human to their habitat. Other hardly affected habitats are Antarctica, Arctic, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, Amazon Rain Forest and Galapagos Islands etc., which have unique habitat & species to preserve.

In India there are some unique habitats also, like Trans Himalayan, Eastern Rain Forest, Nilgiri biosphere, Western Ghats etc. In each habitat there are unique animals, birds and other creatures found, some are no where found except these habitats.

We have some good examples of successful habitat and species conservation also. I consider Asiatic Lion is one of the best success stories. It reaches the figure of 359 (Apr. 2005) from only 20 during last 80-100 years, but need not to be happy because this majestic animal still under big threats of extinction because of interbreeding, poaching and disease of different viruses from domestic animals and anthrax.

I’m a big supporter of this method. Not only habitat protection saves different types of ecosystems but also saves all the creatures which are dependent on a particular habitat. Other important aspect of this method is every creature gets equal chance to improve their survival opportunity.

We need not to worry about each and every species of creatures to protect. This is nature’s task. Let’s the nature do its work. What we need to do is to protect the nature & different habitats only, Nature will save all the creatures. Every creature has an ability to adapt the prevailing conditions. The evolution is still continuing but this is a very slow process compare to our destruction of the nature. We are so quick in damaging the nature that nature can’t compete to protect itself. So this is now our responsibility to save, protect and increase the different natural habitats and give chance to other creatures to live their life happily, safely and in correct pace.

If every creature gets a safe, protected and natural habitat with proper food chain than they will increase their population as well as this improves formation & preservation of the soil, trees, plants, water & other natural resources. If everything goes in correct ways the jungle area increases naturally. To make it possible we must save and protect our jungles and different habitats effectively.

This is the right time to give importance to habitat protection instead species protection. Habitat protection has wide conservation criteria and it protects all the species & natural resources instead specific species.

I hope you’ll also agree with my thoughts and provide your support to protect different habitats.

“Save the Jungles to Save the Nature”

Traditional vocation or Dream vocation:

Have you ever thought or give attention why some occupations are very popular compare to others, professions like Doctor, Engineer, CA, and secure jobs like civil services, govt services, top management services etc. All these are examples of hot traditional vocations. What are the similarities or advantages of these occupations? All these come with big degrees and gives you secure financial life, and disadvantages are all these make and give you barren, uncreative, boring and monotonous life, if this is not your dream vocation.

Why do majority people choose traditional vocation? Here are some excuses.

1) Everyone wants secure financial life.
2) My friends & everyone do it so I…
3) My family or parents forces or wants me to do so.
4) A good occupation & degree earns you respect and admiration in the society.
5) What else one can do to earn money?
6) These are famous & accepted career options in the public view.
7) What others say if I’m not doing such profession or job?
8) What do I say if I’m not doing some regular occupation?
9) I’ve no other option except to do it.

I’m very sure that many of you might have once in your life thought in an above mentioned way. Many of you would be definitely happy with your chosen occupation, but there are many individuals who are not satisfied with their occupation also. It may possible they are not lucky enough to select their dream career or they do not have enough courage to do something different or they are scared by the society and choose a common occupation.

It is very hard to choose dream vocation in our society. Generally people do not accept or understand the new and unique career option available to the interested person. Most of the time some kind of pressure, forces a person to choose an occupation which is not s/he wanted to do. I meet many people who are not satisfied with their job or occupation but continued with their work by compromise to avoid some situation.

Sometimes I feel our society is very prejudiced. It does not give chance or encourage the person who wants to do something s/he likes to do. That’s why very few can choose their hobby or interest or liking as a career.

People also give excuse that new and unique career does not offer good monetary gains, and at the other end when someone gets success everyone gives smile and show their appreciation which nowhere seen before. Why is that so? In relation to it I would say any new career option needs hard work to make it successful, that’s why it requires lots of strengths, courage and support. Just think about one question. Why not encourage a person from the starting of his/her new & unique career?

No chicks are born flyer. They acquire flying skills from their parents and with their attempts & failure. The other side is equally true that, No birds can soar too high with their own wings.

Everyone can do regular work but to do unique work requires lots of passion, skills and guts. Very few possess this, so please give support to who wants to do something unique that s/he likes to do.

If you are a person who wants to do something different and pursue a dream vocation, keep in mind that road ahead is very difficult. You have to be ready to face or hear some negative thoughts. You may fail in your efforts. You may feel alone & confused sometimes. It may take long time to get success. Those who can do and ready for hard work and does not loose their strength and courage in middle will definitely get success in their dream vocation. A hard earned success always gives lots of energy, respect and admiration in the society.

I’ve for the very first time write a poem for those who have a dream to do something different. The poem shows my thoughts & experiences and the way I live my life. Be positive in your life to become successful and make your dream come true.

Do what you like
Live what you wish for
Enjoy success that you earn
Share your success with you love most
Love what you do, Do what you love
Be an explorer that reaches to end
Road ahead will be hazardous
But don’t loose your courage
Have a dream in you
Dream, a door to the new world
New world brings you happiness and peace
Happiness and Peace gives you strength & bravery
Strength and Bravery makes you optimistic & expressive
The thoughts which are most needed to make your dream come true
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