High rates of habitat destruction and reduced prey densities routinely force carnivores, such as tigers and leopards, into human-dominated landscapes. The ability of forest officials to respond to such emergencies is limited by a lack of training and equipment.

Specially-Designed Rescue Vehicles

WCT donates specially modified 4WD vehicles to parks to help officials rescue wild animals that have strayed into human habitation. Specially-designed injury-proof carnivore trap cages have also been provided to over 20 Protected Areas.

Workshops on Firearm Maintenance

WCT collaborates with local NGOs to carry out periodic maintenance of firearms given to forest staff in various parks. Although forest officials have firearms to use in life-threatening situations, they are not taught how to maintain them. This leads to rust developing on the inside of the firearms, increasing the chances of them malfunctioning during an emergency.

Technological Solutions

WCT has helped design thermal imaging equipment called an e-Rescuer that helps forest officials detect wild animals during the night or foggy conditions. Staff can use the device to track animals and plan their rescue operations, minimising the risk of injury to themselves.

Diffusing Conflict

To help tackle human-animal conflict, WCT designed Rapid Response Units (RRUs) that have been donated to forest departments across India. Each RRU consists of a specially-modified 4WD vehicle, three motorcycles, injury-proof carnivore trap cage, blow-pipe, stretcher, GPS, digital camera, sleeping bags, torches, and several other items needed during an emergency.

Detailed List Of Items Included in RRU

Recognising the benefits of RRUs, the government has started designing and deploying similar units in various parks.

An RRU donated to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu.
Mudumalai forest officials at the inauguration of their RRUs.
Forest officials selected to man an RRU in Anamalai receive a briefing on the equipment in the vehicle.
WCT's Anish Andheria hands over two RRUs to Dudhwa forest officials.
WCT's Anish Andheria explains the use of a baffle board to officials in the Badhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.
Officials in Bandhavgarh understand the components of the first-aid kit in an RRU.
Officials at the Anamalai Tiger Reserve with their RRU.
RRUs contain all the equipment forest staff need in an emergency.
Each RRU comprises a modified 4WD vehicle and three motorcycles.
Panna forest guards are trained in using an RRU.
A WCT RRU donated to the Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.
Officials from Pench, Maharashtra learn how to put up the tents included in an RRU.
Officials in Ranthmabhore are briefed about the megaphone included an RRU to help during crowd control.
RRUs also include a range of personal equipment for guards such as backpacks, rain and winter gear and sturdy shoes.
The personal equipment included an RRU allows officials to weather extreme conditions during conflict situations.
An RRU is handed over to officials at the Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.
An RRU includes essential pieces of equipment such as baffle boards, walkie-talkies and helmets.
Our vehicles are equipped with specially-designed lightweight carnivore trap cages to minimise injury to wild animals during rescue operations.
A Rapid Response Boat was donated to the Sundarban Tiger Reserve, West Bengal to help officials patrol the waterways more effectively.
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