International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences


International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
2021, Vol. 3, Issue 2
Design of hydro landscape for improving tiger habitat and tourism at Tadoba National Park

Garima Dubey, Gauhar Mahmood, Amina Zakiah

Due to favourable conditions for tiger habitat and ample prey availability, the number of tigers at Tadoba national park has jumped to 115 within the year 2019. The growing number of tigers and the ecologically rich environment of Tadoba National park is the reason to attract many tourists from within and outside the country. As a result, there is a growing number of resorts within the vicinity of the forest boundaries. The presence of the water bodies is the must criteria for tiger survival and growth. Tadoba national park has only two sources of perennial water bodies which are mostly occupied by the tigers during the peak summer season. Consequently, other animals do not prefer to go near these water sources to avoid the risk of their life which makes them sick and they die because of thirst. So, the forest faces a shortage of prey for tigers. On top of that, the upcoming resorts in the proximity of these forests and tourism activities may lead to further exploitation of forest resources especially water. It may also change the microclimatic conditions of the forest and hence can disturb the conducive environment required for the growth of the tiger. Since we cannot stop the development but we can plan it judiciously so that the forest resources and wildlife habitat are not compromised. This paper discusses the strategies that can be adapted to overcome these adverse effects of resort development and how the tourism activities of the area can be modified to prevent future exploitation of the national park. Tadoba national park receives 1175mm of annual rainfall which gives it a water recharge potential of around 6000 litre per hour. The same water can be utilised to develop hydro landscape solutions. By developing approximately 50 numbers of water bodies in the depression areas, we can create a conducive environment required for tiger growth. Moreover, with the proper development of the rainwater harvesting master plan for these resorts, the water required for irrigation and landscape beautification can be retrieved. The rainwater can further be used for the development of lakes in the resort campus and the excess of this water can be diverted to the proposed water bodies in the forest areas.
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Garima Dubey, Gauhar Mahmood, Amina Zakiah. Design of hydro landscape for improving tiger habitat and tourism at Tadoba National Park. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 01-09
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