The winged sultans of Ranthambhore”

Birdingmurcia-Hemraj Meena(a)Hemraj Meena runs an ecotourism project in the small Indian village of Bhuriphari; a place remote from urban areas and close to nature in the surroundings of the Ranthambhore National Park, a territory in the past lived by legendary bandits and where still survives the Bengal tiger.

Considered a gentleman for his clients; reputed as one of the best guides of the National Park and winner of several awards as best birder and trekker in his region, Hemraj is the man behind the noble idea of promoting ecotourism in Ranthambhore worldwide.

C Birdingmurcia-Hemraj Meena
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© Hemral Meena

Interview with HEMRAJ MEENA

Welcome Hemraj; is a pleasure to have this interview with you. Tell us how started your interest in wildlife.

I born and grown in surroundings of Ranthambhore National Park and closely observed nature and wild life so my interest is from childhood in wildlife.

How is habitual question in our interviews: Can you reveal what equipment you are using to get your pictures?

Canon D1100 body and lens is 70-250.

Birdwatching is always a rewarding activity but work in a place surrounded by tigers should be very exciting …

Both have equal place in sighting, apart from tiger sighting birding is a great activity.

So I’m afraid the animal for which you feel greater passion is the tiger, but I suppose there be place for a bird between your favourite species?

In a national park tiger sightings are for few minutes, I spend my more time in birding after seeing tigers, my favourite bird species are owls.

What is the main objective of your project “Ranthambhore EcoTourism” and what differences it has with other similar projects in your country?

The objective is to save wild life and nature with participation of local individuals around the park.

What role do birds on routes offered by “Ranthambhore EcoTourism” and which are the most interesting species from the point of view of ornithological tourism?

More then 250 different species of birds found in and near Ranthambhore: Demoiselle crane, Painted stork, raptors, rollers or pelicans are found.

As you relate on your website, there are several special places around Ramthambore for ecotourism and birding that have never been taken on a map or popularized by writing … Is this an advantage? Or do you think that more tourists would come if they were more popular sites?

Yes for sure if they are on more popular sites.

Do people in your region, feel the conservation and observation of wildlife as a good opportunity for the development of their economies?

Yes at my place 70 % of economy depend on tourism… so many N.G.O work for conservation and save nature.

You are very critical of those who take the observation of nature as another “consumer product” … But what is your attitude as a guide of wildlife?

As a naturalist and guide my responsibility is to ensure satisfaction of my clients in observing nature and wildlife. And i give all information about wild life and nature.

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© Hemral Meena

And now, lets talk about tigers. Certainly you are an expert tracking tigers. Do you use any technique or method of individual identification to monitor the tiger population?

Tigers are distinguished by their different stripe patterns. Tracking tigers is a experience which we get by spending more time in parks.

Tell us a especially exciting time during your contacts with the Tigers.

When tigress is with cubs.

What is the present and future of the Bengal tiger?

Good number has been increased in India of Bengal tigers and government doing good job.

Interview by J.M. Escarabajal (Birding Murcia)
The images that appear in this article are the property of Hemraj Meena; is necessary to request permission to the author for publication or any other use of the same.

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Birders Around The World” is an idea promoted by the Association Southeast Alive (Sureste Vivo) through the Project Birdingmurcia.

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