Volunteering Opportunities at Melghat Tiger Reserve

Volunteering Opportunities at Melghat Tiger Reserve

Wildlife Research and Conservation Society(WRCS), Pune  has two programs going on in Melghat Tiger Reserve. One is the volunteer patrolling program and the other is a newly introduced program of Sign Survey. Indian Wildlife Club is promoting both the programs and both have the same Application form. 

Forest Patrolling at Melghat Tiger Reserve 
Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR) is located in Amravati District of Maharashtra and is an important protected area for tiger conservation. The field staff of the tiger reserve patrols the forests regularly for protection of wildlife. Considering the vast area to be patrolled additional manpower from civil society will help to strengthen protection and enhance the status of wildlife in MTR. With this objective (WRCS is implementing a pilot program for volunteer participation in patrolling activities in MTR in collaboration with the tiger reserve authorities for protection of wildlife and forests. This is a call to invite volunteers to participate in this program. Participation in the program will give volunteers an opportunity to witness the forests and wildlife at close quarters and contribute to wildlife conservation. Batches are sent every Sunday, it's a one week volunteer program, you are welcome to stay for more than one week. 

This project is open to Indian Nationals only. 

Sign Survey
Wildlife Research and Conservation Society is carrying out a sign survey for wildlife signs (such as tiger and leopard pug marks, scats and hoof marks and droppings of herbivores) in buffer areas around Melghat Tiger Reserve in January and February 2014. Volunteers are invited to help in carrying out the survey. Simple local food would be provided to the participants for the duration of the survey. 
This program will be carried out  in Akot, Dhulghat and Dharni ranges, just outside the Tiger Reserve in East Melghat and West Melghat Forest Divisions. Participants are expected to devote a minimum of 5-7 days for this project. There are no specific dates of participation. Volunteers can participate as per their convenience. Food and stay facilities are provided, volunteers will stay in teams of two in the quarters of the forest staff. 
As a part of the activity, volunteers are required to go out on trails and record various wildlife signs such as pugmarks, scat, calls etc. Data sheets and other necessary equipment such as GPS would be provided. The work will be schedule from morning to evening. Volunteers are required to be fit and capable of working under tough conditions.
Female volunteers are welcome to participate, provided they are accompanied by a known male volunteer. This is solely for the safety reason of the participant.  On reaching the Forest division the participant is expected to sign an Indemnity letter. Also note that it is mandatory for the participant to carry an identity proof and a passport size photograph and produce it on reaching Melghat.

Photo: Amit Thomas
You need to make the application from Indian Wildlife Club  on the following page

Apart from the documentation fee of Rs 200 to be paid at the time of application, there are no other fees. After we receive your application You will get information on how to reach and things to carry. Please make travel arrangements only after receiving confirmation from WRCS.   

You can bring photography equipment provided it is within limits. As you may know the main purpose of the program is forest patrolling. Photography should not interfere with this. You should not make frequent stops during patrolling for photography.
If you have applied for the Sign Survey program please keep photography equipment to a minimum because it is a more intensive program.


Update of Tiger Cyclo-walk through December 2013 to January

Here is an update of Tiger Cyclowalk through December 2013 to January 
-Sunil Joshi
Day 10 -- 23 December 2013. 

Presentation & tree plantation ceremony at Shri Umiyashankar Narayanji school (Nagpur) These programmes were arranged by Lions club. 

Day 11 - 24 December 2013.
Presentation at Sevadal mahila college Nagpur by Shobhon Das.

Day 14 - 27th December 2013. 
Bor dam 'wild life sanctuary' 
The safari vehicles with trained guides at the gate of Bor forest. 
The guide service rate per tourist is Rs. 50/- + the vehicle charge of around 1300 to 1500 for a safari of 3 to 4 hours. 
Safari timings are 06.00 Hrs to 11.00 Hrs. & 14.00 Hrs to 18.00 Hrs.

Day 16 - 29th December 2013.

Presentation at Lions club Wardha. 
Lions club Wardha sponsored food & accommodation of the team Tiger cyclo-Walk at Wardha.

Day 17 - 30th December 2013.
Wardha to Pulgaon a distance of around 28 Kms.

The team presented an audio visual at one of the oldest schools in Wardha. Wardha education society, New English school.

Sanjay presenting the audio visual ......

Followed by students signing the testimonial register .....

Day 18 - 31st December 2013.
Pulgaon to Dhamangaon a distance of around 34 Kms.

Lions club Dhamangaon railway welcomed the team & offered a lunch.

Day 19 - 1st January 2014.
Dhamangaon to Chandur railway a distance of around 30 Kms.
The Lions club of Chandur railway welcomed the team Tiger Cyclo-Walk.
Day 20 - 2nd January 2014.
Chandur railway to Amravati a distance of around 29 Kms.
En route, the team visited Krishnaji sagar dam.

More details and pictures at

Environment Education

Online Courses by BNHS

Online programs last date extended to 31st Jan 2014

(IWC members get a discount of 5% on the course fees.  The application forms can be filled online and course fee paid online. ) 

Leadership Course in Biodiversity Conservation

Basic Course in Entomology

The Conservation Education Centre (CEC) Of BNHS at New Delhi is located at at Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary (ABWLS).  ABWLS is  Delhiā€™s only Sanctuary. The 6873 acre protected area contains one of the last surviving remnants of Delhi Ridge hill range and its semi arid forest habitat and its dependent wildlife, the northernmost extension of the Aravalli mountains. The adress of CEC is : Conservation Education Centre, Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, Near Karni Singh Shooting Range, Tughlakabad, New Delhi- 110044.
Call 011-26042010/40670387 or email at 

CEC at Asola Bhatti Sanctuary

For the first time, BNHS is conducting two of its popular online programs from Delhi
These time-tested online certificate programs are of one year duration.  

The Courses offered are (Click on the links for further details)

For the Delhi batch the inaugural and wrap-up camp will be conducted at Delhi on 8th and 9th February, 2014.    However it will be a non residential camp. BNHS will also have camp at Bharatpur, Jim Corbett National Park and Valley of Flowers for biodiversity participants. The day trips will be conducted at Asola bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary and other places in Delhi.   

Regarding entomology, camps will be at Malshej (Maharashtra), Talley Wildlife Sanctuary (Arunachal Pradesh) and BNHS Nature Reserve (Mumbai). The day trips will be conducted at Asola bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary and other places in Delhi. 

The last date for applying is 31st January, 2014

Students of DPS R.K Puram at the ABWLS

Nature walk at ABWLS

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