Have money? Go spot tigers
If you have always wanted to take off for the wild, spend days scouring for the spoor of the big cats or watch stately elephants in their habitat, log on to the website of the Orissa forest department.india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 02:36 IST
If you have always wanted to take off for the wild, spend days scouring for the spoor of the big cats or watch stately elephants in their habitat, log on to the website of the Orissa forest department. On offer is a chance to be a part of censuses and surveys being carried out in the state's forests and beaches. Of course, be prepared to shell out the money, lots of it.
The government has launched the Wildlife Survey Education Tour programme to "expose and educate wildlife enthusiasts on the processes, intricacies and thrills of wildlife surveys". To join in, visit the website of the Orissa forest department, which has details of the census and the surveys.
Then submit your highest offer in US dollars or Indian rupees over e-mail to the chief wildlife warden. A committee will then evaluate the offers and finalise a panel of successful names -- the criteria being the "highest bid, level of expertise and level of enthusiasm". If chosen, you will accompany survey parties, watch the entire process of census, take photographs and make notes.
The organisers will provide the transportation, simple locally available food, bottled drinking water and basic accommodation in tents/boats/rest houses and first aid. No firearms are allowed, but you can carry jungle knives. Come dressed for the safari. Appropriate jungle clothing is in brown or camouflage and boots. Walking sticks, binoculars, cameras and torchlight are a must.
However, all participants will have to provide an "indemnity bond absolving organisers from any liability on account of injury through unforeseen attacks by wild animals, death, illness or disease that might follow the tour".
They also have to give credit to the wildlife wing of the Orissa government in any publication, documentation or presentation that may follow, based on the programme.