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To: M. Veerapa Moily, Environment and Forests Minister of India.

Save the Indian Caracal

Save the Indian Caracal

Dear Mr. Moily,

The elusive caracal, a fiercely territorial medium-sized cat, is fast approaching extinction in India. This mysterious animal, which inhabits a wide range of habitats globally, once had a distribution similar to that of the cheetah through most of the arid and semi-arid regions of India. A rapid change in land-use patterns through most caracal habitats over the last few decades has drastically reduced its range and numbers. Wild populations of the caracal, which is classified as a Schedule I species under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, have nearly reached extinction in the thorn scrub jungles of western India.

Its current distribution in India is restricted to the drier parts and it has been sighted in the Kutch district of Gujarat, Narayan Sarovar in Gujarat, the Sariska Tiger Reserve, the Ranthambhore National Park and Bikaner district in Rajasthan, the Melghat Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra and Chambal region of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

It is a real cause for concern that the caracal is now only found in a few pockets in India. Habitat destruction due to thoughtless development and illegal encroachment activities inside Protected Areas has resulted in the disappearance of these adept hunters. Also, very little information is available about these felines without which conserving them becomes a difficult task.

We, the citizens of India, therefore urge you to take measures to protect the existing habitat of the caracal, undertake studies to estimate their population and distribution and release guidelines for their protection.

Sincerely,
Jonathan Immanuel

Why is this important?

Over the years, India has lost some of it's magnificent wildlife. The Indian Caracal, is a medium sized cat that is fast approaching extinction. Sharing the same history like the Cheetah, this cat was once trained by the Mughal's to hunt birds and other small prey.

There are an estimated 200 Caracals left in India, and the major reason behind it's falling numbers is the loss of natural habitat.

Its current distribution in India is restricted to the drier parts and it has been sighted in the Kutch district of Gujarat, Narayan Sarovar in Gujarat, the Sariska Tiger Reserve, the Ranthambhore National Park and Bikaner district in Rajasthan, the Melghat Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra and Chambal region of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Through this peitition, we urge our forest minister to take measures to protect the existing habitat of the caracal, undertake studies to estimate their population and distribution and release guidelines for their protection.

India

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Reasons for signing

  • As we are on the top of evolutionary tree,humans do have a responsibility to save this animal and thus the richness of wildlife.
  • Because I'm in love with these species and i don't want them to go extinct.
  • I have seen a caracal at an animal sanctuary and just fell more in love with them. I would like ALL caracals in every place where they roam become protected . This need to happen. We have to fight for all of these cats!

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