Pushing boundaries

Expanding Protected Areas for India’s Endangered Wildlife

In South India, Elephant Family supports a team of conservationists who are expanding Protected Areas in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. By reconnecting forest fragments, and restoring migratory routes the team is creating viable homes for the 300+ globally threatened species who live here whilst reducing human-wildlife crisis.

Led by award winning conservationist, Dr Sanjay Gubbi, the largest expansion of Protected Areas in India since 1970 has been achieved, linking together 23 areas of land – thousands of square kilometres. In 2020 an additional 45,000 acres was designated for protection, in part after a previously unknown population of chinkara antelope was identified – the second in India.

Through our support of Sanjay and his team, we provide protection for ancient forests and ecosystems that have existed longer than the Himalayas, proving what can be achieved in collaboration with government and communities that have lived on these lands for generations.

Conservation is an art of the possible: with collective efforts and not being afraid to try, we can succeed.

Sanjay Gubbi

Alternative fuel sources

By providing the remote villages with alternative fuel sources, dependence on forest firewood is reduced. The smoke-free stoves are a cleaner, healthier way of cooking which his better for families. Women who would normally collect firewood have an average of 100 more days a year to spend with their children or to earn an income. With solar powered lighting now installed, forest communities no longer live in fear of surprise encounters with wild animals when leaving their homes at night.