Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#CSSCorp donates nearly Rs 1 cr to buy camera traps for #Tiger conservation in #Karnataka

Confirming with the newly amended companies act of  donating 2% of the annual profit for CSR activities Chennai-based global IT firm CSS Corp has earmarked nearly Rs.1 crore for tiger protection and wildlife conservation in Karnataka.

The company has imported the ScoutGuard cameras from Australia, at a total estimated project cost of almost 85 lakhs (plus other accessories and equipments). The imported cameras are equipped with infra-red motion sensors, which can be triggered by any movement within a certain region of interest, automatically capturing high quality images, (upto 8 mega pixel) or recording video clips according to preset settings. CSS Corp will donate these cameras to Karnataka forest department for tiger and other wild life tracking.

Like human beings have unique fingerprints, Tigers too have unique stripes. With the help of these photographs, each of them is individually identifiable. This can also help the department in its research on other wildlife species.

Shri. R Gokul, I.F.S., Conservator of Forests and Director - Nagarahole Tiger Reserve said, “The first phase of installation of the camera traps donated by CSS Corp is already showing good results. To date, implementing the camera traps has resulted in 45 tiger sightings and this number is expected to increase. With the additional 200 cameras being installed in Phase II we are confident of accurate Tiger tracking data that will go a long way in supporting a better habitat.
Shri. Vinay Luthra, I.F.S., Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden of Karnataka received the camera traps from “Tiger” Ramesh, CEO CSS Corp.
As part of its CSR program, CSS Corp, in December 2013, donated 200 camera traps to the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve (NTR).   The cameras were received by the Honorable Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Shri. B Ramanatha Rai, Government of Karnataka.