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Wildlife Conservation Efforts in IndiaIntroductionThe Indian subcontinent boasts of serving as the natural habitat of a large and variedwildlife. The sub-continent with its varied geographical spread from the Himalayas inthe north to the Cauvery basin in the south and the Kutch region in the west to theplains of Assam in East present a diverse range of environmental conditions for some ofthe most magnificent as well as the rarest wildlife species of the world in India to exist.The beauty and variety we see in the jungles of India is difficult to be expressed inwords and I bring together the breadth through pictures in this project . However, thepast few decades have seen the greed and negligence of human beings working to thedetriment of this rich wildlife. Large-scale poaching, habitat destruction and conflict withhumans have resulted in a rapid decline in the population of most of the wild animalsand birds. Some animals like the Indian cheetah due to this are now extinct.Conservation of Indian wildlife was not given the requisite importance for a long time.However, the government as well as the people slowly and gradually understood theirresponsibility in this context. Today, efforts are being made towards wildlifeconservation in India, to preserve this natural wealth. Numerous wildlife conservationprojects have been undertaken in India, both at the government as well as the individuallevel, to protect the rich wildlife of the subcontinent. The private sector has also startedstepping in as part of their corporate social responsibility to bring about this change andincrease peoples awareness. The Save the Tiger campaign by Aircelwhich isdiscussed here.I am a wildlife fan and have been to a fair number of national parks around the country.In this project I analyze the threat to wildlife in India and then extensively report theefforts of the government, societies, groups and individuals