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Sri Praveen Pardeshi

The Bengal Tiger is one of India’s greatest natural treasures. Unfortunately, fewer than 1,500 of these great cats exist in the wild, and their numbers are continuing to plummet due to poaching, habitat destruction, and conflicts with humans. If this trend continues, the tiger will be extinct in the wild within five years.

That’s why I was disappointed to learn that the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra is considering logging operations in Lendezari. As you are no doubt aware, Lendezari is a very high-quality forest which provides excellent habitat for wildlife, including the Bengal Tiger. In fact, Lendezari is so important to biodiversity that it was once under consideration as a wildlife refuge.

Of particular concern is that Lendezari is located between the Pench and Nagzira tiger reserves, which are together home to over fifty wild tigers. Although the the area of Lendezari to be logged is over 10 km from the reserves, keeping this forest intact is still of utmost importance to the survival of the Bengal tiger. Tigers use Lendezari as a critical wildlife corridor, which allows the animals to move from one reserve to another in order to breed. When a corridor like Lendezari is destroyed or altered, the tigers cannot roam as freely, and this decreases their genetic diversity and leads to inbreeding, one of the most severe threats to the tiger’s survival. If the forest is fragmented, the tigers which live there will also become increasingly threatened by poaching and human conflict.

India has lost 76% of her tiger habitat over the last century. Please, do not make her lose any more. There is simply no reason for logging the Lendezari area when lower-quality lands are available for the project. I implore you to look into alternatives for Lendezari, for the sake of the tigers, India, and the world. Do not let one of our greatest natural treasures disappear.

Signed,

Mary Elizabeth

This petition closed 7 months ago

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By adding your signature to the petition, you are making it clear that the
protection of this critical habitat, and the tigers who live there, is of the utmost importance.

Individually, our impact...

By adding your signature to the petition, you are making it clear that the
protection of this critical habitat, and the tigers who live there, is of the utmost importance.

Individually, our impact is small. But together, we will create a mighty roar to save India's last tigers for future generations.

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