Wildlife Conservation Fund, founded in 2010, with the clear objective to save wildlife and wilderness across J&K. The state has a strategic position in the sub-continent given its landscape, geographical location, natural resources and rich biodiversity. Over the past few decades very less attention has been focused on the declining trend of wildlife. There is a great need of management interventions today than conservation of wildlife. However an effective conservation policy can have a far reaching impact on the wildlife of the state.
Wildlife Conservation Fund proposes to undertake the conservation of wildlife in Jammu and Kashmir starting with its flagship program of Hangul Conservation. We aim to do so through community support, awareness and management of the wildlife. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCF is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life support systems on Earth.
Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF), intends to safeguard the environment for present & future generations by putting its best and ultimate resources in use.
Our organization even if working on various issues related to stability of ecology and environment of this state, however puts a focus on a vital and unavoidable part of it i.e. Wildlife conservation. Globally the identity of Wildlife of Jammu and Kashmir lies completely on a royal & magnificent wild animal which is called as Kashmir Stag (HANGUL), an endangered and endemic species. The present population of the animal is less than 200. The number is too small for a state animal.
We are worried about the fact that why the Hangul count of 200 in the beginning of this century remained incapable to raise its population. Even if it would have been propagated with a rate 05 new fawns (survived) per year, the population must have marked an addition of 50 new individuals in a decade (e.g. year 2000-2009). As per the population analysis of Hangul done by the concerned department which shows a fluctuating increase and decrease during the period, however, maintaining a certain level i.e. around 200 heads. These statistics altogether point toward the fact that either the rate of survival of these species is somehow equal to its mortality (natural/man induced) rate or we haven’t still adopted scientific and viable census/counting techniques.
Therefore, this organization launched Hangul Conservation Project (HCP), which will try to resolve the issues related to threatened HANGUL species in Kashmir valley particularly in and around Dachigam National Park.