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A forty-year legacy of working with wildlife
A forty-year legacy of working with wildlife through filming, monitoring, researching and creating awareness about the ecosystem, particularly in Ranthambhore, show conservation efforts as an important aspect of operations at SUJÁN.

Malvika and Tejbir first arrived in Ranthambhore in 1974 to film and create awareness about the region’s extraordinary wildlife. The Forest Department of Rajasthan even till today counts on SUJÁN to provide help and support for their own conservation efforts.

Conservation efforts
Conservation at SUJÁN defines the preservation of both the natural heritage as well as the rich cultural traditions of India.

Conservation at SUJÁN engages with issues at two levels. The first is the practical, hands-on assistance and support provided to government and non-governmental agencies working with anti-poaching programmes, forest monitoring and wildlife research. The second is through the creation of awareness about wildlife, the environment and the need to save habitats. From providing vehicles to the Forest Department for regular patrolling and donating troop-carriers to their teams, to digging wells for providing water in newly added areas of the Park, the conservation efforts operate even when Camps close during the monsoon.
Afforestation drives
Prolific afforestation, particularly pre-monsoon, the use of local materials in low impact construction such as mud walls and grass banks, and a careful use of fuel are just some of the ways in which SUJÁN helps reduce the carbon footprint around Ranthambhore. The farm and dairy help preserve gene strains of indigenous poultry and cattle while providing home-grown produce, tended by local farmers.

Support of local culture and Art forms
While working with anti–poaching teams at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore, SUJÁN supports and showcases the vibrant music traditions of Manganiar folk performers at The Serai, Jaisalmer, to promote their bardic traditions to ensure these voices never fade into oblivion.

At JAWAI, the field team has carried out critical research documenting the behaviour of species inhabiting the unmatched landscape around the camp and with SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace opening in Jaipur, SUJÁN hopes to unravel more mysteries of the magnificent capital of Rajasthan.
Local Employment
Working for conservation principally means working with local communities living in and around wildlife habitats. Over 82 percent of the team is drawn from local communities, one of the highest in the country. Imparting skills, conducting language courses and providing local communities with an independent source of income goes a long way in not just building trust, but making them stakeholders in the preservation of the ecosystem. Thus, while providing knowledge as well as economic sustenance, investment in areas upon which lives, particularly in rural India, depend.
 
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