nirmal kulkarni wrote -The Hypnale research station is at Kuveshi village, a small hamlet situated in the heart of rainforests and 12 kilometers away from Castle Rock in Karnataka state of India. The motor able dirt track that leads to Kuveshi passes through some of the most exquisite and remote forests of the Western Ghats region and includes a criss cross network of streams and rivulets that meander through these forests.
Unfortunately, like all Western Ghats wildlife habitats, the forests of Castle rock and Kuveshi face constant threat from deforestation, fragmentation, illegal hunting, pollution, and human-animal conflict. Since it is the cactment area of one of Indias largest waterfalls, the Dudhasagar, conserving these areas does mean a priority goal.
For the past several months, Nirmal Kulkarni himself has led the activities at the research station, as Director HRS along with his team of volunteers and local field staff.
In his time here, Nirmal has connected with communities that are part of various forest landscapes here and carried out basic surveys in the area. With the help of a team of research students, he has carefully begun the task of photo documentation of target species in particular and overall biodiversity in general. These studies have already helped discover a new species of legless amphibian from the region and have been named as “Ichythiophis davidi” or Large yellow striped caecilian.
The HRS team frequently conducts village education programs, school nature camps, and workshops with local officials. We try to work as closely with the local community as possible, in order to encourage sustainability and conservation to all stakeholders involved.
Our work here will takes us thousands of kilometers over Western Ghats forest roads and rugged terrain. To do this, it is essential that we have an efficient, dependable vehicle which can cover extremely rugged terrain and conditions.
Our current financial position does not enable us the purchase of a jeep, but it will be a tool vital to our field team. We approach you to request your assistance in obtaining a vehicle which will suit the needs of our work.
A second hand 4 wheel drive jeep will not only help to respond to wildlife rescue calls and do surveys, but to assist local communities in remote, otherwise inaccessible villages. In snake bite cases, health emergencies or other medical emergencies.
A permanent jeep for our base is thus required as it allows our team to reach remote villages for education programs purposes too with kids and adults as well.