|Town/Region||Jim Corbett National Park, Rajaji National Park|
|Date||29 Sep 2016|
Inadequate solid waste management around natural reserves poses serious threat to animal welfare. The devastating effects of plastic ingestion by marine vertebrates, domestic ruminants and canids are widely reported. However, we understand very little about plastic ingestion among wild terrestrial vertebrates. Our study proposes to characterize visitation and foraging behaviour of vertebrates at garbage dumps adjoining natural habitats, with and without tourism pressures. We also attempt to identify terrestrial vertebrates most likely to ingest plastic, and characterize the influence of life history traits on the propensity to plastic ingestion.
We aim to sample landscapes in the Corbett Tiger Reserve, a prime destination for nature tourists and Rajaji Tiger Reserve, which comparatively has lesser infrastructure for nature tourism within the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, India. The study will be carried out across four months, during peak winter (mid-November – mid January 2016-17) and summer tourist seasons (mid-March to mid-May 2017) to characterize the following:
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