The Society for Mahseer Conservancy is a conservation-focused, not-for-profit registered charity based in the Corbett Region of Uttarakhand, India.

Uttarakhand, where we are we are based, is undergoing a period of rapid developments and whilst many areas of immense natural value and pristine condition are still intact human pressures are increasing and without action many important species and habitats may be destroyed.

 

We founded the successful and widely-acclaimed community-based Mahseer Conservation scheme, which has now restored a large stretch of river eco-system, and have now diversified to other projects. Our work is carried out from two centres.


Vanghat Riverine Woods is an eco-lodge catering mainly to bird-watchers, anglers and wildlife tours since 2004. As well as the Mahseer Conservation Program we have been running conservation and eco-tourism based volunteer program for since 2006. Vanghat Riverine Woods has been visited by many well known conservationists, including amongst others Ruth Padel, a conservation and wildlife author and great-great- granddaughter of Charles Darwin.

 

The lodge is one of the four beat associations that form the Mahseer conservation scheme.

The ethos of the lodge is to completely minimise any impact on the surrounding wildlife. This is certainly helped by the fact that there are no roads that lead to the lodge. The grounds are cleared of foreign invasive species and re-planted with native endemic grasses, shrubs and trees, there are no fences to keep wildlife out and any number of animals can be seen regularly wandering around the camp, including elephants!

 

The architecture authentically based on the Van Gujjar tribes simple but beautiful mud and thatch cottages and blended seamlessly into riverine forest. It is true that this isolated and remote river valley can hold a spell on someone; no one ever wants to leave.

 

Ringora Vulture Centre is a new project by Mahseer Conservancy that sticks very closely to the combination of community-based tourism and conservation. The camp is made up of a single, host family-owned, traditional thatched mud cottage with basic facilities like solar-powered lights and fans, which operates as a dual purpose village home-stay and research base for our conservation volunteers.

 

The home-stay concept works on the basis that a family can receive guests with virtually no change to their daily lives and whilst providing them with an income.

Vulture Centre is situated in the village of Ringora which is made up of only about 24 households, and is situated a short walk from the scenic and perennial Kosi River.

 

The Ringora Vulture Centre is so named due to the resident colony of Indian White-backed Vultures that roost in the large Haldu trees in the village. These huge birds are awe-inspiring to see soaring overhead, but unfortunately are now critically endangered.

 

Of the 24 households in Ringora half actually fall within the boundary of Corbett Tiger Reserve, and is also a short walk from the scenic and perennial Kosi River. The area surrounding the village makes up an important wildlife corridor for many species including Asiatic elephants and Bengal tigers linking Corbett National Park with the adjacent Ramnagar Forest Division.