A FOREST RECLAIMED

TANGRU SANGCHOJU

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When Tangru is around, it is impossible not to smile. This jolly, happy-go-lucky man will bring out the child in anyone - playing pranks, showing off his jungle skills, and in between all that, sharing some of the most incredible wildlife stories about the forests of Arunachal Pradesh. And yet, behind the playfulness, there’s a story of true heroism. A member of an indigenous tribe in Arunachal, Tangru willfully gave up traditional hunting and turned a new leaf to join the forest department. By fighting the practice of hunting, he and his team brought back no less than 800 square kilometres of Pakke Tiger Reserve from the brink of devastation.

MEET THE HERO OF PAKKE TIGER RESERVE

About The Episode

Hunting has been a long-standing cultural tradition in North-Eastern India. But with the shirking of the forests and endangering of the wildlife, hunting has become unsustainable. But not that this has stopped hunting. The architects of Pakke, an 800 sq Kms forest reserve, have done an incredible job of giving protection to the several endemic species here by keeping the forest safe from the hunters. The episode follows the local forest Guard Tangru and talks to the makers of the forest while taking part in a planned raid on hunters.