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Monitor No more – Goa Wildlife

Blog, Wild life & Conservation - GoroadTrip - March 16, 2016

Tourism can be interrupted in the warmer months of the monsoon, but during these months, Goa really comes to life.

His campaign is quieter than usual. The dew settles on new delicate leaves, moss dark velvet rage all sorts of manufacturing surfaces, rejuvenated coconut palms, is wild in the sea breeze, fisherman carry reedbaskets where to wind the catch of the day. This moving scene resonates throughout the state as glorious tropical rain lashes at this world-famous coastal city.

If we imagine Goa, the characterful landscapes, the narrow ghat streets and fragrant cashew plantations come to mind. However, its “cities” – including Panjim (Panaji), the capital – are not so urban and hectic and do not resemble those of Mumbai, Delhi and other major cities. This colorful little town fabric it seems to be preserving could be the reason why Goa’s wilderness is so easily accessible.

Some wild species such as mongooses and monitor lizards can still be seen in the cities of Goa, becoming part of their urban fauna.

These intelligent hunters spread in Africa and Asia; They are found in the forests of Goa.

For decades there have been many injustices against controllers. Shamelessly sold as exotic pets to be slaughtered for their meat, the list is long and the crimes abominable.

Many villagers in Goa have a very serious misunderstanding that only serves to allow poaching of lizards. It is generally accepted that eating lizards increases libido and increases muscle mass, which will also have a positive effect on bodybuilding.

The cultured taste of meat, a habit that was hard to break. Outrageous is the fact that the purchase has created a growing market every day.

The dishes like kebab lizard, lizard lizard or lizard 65 are, in many places, as many local specialties as the fish curry and rice coastal towns of Goa. Regularly prepared, they are offered to unpretentious tourists as a delicacy.

Lizard poaching is only a symptomatic side effect of the massive boom in Goa tourism, combined with widespread ignorance.

In Goa, as everywhere, a tourism boom affects endemic animals and birds, forests, backwaters, reptiles and indigenous communities of fishermen, tribal art and woodwork, kitchens; change everything that can not be repaired.

Instead of observing these animals from a distance and learning from them, easy access to Goa’s wild animals is a double-edged sword. As it is the main reason for the amazing survival of the lizards. Only one hundred thousand examples of Mother Nature generously offer its abundance, but the human condition were destined to destroy.

With the Monitor Wildlife Protection Act 1972, their immediate protection for their existence is crucial.

The Goa Forestry Department has done its best to create simple and in-depth communication to increase awareness of this issue. Many banners written in the local language have been introduced as part of this effort, pleading for a collective effort without which the future of the lizard monitor in Goa (or elsewhere) is dull.

It’s really very easy to forgive a cliché call but the truth is, “If buying stops can also be selling.”

(Are not clichés the result of a collective effort?)

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