Despite the lodge's limited resources, Vanghat is proud to support a number of conservation initiatives and research both from the lodge itself and in the surrounding area. From Vanghat, we are conducting an ongoing species-richness programme, a research project undertaken by volunteers primarily through the use of camera traps, to discover and record the myriad of wildlife that exists in our immediate vicinity. Results so far have been extremely rewarding and encouraging, with tigers, leopards, sloth bear, elephants and sambar deer captured on volunteers' cameras, along with more unfamiliar species such as pangolin, leopard cat and Himalayan Black Bear.
The lodge has also been the main support for the Society for Mahseer Conservancy, an Uttarakhand-based, not-for-profit conservation organization set up to address grassroots conservation issues specific to wildlife and community-based interests of the region. In partnership with host communities, the forest department and several national and international conservation agencies, the Society for Mahseer Conservancy stands as an example that conservation issues can be effectively addressed through grassroots initiatives and sheer willpower despite very limited resources. It has instigated and promoted conservation initiatives of the nationally recognised successful comeback of the Golden Mahseer fish in the Ramnagar River (which can be seen at Vanghat) and has also raised awareness for protecting the nest sites of the critically-endangered Indian vulture, and founded schemes to reduce human-wildlife conflict around Corbett National Park. Over the years, the Society for Mahseer Conservancy has also assisted numerous students with research, internship, and PHD programmes, and has been a regional favourite with gap year students and eco-volunteers.
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