Tuesday, November 12, 2013

VUFF-023    GIR  FOREST NATIONAL PARK AND WILD LIFE SANCTUARY
The only  home of the Asiatic Lions, in the State of Gujarat, India.

AU2GIR is the special station activating this VUFF on 9th and 10th November 2013.
The activation was lead by OM Zala VU2ZNN, with VU2DSI, VU2CPV  and others.
The station was QRV on 7, 14 and 21 MHz band SSB.
All info can be obtained at the AU2GIR  qrz.com  page

The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir, and गिर वन) is a forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat, India. Established in 1965, with a total area of 1412 km² (about 258 km² for the fully protected area (the national park) and 1153 km² for the Sanctuary), the park is located 43 km in the north-east from Somnath, 65 km to the south-east of Junagadh and 60 km to south west of Amreli.
It is the sole home of the Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. The ecosystem of Gir, with its diverse flora and fauna, is protected as a result of the efforts of the government forest department, wildlife activists and NGOs. The forest area of Gir and its lions were declared as "protected" in the early 1900s by the Nawab of the princely state of Junagadh. This initiative assisted in the conservation of the lions whose population had plummeted to only 15 through slaughter for trophy hunting.[1]

The April 2010 census recorded the lion-count in Gir at 411, an increase of 52 compared to 2005. The lion breeding programme covering the park and surrounding area has bred about 180 lions in captivity since its inception.

Monday, August 19, 2013

VUFF-004: BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK

VUFF-004 was  activated on 15th and 16th September 2009 with the call   VU2UR/FF

Bandipur National Park, established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger, is a national park located in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It was once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore. Bandipur is known for its wildlife and has many types of biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant.

The park spans an area of 874 square kilometers (337 sq mi), protecting several species of India's endangered wildlife. Together with the adjoining Nagarhole National Park (643 km2 (248 sq mi)), Mudumalai National Park (320 km2 (120 sq mi)) and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (344 km2 (133 sq mi)), it is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve totaling 2,183 km2 (843 sq mi) making it the largest protected area in southern India.

Bandipur is located in Gundlupet taluq of Chamarajanagar district. It is about 80 kilometers (50 mi) from the city of Mysore on the route to a major tourist destination of Ooty. As a result, Bandipur sees a lot of tourist traffic and there are a lot of wildlife fatalities caused by speeding vehicles that are reported each year. There is a ban on traffic from the hours of dusk to dawn to help bring  down deaths of wildlife.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Welcome


Welcome to the new website of VUFF. It contains the most important information on the VUFF flora and fauna program in ham radio.

Please check out the pages on the right to find more information on the program and the VUFF award. If you have any question please contact the VUFF co-ordinator Arasu VU2UR.