VIDEO: Unheard stories of the unsung heroes working to save India's tigers
Every year a number of frontline staff lose their lives while protecting India’s natural heritage.
They often face better-armed poachers, and other threats including wild animals themselves.
To ensure the welfare of the guardians of the wild, IFAW-WTI runs a unique accident insurance plan for the frontline staff, providing them and/or their families quick relief in case of injuries or death on duty.
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Around 20,000 frontline staff from over 23 Indian states are registered under this insurance plan, and since its launch in 2001, more than 110 families have gratefully received its benefits.
The video below tells the story of a family of one frontline staff member, Ram Singh Dhubre, who worked as a daily wage labourer with the Kanha Tiger Reserve Forest Department.
Dhubre was killed in an accident on duty in December 2012 and his family was provided with relief from the insurance plan.
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