Can Camel Milk Save India’s Nomadic Raikas?
Activist Ilse Köhler-Rollefson says emerging markets for milk could revive herders’ fortunes.
The shifting sands of camel herders
In 18 years, Rajasthan’s camel population has dropped from seven lakh to two lakh. The people most impacted are the Raika, the traditional camel rearers.read the article
Herders and their animals also represent important bio-cultural heritage for all humankind
A veterinary surgeon from the German town of Ober-Ramstadt, Ilse Köhler-Rollefson spends half of each year in a remote part of India’s Thar Desert where she has become a leading advocate of a struggling community of camel herders.read the article
Camel dairying: The solution to rescuing Rajasthan’s state animal
It has been a year since the Rajasthan Camel (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Bill, 2015, was passed by the state Legislative Assemblyon March 27.read the article
Indefatigable Camel Crusader
Award-winning German veterinarian Dr Ilse Kohler-Rollefson’s visit to Rajasthan in the early nineties was a godsend to the nomadic camel herding communities of Rajasthan, or the Raika, though little did they realise it at the time. Having worked tirelessly for over 25 years to revive the dying Raika way of life, hers is an inspiring story.read the article
Films & Videos:
The Kumbhalgarh Raika Story – 7 minute film by SHRISTI
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