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Entries for December 2018

Tadoba – a Park Under Siege

(December 31, 2018) Written By Kunal SharmaTadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve - a blip on the map that evokes a thousand stories of India’s famed wildlife, a park that has achieved international significance as the capital town of wildlife sightings of India. A park that has emerged as one of India’s favourite tourist destination with hordes of people thronging its gates at Moharli, Khutwanda, Junona, Dewada, Agarzari, Madnapur, Pangdi, Zari and Kolara.With more than 125 Gypsy vehicles entering this 1700 sq k...

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Wanting to 'leave no one behind'

(December 27, 2018) That is what businesswoman Anju works towards in her daily life. She has also generously contributed funds towards voluntary relocation and wildlife conservation.Anju at her favourite pastime, shooting birds with her cameraSometimes when chance encounters turn into wonderful opportunities of service, it can make one wonder if it was, after all, really chance. For Anju too, a businesswoman and disciple of Buddhist philosopher Dr Daisaku Ikeda, it was a meeting with an old friend that opened up a ...

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Elephant death: Community involvement the key to tackling conflicts

(December 21, 2018) This article was published in News18 (Elephant Death in Karnataka Shows Animals Won't Accept Man-made Borders. So What’s the Solution?)In the past year alone, as many as 97 elephants have died due to man-animal conflict. A total of 490 elephants have died since 2013.Written By Dr. Vidya AthreyaC34The recent death of a wild elephant that was first chased away by villagers and later died by getting stranded on a railway fence in Karnataka’s Nagarhole National Park, has put the spo...

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Reunion in a Sugarcane Field

(December 18, 2018) Written by Ajay Deshmukh“Stop! Sir, please!” cried one of the villagers. “We won’t let you release these leopard cubs here. Keep them trapped in the cages as bait for their mother, and as soon as she enters the cage, please shift them to some other location.” Such scenarios have become an integral part of our work. People want us to rescue leopard cubs from their sugarcane fields, but when it is time for their release, they oppose it. On that day, we were in the sam...

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Trail-blazing journey from a forest-dweller to a 'super farmer'

(December 18, 2018) Meet Daasi, the tribal woman from the Sollepura resettlement colony, who had no clue about farming few years ago, but is now a model farmer!Written by Manish MachaiahDaasi was a widow with ten children, living in the Nagarahole forest and eking a living from selling minor forest produce. Till an opportunity to move out came her way in the form of a voluntary relocation package. Along with some 60 other families, she left the national park in 2007. She was given a house and three acres of land at...

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Deadly ghosts of the sea

(December 14, 2018) Written by Vardhan Patankar A by-product of the fishing industry – lost or abandoned nets, also referred to as ghost nets, are as deadly as their name implies.Drifting with the highs and lows of the ocean currents, they often become tangled together with ropes, buoys and other debris to form what are known as ghost net conglomerates. These swallow or ensnare everything that comes on its way including marine turtles, dugongs, dolphins and whales.Amongst marine life, the most affected s...

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For the Love of Wildlife and Cause of Conservation

For the Love of Wildlife and Cause of Conservation
(December 04, 2018) MEET OUR STAFF: MRUNMAYEE AMARNATHFrom a student to a finance/administration head was one big leap. Now, from the office to the field is going to be no less than a launch into fresh challenges. But that isn't deterring Mrunmayee, given her commitment to wildlife conservation.Mrunmayee, most happy outdoorsThe quick transformation within a decade, from a teenager focused solely on studies and volleyball, to becoming the Assistant Director - Finance and Administration of a wildlife conser...

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