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Entries for April 2018

Pesose: Of folktales and reality deep inside Kali Tiger Reserve

(April 26, 2018) A long time ago, deep inside the Kali Tiger Reserve, in a cave high up on the hill outside the village of Pesose, a villager entered, only to never return. Perplexed and concerned, the villagers discussed amongst themselves. “Would he have gone to stay there as a sadhu?” one asked, while another questioned, “Do you think there is a ghost in there who might have consumed him?”The discussion went on for a few days, before one brave villager took on the challenge to go explo...

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Citizens as champions of conservation: Chikmagalur shows the way

Citizens as champions of conservation: Chikmagalur shows the way
(April 23, 2018) Every Saturday afternoon at 4 pm, a few citizens from Chikmagalur, Karnataka, meet to discuss ongoing affairs of their town. They come from diverse backgrounds–law, medicine, journalism, business owners–and many are students. The common cause that binds them together? Concern for the environment and natural landscapes that surround their hometown. This ceremonial meeting first took place nearly twenty years ago, and the tradition continues till today; its participating members belong...

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Lessons from Ajoba, the leopard who walked 120 kms home

Lessons from Ajoba, the leopard who walked 120 kms home
(April 20, 2018) The real Ajoba, caught from a well, in a village north of Pune. ©John LinnelDr Vidya Athreya (right) and team radio-collaring Ajoba before releasing him at Malshej Ghats. ©Jimmy BoraAn Indian film, where a wild animal plays the central role, comes very close to highlighting the complex issues that surround human wildlife interactions in India, a country which is unique in the way a high density of people share space with large wild animals even today.Made with a leopard as its protagon...

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Dedicated to wildlife and nature

(April 17, 2018) MEET OUR STAFF: SRIKANTH RAOSrikanth Rao in Amrabad Tiger Reserve, Telangana ©Ankur Singh ChauhanIn the moist deciduous jungles of Nagarahole in Karnataka, it was another busy day for field staff of the tiger monitoring team run by WCS India. Srikanth Rao, along with his colleague, was in the middle of the forest collecting camera-trap data, when suddenly he felt his colleague freeze and back away quietly. Then he noticed something towards his right. Standing a bare 25 metres away from them...

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Naifed to Joida: The transition from life inside to life outside

Naifed to Joida: The transition from life inside to life outside
(April 12, 2018) Naik family at their new house in Joida. ©Jayanand DerekarSituated deep in the Kumbarawada range of Kali Tiger reserve, the Naik family struggled to survive in isolation. Around 14 kms away from the nearest town, in the village of Naifed, the family had a tough life since they had no access to basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, and markets.  This family is one of the several families which approached the Forest Department and WCS –India for their relocation in 2013.Naik'...

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Supporting livelihoods for families living in Wildlife Reserves

Supporting livelihoods for families living in Wildlife Reserves
(April 03, 2018) It’s 6 am and Saraswati Rohidas Mirashi, a 35-year old lively woman, wakes up to start her daily grind. A mother of two young children, Saraswati prefers for her kids to stay at their relative’s house, 20 km away from the village. She insisted on this difficult separation, despite the emotional toll of having to spend a life away from her own children, but she believes this is necessary to ensure a better future for them. She was born in a small village called Daria and married into ...

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