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Entries for August 2019

Working with all stakeholders for conservation

Working with all stakeholders for conservation
(August 29, 2019) Whether it be the Green Army or his work at SGNP, Sunil Limaye has believed that effective conservation can happen only when all affected people are involved.  He has a spider and a lizard named after him – Jerzego sunillimaye and the day gecko respectively. Perhaps he is the only forest officer, or the first Indian even, to have such a distinction. The honour bestowed on him can be traced not only to his dedication at work but his efforts to support research work and engage with...

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Inaccurate data has serious impacts on conservation models

Inaccurate data has serious impacts on conservation models
(August 23, 2019) Written by Dhruv Gangadharan ArvindThe cruciality of communicating proper information cannot be understated while reporting biodiversity conservation to global audiences. With respect to our understanding of animals, the Indian Army’s announcement a few months ago of “Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast 'Yeti’” – with photographic evidence of footprints – reveals how the “discovery” of such a cryptic species is communicated. It is also an examp...

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Fighting Wildlife Crime with New Age Forensics

Fighting Wildlife Crime with New Age Forensics
(August 20, 2019) Forensic science has fascinated many of us over the years. From television crime shows to movies, which portray our favourite actor in compelling storylines, investigating and weaving clues together to catch a criminal. Solving crime in real life can however be a strenuous process, with real victims involved. Applying scientific methods and knowledge to criminal investigations is what forensic science does, by incorporating different aspects of science. Forensic science has several sub divisions...

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What the floods and landslides tell us

What the floods and landslides tell us
(August 16, 2019) Climate change and habitat degradation are the prime reasons, and both point to human activity.Landslide in Munnar, Kerala 2018 ©eos.orgAlmost on the dot, exactly a year after the 2018 floods the rains poured down on Kerala causing havoc and claiming lives once again. Some new areas were affected catching residents by surprise, but some of those affected last year were battered again. This time around, lives have been lost mostly to landslides, which steamrolled mud and water on estate...

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‘Spread the Word, Take Conservation to the Public’

‘Spread the Word, Take Conservation to the Public’
(August 14, 2019) A holistic view of conservation that looks at a diversity of habitats and species is the focus of the Chief Wildlife Warden of Karnataka, Sanjai Mohan, IFS.Sanjai Mohan, IFS is the Chief Wildlife Warden and PCCF (Wildlife), Karnataka Working as a forest officer, often it calls for a combination of quick thinking and a binding belief in one’s duty to protect wildlife, when caught in a tough situation. So it was that the then ACF of Koppa, Sanjai Mohan had handed over charge on transfer...

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The Worrying Future of India's Elephants

The Worrying Future of India's Elephants
(August 12, 2019) By Kartick SatyanarayanWe are celebrating World Elephant Day today. However, the worrying aspect is only about 27,000 wild elephants remain in India, as opposed to a million a decade ago as indicated by research. There has been a 98 per cent nose dive in the wild elephant population.India is one of the 17 mega-diverse countries of the world. Being home to 7-8 per cent of the world’s recorded species, from top predators such as the Asiatic lions, Bengal tigers to large herbiv...

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Minding Manas: A brief on Manas National Park

Minding Manas: A brief on Manas National Park
(August 02, 2019) As I looked at my first Rhinoceros in the wild, overwhelmed with joy, I wondered if this one was born in Manas, or among those brought in from Kaziranga and Pobitora. Since the 1990’s when there were no Rhinos left in Manas, to 2019, with a stable population on the rise, the national park seems safe and sound for these species. The Indian Rhino Vision began Rhino translocation in Manas with 18 Rhinos in 2008 and 8 more were moved by the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation. ...

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