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Fishing cats of the Godavari mangroves, Andhra Pradesh

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Fishing cats of the Godavari mangroves, Andhra Pradesh
(September 30, 2020) By Giridhar Malla Godavari River, which is also popularly known as ‘Ganges of South India’ or ‘Dakshin Ganga’, is the second-longest river in India. In addition to entailing immense cultural and historical significance, nearly 60 million people depend on this river basin for survival and livelihood. The Godavari river traverses eastwards for over 1450 km, originating in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra and finally emptying into the Bay of Bengal in the East Coast of Indi...

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What is Forest Fragmentation?

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What is Forest Fragmentation?
(September 25, 2020) Forest fragmentation is the breaking of large, contiguous forested areas into smaller forest patches, separated by roads, agriculture, utility corridors or other anthropological developments. It is a gradual process which starts with smaller, discontinuous patches in an otherwise unbroken forest or grassland. When the forests are highly fragmented, the size, integrity and connectivity of the remnants deteriorate beyond, making the area no longer an adequate home for the native plants and wi...

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DISAPPEARING GHOSTS: The 'Dhole' Story- Part 2: What are they up to?

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DISAPPEARING GHOSTS: The 'Dhole' Story- Part 2: What are they up to?
(September 16, 2020) © Uday Kiran‘‘Go back to the Dekkan and eat lizards!’’ taunted Mowgli at the snarling Red Dogs from atop a tree, in a scene that successfully placed the dhole in the same villainous league as the infamous Shere Khan.Although large carnivores have long been feared, they have also evoked respect, desire and love, even inspiring stories, books and movies in their celebration. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the dauntless dhole. Abhorred and scorned thr...

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The real Black Panther: An interview with wildlife photographer Mithun H

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The real Black Panther: An interview with wildlife photographer Mithun H
(September 10, 2020) It was the month of July; the heavens of Kabini opened up, pouring unceasingly for two hours. On the branch of a tree covered with thick green moss was Saaya - a black panther, his luscious black coat covered in little beads of rain. For Mithun H, a 31-year-old wildlife photographer from Bengaluru who captured this black panther named Saaya and his mate, a leopardess named Cleopatra on his Nikon D5 camera, this sight was nothing less than “magical.”Mithun H“Saaya was injur...

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Resettlement is a voluntary option for families in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

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Resettlement is a voluntary option for families in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
(September 09, 2020) Click here to read Prerna's full study report submitted as part of her M.Phil in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge.  This article was first published in Mongabay Article by Prerna Singh BindraWhile the dominant narrative of conservation-related resettlement is that of forced and induced displacement leading to further destitution and cultural alienation, there are also reports from reserves across India where resettlement has been voluntary and led t...

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‘On the trail of Buddha’ is IRS officer Deepankar Aron’s account of his colorful travels through East Asia

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‘On the trail of Buddha’ is IRS officer Deepankar Aron’s account of his colorful travels through East Asia
(September 03, 2020) An IRS officer with two published travelogues, one on Buddhism in East Asia and the other on wild places in Uttarakhand, Deepankar Aron, Additional Director General, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Eastern Region, Kolkata has dipped his toes in diverse waters. Perhaps it was his longstanding career in the IRS that urged him to explore the deep ties between East Asia and India, wildlife in mythology and the experience of writing a travelogue. Photo courtesy: Deepankar AronWe spoke ...

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