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Chilika: When the tears dry up…

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Chilika: When the tears dry up…
(June 05, 2019) Between weeds, untreated sewage and commercial prawn culture, Chilika lake has had its bit of a struggle for survival. On World Environment Day, we take a look at its journey.Written by Vishal RasalChilika Lake © Ashwinee PatiLong ago, long before the history we know, mountains were believed to have wings. They could fly at the speed of the mighty eagle. Filled with pride they started harassing birds. The birds then went to Indra, the king of the Gods, and complained against the mountains. ...

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Whose Park is it Anyway?

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Whose Park is it Anyway?
(May 28, 2019) A unique island of biodiversity within the bustling Mumbai city, the SGNP is a study in so many contrasts.IUCN estimates that there are 1,300 species of plants, more than 150 species of butterflies, around 40 varieties of snakes and mammals and more than 250 species of birds here at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai.A national park or an urban city park? A tough answer to give after a brief visit to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali in Mumbai. The place looks much like Bangalore&...

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To Skin a Cat: An Amateur Biologist’s First Autopsy

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To Skin a Cat: An Amateur Biologist’s First Autopsy
(May 21, 2019) Pulled in for an emergency, a field biologist finds a scalpel thrust into her hands and told to extract pieces of the intestine and lung tissues from the carcass of a dead tigress for the pathology tests.Written by Priya RanganathanFive-thirty in the morning is far too early for a telephone call.I cracked open an eyelid and picked up the buzzing mobile from the bedside table. “Hello?”“Madam, get up, you have duty,” replied the voice of the office driver, Javed Bhai.I...

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Deadly Diets: Protect the Pangolin

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Deadly Diets: Protect the Pangolin
(May 17, 2019) By Divya Krishnan©PBSPangolins are the introverts of the animal kingdom. They are nocturnal, solitary and shy creatures and for this very reason, remain elusive to the scientific community at large. Amongst the 8 species surviving across Asia and Africa, they range from a weight of 1.6kgs to a maximum of 33 kgs and are coloured in the pale yellows and browns of spring, to the olive tones of autumn. Imagine an artichoke that walks, you now have a pretty good idea of what these beautiful scal...

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The Man with a Plan

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The Man with a Plan
(May 11, 2019) Written by Anisha IyerSurendra Kumar IFSA young boy living on the outskirts of a forest area used to help his father keep wildlife away from their crops. These were farmlands prone to wild boars, deers, sambars and sloth bears. Little did this young man know that he would grow up to be the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden of Kerala, Mr. Surendra Kumar. Born and brought up in Bihar, Surendra Kumar has always been close to nature, which has struck a fasci...

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Icons of Anamalai – Lion Tailed Macaque

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Icons of Anamalai – Lion Tailed Macaque
(May 07, 2019) Written by Ashni DhawaleIn the remote rainforests of the Western Ghats lives one of the most rare and unique of primates – the lion-tailed macaque. With a furless black face, expressive eyes, and a thick, shiny coat of black fur, this macaque gets its name from the mane of silver and grey that surrounds its face and tail that ends in a tuft like that of a lion’s.© Prakash RamakrishnanConsidered by scientists as the only truly arboreal macaque on Earth, these elusive creatur...

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From forests of Wayanad to classrooms of Maldives

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From forests of Wayanad to classrooms of Maldives
(May 03, 2019) A former resident of Wayanad wildlife sanctuary who accepted voluntary relocation recounts trials and tribulations of life back then.As a teenager talking and walking through the forests with friends one evening, he had a near-death experience when chased by an elephant. “I very narrowly escaped death,” says Shibu Appu, a school teacher in a government school in Maldives where he now teaches English. His family living in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) accepted the government pa...

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ATR: the stark and beautiful landscape

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ATR: the stark and beautiful landscape
(April 28, 2019) Grasslands of Amrabad Tiger Reserve © Kiran YadavThe Serengeti is a vast and varied landscape, with savannah, hilly woodland and grasslands thrown in. The Amrabad Tiger Reserve in Telengana is one of the biggest parks in India. Here too, you will find a mix of dry, deciduous scrub, woodland and grassland, with what some ecologists believe are a savannah spread. If the Serengeti has granite outcroppings in its grasslands, the Indian tiger reserve also has its share of quartzite rocks ov...

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Cottoning on the pug mark

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(April 23, 2019) Written by Rohit SubhedarKagaznagar forest landscapeGreetings with any person here usually begin with a hearty “Ram ram kaka”. A chair or a charpai is immediately offered, followed by extremely sweet tea decoction, and it is considered rude not to accept the tea. On a day when one is not working, conversations can be endless.Gonds and Kolams inhabit the Kagaznagar forest landscape in Telangana, which connects three major protected areas namely Tadoba, Indravati and Kawal. The landsca...

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‘Accountability and incentivization – Need of the hour’

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(April 19, 2019) Dr G V Reddy, IFS and PCCF Development, Rajasthan speaks about various concerns facing forests and wildlife in India.Dr G V Reddy, IFSHe is so in awe and admiration of the tiger, he calls himself ‘a servant of the tiger’. Save the tiger and its forests, you save vital water and so many resources we humans need, is his firm belief. This forester of over two decades has had many run-ins with poachers and had arrest warrants issued on counter cases filed by poachers. Dr G V Reddy, the P...

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