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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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Why we need to save the wetlands

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Why we need to save the wetlands
(April 16, 2019) The Ramsar Convention defines wetlands as: “areas of marsh, fen, peatland, or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing fresh, brackish, or salt, including marine waters, the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres.”Wetlands often occur in disconnected patches, and therefore wildlife species associated with them are also fairly disconnected, except for their occasional migration. As the number of wetlands in a lar...

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Camera trapping: More than wildlife selfies!

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Camera trapping: More than wildlife selfies!
(April 10, 2019) A whole lot of thought and effort go into setting up cameras at vantage points across a landscape.The alignment and initial work before securing the camera to the trunk.We see plenty of wildlife selfies going viral these days - macaques looming large in front of the lens, the rear end of a tiger, a bear scratching his belly, and thousands of other unseen behaviours, all thanks to the magic of camera traps. Being able to get a glimpse of the most intimate moments of the daily life of wild, elusiv...

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Lending a helping hand for 'a happy life'

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Lending a helping hand for 'a happy life'
(April 05, 2019) A donor pitches in to help a family struggling inside a national park to start a new life outside.The Poojari family settling at the alternative house outside the forestA house deep inside the Kudremukh National Park with the nearest town 6 km away. A 22-year-old child who is an Endosulfan victim and needs constant help. A young daughter who had to trek 6 km to attend classes. A life that became even tougher with reduced job options. An unbuilt house outside the forest for which funds had dried ...

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Tape seagrass: A magical ecosystem that is neglected

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(March 29, 2019) A major carbon sink underwater, seagrass ecosystems need to be understood better if they are to be conserved.Tape seagrass at Henry LawrenceRecent dire warnings from the World Meteorological Organisation say that impacts of global warming are accelerating and driving global temperatures to dangerous levels. At around the same time, the International Energy Agency also reported that carbon emissions in 2018 were up by 1.7% due to growth in energy use.The carbon levels which were 357 ppm in 1993 a...

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Seasoned ‘warriors of the wild’

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(March 26, 2019) Despite tough conditions under which they work, they plod on and face the most daunting prospects with calmness and courage.WCS-India/HyTiCoS team setting up camera-trapTemperatures are a blazing 40 deg C. The dry, deciduous forest landscape is stark and offers not much shade from the sun’s relentless scorching. Often it feels like the hot air from a hair dryer is directed onto the face, in the words of one volunteer. Added to that there is the terrain which comes with flat grounds neatly ...

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When a community takes up conservation

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(March 22, 2019) A young Bishnoi strives to raise awareness on the plight of the GIB and other desert species.Great Indian Bustard © WikiThe 17th largest desert in the world, the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, which is 10% of India’s biomass, is home to the Bishnoi community. They have been around since over 500 years ago. This community is extraordinary, because unlike any other, the main objective of this community is conserving Nature.It was founded by Lord Jambeshwar, who is believed to be an incarnati...

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