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It’s time to test solutions, not people’s acceptance

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It’s time to test solutions, not people’s acceptance
(January 05, 2021) One winter morning, Shivaarsa, 39, had no premonition of the misfortune awaiting his discovery. As was his daily routine, he awoke early and walked up to his banana plantation, on the fringes of Bandipur National Park. But when he got there, the sight of it made his heart sink. Elephants had figured out a way to walk past the fence that protected his land, and damaged his banana crop beyond salvaging.Shivaarsa isn’t alone in suffering such tidings. In Boodanuru, a village in H. D. Kote, al...

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A Tale of Conflict and Captivity from a Tea Estate

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A Tale of Conflict and Captivity from a Tea Estate
(December 29, 2020) (i)Startled at the sight of another human,I growl, I roar, I pounce in defence, My paws hit the bars of the cell where I now live,Perhaps till my death it seems.On a fateful day of February, I was captured; the bagaan ka bagh was caught at last.If you ask me what was my crime, I’d never be able to answer,Was it my enviable adaptability?The land dotted with tea bushes and shrubs was a haven,Elusively I lived, disappearing into the undergrowth. Perfect space to birth a litter,Food ...

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Conversation with Jonathan Scott – Part 1

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Conversation with Jonathan Scott – Part 1
(December 21, 2020) If we delve far back enough, we are all from Africa. And the first visit to the continent is the first return to it, return home. Thus ‘returning home’ in the 1970s was Jonathan Scott, of the ‘Big Cat People’ fame. What was an overland trip turned out to be a life-long tryst with this ancient land. Today, together with his wife, Angela Scott, Jonathan is one of the most renowned names in wildlife photography and conservation in the world. Here, he talks about his life as ...

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Flying with the Hornbills - Part 2

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Flying with the Hornbills - Part 2
(December 18, 2020) In this last part of the two-part interview, Mr. Shashidhar Sastry, a retired officer of the Indian Forest Service talks about community forest management and jhum cultivation practices in Nagaland.3. Could you talk about the community forest management in Nagaland?Given the background of land ownership in the state, with 88% of the forest area under community or individual ownership, coupled with the traditional practice of jhum cultivation, there was pressure on the resources. However, some is...

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Flying with the Hornbills – Part 1

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Flying with the Hornbills – Part 1
(December 08, 2020) Nagaland, a Northeastern state with over 8000 square kilometres of forest cover, a state which has been undergoing insurgencies and inter-faith conflicts since independence, a state where agriculture – as the most important economic activity – covers over 70% of the state's economy, and most importantly, a state which celebrates its wildlife.  Mr. Shashidhar Sastry, a retired officer of the Indian Forest Service talks about his experiences as the Principal Chief Conservator...

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Coastal Erosion – A Threat

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Coastal Erosion – A Threat
(December 01, 2020) In the early 1900s, the Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran wrote in a poem:It is said that before entering the seaa river trembles with fear.She looks back at the path she has traveled,from the peaks of the mountains,the long winding road crossing forests and villages.And in front of her,she sees an ocean so vast,that to enterthere seems nothing more than to disappear forever.But today, in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, it is the beach which is fighting the fear of disappearing forever, as...

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Bringing Generations Together for GIB Conservation

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Bringing Generations Together for GIB Conservation
(November 24, 2020) By Anil Kumar Nair The critically endangered great Indian bustard (GIB) in Jaisalmer is distributed along the Pokhran Field Firing Range (PFFR) and the Desert National Park (DNP). While DNP is a protected area, the PFFR, though being a restricted area, does not have the protection for wildlife like DNP. In the entire country today, these are the only two breeding populations of the GIB remaining in the wild, a species believed to be fewer than 100 individuals now.The GIB population in the P...

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Waghoba: When the Guardian of the Forest is Seen in the City

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Waghoba: When the Guardian of the Forest is Seen in the City
(November 18, 2020) It was late in the night, and I was busy comparing pictures of leopards on my laptop. Leopards have rosette patterns which are unique to each individual and can help identify them. It was tough to concentrate, though, as I kept hearing the eerie call of a barn owl.  Just as I leaned out of my window to photograph the owl with my smart phone, it rang. Off went the owl into the night!The caller was my friend, Jadhav. “Nikit, hurry! There is a leopard sitting in front of me!” he sa...

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DISAPPEARING GHOSTS: The ‘Dhole’ Story-Part 3: The Future

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DISAPPEARING GHOSTS: The ‘Dhole’ Story-Part 3: The Future
(October 27, 2020) “But of all the Pack of two hundred fighting dholes, whose boast was that all jungles were their jungle,…..,not one returned to the Dekkan to carry that word.”And thus the bloody story of the Red Dog in Kipling’s Jungle Book ended, with every last one of them slaughtered. Unfortunately, the story is not unlike the grim reality that this vanishing species currently faces. Due to both, their historical reputation, and the seemingly ‘ruthless’ behavior...

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ವಿಸ್ಮಯಲೋಕದ ನಾವಿಕರು... (ಭಯ, ಕುತೂಹಲ, ಹಾಸ್ಯ) Sailors of the Amazing World (Part 2)

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ವಿಸ್ಮಯಲೋಕದ ನಾವಿಕರು... (ಭಯ, ಕುತೂಹಲ, ಹಾಸ್ಯ) Sailors of the Amazing World (Part 2)
(October 21, 2020) ವಿಸ್ಮಯಲೋಕದ ನಾವಿಕರು...(ಭಯ, ಕುತೂಹಲ, ಹಾಸ್ಯ)ದಂಡಕಾರಣ್ಯದ ಸುತ್ತ ಚಲಿಸುವ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆಗಳು...ಲೇಖಕರು – ಸತೀಶ ಗ. ನಾಗಠಾಣಮುಂದುವರೆದ ಭಾಗ… ಅಂತು ಇಂತು ಕೆಸರು ತುಂಬಿದ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ದಾರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಲುಗಳು ತಡವರಿಸದೇ ಜಾರುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೂ ಸಹ ಬೀಳುತ್ತಾ, ಏಳುತ್ತಾ, ಒಬ್ಬರಿಗೊಬ್ಬರು ಸಹಾಯ ಹಸ್ತ ಚಾಚುತ್ತಾ ನಿಧಾನಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದು ಬಂದು ಶಿಬಿರಕ್ಕೆ ತಲುಪಿದೆವು. ಶಿಬಿರದಲ್ಲಿ ಗುಸುಗುಸು ಚರ್ಚೆ ‘’ಹುಯ್ಯೋ ಹುಯ್ಯೋ ಮಳೆರಾಯ’ ಅನ್ನೋತರಹ ಒಬ್ಬರಿಗೊಬ್ಬರು ಚಟಪಟ ಅಂತ ಮಾತನಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನೆರೆದ ಗುಂಪುಗಳು ನಮ್ಮತ್ತ ನೋಡಿ ಗುಮ್ಮನ ಗುಸುಕು ತರಹ ಒಳಗೊಳಗೇ ನಗುತ್ತ, ಮುಗು...

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