Working within the system: Fighting for a forest, river and hill

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(September 04, 2018) MEET OUR STAFF: Gopalakrishne GowdaGrowing up in the parched and drought-prone district of Kolar, Karnataka, Gopalakrishne Gowda harboured a fascination for rivers. Kolar has long grappled with acute water shortages, and consistent droughts and famines, and continues to struggle with these issues. Having observed such difficulties up close is perhaps what ingrained Gowda’s resolve to protect and preserve the forests and rivers that flourished around him – a mission that he has pursue...


Koppal: The land of the shepherds and the wolves

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(August 31, 2018) Relations that have stood the test of time and survivedOn a lazy hot afternoon, in the sprawling grasslands of Koppal, Pushpamma heard the dogs bark. She turned around to see the guard dogs being rounded into the corner by a herd of wolves, while one wolf managed to grab a sheep and run. The others followed suit quickly and the dogs chased  but couldn’t save the sheep from the agile wolves.Shepherds with their guard dogs © Meghana SankaFor generations, the wolves  and the sh...


The misunderstood 'underdog'

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(August 28, 2018) Most people think they are dogs. Or jackals. Not many spare them more than a cursory look. But dholes have fascinated the author who believes he has dhole luck!© WCS - India ArchivesGo to tiger reserves and chances are you will see jeeps full of bored-looking teenagers desperately searching for signal on their smartphones, and a few eager to see tigers. All other wildlife is commonly ignored by most. Weren't we the generation that grew up watching Jungle Book on DD-1, where the tiger was de...


Where I saved one of the most illegally trafficked and poached mammals in the world

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(August 24, 2018) Read about a chance encounter during a trek, an unexpected reaction and a quick move that helped save a pangolin.After a couple of showers, the summer heat had come down a bit. It was a rainy morning on March 16th, 2018 and I was working in my farm when my cousin called me and suggested we go for a trek up our gudda (hill in Kannada). After some discussion we decided to trek around noon. I had a quick lunch and reached my...


Kerala floods: KFD plays major role in rescue and relief

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(August 22, 2018) The forest department staff was actively involved in the rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Kerala.Kerala Forest Department Staff © Kerala Forest DepartmentThe Kollam Shenkotta road was blocked by huge trees that had fallen across it. Clearing it took a few hours and many hands from the department working with the PWD teams.The normally peaceful Achenkoil river was in spate and people on the other side could not dream of ferrying across. The staff managed to get a rope tied to a...


Godavari basin and the ‘farmer leopards’! (Marathi)

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(August 16, 2018) गोदावरीचे खोरे आणि जुन्नर परिसरात ' बागायती बिबळे'!-विनायक परबThe misunderstood carnivore © Biddappa P Aबिबळ्या आणि माणूस यांच्यामधील संघर्ष वाढत असल्याचे चित्र गेल्या काही वर्षांत रंगविले जात असतानाच गेल्या वर्षभराहून अधिक काळासाठी बिबळ्याचा माग  उपग्रहाच्या माध्यमातून काढल्यानंतर अनेक आश्चर्यकारक गोष्टी समोर आल्या आहेत. गोदावरीच्या खोऱ्यातील बागायती शेती आणि जुन्नर परिसरातील शेतांमध्ये हा बिबळ्या दिवसभर असतो. त्या संपूर्ण दिवसभरात तो कधीच कुणावर हल्लाही करत नाही किंवा माणसांनाही त्या...


A tear for the gentle giant

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(August 12, 2018) On Elephant Day, a salute to an intelligent animal of the wild© WCS - IndiaHer mother, and her mother and her mother, had all passed this way, down generations and now here she was. But for some reason, there was a huge wall ahead. This could not be broken down like the fences the humans put up nowadays. How to get on to the path ahead? She had to lead the few family members now left in her group...He just could not understand the commotion. Why were the humans making such a noise? And wavi...


The Tiger: Importance and challenges in present scenario (Hindi)

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(August 10, 2018) बाघ बचाने की ज़रूरतें और चुनौतियाँ- रमेश पांडेयखुले जंगलो में आज की तारीख में सबसे ज्यादा बाघ हमारे देश में है | भारत के अलावा विश्व के अन्य देशों जैसे नेपाल, भूटान, बांग्लादेश, म्यांमार, वियतनाम, कंबोडिया, लाओस, इंडोनेशिया, थाईलैंड, मलेशिया, चीन, और रूस के जंगलों में भी बाघ पाए जाते है |हमारे देश में सिर्फ लगभग २२०० बाघ बचे हैं © रमेश पांडेयसौ वर्ष पहले पूरे विश्व के जंगलों में तकरीबन एक लाख बाघ पाए जाते थे जिसमे अकेले लगभग चालीस हज़ार बाघ भारत में थे | विकास के दौर में आज पूरे विश...


Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary: Man and animal vying for space

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(August 08, 2018) Humans and wildlife live in close confines, leading to negative outcomes. Ongoing voluntary relocation of people from the sanctuary is a clear win-win solution for both.Rughmini and family are finally ‘out of the woods’. Leaving Chettiyalathur that was home for decades is not easy, but the compulsions had been too many. Elephant visits for one, posing danger to human life besides the crop loss, lack of employment opportunities, the long trek for medical exigencies, distance to the ne...


Warriors of the green

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(August 06, 2018) Wonders can happen when youth join hands for conservation. The Green Army in namma Bengaluru is one such example that inspires.Who hasn't in their childhood observed and marveled at ants walking in a line or bees collecting nectar from the flowers?As Sir David Attenborough once said, "I don't know any child that is not fascinated with the natural world, but some children become fascinated by iPads or railway engines as they grow up." And then he added, "If you lose your interest in the natural w...


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