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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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My journey from the magical world of Western Ghats to rocky hills of Eastern Ghats' (Kannada - Part I)

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(August 03, 2018) ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಘಟ್ಟಗಳ ಮಾಯಾಲೋಕದಿಂದ ಪೂರ್ವ ಘಟ್ಟಗಳ ಬಂಡೆಗಾಡುಗಳವರೆಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಪಯಣ..ಗತಿಸಿಹೋದ ಘಟನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮೆಲಕು ಹಾಕುತ್ತ..ಸತೀಶ ಗಣೇಶ ನಾಗಠಾಣ      ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಯು ಸುಂದರವಾದ ವಿಸ್ಮಯಗಳನ್ನು ತನ್ನ ಒಡಲೊಳಗೆ ತುಂಬಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಅದೇಷ್ಟೋ ಘಟನೆಗಳು ನನ್ನ ಪಯಣದ ಕಥಾಹಂದರ ಸುತ್ತಲೂ ಆವರಿಸಿದೆ ಎಂದರೇ ಅದು ಒಂದು ಕೂತುಹಲ ಭರಿತವಾದ ಮತ್ತು ರೋಮಾಂಚನಗೊಳಿಸುವಂತಹ ಸಹ್ಯಾದ್ರಿ ಪರ್ವತ ಶ್ರೇಣಿಗಳ ಮಾಯಾಲೋಕವೆಂದು ಹೇಳಲು ನನಗೆ ಸೂಕ್ತವೆನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.ಗೋದಾವರಿ ನದಿ ತೀರದ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಕುಳಿತಿರುವ ದೃಶ್ಯ , ಪೋಲಾವರಂ, ಆಂಧ್ರಪ್ರದೇಶ.ಪರಿಸರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನನಗೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕಾಳಜಿ, ಕೈಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಯಾಮರಾ ಹಿಡಿದು ಸಿಕ್ಕ ಸಿಕ್ಕ ಮರ,...

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Fire on the mountain, shuffle, shuffle, run…

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(July 31, 2018) A grassland patch set afire often sees animals caught unawares. Read about a star tortoise that is rudely woken from its slumber.One way to make ecological observations in the forest is by walking transect lines – fixed paths in a forest that an observer walks during a survey, recording direct sightings of animals along with the radial distance of sighting and the azimuth bearing. These transects can also be used to record some other ecological factors. Several of our volunteers ...

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The motto: 'Protection above all'

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(July 31, 2018) On International Rangers’ Day, we salute the courage and commitment of forest staff. Here is an example of one such young forest officer working in the Chikmagalur forest range in Karnataka.Shilpa S L, RFO of Chikmagalur forest range.In just over a month, she has booked six cases of forest offences and arrested more than 20 offenders. The cases range from porcupine hunting to timber logging to an illegal car rally inside the forest.“Whoever is involved in illegal work, whether i...

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Making a difference beyond call of duty

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(July 27, 2018) WCS India staff hand-hold tribals who have moved to relocation centres and help them with livelihood, education and medical support.The 30-odd women gathered protest in one voice to the news that Govindappa will soon be leaving them. Lokesh from WCS India has just announced to the gathering that his colleague’s services will be needed at the new tribal relocation centre in Masthigudi. He placates them saying that Govindappa will be with them for two days in a week. They are not so assured ...

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Mr. Dependable in the service of wildlife conservation

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(July 26, 2018) MEET OUR STAFF: KIRAN YADAVOne morning in the dry deciduous forests of Bandipur, WCS India Program Research Assistant Kiran Yadav and his colleague left the camp to check the installed camera-traps, and collect data from these. It was around 9 a.m. when they finished retrieving data from two camera points. (Cameras are set up in various parts of the jungle to sense and click images of animals that pass by.) The day turned out to be a bumper one in terms of sightings.The two of them sighted a pac...

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Chinese gold from leopard scat?

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(July 24, 2018) Fieldwork of collecting leopard scat in Akole, Ahmednagar district comes with job hazards of a different kind... A farmer who worked on our project recounts some hilarious stories from the time he participated in a project with leopard biologist Dr. Vidya AthreyaIt was the height of summer when we began collecting leopard scats. I thought we would wander around the fields and pick up whatever we found, but Vidya Athreya had different ideas and she was very particular about them. There was no way...

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