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Meet Our Staff: Dr. Shailendra Singh

Meet Our Staff: Dr. Shailendra Singh
(December 17, 2019) From a small village on Indo-Nepal border to a renowned name in the field of freshwater fauna conservation, Dr Shailendra Singh, Associate Director, Aquatic Wildlife program, WCS-India, has surely travelled a long distance. Truly passionate about conservation of magnificent water dwellers, no challenge seems big enough to impede his commitment and love towards these animals.Shailendra earned his Master’s degree on gharials and a PhD on the Red-crowned roofed turtles. He also spearheaded WC...

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Imperiled primates of northeast India

(December 13, 2019) Traversing across south of Brahmaputra valley in Assam couple of decades ago, you could have easily caught sight of a short-tailed, shaggy haired, bald-faced Indian primate – shaking branches, showing teeth and screaming at you! However, today, Stump-tailed macaques (STM), once, one of the most widespread primates of these forests, are at the brink of extinction. Same goes for Pig-tailed macaques, Hoolock gibbons and other primates of this region. On the occasion of World Monkey Day (Decem...

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Dogs: A major threat to wildlife

Dogs: A major threat to wildlife
(December 04, 2019) Feral dog feeding on a Blackbuck © Prasad NatrajanDogs, without a doubt, are man’s best friends. The descendants of wolves, dogs have played a major role in our lives by being our companions. However, over time, they have also emerged as a grave danger to wild birds and animal species.When it comes to India, feral and free-ranging dog population is highly unregulated and unchecked, creating woes of its own. According to researchers working with Wildlife Conservation Society-India (WCS...

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Jewels of the Seabed

Jewels of the Seabed
(November 26, 2019) If you dive deep into the oceans, you could be treated to a view of colourful sea slugs. While you admire the patterns and hues, be informed – the colours are their armours.By Vardhan PatankarAll that glitters. Sea slugs compensate for their small size and soft bodies by advertising their poisons through colour. Photo: Vardhan Patankar Enchanting to anyone who dives beneath the ocean’s surface, colourful sea slugs are a diverse group of marine animals that are found all over the...

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Life after Voluntary Relocation

Life after Voluntary Relocation
(November 17, 2019) A 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 up…http://wcsindia.org/home/2019/04/05/lending-a-helping-hand-for-a-happy-life/Until…House warming ceremony in Vasanth Poojary's new houseIt’s been o...

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In Mumbai, Leopards Are Citizens Too

In Mumbai, Leopards Are Citizens Too
(November 04, 2019) The Sanjay Gandhi National Park, in the heart of one of the world's most dense cities, is unique as a haven for wildlife, including leopards.Written by Oishimaya Sen NagA Waghoba temple near SGNP with a big cat painted on stone. The painting is worshipped by the local people. Photo credit: World Atlas."The cultural values and virtues that I have, do not teach me to kill," mentioned Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, when Bear Grylls presented him with a lethal weapon to protect him...

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A helpline to curb wildlife trafficking

A helpline to curb wildlife trafficking
(October 12, 2019) Debangini Ray wasn’t expecting any work call over a weekend, and certainly not one from a high-ranking officer in security forces. However, the urgency of the call became overt soon.  The officer was reaching out after his team had received intelligence about Tokay geckos in a house near a village in Assam. His team was at the spot and had discovered that the geckos were to be smuggled across the Bhutan border. However, none of the officers were experienced enough to handle the c...

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'My Journey from the Magical World of Western Ghats to Rocky Hills of Eastern Ghats' (Kannada - Part V)

'My Journey from the Magical World of Western Ghats to Rocky Hills of Eastern Ghats' (Kannada - Part V)
(October 12, 2019) ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಘಟ್ಟಗಳ ಮಾಯಾಲೋಕದಿಂದಃ ಪೂರ್ವ ಘಟ್ಟಗಳ ಬಂಡೆಗಾಡುಗಳವರೆಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಪಯಣ...ಗತಿಸಿಹೋದ ಘಟನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮೆಲಕು ಹಾಕುತ್ತ...ಮುಂದುವರೆದ ಕೊನೆಯ ಭಾಗ....ಸತೀಶ ಗಣೇಶ ನಾಗಠಾಣಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಗೋಚರಿಸುವ ನಿಸರ್ಗದ ಒಡನಾಟಗಳ ಮಧ್ಯೆ ನಾನು ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ಕಲಿಯುತ್ತಾ ಮುಂದೆ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ ಎಂಬುದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅರಿವು ಮನದಲ್ಲಿ ಹರಿದಾಡಲು ಶುರುವಾಯಿತು. ಪ್ರತಿ ದಿನದ ಕಾಯಕಗಳನ್ನೇಲ್ಲ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ಮಡಲಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀಸಲಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದೆ ಎಂಬುದರ ತಾತ್ಪರ್ಯ ನನ್ನನ್ನು ಹುಸಿಗೊಳಿಸಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಆಂಧ್ರ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಪ್ರಕಾಶಂ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಅಂಚಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಕಂಭಂ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊನೆಯ ದಿನದ ಕೆಲಸ ಮುಗಿಸುವ ಕಾತರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಬಳಗದ ಸದಸ್ಯರೆಲ್ಲರು ಕೆಲ ದಿನ...

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Small-clawed Otter: The Secret Surprise by the Stream

Small-clawed Otter: The Secret Surprise by the Stream
(October 11, 2019) Our lives are implicitly intertwined with this shy, mostly nocturnal creature. The destruction of its riverine habitat could spell danger for an entire ecosystem.

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From 'Waste Lands' to Protected Lands

From 'Waste Lands' to Protected Lands
(September 24, 2019) Saviour of Mumbai’s mangroves and a passionate conservationist, N. Vasudevan is all for tackling new age marine conservation issues with multiple approaches.Written by Anisha Iyer People often tend to think of mangroves as “wastelands” as very few know how valuable these forests are to the planet. Mangroves are ecosystems that have a massive impact on the lives of coastal and marine species, and most importantly, people. They help greatly in times of cyclones, floods, and other...

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