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Export and Import of Wildlife in India

Export and Import of Wildlife in India
(September 19, 2019) Written by Sahila KudalkarWildlife trade in the Indian scenario can be divided into three categories as defined by the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992:Some notable aspects of India’s export-import policy for wildlife trade are as follows:Wildlife ExportsNo wildlife other than six birds is permitted to be exported. These include (L to R) Bengal Finch, Zebra Finch, Budgeriar, Albino Budgeriar, White Finch (not depicted) and Javan Sparrow (restricted export)Wildlife Impor...

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Demystifying CITES Appendices

Demystifying CITES Appendices
(September 16, 2019) Written by Sahila KudalkarAt the recently concluded CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP) 2019 held 17th – 28th August, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, countries voted to increase protection for otters, giraffes, reptiles such as the star tortoise and tokay gecko and several marine species including sea cucumbers, sharks and eels against excessive, unregulated trade. Many species were ‘uplisted’ from Appendix II to Appendix I, such as the Asian Small-clawed Otter (Amblonyx cinerea...

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Senna spectabilis: The Alien Green

Senna spectabilis: The Alien Green
(September 07, 2019) This invasive species is very hardy and survives under challenging conditions. Removing it is a big task and eradicating it from a landscape can take years.Written by Manish MachaiahAs the vehicle moved through the wildlife sanctuary, all that greeted the eye was long stretches of the Senna spectabilis, native species of America, introduced to India as ornamental plant. The plant has truly invaded the landscape here, far away from its homeland. No other vegetation could be seen anywhere around a...

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It Takes All Kinds to Make the Bird World

It Takes All Kinds to Make the Bird World
(September 03, 2019) BOOK REVIEW: Bird BusinessAuthor: Rohan ChakravarthyPublisher: BNHSBirds being birds, as they flit from branch to branch to tree to sky it is tough to pin them down or catch on lens their daily chores. That’s where birder Rohan Chakravarthy’s book Bird Business comes in handy. Combining information on the wooing, nesting and feeding ways of birds with colourful sketches, he prepares a witty and engaging journey through the lives of a 100-odd birds found on the sub-continent. The...

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Working with all stakeholders for conservation

Working with all stakeholders for conservation
(August 29, 2019) Whether it be the Green Army or his work at SGNP, Sunil Limaye has believed that effective conservation can happen only when all affected people are involved.  He has a spider and a lizard named after him – Jerzego sunillimaye and the day gecko respectively. Perhaps he is the only forest officer, or the first Indian even, to have such a distinction. The honour bestowed on him can be traced not only to his dedication at work but his efforts to support research work and engage with...

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Inaccurate data has serious impacts on conservation models

Inaccurate data has serious impacts on conservation models
(August 23, 2019) Written by Dhruv Gangadharan ArvindThe cruciality of communicating proper information cannot be understated while reporting biodiversity conservation to global audiences. With respect to our understanding of animals, the Indian Army’s announcement a few months ago of “Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast 'Yeti’” – with photographic evidence of footprints – reveals how the “discovery” of such a cryptic species is communicated. It is also an examp...

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Fighting Wildlife Crime with New Age Forensics

Fighting Wildlife Crime with New Age Forensics
(August 20, 2019) Forensic science has fascinated many of us over the years. From television crime shows to movies, which portray our favourite actor in compelling storylines, investigating and weaving clues together to catch a criminal. Solving crime in real life can however be a strenuous process, with real victims involved. Applying scientific methods and knowledge to criminal investigations is what forensic science does, by incorporating different aspects of science. Forensic science has several sub divisions...

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What the floods and landslides tell us

What the floods and landslides tell us
(August 16, 2019) Climate change and habitat degradation are the prime reasons, and both point to human activity.Landslide in Munnar, Kerala 2018 ©eos.orgAlmost on the dot, exactly a year after the 2018 floods the rains poured down on Kerala causing havoc and claiming lives once again. Some new areas were affected catching residents by surprise, but some of those affected last year were battered again. This time around, lives have been lost mostly to landslides, which steamrolled mud and water on estate...

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‘Spread the Word, Take Conservation to the Public’

‘Spread the Word, Take Conservation to the Public’
(August 14, 2019) A holistic view of conservation that looks at a diversity of habitats and species is the focus of the Chief Wildlife Warden of Karnataka, Sanjai Mohan, IFS.Sanjai Mohan, IFS is the Chief Wildlife Warden and PCCF (Wildlife), Karnataka Working as a forest officer, often it calls for a combination of quick thinking and a binding belief in one’s duty to protect wildlife, when caught in a tough situation. So it was that the then ACF of Koppa, Sanjai Mohan had handed over charge on transfer...

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The Worrying Future of India's Elephants

The Worrying Future of India's Elephants
(August 12, 2019) By Kartick SatyanarayanWe are celebrating World Elephant Day today. However, the worrying aspect is only about 27,000 wild elephants remain in India, as opposed to a million a decade ago as indicated by research. There has been a 98 per cent nose dive in the wild elephant population.India is one of the 17 mega-diverse countries of the world. Being home to 7-8 per cent of the world’s recorded species, from top predators such as the Asiatic lions, Bengal tigers to large herbiv...

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