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DISAPPEARING GHOSTS: The 'Dhole' Story- Part 1: How did we get here?

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DISAPPEARING GHOSTS: The 'Dhole' Story- Part 1: How did we get here?
(August 18, 2020) Dhole! Dhole! Dhole!’ was the despairing cry from a bloodied Won-tolla as he fled towards Mowgli in Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’, echoing the fear and animosity that many have felt towards the ‘Red Dog’ throughout history.Kipling’s story about the Dhole brings to mind a haunting image of vicious packs, numbering more than a hundred salivating beasts, that hound their kill unto the ends of the earth, running amok through the jun...

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Shajna Karim, Wildlife Warden, Aralam Wildlife Division on social forestry, human-animal conflict and her love for the wilderness

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Shajna Karim, Wildlife Warden, Aralam Wildlife Division on social forestry, human-animal conflict and her love for the wilderness
(August 14, 2020) Starting out as the first Muslim woman Range Forest Officer in India, Shajna Karim, Wildlife Warden, Aralam Wildlife Division has since seen an illustrious career in the forest service. Her expertise comes from spearheading innovative social forestry initiatives for years, and deftly handling human-animal conflict in Aralam, all while placing the interests of wildlife and local communities firmly at the center of her work.Photo courtesy: Shajna KarimWe spoke to her about the early experiences th...

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Ground Realities of Shark Fisheries in India

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Ground Realities of Shark Fisheries in India
(August 11, 2020) By Zoya TyabjiThis is the second in a series of commentaries by researchers with WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) during Shark Week documenting challenges and successes in shark and ray conservation today.A requim shark caught as bycatch in a gillnet fishery. A pelagic longline fishing vessel has just returned from a 15-day fishing trip from the high seas, and is offloading at Junglighat, the major fishing harbor in the Andaman Islands. The shark caught — most probably an oceanic w...

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Heroes of Our Frontline Staff: Meet Devaraja T M, Range Forest Officer

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Heroes of Our Frontline Staff: Meet Devaraja T M, Range Forest Officer
(August 10, 2020) We know that rangers are the frontline heroes in forestry, protecting our natural resources despite the danger the job may bring. However, behind this diligence on the ground are people with extremely interesting backgrounds and stories to share, which we hope to bring out through our series, “Heroes of Our Frontline Staff".This series is dedicated to the thousands of rangers relentlessly going about their everyday tasks, without expectation of recognition for their hard work.Today, we spo...

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"The technosphere is subservient to the biosphere. That is the only truth that has any survival relevance.": Bittu Sahgal on conservation truths, threats to the biosphere and empowering the youth

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"The technosphere is subservient to the biosphere. That is the only truth that has any survival relevance.": Bittu Sahgal on conservation truths, threats to the biosphere and empowering the youth
(August 06, 2020) By Aashika Ravi  At 72, he considers himself “a card-carrying member of the budda party”, but Bittu Sahgal’s love for nature remains evergreen. With a prolific career as an activist, a writer, and most prominently the founder and editor of Sanctuary Asia, one of India’s pioneering wildlife and ecology magazines, Sahgal has contributed immensely to wildlife conservation in India. His initiatives to promote grassroots conservationists, engage the youth in conserva...

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What can coral identification reveal about coral reefs?

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What can coral identification reveal about coral reefs?
(July 31, 2020) Coral reefs are the celebrities of the oceans: exceptionally photogenic, colourful and always the talk of the town when it comes to marine biodiversity. They also happen to be infamous models to show the negative impacts of climate change on the oceans. These are some of the aspects of coral reefs which are in the limelight. But there is so much more to the coral reef universe that we recently discovered through coral identification. Put simply, it involves identifying the taxonomic groups of co...

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Virendra Tiwari – The Guardian of Maharashtra’s Forests

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Virendra Tiwari – The Guardian of Maharashtra’s Forests
(July 08, 2020) Virendra Tiwari, a dynamic officer from the Indian Forest Service (1990 batch), took the baton of running the Mangrove Cell as Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and an ex-officio Executive Director of the Mangrove Foundation. In this interview with Moon Bhandari, WCS-India, he talks about encountering a myriad of forestry subjects and milestones in his service of 29 years.Photo courtesy: Virendra TiwariCan you tell us about your journey of serving in territorial ranges to Mantral...

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“Conservation is not the mandate of a single department, every single individual has to work for conservation.”: An interview with R Keerthi, Director, State Forest Training Institute, Kerala

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“Conservation is not the mandate of a single department, every single individual has to work for conservation.”: An interview with R Keerthi, Director, State Forest Training Institute, Kerala
(July 06, 2020) From ranking first in the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Exam nearly nine years ago, to now leading the State Forest Training Institute (STFI), Walayar, Kerala, R Keerthi has come a long way in her prestigious career as a forest officer.We spoke to her about her motivations for serving in the IFS, her biggest learning experiences, and her current role as Director, STFI.Tell us a little bit about your motivations behind joining the IFS. What drew you to it?I always loved nature. When I was a kid, wa...

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Conservation Alliances

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Conservation Alliances
(June 25, 2020) Quite often as wildlife biologists or conservationists, we tend to forget about the interests of other humans. Especially if one is fresh off the boat equipped with a degree in biology and conservation. Conservation becomes all about saving whatever enigmatic flora, fauna or habitat that has caught the eye. It can easily blind one into not considering other denizens – the people – who are as much a part of the story as the species or habitat. It is easy to forget that people can be a...

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"We’re competing with wildlife for their food & shelter": Prakriti Srivastava on Challenges in Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflict

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"We’re competing with wildlife for their food & shelter": Prakriti Srivastava on Challenges in Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflict
(June 15, 2020) Prakriti Srivastava is an officer from the Indian Forest Service, currently country director, Wildlife Conservation Society - India. In this interview with Aditi Phadnis, she discusses a host of challenges faced by those who want to conserve wildlife, including the animal-human conflict.Illustration by Binay SinhaThe horrific incident in which an elephant died in Kerala recently has once again brought to the fore the conflict between animals and humans. The bestiality of this attack has shocked ...

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