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Of Pets, Delicacies and Calipee: A glimpse into the seamless trade in freshwater turtles and tortoises

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Of Pets, Delicacies and Calipee: A glimpse into the seamless trade in freshwater turtles and tortoises
(June 11, 2020) By Ramya Roopa SengottuvelTrade in wildlife has existed for decades. However, trafficking is no longer synonymous only with illegal trade in big charismatic fauna or their parts, such as the pelts of big cats, rhino horns, elephant ivory and so on. Several animal and plant species – newer, rarer and barely known, have come to enter and dominate illegal markets, both nationally and internationally. Like other trade industries, trends in the type and quantity of the commodity traded (a speci...

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The Sound of Nature: Using AI to protect life on land and below water

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The Sound of Nature: Using AI to protect life on land and below water
(June 05, 2020) Artificial Intelligence has given computers vision. It is now giving conservationists the “ears” they need. Recognizing endangered species by their call in the wild is a critical element in conservation efforts. Unlike vision, sound can be used to track them even if the animals are camouflaged and irrespective of the direction where they are located. Also, sound travels a long distance in the wild. This means that tracking by sound can work even in areas that are difficult to access....

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ವಿಸ್ಮಯಲೋಕದ ನಾವಿಕರು... (ಭಯ, ಕುತೂಹಲ, ಹಾಸ್ಯ) Sailors of the Amazing World (Part 1)

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ವಿಸ್ಮಯಲೋಕದ ನಾವಿಕರು... (ಭಯ, ಕುತೂಹಲ, ಹಾಸ್ಯ) Sailors of the Amazing World (Part 1)
(May 28, 2020) ವಿಸ್ಮಯಲೋಕದ ನಾವಿಕರು...(ಭಯ, ಕುತೂಹಲ, ಹಾಸ್ಯ)ದಂಡಕಾರಣ್ಯದ ಸುತ್ತ ಚಲಿಸುವ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆಗಳು...ಲೇಖಕರು – ಸತೀಶ ಗ. ನಾಗಠಾಣಬೆಳಗಿನ ಹೊತ್ತು ತಂಪಾಗಿ ಬೀಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಗಾಳಿ ಮತ್ತು ದಟ್ಟವಾಗಿ ಕವಿದಿದ್ದ ಮೋಡಗಳು ನೆಲಕ್ಕೆ ತಾಗಿದಂತಾಗಿತ್ತು. ದಟ್ಟ ಕಾಡು ಕಿಕ್ಕಿರಿದು ತುಂಬಿದ ಬೃಹತ್ ಮರಗಳ ಸಾಲುಗಳ ಮಧ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಅಂಕು-ಡೊಂಕಾದ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ರಸ್ತೆ ಬಹಳ ದೂರದವರೆಗೆ ಹಾದು ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಗುಡ್ಡಗಾಡುಗಳಿಂದ ಆವರಿಸಿದ ಕಣಿವೆಗಳ ಸುತ್ತ ಚಿಕ್ಕ-ಚಿಕ್ಕ ನೀರಿನ ಜಲಪಾತಗಳನ್ನು ತನ್ನ ಒಡಲೊಳಗೆ ಧುಮ್ಮಿಕ್ಕಿ ಹರಿಯುವ ಇಳಿಜಾರುಗಳಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದ ಆಳವಾದ ತಗ್ಗು ಪ್ರದೇಶ ಅದಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಸಮರೋಪಾದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಚಲಿಸುವ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ರಸ್ತೆ ತನ...

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"We must unite and fight to save the bustard": Dr. Nigel Collar's Message on Bustard Conservation

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"We must unite and fight to save the bustard": Dr. Nigel Collar's Message on Bustard Conservation
(May 21, 2020) A message from Dr. Nigel Collar, Chairman of the IUCN Bustard Specialist Group to the WCS event at CMS, February 2020.Dr. Nigel Collar with other experts at the Desert National Park. Photo courtesy: H S Sathya Chandra SagarThousands of species are coming to the end of their lives in our current extinction crisis. Many of them can be saved with relative ease (if global warming does not take away their habitat), because they have restricted ranges in which reserves can be establishe...

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Better Tourism for a Better Terra

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Better Tourism for a Better Terra
(May 19, 2020) By Jisha JacobOn July 5th 1841, 500 people took an excursion from Leicester to Loughborough on a chartered train. Thomas Cook had marshalled one of the first organized tourism packages ever, kick-starting the era of modern tourism. Little did he know that he had pioneered a global industry. Over the century, the travel and tourism industry has grown immensely. Today it has spread out into various niche areas; rural, medical, cultural and heritage tourism being few of the many. Globally, the indu...

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Small or Big, Your Home Garden Has the Potential to Be a Refuge for Urban Wildlife

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Small or Big, Your Home Garden Has the Potential to Be a Refuge for Urban Wildlife
(May 15, 2020) In recent days, I have taken to reading a book that has opened my eyes to much of my city Bangalore’s ecological history. Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future, authored by Harini Nagendra, ecologist and Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University explores urban green spaces in the city, including parks, slums, streets and lakes.However, what stayed with me was a chapter on home gardens, and their role in supporting much of a city’s biodiversity.Phot...

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Fearless in the Face of Pressure, ‘Encroachment Eviction Specialist’ Basu Kannogia has Cleared Over 6,800 Hectares of Encroached Forest Land

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(April 30, 2020) By Manish Machaiah and Aashika RaviThe name ‘Encroachment Eviction Specialist’ isn’t conferred on just anyone. With over 6,800 hectares of total encroachment land cleared, and over 150 cases of illegal activity and nearly 50 cases of poaching filed, Basu Kannogia lives up to her title.Photo courtesy: Basu KannogiaAfter completing her primary education from Kanpur, she earned her Master’s degree in Zoology from Allahabad University in Uttar Pradesh. Belonging to the Indian...

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Living with Leopards

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Living with Leopards
(April 29, 2020) It was late in the night, and I was busy comparing pictures of leopards on my laptop. Leopards have rosette patterns which are unique to each individual and can help identify them. It was tough to concentrate, though, as I kept hearing the eerie call of a barn owl. Just as I leaned out of my window to photograph the owl with my smart phone, it rang. Off went the owl into the night!Screen grab from a video where the mother returns to take her cubs. Source: Wildlife SOSThe caller was my friend, Ja...

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Global Health Implications of Wildlife Trade

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(April 27, 2020) A third of the first 41 patients that were admitted to the hospital for symptoms of COVID-19, then an unknown and unnamed disease, had had an exposure to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, central China (Huang et al, 2020). Naturally, strong speculations were made that COVID-19 causing novel coronavirus might have emerged from this wet market (ibid.), that also sold wildlife illegally. It had ideal conditions for the novel mutation of the coronavirus (Evans, 2020): hygiene conditions ...

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State Forest Departments Across the Country Provide Relief to Forest Communities during Lockdown

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(April 20, 2020) After our reportage on the Kerala Forest Department’s efforts to support interior forest communities during the lockdown, the state Forest Department has released a video documenting its efforts.Meanwhile, we received multiple responses from other state forest departments carrying out similar initiatives.  We spoke to Satovisha Samajder, Divisional First Officer, Balod, Chattisgarh, who is spearheading a Door-to-Door collection system during these unprecedented times.“Normall...

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