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Conservation Bulletin - Week 40

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(October 06, 2022) Kerala: Herpetofaunal survey finds capital wildlife division as a biodiversity hotspot | The Hindu Thiruvananthapuram's first-ever herpetofaunal survey has recorded 67 amphibian and 80 reptile species, including many vulnerable, endangered and near-threatened ones. Organised jointly by the Forest Department and Aranyakam Nature Foundation, the survey was conducted by volunteers from various institutions. The survey also recorded many species that were endemic to the Western Ghats. ...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (August 2022)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (August 2022)
(September 30, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter August 2022 In Focus Multiple seizures involving illegal trade of exotic wildlife species were reported in August. The cases were reported from Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, and Tripura. Seized wildlife includes exotic species of primates, hornbills, and reptiles, among others. Read full media reports on these seizures here: Passenger from Bangkok caught with live animals, including monkey & snakes at Chennai Airport; arrested...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 38

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(September 22, 2022) India gets its first Dugong Conservation Reserve in Tamil Nadu | The Hindu 448 sq km of coastal waters in Palk Bay have been notified as India's first dugong conservation reserve, covering Thanjavur and Pudukotta. There are only about 240 dugongs in Indian waters, so protecting them and their vulnerable habitats is imperative. Officials explain that the new reserve will not restrict or regulate fishing communities in any way but will focus on collaborating with them in conservation ef...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 37

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(September 15, 2022) New atlas of bird migration shows extraordinary journeys | The Hindu  A recently published online bird migration atlas draws data from a vast amount of scientific and community sources to illustrate the routes of about 450 bird species in the Americas, including warblers. This first-of-its-kind site will host hundreds of GPS and bird-banding data and community science observations. The site enables a user to enter a species and watch its movement's course over time. Read more ...

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Illegal Trade of Marine Species in India: 2015- 2021

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Illegal Trade of Marine Species in India: 2015- 2021
(September 13, 2022) The report, ‘Illegal Trade of Marine Species in India: 2015-2021’, aims at providing a comprehensive overview of the illegal marine wildlife trade in India from 2015 to 2021. Publicly available online newspaper articles were collected and analysed by the Counter Wildlife Trafficking team of WCS-India. The report provides insights into the nature, volume and extent of illegal marine trade across the country. In addition, incidents involving illegal sea cucumber trade were further anal...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 36

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(September 08, 2022) Southeast Asia’s big cats like their prey rare — as in really elusive | Mongabay A new study explains the importance of rare prey species like serows for tigers and clouded leopards in Southeast Asia. The population of these cats are threatened by the illegal wildlife trade and the snaring crisis, which also depletes the prey population. Notably, the finding refutes the belief that clouded leopards prefer arboreal prey or small deer. The insights also help inform efforts to bo...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 35

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(September 02, 2022) Scientists find new bird species at South America's edge | Reuters In Diego Ramirez Islands, a remote pasture at the frigid top of South America, scientists have identified a new bird species - Subantarctic rayadito. The discovery brights to light the importance of studying the world's remote locations. Weighing 16 grams, this bird is brown in colour with black and yellow bands and a large beak. Based on genetic studies, scientists distinguished the bird from other rayadito specie...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 34

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(August 25, 2022) Poaching of rhinos ‘shows encouraging decline but remains an acute threat’ | Independent Experts explain that the poaching of rhinos has witnessed an "encouraging" decline. However, it continues to remain a significant threat. A new IUCN report shows that conservation efforts and strengthened law enforcement has helped increase the populations of the Indian rhino and Javan rhino since 2017. In Africa, Global lockdowns and pandemic restrictions drastically reduced poa...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 32

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(August 19, 2022) Soil conservation efforts prove a boon for spotted deer in Kawal reserve In Kawal Tiger Reserve, the population of spotted deer, chinkaras, blue bulls and other wildlife has multiplied, owing to improved habitat management and monitoring. According to forest officials, soil and moisture conservation methods and effective grassland management have majorly contributed to the retention of natural habitat in and around the reserve. Read more here.   Govt sanctions 13 projects ...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (July 2022)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (July 2022)
(August 18, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter July 2022 In Focus Read more about these seizures in the News Scan section below.    ‘Wildlife Evidence Collection Kits’ gifted in support to the Telangana Forest Department On the occasion of International Tiger Day (29 July 2022), as part of the existing collaboration between Wildlife Conservation Society- India and Telangana Forest Department, we provided ‘Wildlife Evidence Collection K...

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