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Businesswoman contributes ten lakh towards voluntary relocation

(December 26, 2018) Anju, a businesswoman and wildlife conservationist at heart, has contributed Rs 10 lakh to WCS-India towards voluntary relocation of people from Protected Areas. Anju said, "When I came to know of the noble cause of working for voluntary relocation and conservation being done by WCS-India, I was eager to be a part of it as it resonated with my prayer, to leave no one behind, as we progress ahead."Welcoming the generous donation, Prakriti Srivastava said, “I am grateful to Anju, for her sig...

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Training for RFO Trainees on Wildlife Population Estimation

(December 21, 2018) Bengaluru: A training program for RFO (Range Forest Officer) trainees from Forest Training Institute and Rangers College, Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh on Wildlife Population Estimation was held at WCS-India headquarters in Bengaluru. Thirty-one trainees and two training staff participated in this two-day-long training program conducted by WCS-India Scientists Dr. Devcharan Jathana and Killivalavan R.The participants gather outside the WCS-India office premises.

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Combating Wildlife Trafficking Workshop in Telangana

(December 19, 2018) Dulapally: WCS-India in collaboration with the Telangana Forest Department conducted a workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking. There were around 60 field officers of ranks - FRO (Forest Range Officers), FSO (Forest Section officers) and Dy ROs from across Telangana state who participated in the workshop. The event was held at Telangana State Forest Academy in Dulapally.(Left to Right) Sahila Kudalkar, Imran Siddiqui, Dr. Kota Tirupataiah, PK Jha, Praveen Bhargav, Mridula Vijairaghavan, Mr. M...

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Release of turtle hatchlings

(December 19, 2018) Chambal, Dec 19: The TSA/WCS India Turtle Conservation Project Team is currently experiencing ‘empty nest syndrome’ after releasing 100 Red Crowned Roofed turtle (Batagur kachuga) hatchlings into the Chambal River Sanctuary as part of an annual conservation project.w82The endangered red-crowned roof turtle hatchlingOnce widespread across the Gangetic river system, this Critically Endangered species is now restricted to an ever decreasing population found in the Chambal river. To supp...

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Release of turtle hatchlings

(December 19, 2018) Chambal: The TSA/WCS India Turtle Conservation Project Team is currently experiencing ‘empty nest syndrome’ after releasing 100 Red Crowned Roofed turtle (Batagur kachuga) hatchlings into the Chambal River Sanctuary as part of an annual conservation project.The endangered red-crowned roof turtle hatchlingOnce widespread across the Gangetic river system, this Critically Endangered species is now restricted to an ever decreasing population found in the Chambal river. To supplement wild...

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Tribal woman wins 'Super farmer' award

(December 13, 2018) Mysore: Daasi, a relocated tribal woman, living at the Sollepura resettlement centre in HD Kote taluk, was honoured by the leading Kannada newspaper Vijaya Karnataka with the 'VK Superstar Farmer' award for her achievements. The award was given at a function held in Mysore last week in the presence of dignitaries like Sri Trinetra Mahanta Shivayogi Swamiji and others.The HD Kote Agriculture Department also recognised her for her work and awarded her last month.Daasi, wife of late Appu reloc...

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MSc Students visit Mumbai field site

(December 10, 2018) Mumbai: The National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore offers a Masters in Conservation and Wildlife Biology. Sixteen of the students from the latest batch, including one from Nepal and another from Bangladesh, attended the field course on human wildlife relationships. Mumbai has been an interesting site to visit as it used to be a place with severe human leopard conflict, which has now given way to a good model of dealing with the presence of high density of leopards in an area of ext...

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Imran Siddiqui honoured with Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award 2018

(December 07, 2018) Mumbai: Imran Siddiqui of the Wildlife Conservation Society - India has been honoured with the prestigious Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award 2018.Imran Siddiqui has come a long way from raising and selling poultry to fund his wildlife obsession. He is now on the Telangana State Board for Wildlife and works as an external expert for tiger monitoring in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He is also the Assistant Director for Conservation Science at WCS-India, and the co-founder of the Hyderabad Tig...

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Brutal Slaughter of Pangolin captured on video

(December 05, 2018) The pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal is generally known in wildlife circles. But a video that has emerged as part of a two-year study by Oxford researchers and others shows how brutally the animal is treated in parts of India. The footage from Assam shows the pangolin clinging to a tree for life as its tail is tugged. The hunters cut the tree and then light a fire to smoke it out. Once captured, the torture continues as it is bludgeoned and bleeding and finally thrown into bo...

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WCS-India Contest Winner felicitated

(December 01, 2018) Bengaluru: Prasad Natarajan, the winner of WCS-India Wildlife Week Conservation Images Contest, was felicitated at the WCS office in Bangalore where he met and interacted with some of the staff and scientists.Prasad receiving a mementoPrasad is a wildlife photographer and artist who has travelled extensively through the country, capturing wildlife with his lens and easel. He is a keen birder with a soft corner for Ospreys, the "tiger among the birds". Having worked in the private sector for near...

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