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In Loving Memory: Remembering Lokesh K. S., A Valued Member of WCS-India

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In Loving Memory: Remembering Lokesh K. S., A Valued Member of WCS-India
(July 07, 2023) It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the untimely demise of Lokesh KS, a beloved member of our WCS-India family since 2006. Lokesh played a vital role in our Livelihood Support Programme and dedicatedly contributed to conservation efforts throughout the Mysore landscape. During this challenging period, our heartfelt condolences and sympathies are extended to Lokesh's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.  

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 26 (2023)

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(July 01, 2023) Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary of Odisha records higher prey density | The New Indian Express Following the pre-monsoon sign survey in the Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, a herbivore or prey density of 46 animals per sq km was recorded in the sanctuary here. Moreover, for the first time in many decades, a tiger has also been sighted in Debrigarh during Census. Reportedly, the sign survey was conducted by the Hirakud Wildlife Division from May 29 to June 3.  While 40-60 animals per sq. km. re...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 25 (2023)

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(June 23, 2023) Facing space and resource crunch, North East states to build new shelters for seized wildlife | Mongabay Smuggled in large numbers into India from Myanmar and Bangladesh, seized exotic animals are given shelter in zoos across northeastern states of India. Northeastern states of India plan to build rescue centres for the animals with financial aid from Central Zoo Authority. Mizoram is one of the worst affected as the state’s Aizawl Zoo is overflowing with seized exotic animals. Zoos wil...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 24 (2023)

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(June 19, 2023) Similipal Tiger Reserve needs special armed force to protect its fauna | The New Indian Express Amid a string of poaching incidents, two back-to-back killings of forest officials by poachers in Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) have exposed the vulnerability of frontline staff in the biggest tiger habitat of the state and the crying needs for the deployment of armed forces. Though STR has its own tiger protection force ‘STPF’, sources said it has not been of much help in countering po...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 23 (2023)

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(June 12, 2023) 62 new plants that can live without water discovered in Western Ghats | India Today  Biologists have discovered 62 new species of plants that can withstand extreme dehydration. The plants belong to the Desiccation-Tolerant Vascular Species that are capable of surviving amid extreme water scarcity. This species is known for entering a state of dormancy and reviving when water becomes available again. Researchers said that the newly discovered plants could have a wide-ranging role in agric...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 22 (2023)

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(June 02, 2023)   -   Orphaned elephant calves struggle to survive in human-elephant conflicts in Tamil Nadu, India, with many losing their mothers to electrocution or accidents. A community-based initiative involving the Kadar tribal community successfully restores the dwindling hornbill population in the Western Ghats, India. Indian Bison, extinct in the Sanjay Tiger Reserve for 25 years, will be reintroduced with the aim of extending the species' family. A pre-monsoon census is underway in the Mudumalai ...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 21 (2023)

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(May 26, 2023) As tourism booms in India’s Western Ghats, habitat loss pushes endangered frogs to the edge | Mongabay India’s Western Ghats, a global biodiversity hotspot, is home to many endemic and endangered species of amphibians, some of which are new to science and others suspected of lying in wait of discovery. Deforestation due to infrastructure and plantation expansion in the southern Western Ghats threaten the region’s amphibian species, many of which have highly restricted habita...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 20 (2023)

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(May 19, 2023) Studies on migration patterns of milkweed butterflies and their feeding habits can help protect them, say researchers | The Hindu Researchers have highlighted the importance of studying the migration patterns and feeding habits of milkweed butterflies to protect them. These butterflies undertake a westward migration from the Eastern Ghats to the Western Ghats in southern India, becoming active for over two months upon arrival. The study revealed that the butterflies' wings are more damage...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 18 (2023)

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(May 05, 2023) India Lost More than Half of Its Suitable Elephant Habitat in Last 300 Years, Shows Report | News18 India has lost over 50% of its historic elephant habitat range in the past 300 years, according to an international team of researchers. The study examined the habitat range of Asian elephants across 13 Asian countries between 1700 and 2015, and found that almost two-thirds of the region's once-suitable land had been lost, with China and India experiencing the greatest declines. This loss i...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 17 (2023)

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(April 28, 2023) Flying is riskier for female katydids, finds India’s first insect radio telemetry study | Mongabay Radio telemetry was used in the first insect study of its kind in India, showing that female katydids fly more and farther than males for mating and egg-laying. This behaviour makes them more vulnerable to predators, such as insectivorous bats. The study highlights the potential for radio telemetry to deepen understanding of evolutionary behaviour and improve conservation management. The s...

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