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Asian elephants set to lose almost half of their present habitat

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(April 05, 2019) India harbours approximately half of the total population of the endangered wild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). They need large areas for survival and are considered as “umbrella species” as their conservation also protects other species that occupy that same habitat. However, like many other animals, elephants are also facing the heat of a changing climate, and are a victim of habitat loss. In a recent study, an international team of researchers from India, Spain,...

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KNP neutral in its 'carbon book-keeping'

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(April 05, 2019) Mongabay reports: According to research carried out as part of the ‘Metflux India’ project by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, the forest ecosystem shows a see-saw effect: it fluctuates from being a carbon source to sink during the course of the year with the change in seasons.A forest is considered to be a carbon sink if it absorbs more carbon from the atmosphere than it releases. Plants sponge-off carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for photosynth...

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Manipal University Scholars visit WCS-India

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(April 05, 2019) Bengaluru: A team of scholars from Manipal University, Dr.Shyamala Hande, Mr Ranajit Das and Ms.Mohini Gupta, visited WCS-India office and met with the team leaders and learned about some of the ongoing work. The team were introduced to some of the focal areas of conservation undertaken by the organisation. The visit saw a lot of interaction between the Manipal delegation and WCS team leaders. Then they were given an insight into camera trapping and the science involved in wildlife conserva...

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PCCF, CWW Kerala visits WCS-India Office

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(March 30, 2019) Bengaluru: Principal Chief Conservator of forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, Kerala Mr. Surendrakumar visited the WCS-India office and interacted with Country Director Prakriti Srivastava and other senior staff. He was appreciative of the work done by the organisation across the spectrum of work including combatting wildlife trafficking, voluntary relocation, new initiatives around marine conservation etc and evinced interest in collaborating in some of the areas. He also promised the department...

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Chimps Are Losing Their Culture, Study Says

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(March 19, 2019) Tool use, unique social groups are disappearing due to human disturbance.Read Publicationhttps://youtu.be/1nXYIAIb4C8A sweeping new study published in the journal Science says that chimpanzee’s complex cultures – including the use of tools and other behaviors – are being lost as human disturbance expands into previously wild areas.The ten-year study, led by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, s...

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MoU for removing invasive species in Wayanad Sanctuary

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(March 10, 2019) Wayanad: A MoU was signed between WCS-India and the Forest Development Agency - Sulthan Batheri, Kerala to support Forest Department in eradication work of the invasive plant species Senna spectabilis from the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. This will be done as per the guidelines of the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) by employing the members of the  Eco Development Committee of  Muthanga  and flood-affected families of the area. The Royal Bank of Scotland Foundation is provi...

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

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(March 07, 2019) Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society, WCS-India, and Annapurna International School of Film & Media bring to you The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival On Tour: Hyderabad. The Festival will be organised on the 8th, 9th and 10th of March, 2019 at the Shiva Preview Theatre, Annapurna Studios.All the films being projected over the three days are a part of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, who is our collaborator for the content.There will be a wildlife photography exhibit from...

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Capacity Building Workshop for Jharkhand Forest Staff

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(March 06, 2019)  Jharkhand: A two-day training was conducted by WCS-India at Jharkhand State Forest Training Institute, Mahilong. This training focuses on building capacity of forest officers to understand the scale of wildlife trade, impacts of wildlife trafficking, protocols to be followed during investigation, search and seizure, powers entrusted to the forest officers under India’s wildlife protection law and efforts to improve conviction rate of wildlife criminals in the state. A total of 39 fro...

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Interactive Session with M.Sc Wildlife Students

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(March 06, 2019) Bengaluru: In an interaction with M.Sc students of wildlife biology and conservation, research associate Arjun Srivastava talked about the wild canid project highlighting the need for more studies and better conservation of the species. The students quizzed him on various aspects of the project structure and results.

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Tragic Demise of Mr. S Manikandan, IFS - Condolences

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(March 03, 2019) Bengaluru: I, on behalf of Wildlife Conservation Society-India Program, condole the tragic demise of Mr. S Manikandan, Conservator of Forests, Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka.  Mr. S. Manikandan passed away in a shocking incident inside Nagarahole National Park when he was confronting and killed by a wild elephant while performing his duties in the D B Kuppe range.Our deepest condolences are with the bereaved family and friends of Mr. Manikandan.  Forest department personnel often ...

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