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Conservation Bulletin - Week 6 (2023)

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(February 09, 2023) India needs strategy for conserving landscapes humans, wildlife share: Study | Hindustan Times A new study by eighteen scientists led by Bengaluru's NCBS and other conservation NGOs, including WCS-India, and academic institutions conducted a study that found that India needs a biodiversity strategy that includes conserving landscapes that humans and wildlife share since only 15% of the country's top conservation priority areas are covered under the protected area network. The scie...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (November - December 2022)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (November - December 2022)
(February 07, 2023) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter November - December 2022 In Focus 13 seizure incidents involving illegal trade in exotic wildlife were reported from India between November and December 2022. Recovered animals included non-native and exotic primates such as the white-lipped Tamarin and Panamanian white-faced Capuchin, snakes such as the Kenyan sand boa and corn snake, reptiles such as iguanas and tegu lizards, tarantulas, and parrots. Access the media reports here: B...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 5 (2023)

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(February 03, 2023) Rare species seen during Asian Water Bird Survey 2023 in Kawal Reserve | The New Indian Express WCS-India, in collaboration with HyTiCoS, the forest department, and various volunteer groups, conducted the Asian Water Bird Census (AWC) 2023 in the Kawal Tiger Reserve. More than 340 birds of different species were identified during the census, including the rare peregrine falcon. Other birds spotted include lesser whistling ducks, Indian spot-billed ducks, northern pintails, open-billed sto...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 4 (2023)

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(January 27, 2023) Less Than 150 Great Indian Bustards And 700 Lesser Floricans Remain: Report | Deccan Herald There are less than 150 Great Indian Bustards (GIB) and less than 700 lesser floricans left in the wild. According to The Corbett Foundation, India needs to take urgent measures to prevent the extinction of these endemic bustards. Bustards need agro-pastoral landscapes and grassland ecosystems for their survival. The TCF explained in its annual report that deaths could only be prevented if upcoming...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 2 (2023)

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(January 13, 2023) Endangered 35 feet long whale shark rescued off Goa coast | Times of India A 35 feet-long whale shark survived a four-hour-long ordeal after getting entangled on a fishing net off the Goa coast recently. The crew on board cut the nets to set the endangered big fish free. "When they get entangled in a fishing net, they try to move way from rescuers, making the task a little difficult," said Dr. Anant Pande, Programme Head for marine megafauna at WCS-India. Read more here. ...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 51

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(December 23, 2022)   Karnataka: Elephant Task Forces formed in Kodagu to address man-animal conflict | New Indian Express To address the issue of wild elephant conflict, Karnataka has formed Elephant Task Forces in four affected areas – Madikeri, Virajpet, Somwarpet, and Thithimathi. The task force aims to scientifically tackle the increased movement of wild elephants. The forest department officials, along with forest guards, forest watchers, and a Rapid Response Team make up the task fo...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 49

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(December 09, 2022) Rajya Sabha clears Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill | The Indian Express The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2022 has been passed in the Rajya Sabha. The bill seeks to strengthen the protection of endangered species and enhance punishment for illegal wildlife trade. According to the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill, it was enacted to enhance the protection of wildlife and ensure the ecological and environmental security of the country through better management of P...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 48

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(December 02, 2022) First survey on Golden Jackal in Mumbai Metropolitan Region initiated | Deccan Herald ​​The Mangrove and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation & WCS-India will conduct a novel scientific study in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The study will document the presence of golden jackals and other small carnivores in mangrove habitats using sign surveys and camera traps, understand the jackals’ diet and study interactions between jackals, domestic dogs and humans. Nikit Su...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (October 2022)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (October 2022)
(November 28, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter October 2022 In Focus Four seizure incidents involving illegal trade in exotic wildlife were reported from India in October 2022 - From Assam, Maharashtra, Mizoram and Tamil Nadu. Notably, recovered animals included non-native felines, primates, and marsupials. Other recovered species include non-native birds and reptiles, such as snakes, tortoises and turtles. Access the media reports here: Mizoram: 140 Exotic Birds And Animals Res...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 47

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(November 25, 2022) Telangana’s first overpass eco-bridge for wild animals coming up on NH-63 | Telangana Today The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is constructing Telangana’s first overpass bridge for wild animals on NH-63. The 1 km long bridge will help to increase connectivity in the Kaghaznagar forest while reducing the risk of collision with vehicles. The project will cost Rs. 30 crore and is estimated to take six months to complete.  Read more here. How preserving f...

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