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WCS-India condemns assault on TFD FRO

(June 30, 2019) 30th July 2019: A lady Forest Range Officer (FRO), Anitha Chole from the Kaghaznagar Division of the Telangana Forest Department was assaulted by Konaru Krishna (Vice Chairman Zilla Parishad) and villagers from Sarsala village while carrying out her official duties.  The FRO was carrying out afforestation activities under the Kaleshwaram Project in 20 ha of degraded forest land.  It is believed that the assault was politically motivated as there were attempts to illegally encroach this...

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Marine species conservation: Need to bring stakeholders to the same page

(June 25, 2019) A new study reveals how effective implementation of law to protect important marine species begins with awareness building among stakeholders.Bangalore, June 24, 2019: Awareness campaigns, involving local stakeholders in decision making and empowering the authorities, can go a long way in protecting marine species, as revealed by a new study. The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, WLPA amended in 2002 and 2006 has brought several marine species under its ambit, but awareness about the WLPA for mar...

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Photographic identities of individual elephants provide reliable insight on their population in Kaziranga National Park, Assam

(June 15, 2019) 1. Reliable estimation of elephant populations is a challenge2. Collaboration between WCS-India scientists and the Assam Forest Department paves the way to address this challenge3. Advanced population estimation techniques provide reliable elephant population numbersJune 16, 2019: Cutting-edge research carried out by scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society India (WCS-India), in collaboration with the Forest Department, Assam, is paving the way for reliable estimation of Asian elephant popu...

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New Protected Area declaration by Karnataka Forest Department a big boost for conservation

(June 08, 2019) June 8, 2019: Wildlife Conservation Society - India welcomes the latest notification by Forest, Ecology & Environment department of Karnataka Government announcing the expansion of two protected areas and a new conservation reserve in the State.While commending the government over the notifications, Country Director of WCS-India, Ms. Prakriti Srivastava said, "This is a very big step towards the conservation of the Western Ghats and will go a long way in preserving critical habitat and wildl...

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Leopards, wolves and hyenas show resilience in human-use landscapes in India

(April 19, 2019) A new study reveals how large carnivores like leopards, wolves and hyenas share space with people in Western Maharashtra, making these ‘conservation-enabled’ landscapes.Bengaluru, 12th April 2019: India’s focus on large carnivore conservation and active management is mostly centered on forested National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. However, there is increasing evidence that the country’s diverse non-protected habitats support a high diversity of wildlife that has ...

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Leopard numbers in SGNP on the rise

(April 01, 2019) Mumbai, March 28: Camera trap images of leopards residing within the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai indicate that the numbers have gone up to 47 in 2018, compared to 41 in 2017 and 35 in 2015. However, 16 of the leopards captured in images in 2017 were not observed in 2018, pointing to either a dispersal outside the park, or death. Twenty-five images match with those from earlier years.The exercise carried out across 140 sq kms also revealed the good health of a cub which lost its mother ea...

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Study on seagrass in Andamans

(March 28, 2019) Bangalore, 28 March 2019: A recent study has thrown useful insight on the flowering and fruiting of the Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), which has the longest leaves found in Indian waters and is a major carbon sink in the oceans. The seagrass ecosystem has been largely neglected despite its significant contribution in providing refuge and food for marine life and the present study provides a baseline for further detailed ones.The study by a team of researchers from WCS-India, D...

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Protection and healthy coral cover help conserve largest herbivorous fish

(March 19, 2019) Bangalore, 12 March 2019: Marine protected areas and live coral and algal cover help inconservation of the largest herbivorous and corallivorous fish (that feed on live coral), the bumpheadparrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum), according to a new paper published in Oryx journal. Thestudy was conducted by Vardhan Patankar, marine biologist with WCS-India and NCBS, TanmayWagh from Dakshin Foundation and Aniruddha Marathe from Atree.This fish is a highly prized fishery resource worldwide and has expe...

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Protected Areas hold hope for the endangered dhole

(March 04, 2019) Protected areas play an important role in sustaining dhole populations in the Western Ghats of Karnataka.Bengaluru, 28th February 2019: Loss of forest cover and livestock grazing activity are affecting dhole populations in Karnataka's Western Ghats. However, protected areas offer hope in ensuring that the dhole doesn't go extinct. A decade-long study led by scientists from University of Florida (USA), Wildlife Conservation Society-India, Centre for Wildlife Studies and National Centre for Biolog...

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Attacks on people: Leopards affect smaller areas than tigers and (African) lions

(December 14, 2018) Distinct patterns emerge around human injuries and deaths caused by leopards, lions and tigers in three countries  Using disease outbreak dynamics, a novel approach, scientists Craig Packer, Nicholas Fountain- Jones including WCS - India scientists Shweta Shivakumar and Vidya Athreya, look at the spatial characteristics of large cat attacks on humans, over time.This analysis was from three countries - India, Nepal and Tanzania using 908 confirmed cases of injuries and deaths of humans due t...

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