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Melghat's New Lease of Life

October 2011:Rich soil held tight by a deep network of roots against the mountain winds and rain, clear streams, birdsong in the air, a mosaic of grasses and trees powered by the sun… Gaur and sambar feel at home again and the striped predator’s pugmarks announce its domination. 

When A Cold Desert Blooms

August 2011: I stood at the edge of the precipice, spellbound. Before me lay a carpet of flowers, painting the landscape with their dazzling hues. I could probably tick off every hue on the colour palette. Delicate green fronds wound their way between purple, yellow and pink petals. The valley was bursting with life and I was thrilled to be there.

Human Disease Hinders Anti-Poaching Efforts In Indian Nature Reserves

July 22, 2011: Where hunting pressure is high, anti-poaching efforts are often crucial for protecting native wildlife populations in nature reserves. However, many reserves suffer from inadequate support and provisioning of staff, especially in developing nations.

The Hoopoe-Lark

June 2011: It disappeared in a flash of striking wing patterns but, just for a second, I had a view of black wing feathers with a white base and a white tail with black outer feathers. I stood mesmerised, wanting to savour more of this attractive bird in the arid desert landscape.

Feasts, Famines and a Tale of Two Primates

June 2011: I countered the chill of an early rainforest morning by walking briskly along the damp forest trail towards where I had left my study group of lion-tailed macaques (LTM) Macaca silenus the previous night. The shrill cackle of the Grey Jungle Fowl Gallus sonneratii stridently called the denizens of the day to wakefulness.

A Monkey Watcher’s Diary

October 2010: A huge crashing sound from the nearby trees stops me in my tracks. I reach for my binoculars to peer through gaps in an otherwise impenetrable canopy, but see nothing. Pushing stealthily, eyes on the canopy, I am rewarded with the sight of two monkeys demolishing the juicy fruits of sam kothal or Artocarpus chama, which belongs to the jackfruit family.

An Encounter With A Sloth Bear

Early June 2010. Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, Karnataka. The forest is monsoon green. With me in the legendary ‘Main Watchtower’ is Chikanna, caretaker of the Kalhalla Forest Resthouse. From my vantage point, I am gifted with clear visibility thanks to three firebreaks. Just under 100 m. away, I can see the waterhole, which has offered naturalists some of the finest wildlife sightings imaginable.

The Striped Hyaenas – A Taxonomic Relict

The cold desert wind had picked up speed and the temperature had plummeted to less than two degrees celsius. It was possibly one of the coldest nights of January 2008. Savoji, my field assistant and I sat still and silent.

Tara – A Tigress by Billy Arjan Singh

January/March 1982: In a world that has eventually realised the value of its natural wealth, most nations are engaged in a race to save what is left of their wildlife, forests and natural areas. But for some animals it may already be too late. Tigers for instance, though saved temporarily, have been isolated in pockets on the sub-continent and do not have the opportunity to intermix…

New Eyes in a Dark Forest

Back-of-beyond Arunachal Pradesh! We had heard so much about the magic and rich biodiversity of this land that when we got a chance to be part of an expedition to Namdapha, we did not think twice about accepting! Having worked in…

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