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    Vol XXXVII No. 6, June 2017

    On the Cover

    The tall elephant grass, marshland and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests of the Kaziranga National Park is criss-crossed by four major rivers including the mighty Brahmaputra. It was here that the photographer documented this miracle of life unfolding. “The calf was born in front of me and was approximately 45 minutes old at the time this frame was captured. After one-and-a-half hours of continuous tending, massaging, caressing and encouraging by the mother and an attendant female, it finally took tiny, wobbly steps to walk away with the mother,” he writes.


    Rajarshi Banerji

Cover Story

The Anthropocene River

Photographer, writer and gifted storyteller Arati Kumar-Rao has been documenting the wondrous Brahmaputra river, and those who depend upon it, for the past three years. Here, her lyrical prose is at odds with the devastating picture she paints, of a once-wild and invincible river beginning to cede to the assault of man.


Big Blue, Tall Green

Migrants to the Andaman Islands, Chetana Purushotham and Krishna Anujan find themselves enamoured by the deep, lush wilderness of these islands and the water that surrounds them. Respectively a marine ecologist and tropical biologist, they banter on the incorruptible link between life underwater and on land.


One Million Snakebites

A third of globally-estimated snakebite deaths occur in India. Janaki Lenin explains what makes Indians prone to snakebites, and why antivenom research needs to be prioritised and supported.


The Plain Truth

If we leave no space for elephants to live, nature will leave us no way to survive either, writes Sanctuary Asia editor Bittu Sahgal.

Scaly Tales

Giri’s Bronzeback Tree Snake

Rahul Alvares describes the Giri’s bronzeback snake and explains why it has been classified as a separate species.

Talkin' Tigers

In The Garden

Jennifer Scarlott on all of the ways that the beauty of the world we live in makes itself seen and heard, touched and smelled, in the smallest, most ordinary and often fleeting moments.

Did You Know?

Elephant Beetles

Elephant beetles are one of the largest-known group of beetles on Earth!