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Fait Accompli!

Agniprava Nath“How on Earth do we cope with them?” That’s what the natural world seems to be pondering, as that misfit, Homo sapiens, runs amok through fragile Planet Earth. Meanwhile ‘developers’ respond as developers are wont to: “How…

Peaceable Kingdom

Harsh PiramalThree decades ago, I discovered the joys of langur watching in forests such as Ranthambhore, Kanha and Nagarahole. At first it was their antics – chasing, purposeless bounding, noisy quarrelling and arboreal acrobatics – that would hold my attention.

From Here To Eternity

Muniswararaja PalaniappanThere is poetry in this dream-like vision of birds stretching all the way to the horizon. There is poetry too in the mystery-world of algae and tiny shrimp-like creatures that blossom underfoot in the animate ooze.

The Hitchhiker

Saran Vaid “Why am I here? What’s my purpose in life? What do I mean by who I am?” Such were the mind-boggling questions asked by the sperm whale that Douglas Adams brought momentarily into existence through his ‘Infinite Improbability Drive’ in that all-time…

Turning Nature On Its Head

Amish PatelThere is exquisite beauty in function. The tooth of a tiger. Bird feathers. Amphibian skin. Leaf-littered water – all perfection personified.


Dr. Lalith EkanayakeAll living species, including this Great Crested Tern Sterna bergii chick, are plucky survivors of a series of relentless life-or-death ‘trials of life’. Protected from human disturbance…

Keeping Old Flames Alive

Photograph by Tejas Soni/Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2012.As mysterious as they are beautiful, the six flamingo species known to man have fascinated artists and scientists in equal measure down the ages.…

Flights Of Fancy

Bittu SahgalSaturated with water and pulsating with life, a living wetland is a joy to behold. When traversing India’s most popular tiger reserves, trekking the high Himalaya or exploring the Western Ghats, I find myself magnetically drawn to small and large water…

Stuck With Humans

Credit: Pranay ChandraWhen I launched Sanctuary in 1981, a quiet wildlife man, S.P. Shahi, Chief Wildlife Warden of Bihar, said to me: “While our focus is on the tiger, we might soon lose the leopard because it does not know that humans are to…

No Risk Advice

Credit:Vishal BansodBe wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

When you cross a city road, you run the risk of being struck by a speeding vehicle. When a villager walks in his or…

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