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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.

Climate-Threatened

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…

Wild Maharashtra

Credit:Raman KulkarniAs the many-hued pages of Sanctuary’s newest large-format book come to life, one is reminded of the words of Albert Einstein: Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything. The book offers a mere glimpse into the living natural…

Having Your God And Eating Him Too

Credit:Dibyendu Majumdar

It was fear, faith and dependency that combined to force the people of the Indian subcontinent to worship nature. If they did not venerate and propitiate the natural world it would be neither kind nor generous.

Cutting Edge Conservation

Photo Credit:tigress@ghosriAgainst the backdrop of the larger battle against India’s quixotic tourism policies, some organisations such as ‘Tigress@Ghosri’ are helping wildlife habitats…

How Old Will You Be In 2050? Tomorrow Asks Today

Credit:Bittu SahgalThis is a ‘Save our Tigers’ rally in progress in the heat of an unusually hot March 2012 day, on a crowded Dehradun street. I walked with David Hilton, Principal Hilton School and scores of terrific teachers from over 40…

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