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Nature Knows Best

Credit:Baiju PatilDecember 2011: Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain. – Leonardo Da Vinci This woodpecker is doing what woodpeckers do best. And every decision-maker in…


December 2011: This image is dramatic. That is why it won a Special Mention in the Sanctuary Wildlife Photography 2011 contest. The officials concerned are seen trying to tranquillise a reluctant cat. The image depicts valour, but underscores failure.

The Other Kashmir Problem

October 2011: When people talk of the 'Kashmir problem' the first thing that comes to mind is terrorism, bloodshed, injustice to humans. But there is another 'Kashmir problem' that has long been ignored - the slow and painful assassination of the famous Dal Lake.

United In Life... Or Divided In Death?

Indian Red Fox October 2011: This interaction between this Himalayan marmot Marmota himalayana and the red fox Vulpes vulpes took place in the natural wonderland of Ladakh's Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary in India. As always, I found myself fixated…

Living Sand

Credit:Dr. Anish AndheriaAugust 2011: They evolved from land-living creatures, but by the time the Jurassic Period dawned 150 million years ago, crocodiles had virtually dispensed with their terrestrial existence. The order Crocodilia…

Balancing The Extremes: People, Forests & Wildlife

August 2011: Forest land makes up more than 20 per cent of India's land mass, therefore it should be one of the vital priority areas for both governments and people in order to keep the forests safe and secure for the future. The Forests Rights Act completely polarised all the key players that engage with forest India, be it for the benefit of people or wildlife.

Naturally Selected

Credit:Dr. Anish AndheriaJune 2011: Magnificent. Totally magnificent. There is something about objects crafted by nature that stirs the senses. And no, it’s not this Kanha tiger that has me spellbound... it’s the entire system!  I…

Condemned By Government Policy

Photo Credit:Arnold NoronhaThe National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has in the past had some of the most illustrious names serving on it. People like E. P. Gee, R.S. Dharmakumarsinhji, Anne Wright, M. Krishnan, Sálim Ali and Kailash…

Odd, Different, But Not Peculiar!

Credit: Sanjayan KumarApril 2011: Strange looking sambar? For a micro-moment that’s what I thought too… until I noticed the horns and body shape; at which point I did a double take! The image, sent to us by Sanjayan Kumar, Deputy Director…

National Shame

April 2011: My friend Belinda Wright who heads the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) sent me these two horrific images on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. It seems a leopard mauled three people from the Dhamdhar village in the Adnala Range of the Kalagarh Forest Division in the Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand.

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