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The Gir Lions – Panthera Leo Persica

By R.S. Dharmakumarsinhji

"I and my wife have gone through the second issue of Sanctuary magazine and find it an improvement on the Premier issue. More improvements can still be made and we could discuss these personally."

The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

February 2012: Cynics say that most international conferences are little more than junkets where poverty and environmental protection are discussed over champagne and caviar.  Be that as it may, the truth is that almost all the global action we see between governments today rides on the back of the many conventions and protocols signed at such events.

Bringing Back Manas

February 2012: It’s just over a year ago. It is raining buckets through dawn, and I toss and turn wondering if the six a.m. park ride was as sane an idea as it had seemed the night before. The whole team is downstairs I remind myself, and struggle out of bed just as, miraculously, the rain stops. We clamber into three jeeps and set forth.

Blood Ivory Smugglers

February 2012: An hour later, word of gunshots reached us – I was with Mary Rice and Paul Redman from EIA and David Daballen from Save the Elephants – and as the sun rose the next morning we stood over the body of another matriarch from the same group, named Hope, her tusks hacked from her face and her blood freshly pooling in the dirt.

Dead Tigers Or Clean Electricity? – How Coal Is Destroying Chandrapur’s Tiger Forests

The pugmarks were clear in the damp mud of the track – a leopard had passed this way, and probably not many hours ago, before sunrise. Just off the track, buffaloes wallowed noisily in a muddy pool, and villagers passed by us with bamboo from the forest, from which they would weave baskets.

Siachen Resolution

October 2011: Five years ago I wrote an article in these pages (Sanctuary Vol. XXV No. 1, February 2005) after a visit to Mumbai, suggesting a way for India and Pakistan to resolve the Siachen dispute through a carefully crafted agreement on creating a cryospheric research area that would be dedicated to science.

India’s Guidelines For Ecotourism – Can Be Turned Around!

August 2011: The extremely quixotic text of the official draft Tourism Policy posted on the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ (MoEF) website has not thrown too much clarity on the ecotourism canvas.

In The Name Of The Tiger

August 2011: It was a surprisingly pleasant morning. As the convoy made its way through the forests of Kawal, the air was thick with anticipation. Their fingers crossed, forest officials scoured the surrounding trees for signs of wildlife. 

Of Dams, Dacoits And Death – The Saga Of The Chambal Gharials

June 2011: Emerging from the northern slopes of the Vindhyan escarpment, the Chambal river is undisputedly the last bastion of the gharial, harbouring its most significant remaining breeding populations. However, it is not without its own share of peril.

The Last Migration

June 2011: It was an early April morning drive in the Dalma Hills and there was a strong musky ‘elephant odour’ lingering around. We knew he was close. Within a couple of minutes, Sagarji, the driver, maneuvered the jeep around a sharp turn and came to an abrupt halt.

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