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A Troubled King

October 1998: Gir happens to be the single largest tract of forest in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat State and has become virtually synonymous with the Asiatic lion, Panthera leo persica. The lion is believed to have entered India from Persia at least 6,000 years ago and was present in large numbers in Northern and Western India in the bygone years.

Shifting Home – New Horizons On The Anvil For The Asiatic Lion

October 1998: More than two decades ago conservationists who knew how bleak the future of the Gir lions was, had recommended that a small population be translocated to Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan. The idea was to avoid "keeping all the eggs in one basket."

Pictures Don’t Lie... And Rhinos Do Die

April 2012: Sushil Kumar Daila, Divisional Forest Officer, Mangaldai Wildlife Division, recounts a recent rhino poaching incident in Assam’s Orang National Park and highlights some positive developments that will help secure the park.

Wanted – Another Home For The Asiatic Lion

October 1992: The 64,349 sq. km. Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat is a semi-arid region which has been so severely deforested that its natural vegetation cover has all but vanished. Virtually all that remains of a once-vast wilderness is the 1,412 sq. km. Gir forest, the last home of the endangered Asiatic lion.

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.

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