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Of Folded Hands And Forked Penises

In June this year, a joint undercover operation conducted by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) blew the lid off the illegal trade in hatha jodi, a ‘sacred plant root’ that is, well,…

The Anthropocene River

Photographer, writer and gifted storyteller Arati Kumar-Rao has been documenting the wondrous Brahmaputra river, and those who depend upon it, for the past three years. Here, her lyrical prose is at odds with the devastating picture she paints, of a once-wild and invincible river…

A Planet Worth Defending

By radically altering our natural ecosystems and even the climate, we are pushing species after species to the very brink. In our insatiable greed – for power, for water, for food, for land, for luxuries and for comfort, and in our ignorance and apathy, we are collaborators in…

Our Living Planet – The Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2016

Meet the men and women who represent the very best of conservation and Earth-patriotism. They have assumed the position of Earth-protectors and are a source of inspiration for millions. Their extraordinary commitment has often led to personal trauma and stress for their families, but…

Treacherous Links

Vinayak YardiIn the last couple of decades the illegal wildlife trade has begun to finance terrorism, insurrection and the mafia on a scale never before witnessed. The operatives for this bilious wildlife trade are common to the trades in…

Messages Etched In Wood ...That Human Policies Ignore

Messages Etched in Wood are ignored by human policies, writes journalist-conservationist Neha Sinha, citing wrenching examples of the fall-out of poor policy as she picks at the seams of India’s new environmental ‘reforms’. From a flimsy Draft…

A Somewhat Desultory Philippic On The Occasion Of World Environment Day

It should be a day to celebrate the planet. This year, Bittu Sahgal and Lakshmy Raman felt forced to remind India that we are being deflected from the true purpose of life by hurtling blindly towards an imagined monetary nirvana, oblivious…

The ‘Boys’ On The Firing Line

We pay lip service to our forest guards and those unsung ‘temporary workers’ who risk their lives daily to protect the wildlife everyone loves to love, but forgets to support, writes Raza Kazmi, who has witnessed, and who shares here with Sanctuary

The Wildlife Conservation Society – Dedicated To Science, Research, Conservation And Education

Ullas Karanth/WCSFrom a schoolboy keen on birdwatching to an engineer, a farmer and finally one of the world’s leading tiger biologists – the arc of Ullas Karanth’s personal journey is fascinating in itself, but becomes even more significant…

Guardians Of Tomorrow – The Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2015

Claude and Norma AlvaresIt’s a wonderful world. For 11 months of the year, we pay tribute to the subcontinent’s wildlife and wild landscapes. We expound on natural history, critique ruinous project proposals, lead campaigns for conservation, cover fresh…

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