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Sanctuary Asia’s Facebook Finds

Vatsal TrivediSanctuary Asia’s Facebook presence was a natural corollary to our evolution from print and foot-on-the-ground reporting and campaigning. Our social-network savvy readers and supporters have responded admirably and this combination…

Picture Perfect

Dr. Anish AndheriaSanctuary's photographers and writers are not merely our skeletal framework, they are our lifeblood. Dr. Anish Andheria has helped shape this magazine over the past decade, often subsuming his own work to showcase that…

Bombax Ceiba – One Tree, A Universe By Raman Kulkarni

Raman KulkarniBombax ceiba is a universe unto itself. Also known as the red silk cotton tree, semul, Indian kapok or Indian cottonwood, this deciduous tree’s open, red, cup-shaped, nectar-rich flowers are a huge draw for birds and insects between…

The Magic Of Wildlife Photography

David RajuSPECIAL MENTION: DAVID RAJU – 'THE HEART OF MOTHERHOOD'

Caecilians lack limbs and this makes smaller specimens look like worms, though they are actually amphibians that can grow to lengths of up…

The Call Of The Wild

Aditya SinghFirst Prize: Aditya Singh – 'Mother's Fury'
This incredible confrontation between a sloth bear Melursus ursinus and a tiger Panthera tigris took place in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve on April 9, 2011. The…

Elephants – The Largest Mammals On Earth

S.P. NagendraBull Run: This powerful image of a charging tusker was taken on the banks of the river Kabini, between Nagarahole and Bandipur. Bulls separate from the family group on reaching puberty and usually stay solitary. On occasion, they may associate…

The Year Of The Tiger

Shalik JogweAs report after report of dead tigers came in from across India, the Sanctuary team, which has been working over the last three decades to encourage, prod and exhort Indians to protect this mascot of India’s wilderness, felt an unassailable sense…

Predators And Prey

T.N.A. PerumalIn my beginning is my end.T.S. Eliot

The flight or fight syndrome is intrinsic to the life of both predator and prey. Using instinct and learning, prey species are not only quick to spot potential danger, but use alarm…

Island Images Sri Lanka’s Wildlife

Flamingos in FlightThe ancient Indian epic Ramayana referred to this tiny island as Lanka. Islamic folklore maintains that Adam and Eve were offered refuge on the island after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Struck by its location and beauty, various…

The Hunter And The Hunted

S. ThippeswamyIt’s one of the greatest spectacles that the wild has to offer… a hunter using its predatory instincts, honed by evolution, in order to survive another day. A seemingly somnolent crocodile erupts into a thrashing fury, emerging with an…

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