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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…

Picture Perfect!

Hira PunjabiNature photographers are often ignored, treated as mere camera-happy tourists out to get ‘pretty pictures’ to impress their friends. In fact, nature photography performs a variety of essential functions, from documenting biodiversity and species…

The Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2002

H.V. Praveen KumarBacklit by Ranthambore’s December sun, these 18 month old tiger cubs spar playfully, in preparation for later life when survival skills could mean the difference between life and death.  Such dominance rituals are precursors to permanent…

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Dr. Anish AndheriaCamouflage in nature

The irregular vertical dark stripes break the shape of the tiger against the background, camouflaging it to perfection. The poisonous stonefish blends invisibly into the…

Flowers In The Rain

M.S. MayilvahananWater is life. With the torrential rains, a host of monsoon flora make an appearance: the balsams, begonias, crinums, cassias and numerous orchids, aroids, zingibers... For those who love walking, the countryside is transformed into a…

Venom! Nature’s Deadly Arsenal

Ashok CaptainThe venom apparatus is most highly developed in snakes. Snakes can be classified based on the structure of their fangs (venom injectors). Among snakes, vipers possess the most advanced biting apparatus, called solenoglyphs.

A Riot Of Red

Nirmal KaurDebates rage among experts as to why colours evolved and how they affect animal behaviour. We do know, however, that colour vision is the result of intricate wiring in the brains of some animals that enables them to tell objects apart, based on how…

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