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WHAT A SHAME ..... Man Animal Conflict claims another victim. We lost another magnificent Big Cat on Sunday, 03.06.2012. A full grown Leopard that entered Oil India Limited's campus in Duliajan, Assam, was shot dead mercilessly by security forces, after the forest officials failed to tranquilise the agitated animal. The


According to a report on 30-May-2012 in a reputed regional Kannada newspaper "Prajavaani", officially as much as about 6000 Blackbucks are running freely in the district of Gadag in northern Karnataka, causing heavy loss to farmers.

For location of Gadag district, check the following link


ECONOMISTS AS ORGAN TRADERS

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Its bad enough that India's economists are doing a terrible job of managing our fragile nation. Its worse that they are trying to cover their inefficiencies by plundering our ecological vaults (exporting cheap coal to China from under critically important forests, including our Tiger Reserves). This will end up by turning India


Getting off the fence

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Can petitions, emails, blogs and comments on the internet help protect wildlife? Well, remember that even a small act done on the ground is magnified by the impact of collective, public opinion. Besides, the issue today is that irrespective of the different problems confronting us, social or environmental, possibly just one per

I wrote this piece  in my GreenTalk column that used to be published in the Deccan Herald, Bangalore's leading news paper in 2003. The 'Vanishing Wildlife' I wrote about is vanishing even faster today. 

Virtually nowhere in India is our wildlife truly safe. Our national parks and sanctuaries provide some very welcome respite for


PRIME (MINISTER) PARALYSIS

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

This is a letter I wrote as long as 15 years ago, on July 11, 1997, to Mr. I.K. Gujral, who was then India's Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Indian Board for Wildlife.

 I could write almost the exact words today to Dr. Manmohan Singh and they would remain valid.

No action was taken then. Little has been learned since.


          Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) in South India at the common border between Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu is praised for its conservation success but for some good reasons I feel that NBR is half successful in protecting the greater landscape. Before going further let us understand the rich bio diverse landscapes

Real Conservation in Action

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

 

Check out this url: http://vimeo.com/38211597
 

NGOs working with the Karnataka Forest Department removed over 100 wire snares from Bandipur-Nagarhole using the simplest of devices... a magnet attached to a stick to find the snares.

What a solid initiative. It is time that such quiet work was taken up by more individuals and


Zoo Story

Posted by: Amrita Balaji on

According to Wikipedia, captive breeding, (as done in zoos) ‘facilitates' biodiversity and helps in saving certain species from extinction. I'm not trying to be an insufferable know-it-all (that's Wiki's job and yes I like Harry Potter), I just like to get my facts right(and apparently, Wikipedia is the best, PS: Jimmy Wales

HORROR IN REAL LIFE

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

HORROR IN REAL LIFE

In all my 40 years of working to protect wild India I have never come across a story as horrific, as tragic, as utterly depressing as this. Cut and paste the url given below to see an image and read the story of a living rhino with half its face cut off by poachers. It brutally encapsulates the horror and