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A strong West Wind!

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Today was a very special day for me. I met with 80 pre-primary children from West Wind School, Mumbai. My message to them? Nature is your best friend and will look after you forever, but you must also look after Mother Nature and not hurt her in any way.  We spoke about the tiger, about whale sharks, the oceans, the high


Karnataka Arc Possible?

Posted by: Suresh K L on

Keeping Mysore incidence as background, Elephants of Alur Tq, Hassan Distict of Karnataka must be given their right of passage.

During Pre-Independence Elephants from Mysore region used to traverse till Dandeli WLS. Post Independece saw the fragementation leading to 3 popultions dissconnected along the crestline of Western ghats


ELEPHANT TRAUMA

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Mysore put elephants on the front pages of newspaper and in the headlines of television news yesterday. Check this out to understand the trauma to both humans and the elephants.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/wild-elephants-on-rampage-in-mysore-city-one-killed-110859

But its like this. Elephants need space to survive. If we


THE EARTH HEROES

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

www.theearthheroes.com has information on awards presented to some of India's finest wildifers. The site also has a gallery of some of the finest wildife and nature photographs ever taken on the Indian subcontinent.

This year the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2011 ceremony will be held on December 2, 2011 in Mumbai. We are open for


I love the rain!

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

I have been watching a well near the Sahir Agiari on Warden Road for over ten years now. The water is sweet and cool and drinkable... thanks to the tiny fish, frogs and an incredible turtle family that works in tandem with the fish and frogs to keep the well scrupulously clean. When the monsoons begin the water level in the

The Sanctuary Cover Story June 2011 explores whether and how we can negotiate a path by availing of the immense potential of tourism to educate, conserve and offer employment, YET avoid the minefield of misuse and abuse that afflicts many of our finest wildernesses. And in the process can we ensure that wild species and the people who live next to them become primary beneficiaries of tourism? Can wildlife tourism physically enhance the quality and quantum of habitat available to wild species? People have grappled with this issue for over a century, but few people put the issue in better perspective than Aldo Leopold, the famous American naturalist, who opined that, "The problem with wildlife management is not how we handle the deer - the real problem is one of human management."


1. The name Caracal has been derived from the Turkish word "karakulak" which means black ears.
2. In North India, the Caracal is locally known as "Syagosh" which means Black ears in the Persian language
3. Caracals are known to hunt 10 - 12 birds at one strike!
4. The Caracal's hind legs are longer than its front legs which enable


The Traveler's Guilt

Posted by: Seema Khinnavar on

A new place is explored; its beauty touched, its charm disturbed and its virginity lost. I belong to the tribe of travelers. Those who wander, explore, discover, admire and unfortunately also disturb.

I had recently been to Ranthambhore National Park. I was going to journey by train. For hours on an end I had listened to ‘tiger


How Do Tigers Communicate?

Posted by: Seema Khinnavar on

Tigers use 4 senses to communicate i.e. sight, smell, hearing and touch

Sight:
A tiger shows its aggression by lashing its tail violently from side to side. It keeps its head low and gets up on its hind legs, twists its ears to show the ear spots and opens its eyes wide to make eye contact. During this time, its lips are closed


Tribes That Worship The Tiger

Posted by: Seema Khinnavar on

North Eastern Naga Tribe
The Nagas believe that man and tiger are the sons of the same mother. Man stayedat hme while the tiger went to live in the jungle. But one day both were compelled to fight and man killed the tiger and pushed him into the river. The dead tiger body floated downstream and the Naga God discovered it. He sat