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River Brutanga is a tributary of the Mahanadi on its right bank in Nayagarh district in central Orissa. 

 

A ~500 metre earthen dam has been proposed on the river. The dam will submerge over 1500 ha adjacent to the Baissipalli Wildlife Sanctuary, which is part of the Mahanadi Elephant Reserve and Satkosia Tiger Reserve. Apart


Tiger Agenda : Jharkhand

Posted by: Raza Kazmi on

I was asked to prepare a “Tiger Agenda” for the states of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh a couple of months back. I submitted it, but unfortunately even after roughly 3 months I don't really know what happened regarding the report because while I did read the agenda for some other Tiger-States, I didn't come across one for Jharkhand


The Similipal Tiger Reserve is reeling under tremendous odds. Keeping its core issues in view and seeking a constructive revival strategy, I, on behalf of Wild Orissa, among other steps that we are taking for Similipal, have written to the Minister of Environment and Forests seeking interventions. A press release to that effect


Predicament of Pachyderms

Posted by: Partha Pratim Patra on

 

Undivided Koraput district of Odisha is known throughout the state for its rich forest resources and biodiversity. Most of the major fauna of peninsular India are encountered here with the only exception of the Asian elephants. The movement of elephants was confined only to Chandrapur forest range of present day Raygada


LAST WORD -- Up in Smoke

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Depending on how you perceive the world, this image, shot in
April 2009 just outside Maharashtra's Navegaon National Park, could
represent either hope and sustenance - or despair and destruction.

The leaves of Diospyros melanoxylon - known as tendu in India - are responsible for putting food in the bellies of almost 10 million


Killer Red-tapism

Posted by: Partha Pratim Patra on

Yesterday I went to the news stand to pick a few magazines. The shopkeeper handed me a copy of one of the leading weeklies of India. For a minute I could not take my eyes off the cover of the magazine. The cover had a rare picture of a full grown Royal Bengal Tiger. Many of you may be wondering-What is rare about the picture of

The Mother of our Rivers

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

It was dry and very hot. At around 3.30 p.m. on a May day, temperatures hovered around 45 degrees C in the shade and the perspiration evaporated almost as fast as it appeared. But this did not bother me. From the bamboo thicket to our left we had heard the bell-like alarms of a sambar deer. A tiger was about.

Ten, fifteen,



Gola corridor lost?

Posted by: Prerna Bindra on

As detailed in a previous story (Elephants Must forget, http://indianaturally.blogspot.com/search?q=elephants+must+forget), the Gola river corridor, a crucial tiger and elephant corridor that connected the Terai East with the West divisions is all but lost. Already under pressure from boulder mining, possible expansion of an


Chicken or Egg?

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

 

What came first, wildlife, or wildlife tourism? That's a no-brainer as far as I am concerned. It was much after this that the tourism guys came in, attracted by easy pickings.

Even today, virtually no wildlife destination truly shares its wealth with the people living around reserves, nor do lodges actually help finance