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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.


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

Unknown Karnataka 2 -- Melukote WLS

Posted by: Suresh K L on

About Melukote: It's a small temple town located in Mandya district of southern Karnataka on top a hill with series of rocky outcrop hills surrounding it. Entering Melukote is like entering into bygone era. Here is a place, where you enter lost world of south Indian temples with priests of Vedic charm. Melukote is the favourite

The Budget Naturally!

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

It's budget time for India and every industrialist is in Delhi, lobbying for tax benefits, sops and policies that can be reflected on their balance sheets. This has been the pattern for six decades now. It's how most fortunes were accumulated by the largest Indian corporations.

If short term economic gains are not replaced by a


Unknown Karnataka 1 -- Kavals

Posted by: Suresh K L on

This is the story of rare opportunity provided by conservation of domestic cattle which in turn benefiting many wild species of grassland in many small pockets of South Central Karnataka. The grasslands which are rearing these animals are called Kavals or Amrith Mahal Kavals.

 

 History: The Amruth Mahal literally means milk


Tiger Cub confiscated at the Port of Miami

Bowfin and Paddlefin caviar, komodo dragons or water monitors, Darwin's finches or hummingbirds, spitting cobras or taipans, tree frogs or gliding frogs, the US Fish and Wildlife Service's wildlife inspectors need to literally, know it all.


Animals, both wild and domestic, have played a major role in the lives of humans ever


Elephants

Posted by: Bratish Poddar on

This is about the article "animal people" in the September issue of sanctuary Asia. There were some incidents mentioned of elephants getting lose in cities. Another such incident occurred recently in Mysore. An elephant from the jungle came into the city and a man was also killed. People were following the elephant around,

Give wider berth to Nilgiri Tahr

Posted by: Suresh K L on

Being endemic to South-Western ghats, Niligiri Tahr occurs in a few protected parks of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and their number stands between 2000-3000 is known fact. When British invaded this part of India, Thar's numbered around 50,000-100,000. It is said that Palani Hills landscape of Tamil Nadu alone had 25000-30000 of these

Yesterday, together with Prerna Bindra, I met with the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change, Chaired by Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

(http://164.100.24.209/ls/committee/Cells/GlobalWarming.htm)

We made a presentation to them on the umbilical connection between wildlife, forests and climate change. I was absolutely