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The Fate of the Tiger

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

As my friend Ian McCullum, author of Ecological Intelligence once opined, nature is not slipping through our fingers, we are slipping through nature's fingers!

Despite all the bad news around us and despite Jairam Ramesh's quixotic U-turn on environmental issues, I think we might just about manage to keep the tiger's head above


The Indian Board for Wildlife has in the past had some of the most illustrious names serving on it. People like E. P. Gee, R.S. Dharmakumarsinhji, Anne Wright, M. Krishnan, Salim Ali and Kailash Sankhala helped write both the policy and strategy for wildlife in India. It is largely thanks to them, and scores of others we all


We must all be players

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,


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


Sunderbans loses Tanti, the ‘keeper’ of its Tigers

Prithvijit Mitra | TNN  

Kolkata: He dared to look the tiger in the eye in the treacherous Sunderbans terrain, often without a gun. He would crouch in the bushes for hours, swim across the Matla or camp outside a village hut to help capture a straying tiger. In an illustrious


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


Around 150 tribals, armed with bows, arrows, axes and spears were chased out of the Similipal Tiger Reserve's Nawana Range on 19th April. They were making an attempt for a traditional mass hunting exercise known as 'Akhand Shikar'.

Deputy Director DK Samal said that his department managed to foil the shikar spree by preventing

News has come in that the largest village in the core area of Similipal Tiger Reserve, Jenabil, shifted out of the reserve voluntarily on 9th March 2010.

62 families shifted out from Jenabil in Similipal's core area to the 'model village' created for them at Ambdiha, outside the reserve. Keeping with the NTCA's guidelines, every


Good People Out There

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

I wanted to share this short correspondence with a most wonderful man. His name is (Retd) Major B.G. Padbidri and he wrote to me enclosing a cheque of Rs. 50,000, which he wanted Sanctuary to disburse to the three persons mentioned below, who received wildlife awards from us in 2009.

I have requested Mrs. Madhu Bhatnagar of Sri


Water Table a major question?

Posted by: arun tp on

 

Every life form's depends on Water. Nothing special after Industrial Revolution, the world was soaked in new attitude towards environment. New term "Industrial estates" bloomed around the continents, disregarding wastage treatments, pushing untreated wastes organic as well as inorganic into the virgin natural environment