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Bad weather for conservation

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Trekkking through the Western Ghats forests of Bhimgad in Karnataka, I paused to take in the vista before me. I was at a height and thick forests stretched to the horizon all around me. I had just visited the only recorded site in the world of the endangered Wroughton's Freetailed Bat and the walk back was hot and strenuous. A


 

I have just returned from the Sundarbans and marvel at the sheer pluck of those who defend tigers here, as well as those who live cheek by jowl with them.

With sea levels rising, floods and droughts increasing, and glaciers in sharp retreat, India's tigers and her tiger reserves across the country face a new threat from


Twenty Ten and Beyond

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

I spent the last days of 2009 and the first days of 2010 in Kabini, Nagarhole. For over three decades now the cusp between the year gone by and the one just born has been spent by our family in one wild place or other. Its our way of reminding ourselves of what has real worth -- where our time, energy and life should be


Our Forests Weed-ed!

Posted by: Sameer K S on

This is something which I have been wanting to write for quite  sometime. As I'm new to this blog, I think this would make a nice begining.

This is relating to a recent trip of mine to Kabini Jungle Lodges and Resorts on the banks of river kabini, which is also one of the foremost wildlife resorts in the country. I say


Sure we get all kinds of tourists....noisy, unsensitive and touristy kinda crowd....sure they dont understand the nuances involved in wildlife and eco tourism...but they are there because they have some liking for wildlife hence choose to be at a wildlife destination....the degree of interest is questionable...but the intent is


Not Burning Bright....

Posted by: Shivir chordia on

The reality may be far more deeper and sad to an extent grim ....I would love to be challenged to prove otherwise....but most "Great parks" in India are not great anymore....infact they are hiding the greatest lies of our times. MP / Rajasthan / UP & karnataka the so called Tiger states...have an embarrassment staring at their


Why are tigers in trouble?

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

The tiger has vanished from more half its former range within five short decades due to human land use patterns that have pillaged forested India. Connecting forest corridors  --  vital for wildlife movement and the exchange of genes -- have fallen prey to agricultural fields, canals, mines, power projects and dams.

Development Fundamentalists

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

What is it in the make up of humans that prevents them from appreciating the gift of life? I was in Colaba in Mumbai when bombs, grenades and bullets were unleashed on innocents. It took me seven hours to get my family home and safe. There was no anger in me while the ugly saga was playing itself out, just sadness and amazement