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The Mystery Of The Migrating Giants

Tracing their evolutionary, historical and cultural routes, Shyamal Datta and Dr. Bibhuti Lahkar write sensitively about elephants, the gentle giants of the Eastern Himalaya.

Marine Meadows – Following The Feeding Trail Of The Dugong

Following dugongs in the waters around the Andaman and Nicobar islands allowed researchers Vardhan Patankar and Elrika D’Souza to start to decode the mysterious feeding habits of these threatened marine mammals.

Flaming Mysteries

Orange, red or yellow? The varying colours of the Flameback woodpecker subspecies have been confusing biologists for years. Now, a study by Sri Lankan scientists seems to have got to the bottom of the mystery. Neha Sinha clues us in on this latest evolutionary revelation.

The Coringa Mangroves – Realm Of The Fishing Cat

As the sun sets upon the dense mangrove forests that fringe the Godavari river, India’s most elusive and secretive small cat awakens.

Eye In The Sky – Tracking Black-necked Cranes And Bar-Headed Geese In The Trans-Himalaya

Tahir Shawl, Wildlife Warden, Jammu and Kashmir, teams up with wildlife biologists to satellite-tag the threatened Black-necked Cranes and Bar-headed Geese of the Indian trans-Himalaya. Tracking their migratory routes is crucial to conservation efforts on the ground.

Noa-Dehing’s White-bellied Herons

Gopinathan Maheswaran of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) who led the first-ever study on the foraging and nesting habits of the critically endangered White-bellied Herons in Arunachal Pradesh’s Namdapha Tiger Reserve, asks that their fast-flowing riverine habitats be protected.

Relic Forest, Tadpoles And Foot-Flagging Frogs

Priti. H. writes about her first volunteering experience with a biodiversity research project, which led her into a wet world of very unique frogs and tadpoles in the Myristica swamps of the Western Ghats’ Kathalekan forest.

Collarwali: An Insight Into The Secret Family Life Of A Remarkable Pench Tigress

The scorching summer morning was not an ideal day to be outdoors. The three of us were exhausted, worn down by the heat as we huddled close on the dusty, deciduous forest floor. We were in the Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, watching four 18-month-old tiger cubs that had seemingly been abandoned by their mother for over five days now. They seemed to be growing weak, their eyes tired with hunger.

Frogs Of A Different Colour

Suggest ‘colour changes’ and one immediately thinks of a chameleon or an octopus or even fall foliage. But nature has more than one ‘trick’ up her sleeve. The above, after all, are temporary changes in response to environmental cues. Some species, however, show non-reversible (permanent) colour and pattern changes as they develop progressively from juvenile to adult. Scientists refer to this as ontogenetic…

People For Parks

Sanctuary explores the exciting possibility that Community Nature Conservancies (CNCs) could prove to be the fix that the conservation world was in search of for decades. By turning farms to forests can India create a new protected area category that offers wild species more space, communities more secure and dignified livelihoods and the nation a way out of its ecological cul de sac in an era of climate change?

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