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Sheep Farm To Move Out Of Dachigam

A Sanctuary Asia Report, March 23, 2017

The Government of Jammu & Kashmir has now ordered its Department of Animal and Sheep Husbandry's controversial Sheep Farm to be moved out of the Dachigam National Park by March 31, 2017.

Origins, Destination Of Seized Caracals Remains A Mystery

Early in the month of January 2017, the Mirzapur Forest Department apprehended three wildlife traders from Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, for the illegal possession and trafficking of five caracals and one serval. After the initial frenzy in the media, the news of the seizure…

Herd Of 15 Elephants Stranded In Chhattisgarh

As a stranded herd of 15 elephants tries to make its way through human settlements in Chhattisgarh, the Field Director of the elephant reserve located in Surguja district in Chhattisgarh has written a letter to the DFO (Divisional Forest Officer) of Mahasamund district, apprising him of the situation.

Rajasthan To Launch India's First Leopard Conservation Project

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, under the recently passed Rajasthan State Budget 2017, has announced the allocation of seven crore rupees towards the launch of ‘Project Leopard’ in the state — India’s first leopard conservation project.

Demoiselle Cranes Take Flight From Khichan

Crane conservationist Sevaram Mali Parihar spotted 1,500 to 2,000 Demoiselle Cranes flying high over Khichan, indicating their departure for the season.

Shark Fins Evade International Shipping Bans

Despite a worldwide ban on the transportation of shark fins by major shipping carriers, a three-month investigation by the marine conservation group Sea Shepherd Global – as part of their global shark defence campaign ‘Operation Apex Harmony’ – has verified that large shipments of shark fin are still arriving in Hong Kong on airlines and shipping lines that have made ‘No Shark Fin’ carriage ban commitments.

Prevention Through Preparedness And Continuous Vigil Is Key To Fighting Forest Fires, Says Conservationist Praveen Bhargav

On February 18, 2017, a raging fire in Bandipur National Park, Karnataka, not only ravaged 750 acres of forest, reducing it to ashes, but also caused the tragic death of a 28-year-old forest guard, Murigeppa Tammangol. This instance points out the neglect India’s green army is subjected to, even when they form the frontline of our defence against forest destruction and wildlife poaching.

Lesser Adjutant Rescued In Assam

In the last week of February, Manoj Gogoi, Sanctuary’s Mud on Boots Project leader in Assam rescued a Lesser Adjutant Stork Leptoptilos javanicus from Jorhat, a town located 96 km. from Kaziranga.

Dhole Home-Range Estimated

A new study led by scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society-India Program, Centre for Wildlife Studies (Bangalore), and University of Florida, USA, presents the first home-range size estimate of Asiatic wild dogs or ‘dholes’ based on camera trap surveys.

Carnivores Adapt To Coexist

A new Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) study in India shows that three carnivores – tigers, leopards, and dholes – seemingly in direct competition with one other, are living side by side with surprisingly little conflict.