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    Volume 39 | Issue 6 | June 2019

    On the Cover

    Mumbai’s picturesque shoreline has always been popular with citizens and tourists. It provides a dose of serenity and beauty that people inherently crave and miss in this nature-starved city. However, few still realise the incredible biodiversity we have been gifted with. Marine Life of Mumbai has recorded more than 300 species in Mumbai’s intertidal zone including this Silqua radiata, a bivalve mollusc, which this exquisite purple shell once sheltered. Ecologically blessed, with diverse wildlife and breathtaking geomorphological features, Mumbai’s coast needs to be protected for all eternity. This image was one of the many stunning entries received by Sanctuary for the ‘Living Beaches’ Photography Contest organised in association with the Earth Day Network.


    Priyal Shah

Cover Story

Mumbai’s Forgotten Shores – The Coastal Road

Sejal Mehta, member of Marine Life of Mumbai, highlights the city’s incredible marine biodiversity, now threatened by a development project that will also adversely affect the local fishing community.


Rushikulya – Where The Olive Future Begins

An awestruck Arghya Adhikary takes us along his dramatic journey to Rushikulya, Odisha, where he witnessed one of the most amazing mysteries unfold – the mass nesting and hatching of the olive Ridley turtles.


Otters In Tiger Country

The Wildlife Conservation Trust’s discovery of Eurasian otters in central India underlines the importance of conserving large landscapes in the name of umbrella species.


Love In A Time Of Unrest

I love Dachigam winters. Over the past three decades I have visited this Kashmir forest multiple times, in every season. This image of a magnificent male hangul deer Cervus elaphus hanglu with his harem, taken by a fine young Kashmiri photographer, Intesar Suhail, brings back such poignant memories.

Scaly Tales

Giri’s Bronzeback Tree Snake

Rahul Alvares describes the Giri’s bronzeback snake and explains why it has been classified as a separate species.

Talkin' Tigers

In The Garden

Jennifer Scarlott on all of the ways that the beauty of the world we live in makes itself seen and heard, touched and smelled, in the smallest, most ordinary and often fleeting moments.

Did You Know?

Elephant Beetles

Elephant beetles are one of the largest-known group of beetles on Earth!