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Photographing Elephants

The ethics of wildlife photography must supersede the ambitions of those who venture out in search of the image, writes Ashish Chandola, one of India’s most experienced conservation cinematographers. 

Owls Of The Forest’s Edge

To understand the interface between the protected Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and the farmed lands surrounding the forest, Prashanth M.B., M. Mathivanan and T. Ganesh undertook a survey of owls. They share some of their observations with Sanctuary’s readers.

The Wildlife Crime Nexus

Dan BennettSamir Sinha, former head of WWF-India’s Traffic cell, writes about one of India’s worst kept secrets… that the illegal wildlife trade is inextricably linked to narcotics and arms networks.

World Forestry Day – March 21, 2013

The rupees 446 crore, seven-year loan to fund the Odisha (Orissa) Forest Sector Development Project (OFSDP) from the Japanese government ended in March 2013. Its legacy, says the author, will not be easy to understand.

Cameras Don’t Lie – The Return Of Pakke

I have spent the last five years doing field work in many parts of the Pakke Tiger Reserve. I often rue the fact that I have never seen a tiger, while other researchers have seen tigers from their base at anti-poaching camps. Even visitors who come for a quick visit have been lucky enough to have sightings!

Sounds Of Silence – Silent Valley Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

Try as I might, I could not see the elephants. I had a great vantage point on the upper-most level of the tall Sairandhri watch tower. I could hear the elephants feeding as they snapped off branches and bamboo stalks.

Harriers – Countryside Grassland Nomads

Some 20 years ago, on a November morning, we arrived at a grassland patch or kancha as they are called, near Hyderabad, just as dawn was breaking. A few wisps of clouds could be seen above the dimly lit grassland, which was coming alive to the calls of bushchats and the restless fluttering of lapwings.

The Resurrection

In the last few months, there has been widespread debate in India on the role of tourism in conservation. Nirmal Kulkarni shows us how Wildernest, a tourism venture, has become a hardcore conservation project that has saved species and restored critical wildlife corridors at the tri-junction of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Living Nature Dead Meat

Hundreds of birds – Spot-billed Pelicans, Grey Herons, Asian Openbills and Black- headed Ibises – lie dead on the floor. Scattered among the carcasses of birds are smaller mammals – monitor lizards, Indian hares, jungle cats, palm civets and even jackals. This is Puducherry or Pondicherry, specifically, a small stretch of road between Villianur and Koodapakkam. S. Prasad, writes here of thousands…

Do Wildlife Corridors Need Protection?

Degradation of wildlife corridors and fragmentation of natural habitats on account of agriculture, human settlements, roads, mines, encroachments and other developmental activities, affect elephants and other species that use such forest corridors to migrate. Paramesha Mallegowda, a researcher from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), has been involved in research on…

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