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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…

Conservation Is For The Birds

Artist, naturalist and photographer, Vishwajeet Naik is all these things and more. But above all, writes Bittu Sahgal, he is passionate about birds, an involvement gifted to him by his father, Dr. Sattyasheel Naik, an orthopaedic surgeon and ornithologist, who mentored him along his avian adventures.

The Tiger's Trauma

Given the trauma that the tiger is currently facing with poachers, miners, dam builders and more chipping away at its future, perhaps it is time to revisit an article that Valmik Thapar and Bittu Sahgal wrote in 1996, and which was published in Sanctuary Asia. If anything, today, the tiger is in a worse position than it was. And our prescriptions for…

Save Our Tigers Tigerthon

An answer to the now deafening call of tiger vulnerability and poaching, the Save Our Tigers campaign represents common ground between all groups of Indian society and the economy. An Aircel-NDTV initiative, knowledge-driven by Sanctuary Asia and implemented by Hemendra Kothari’s Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), the Tigerthon lasted 12 full hours on July 15, 2012 and collected over a million…

Siachen: A Shared Heritage

At 70 km. long, the Siachen Glacier is the longest glacier in the Karakoram Range. It is the second-longest glacier in the world’s non-polar regions and is often called the Third Pole.  Studies have shown that the glacier is receding at an alarming rate, estimated at 110 m. per year. It costs Pakistan one million USD a day and India, two million USD a day, to maintain their troops in Siachen.

Hathikuli Goes Organic

Darkness was yet to descend. In the last few minutes of daylight, Rajesh and I searched for spiders along the edges of the tea garden when the phone rang and the manager on the line informed us of a king cobra that had entered the factory area. More likely a rat snake, was our first thought. Rushing to the spot, we saw a crowd gathered around a tall machine covered with a polythene sheet.

Birds Of India’s Arid Lands

India’s arid lands and dry grasslands are possibly the most undervalued of all wildlife habitats. Agriculture, irrigation schemes, pesticides, overgrazing, exotic species and mining operations are among a long list of threats facing these areas. While some areas that fall in the purview of the Protected Area network have achieved some degree of protection, there are several areas crucial to birds, that…

Results of the Sanctuary Rapid Biodiversity Survey, Hathikuli, Kaziranga, Assam

The shift from chemical to natural strategies is being documented by two young field researchers, Zeeshan A. Mirza and Rajesh V. Sanap who are conducting a pre- and post-monsoon rapid biodiversity survey in Asia's largest organic plantation.

Southeast Asia’s Tigers Dammed?

When the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) set camera traps in Thailand’s Western Forest Complex in 2011, the results were surprising – and underlined the importance of the sprawling, rugged wilderness on the Thai-Myanmar border.

Dachigam – Pride Of Kashmir

April 2012: Halfway across the Dagwan river, I turned gingerly to collect my camera bag from Qasim Wani, long-time friend and forest guard, and could scarcely believe my eyes; there in plain view not 50 m. from us was a Himalayan black bear and her two six-month-old cubs. The three bruins were negotiating the swift, glacial waters upstream from us with practiced ease.

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