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Tourists From The Dark Side

Vinish WazirIn the lush Periyar landscape, journalist Shailendra Yashwant weighs the pros and cons of wildlife tourism as he confronts the wrong edge of the tourism sword, sharpened by ignorance, greed and the in-built limitations of Forest…

The Deep Water Blues

Baiju PatilFor the longest time, we have exploited our oceans and their natural bounty. The resilience of our marine ecosystems is being tested like never before. Cara Tejpal outlines the systematic destruction taking place and how little is being…

Women For Our Wilds

In an expansive essay, Janaki Lenin traces the contribution of Indian women to wildlife conservation and research. Covering the length and breadth of the country, she follows inspiring stories, formidable challenges, epic adventures and reveals the motivations of intrepid…

Counting Tigers

Dr. Y.V. Jhala and Dr. Q. Qureshi elaborate on the nuts and bolts of India’s high-tech, country-wide tiger assessment status. The authors explain how their double-sampling approach, involving ground surveys of virtually all known potential tiger-bearing forests is helping…

Conservation Photography – The Image As Armour

Arpan SahaThere are probably fewer ways to draw out instant human responses than to use evocative images. Photography has consequently been used as a conservation tool, virtually from the time cameras were invented. Ansel Adams (1902-1984), was probably the…

Sentinels Of Wild India – The Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2014

M.K. RanjitsinhIn a country where people are known to wring their hands and fatalistically accept whatever comes their way – whether it is a factory spewing out chemicals in their backyard or powerful project proponents usurping their land, these men and women stood…

On Their Shoulders – In Praise Of The Forest Guards Of India

Anuradha MarwahWhen Anuradha Marwah and Varun Thakkar suggested to Sanctuary that they would like to spend two weeks living with the forest guards of the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) to document their role in wildlife …

Leopard Conflict On The Rise

Suvamoy ChangderIndia’s ‘leopard problem’ is a chronicle of a crisis foretold. Kailash Sankhala, the first Director of Project Tiger had warned the Indian Board for Wildlife that the spotted cat was being forced into unwelcome proximity with humans…

Narendra Modi’s Development Plan? Will It Hang India’s Wildlife?

Varun ThakkarPerhaps not, suggests Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia, in this open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who won a stunning political mandate that offers him a chance to alter our destiny and steer India away from the ecological…

Post Sariska – Are Wild Tigers Secure Today?

Oliver Gayles/Sudarshan SharmaPost the Sariska and Panna debacles, several apparently positive steps have been initiated to save the tiger, but something is missing. India’s planners are not committed to protecting wild India.

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