Winners Photography Awards 2009
Leopard Cat by Shashank Dalvi
This leopard cat Prionailurus bengalensis, a rare and elusive small cat, met its end on a killer highway in Arunachal Pradesh. Roadless wildernesses are an alien concept in India, whereas across the world evolved land managers are discovering the value of removing roads to enable habitats to spring back to life. As though the existing tangle of roads passing through or on the outskirts of our sanctuaries and national parks were not bad enough, our government’s Golden Quadrangle project is poised to amputate several protected forests by running hundreds of kilometres of death-dealing highways through sacred forests and fragile wildernesses. Roads fragment habitats, disrupt migration corridors and cause wildlife fatalities, as this tragic image so graphically illustrates.