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Tiger Cub confiscated at the Port of Miami

Bowfin and Paddlefin caviar, komodo dragons or water monitors, Darwin's finches or hummingbirds, spitting cobras or taipans, tree frogs or gliding frogs, the US Fish and Wildlife Service's wildlife inspectors need to literally, know it all.

Animals, both wild and domestic, have played a major role in the lives of humans ever

Forest Rights Without Forests?

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

The battle continues to rage. Forest dwellers must have the right to exploit their lands, even in the heart of biodiverse areas.

That this is resulting in a sythe  cutting through the very forests that are supposed to deliver rights is lost in the enthusiam to deliver 'justice' to long-suffering communities.

But the issue is

The Ground Water Problem

Posted by: Bratish Poddar on

Our water table is depleting at a rapid rate. We regularly hear news about earth's  decreasing water levels. Underground reservoirs are drying up. Most of our water is drawn up from below the ground. However, this water is not getting replenished. Rains are getting irregular, but in most places they still are sufficient.  This


Posted by: Bratish Poddar on

This is about the article "animal people" in the September issue of sanctuary Asia. There were some incidents mentioned of elephants getting lose in cities. Another such incident occurred recently in Mysore. An elephant from the jungle came into the city and a man was also killed. People were following the elephant around,


Posted by: Avinash Upadhyay on



Let's not talk of tigers for a while. Let's talk of people.

If anyone wants to really understand how intimately the lives of the villagers dotting the perimeter of National Parks have come to depend on eco-tourism, he merely needs visit any of these national parks in the monsoon months. These are the months when the parks

The Hidden Message of Dussehra

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Everyone knows that Dussehra commemorates Lord Rama's vanquishing of Ravana and the evil he represents. Running parralel to the legend of the Ramayana and the triumph of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, however, is the lesser-known tale of the Pandavas who worshipped the Shami tree which safeguarded their concealed weaponry and