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Her positive attitude and ability to work hard helped young forest officer, Sudha Ramen, to revive Chennai’s Otteri lake in Vandalur Zoo. The dying lake had once attracted thousands of migratory birds. Now it was all dried up. Sudha took up the challenge, and in less than a year, much has changed. The lake is […]

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The cruel association of snakes with Shravan, the fifth month of the Hindu calendar and the role of unscrupulous saperasor snake-charmers in propagating superstition leads to untold misery for serpents.   Come months of July and August and the pavements on roads and streets leading to temples begin to be dotted by men dressed in […]

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Angria Bank is a submerged plateau situated 105 km offshore from the southern coast of Maharashtra. This 2011 km2 region ranges from depths of 20m to 400m. It supports a large extent of coral reefs and algal habitats, spanning 650 km2 that harbours a high diversity of associated flora and fauna. The reefs also host […]

2 months ago 0
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Owls have been portrayed as wise, and as birds of ill omen in turn. While there is much wonder about them, they are also killed and parts of their bodies are being used in rituals. They are considered as a biocontrol agent, keeping the agricultural pests in check, and reducing the farmer’s dependence on pesticides. […]

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Late in November 2019, the four members of the Marine Conservation Program’s core team underwent a refresher diving course at Netrani, Karnataka. Given that the field season has just begun, the team felt it would be best to recalibrate their skills underwater, get accustomed to each other’s diving abilities and nuances, and revise how to […]

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From a small village on Indo-Nepal border to a renowned name in the field of freshwater fauna conservation, Dr Shailendra Singh, Associate Director, Aquatic Wildlife program, WCS-India, has surely travelled a long distance. Truly passionate about conservation of magnificent water dwellers, no challenge seems big enough to impede his commitment and love towards these animals. […]

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Traversing across south of Brahmaputra valley in Assam couple of decades ago, you could have easily caught sight of a short-tailed, shaggy haired, bald-faced Indian primate – shaking branches, showing teeth and screaming at you! However, today, Stump-tailed macaques (STM), once, one of the most widespread primates of these forests, are at the brink of […]

2 months, 2 weeks ago 0
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Debangini Ray wasn’t expecting any work call over a weekend, and certainly not one from a high-ranking officer in security forces. However, the urgency of the call became overt soon.   The officer was reaching out after his team had received intelligence about Tokay geckos in a house near a village in Assam. His team was […]

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Dogs, without a doubt, are man’s best friends. The descendants of wolves, dogs have played a major role in our lives by being our companions. However, over time, they have also emerged as a grave danger to wild birds and animal species. When it comes to India, feral and free-ranging dog population is highly unregulated […]

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If you dive deep into the oceans, you could be treated to a view of colourful sea slugs. While you admire the patterns and hues, be informed – the colours are their armours. By Vardhan Patankar   Enchanting to anyone who dives beneath the ocean’s surface, colourful sea slugs are a diverse group of marine […]

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