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February 2 was World Wetlands Day, as also the day on which the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in1971 in Ramsar, Iran. Incidentally, India, too, is a signatory. Wetlands are hugely beneficial as they control floods, recharge groundwater and purify water, besides offering other advantages. Hence, the need to conserve them. Recently, Ramsar declared 10 […]

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More than a lakh of turtles and tortoises were poached in a span of a decade. Experts throw light on the illegal trade, where most of the poaching takes place, what is done after they are rescued and how their numbers can increase. In October 2019, wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC released a report which […]

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To save and conserve turtles, people need to get involved and raise awareness about them. One is not too young to help safeguard the endangered species from extinction. This is exactly what Turtle Survival Alliance does, by conducting outreach programs and spreading the word among school and college students. Turtles are the most endangered vertebrates, […]

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The 21st of January each year is observed worldwide as Squirrel Appreciation Day. On this occasion,  Sumashini P. S., a research fellow with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru, pens down some of her memorable encounters with flying squirrels in various parts of India. Read her blog to know more about the superheroes of […]

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It’s all in a day’s work for Satovisha Samajder, now DFO Balod: searching for illegal timber kingpins, reclaiming encroached land in reserved forest areas, handling human-bear conflict situations, finding workable alternatives to problems, and developing, educating and employing tribals. The Divisional Forest Officer in Chattisgarh stays undeterred by challenges, considering them to be part of […]

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A safari is an opportunity to sight wild animals, gain insights into their world, understand them and glory in their existence. It’s also a time when you must tone down, be considerate and not disturb them or the visitors who have come to see them. Deeksha, a wildlife enthusiast, recalls a safari where an insensitive […]

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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 […]

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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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