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A new study reveals how large carnivores like leopards, wolves and hyenas share space with people in Western Maharashtra, making these ‘conservation-enabled’ landscapes. Bengaluru, 12th April 2019: India’s focus on large carnivore conservation and active management is mostly centered on forested National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. However, there is increasing evidence that the country’s diverse non-protected […]

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Mumbai, March 28: Camera trap images of leopards residing within the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai indicate that the numbers have gone up to 47 in 2018, compared to 41 in 2017 and 35 in 2015. However, 16 of the leopards captured in images in 2017 were not observed in 2018, pointing to either a […]

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Bangalore, 28 March 2019: A recent study has thrown useful insight on the flowering and fruiting of the Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), which has the longest leaves found in Indian waters and is a major carbon sink in the oceans. The seagrass ecosystem has been largely neglected despite its significant contribution in providing refuge and food for marine […]

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Bangalore, 12 March 2019: Marine protected areas and live coral and algal cover help in conservation of the largest herbivorous and corallivorous fish (that feed on live coral), the bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum), according to a new paper published in Oryx journal. The study was conducted by Vardhan Patankar, marine biologist with WCS-India and NCBS, […]

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Protected areas play an important role in sustaining dhole populations in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Bengaluru, 28th February 2019: Loss of forest cover and livestock grazing activity are affecting dhole populations in Karnataka’s Western Ghats. However, protected areas offer hope in ensuring that the dhole doesn’t go extinct. A decade-long study led by scientists […]

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Distinct patterns emerge around human injuries and deaths caused by leopards, lions and tigers in three countries   Using disease outbreak dynamics, a novel approach, scientists Craig Packer, Nicholas Fountain- Jones including WCS – India scientists Shweta Shivakumar and Vidya Athreya, look at the spatial characteristics of large cat attacks on humans, over time. This […]

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Bengaluru, 16th August: Uniting a calf with the mother cow is simple and joyous. However, while the joy is comparable the scenario is entirely different when attempting the same with an elephant calf. For one, chances of finding an elephant calf stranded in the forest are slim, unless for a good reason. Even in such […]

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Bengaluru, 6th August: Woodlands in agricultural lands surrounding a forested Protected Area support multiple guilds of a wintering bird community, a new study finds. The results provide insights into the role of mixed agricultural–forest landscapes in the conservation of different facets of biodiversity. This study builds on the premise that while efforts to protect biodiversity […]

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BENGALURU, 11th June 2018: Against the background of rising media reportage on human-large cat conflict, a recent study calls attention to a contrasting view where even today many traditional communities in India worship ‘Waghoba’ the large cat deity and seek its protection. Based on a survey conducted in parts of Maharashtra and Goa, it notes […]

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By Vaishali Rawat This article was published in The Hindu Sunday Magazine on June 3, 2018 Homework in the forest We’ve all gone through school with teachers nagging us to stay quiet, but when M.N. Shadakshari, principal of Model English High School in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur, asks his students to be silent, the reasons are different. […]

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