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Ms. Prakriti Srivastava (third from right) handing over a memento to Mr. Abdul Wahab (second from right) along with Mrs. Wahab (first from right), Yogesh Neelkanth (fourth from right), Dhanesh Kumar (fifth from right), P M Muthanna (sixth from right), Abdullah Kunjiparambath and K G Anwar. WCS India team met the MP to discuss some conservation issues. © Kerala Forest Department
Missing Obits on the ‘Highway to death’
India has the second largest road network in the world to which we are adding a record 28 kms every day. Wildlife is not taken into consideration while planning these ‘roads to prosperity’. Besides losing habitat, animals also end up as casualties to speeding traffic on these roads. While charismatic species get media coverage and a signboard is installed or speed breakers added after a roadkill, smaller and not so charismatic species like Jackals, Small cats and Hares are killed in large numbers on the roads and go unnoticed. Vinod Kantamneni and wife were returning to Bangalore from a weekend trip to Coorg when he spotted a pair of shining eyes down on the road (near Elivala on Mangalore – Mysore highway). He stopped his jeep, got down and crossed the road to the median to check. It turned out to be a fresh roadkill of a Jungle Cat. “The poor thing had run out of its nine lives, just a few inches from safety.” As single roads get upgraded to double lane highways, there is an urgent need to study their impact on wildlife and come up with solutions to stop them from becoming ‘highways of death’. © Vinod Kantamneni
Sollepura settlement in HD Kote, Karnataka. Nearly 60 tribal families live in this settlement who relocated from Nagarahole Tiger Reserve in the year 2007-08. © P M Muthanna
Imran Siddiqui, Assistant Director – Conservation Science giving training to Telangana Forest Department team.
Participants of grassland conservation workshop at NCBS campus.
Camera-trap image of a Hyena. Despite Koppal district in Karnataka not having a national park or sanctuary, it has diverse landscapes and is home to some of the most endangered and elusive wildlife species of India. ©Deccan Conservation Foundation & Karnataka Forest Department.
Camera trap image of a leopard in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra. Given the nature of this habitat – located next to the densely populated slum settlements and residential colonies of Mumbai, leopards are often sighted outside the forest. © Nikit Surve/WCS India
Experts met and deliberated on an action plan for identifying, protecting and maintaining grasslands in the country. WCS India is leading the project. Photos: (clockwise from top) 1. Dr. G V Reddy; 2. Prakriti Srivastava; 3. Dr. Aparna Watve; 4. Dr. Vidya Athreya; 5. Discussion with the participants. © Manish Machaiah
Camera-trap image of a wild boar. © Ullas Karanth/WCS
Camera-trap image of an elephant calf. © Ullas Karanth/WCS
WCS India signed a MoU with BSF for detect illegal trade of wildlife products and parts across transnational borders through inter-agency training and capacity building. © Sahila Kudalkar
Chia, a Mexican superfood rich in fibre, antioxidants, and Omega 3 help cut the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. According to a recent survey, India is highly deficient in Omega 3 and hence consumption of Chia seeds has been actively encouraged. the crop requires lesser water as compared to crops like rice and sugarcane, it also did not attract wildlife and there was a drastic reduction in conflicts after cultivating Chia. © P M Muthanna
WCS India Program team helped the forest department staff in extinguishing the forest fire in Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Vasai © Nikit Surve
Workshop participants for the Assam FD – WCS India collaborative project on creating a photographic database of individual elephants in Kaziranga NP for conservation and monitoring held at Kohora, Kaziranga, on the 14th of May 2018. ©Pragyan Sharma/WCS India
Camera-trap image of honey badger. © Ullas Karanth/WCS
Camera-trap image of a langur troop. © Ullas Karanth/WCS
An enclosure in Kudremukh Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagawathi, had eight families with over 450 cattle head in all, living in the forest. In a program fully funded by WCS India during 2003, the families opted for relocation. The image here shows the re-entry of wildlife into the region. © Niren Jain
Bumper chilli crop yield by the relocated tribals from Sollepura relocation centre in Nagarahole © P M Muthanna
Hailing from the Yerawa tribe, Nisha and her parents moved out from Marapalla forest of Nagarhole tiger reserve near Thithimathi. Now at the Hebbala settlement where 130 families have moved in to, Nisha has been pursuing studies and has completed diploma in Computer Science. She is keen to continue with studies and procure a good job. © Meghana Sanka
There lies a small rock formation about two acres wide, in Koppal, Karnataka. This rock, though, is unlike other rocks. Rising about 100 feet off the ground, this formation houses small packs of Indian foxes, jackals, a family of jungle cats and monitor lizards, under the same roof – a phenomenon rare and unusual. © Meghana Sanka
Cheetal grazing in the pastures of Ammavayal, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary where paddy used to be cultivated. The human inhabitants have moved out four years ago, after seeking voluntary resettlement outside the forest. © Arul Badusha
Math class on at Girijana Ashram School for students of Jenukuruba families who moved out of Nagarhole tiger reserve and settled in Shettahalli during 2010-11. Around 150 students study and stay within the school premises and are provided food four times in a day. © Meghana Sanka
WCS India Program awareness coordinator Mrunal Ghosalkar has been training school students in parts of Maharashtra as ‘leopard ambassadors.’ Using a combination of leopard biology and behaviour, along with traditional knowledge, these children are being given information that can reduce conflict scenarios. They pass it on to the adult community. © Nikit Surve
Frolicking dhole in Bhadra tiger reserve after 463 families from 13 villages and over 4000 livestock moved out between 2001 October and 2003, leaving over 49 sq km of forest inviolate. © Mrunmayee Amarnath
Ajoba, the ‘wise’ leopard, who travelled 120 km to his home after being relocated, taking care never to confront or be seen by humans during the long journey across hills, highways, industrial suburbs, farmlands and creeks. ©John Linnel
WCS India conducts conservation workshops to educate field staff on laws and regulations. A file photo from the workshop in August 2017 © Manish Machaiah