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Nepal’s Chitwan Park is a rich biosphere with virgin forests, a variety of wildlife and Tharu tribes who recycle elephant dung to make paper, writes Chitra Ramaswamy Next time you use the words “white elephant” in a disparaging manner, think twice. Turns out elephant poop makes better paper than the pulp...
We’ve lost vast areas of forestland to mines, dams, industries. Sure, we need development. But should we not have a balance between nature and growth, asks Meghna Krishnadas In pursuit of economic growth, India has lost lakhs of hectares of forestland to mines, dams, roads and industries. Sure, we need mines,...
Ladakh is a visual treat that stirs peace and tranquility, leaving one totally enthralled by the beauty of the barrenness. With increasing tourism, however, its fragile ecosystem is now coming under greater stress, writes Vanjulavalli Sridhar The region of Ladakh consists of Leh and Kargil districts. Leh is one of the...
Forest guards are unsung heroes in our wildlife conservation efforts. BRIJENDRA SINGH tells us the story of a guard who died in Corbett this July Those who come as visitors to Corbett National Park in the tourist season have no idea as to what it takes to make the reserve what...
Kaziranga is famous for the one-horned rhino, but to confine its significance to just one animal would do a grave injustice to this park. JOYDEV SENGUPTA visits the sanctuary in Assam and gets mesmerised by its pristine beauty and diversity Kaziranga National Park in Assam occupies a special place among wildlife...
The floods in Uttarakhand could have been much less destructive had we acted before.But if we don’t act now, there are more such disasters waiting to happen elsewhere in the country, writes Shreyas Malik As Uttarakhand is facing one of the worst natural disasters in recent years, questions are being raised...
For those unfamiliar with Tal Chappar, it is a small sanctuary in Rajasthan, some 800 hectares in size. And it's a glowing example of what a humble, self-effacing man like Surat Singh Poonia can do to transform the park, writes Joydev Sengupta Wildlife sanctuaries in India owe a great deal to...
The State isn’t just an economic powerhouse. It has also emerged as one of the biggest success stories of conservation and protection of the animal world. Vanjulavalli Sridhar shares her experiences after visiting some of the wildlife centres As a wildlife biologist-turned-bureaucrat, I was recently out to gain first-hand experience in...
Frogs are in trouble, and some herpetologists fear a huge extinction event may be only months away, says Germaine Greer Happiness is frog-shaped. I was clomping miserably round my tiny wood, anxiously scanning my ash trees, trying not to grieve for the broken branches that littered the ground, gazing glumly at...
A search for Olive Ridley turtles in Odisha can throw up many surprises. While they could not be traced, Joydev Sengupta encounters a number of crocodiles, along with some rare and not-so-rare birds, during his visit to Bhitarkanika and Chilka Lake Odisha is home to two of the country’s best-known...
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