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    Volume 39 | Issue 8 | August 2019

    On the Cover

    It was a long, deadly dance that we had observed; one that tested the patience, perseverance, and agility of prey and predator alike. Huddled in the numbing -15 degree C frost at Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, we watched in quiet wonderment from a distance as the creatures before us put up equally spectacular performances. It was a snow leopard and an ibex that we were observing, both caught in a fix, neither willing to give in. The ibex had unwisely strayed from its herd, and was trapped on a cliff with nowhere to go as the snow leopard blocked its only path. Knowing the cat wouldn’t dare approach the rocky cliff, the ibex took its time, plotting its escape. Each time the ibex tried to make a run for it, the leopard would block it deftly. After several hours of following the game, we were forced to leave, never to find out who emerged triumphant.

Cover Story

Tribal Tigers: How A Shamanic Community Has Saved Tigers In The Dibang Valley Of Arunachal Pradesh

It was March 2012. I was in the Lower Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh conducting surveys for a renowned conservation organisation to determine tiger presence outside Protected Areas of Northeast India.

Feature

Rushikulya – Where The Olive Future Begins

An awestruck Arghya Adhikary takes us along his dramatic journey to Rushikulya, Odisha, where he witnessed one of the most amazing mysteries unfold – the mass nesting and hatching of the olive Ridley turtles.

Conservation

Otters In Tiger Country

The Wildlife Conservation Trust’s discovery of Eurasian otters in central India underlines the importance of conserving large landscapes in the name of umbrella species.

Commentary

Love In A Time Of Unrest

I love Dachigam winters. Over the past three decades I have visited this Kashmir forest multiple times, in every season. This image of a magnificent male hangul deer Cervus elaphus hanglu with his harem, taken by a fine young Kashmiri photographer, Intesar Suhail, brings back such poignant memories.

Scaly Tales

Giri’s Bronzeback Tree Snake

Rahul Alvares describes the Giri’s bronzeback snake and explains why it has been classified as a separate species.

Talkin' Tigers

In The Garden

Jennifer Scarlott on all of the ways that the beauty of the world we live in makes itself seen and heard, touched and smelled, in the smallest, most ordinary and often fleeting moments.

Did You Know?

Elephant Beetles

Elephant beetles are one of the largest-known group of beetles on Earth!