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India’s Guidelines For Ecotourism – Can Be Turned Around!

August 2011: The extremely quixotic text of the official draft Tourism Policy posted on the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ (MoEF) website has not thrown too much clarity on the ecotourism canvas.

In The Name Of The Tiger

August 2011: It was a surprisingly pleasant morning. As the convoy made its way through the forests of Kawal, the air was thick with anticipation. Their fingers crossed, forest officials scoured the surrounding trees for signs of wildlife. 

Of Dams, Dacoits And Death – The Saga Of The Chambal Gharials

June 2011: Emerging from the northern slopes of the Vindhyan escarpment, the Chambal river is undisputedly the last bastion of the gharial, harbouring its most significant remaining breeding populations. However, it is not without its own share of peril.

The Last Migration

June 2011: It was an early April morning drive in the Dalma Hills and there was a strong musky ‘elephant odour’ lingering around. We knew he was close. Within a couple of minutes, Sagarji, the driver, maneuvered the jeep around a sharp turn and came to an abrupt halt.

Is This Right?

June 2011: While tourism offers a wonderful opportunity to make wildlife conservation a tangible source of profit, great care must be taken to ensure that it does not become a threat itself. A recent incident in the buffer zone of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve is a case in point. When a herd of elephants, including two calves, reached a waterhole, they were denied their basic right to…

Are Big Dams Leaving India High And Dry? By Neeraj Vagholikar

April 2011: The author is one of India’s most knowledgeable experts on the impact of large development projects such as dams and  mines on ecosystems and people. He has travelled extensively across India and has been reporting and writing for Sanctuary for over 15 years. He writes here of India’s planned destruction of the Brahmaputra valley.

How to kill elephants – A Government Of India Blueprint

April 2011: Forget the fact that the elephant is venerated in India. The reality is that as a people we are changing the course of elephant evolution by interfering with the quintessence of its survival through our capricious behaviour that is resulting in whittling the space available to them and placing obstacles in the way of migrations that have been central to their survival.

Human-Elephant Conflict In India

April 2011: “In the case of elephant and man we have one of the best examples known of two superficially dissimilar animals sharing common biological needs, and therefore competing vigorously whenever they contact each other.” – Alistair Graham (1973).

The Corbett Conundrum: Close It To Tourism, Or Open It Up Further?

February 2011: Consensus on the issue of wildlife tourism continues to evade those involved in wildlife conservation. One set of people suggest that tourists be kept at arm’s length from wildlife and another believes that tourism actually prevents wildlife poachers from ripping through our Protected Area network undiscovered. The authors are both involved with tourism but they…

The Passing Away Of A Gentle Giant

February 2011: Rajaji’s most famous resident Tipu, a wild elephant many of you have had the opportunity to see, photograph or perhaps hear about his escapades, passed away on the night of January 8, 2011.

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