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Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on


Check out this url: https://vimeo.com/38211597

NGOs working with the Karnataka Forest Department removed over 100 wire snares from Bandipur-Nagarhole using the simplest of devices... a magnet attached to a stick to find the snares.

What a solid initiative. It is time that such quiet work was taken up by more individuals and

Zoo Story

Posted by: Amrita Balaji on

According to Wikipedia, captive breeding, (as done in zoos) ‘facilitates' biodiversity and helps in saving certain species from extinction. I'm not trying to be an insufferable know-it-all (that's Wiki's job and yes I like Harry Potter), I just like to get my facts right(and apparently, Wikipedia is the best, PS: Jimmy Wales


Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on


In all my 40 years of working to protect wild India I have never come across a story as horrific, as tragic, as utterly depressing as this. Cut and paste the url given below to see an image and read the story of a living rhino with half its face cut off by poachers. It brutally encapsulates the horror and

Wildlifers Must Fight Pesticides

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

When birders, butterfly watchers, parents with young kids, kids with elderly parents and all those who enjoy visiting wild places begin to understand that the pesticide and chemical agriculture lobby is stealing our future, killing the joy that comes from celebrating nature, ruining our health, eroding even our food security...

How to Drown Mumbai!

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

"Be careful what you wish for because it might come true!" After obliterating wetlands, coasts, gardens, mills and virtually every other open space, "Free the salt pans," has become the battle cry of builders and politicians who wish to turn public spaces into private cash. Even ten-year-old kids know today that sea levels are

Ranathambore’s last Tigers?

Posted by: Suresh K L on

While voting for opinion poll on Lions introduction in Sanctuary Asia's website, 2 things came to my mind, whether to vote for Lions to safeguard their future or to allow tigers of Ranathambore to sign off from their very home.


Kuno-Palpur waiting for Lions is known and equally known factor is, already 2 or 3 Tigers managed to


Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

At eight the other morning, over the professional, jaunty sound of the news, I heard what must be one of the natural world's most accomplished broadcasters -- a whitebreasted kingfisher, better known to ornithologists as Halcyon smyrnensis. Jubilant and persistent, the brown, white and turquoise bird, sporting an extravagant

What's in a name?

Posted by: Suresh K L on

Rajiv Gandhi NP or Nagarahole NP, ask any Kannadiga, which one of these will they choose? The answer will be, a definite Nagarahole. In Kannada Nagarahole translates to Nagara (snake like or belonging to snake) hole (river or stream) aesthetically named in accordance with the number of serpentine like streams inside the park

Unknown Karnataka 2 -- Melukote WLS

Posted by: Suresh K L on

About Melukote: It's a small temple town located in Mandya district of southern Karnataka on top a hill with series of rocky outcrop hills surrounding it. Entering Melukote is like entering into bygone era. Here is a place, where you enter lost world of south Indian temples with priests of Vedic charm. Melukote is the favourite

Sparrows in my Garden

Posted by: Bratish Poddar on

Recently, a pair of sparrows built a nest in a drainage hole in our wall.  I uploaded the photos in Picasa; do take a look-




P.S. the uploading system here is really inconvenient. Please improve

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