Holding a masters in wildlife biology and a PhD in wildlife ecology, Tsewang Namgail was himself a victim of livestock depredation by snow leopards, whose global population is about 5,000 to 7,000 individuals.
However, after observing two snow leopards mere metres away in Hemis National Park, in Ladakh (where he was born and brought up) Namgail’s negative emotions dissipated and he went on to put in place a strategy and education programme to conserve the predator in Ladakh.
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They’re colourful, accessible and popular, and many are expanding their ranges into and across the British Isles. We uncover more about the changing fortunes of some of Britain’s favourite insects.
With birdsong in full force and summer knocking on the door, there’s plenty to discover this month.
In May, the quiet coastal town of Whyalla bursts into life as thousands of Australian giant cuttlefish gather offshore to breed.
On the trail of wolves
Much of the Italian landscape has long been bereft of wolves. Now, a burgeoning population is reclaiming old haunts.
Across the world, land that has been used and abandoned by humans is being recolonised by the plants and animals that were there in the first place. Cal Flyn highlights ten hotspots where wildlife is thriving among the ruins.
The conservationist discusses the much-anticipated UK Environment Bill and invites your thoughts on the subject.
MIKE DILGER'S WILDLIFE WATCHING
In his series of great places to watch wildlife in the UK, the star of BBC One’s The One Show this month heads for upland watercourses, which hold many unexpected surprises not found in their lowland counterparts.
Many insects are easy to miss in the melee of summer buzzing. Our eyes and ears become bamboozled by the gaudy and gallant – butterflies, dragonflies, bees, beetles – and we overlook the more subtle species. But low-key insects, such as this month’s dipteran delight, are worth seeking out.
Tales From The Bush Befriended By A Fox
A change of scene saw Chuck Graham form an unexpected bond with one of his new neighbours – a wild island fox.
Bringing Back The Tiger
Just over a decade ago, leaders of all 13 tiger range countries came together in a bold and inspiring pledge to save this iconic big cat. Their pledge? To double tiger populations by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger. So, with seven months to go, who is on track to deliver?
India thought it had the virus beat. The virus had other ideas
Governments around the world keep repeating the same mistakes. In a country of 1.4 billion, the consequences are on a whole new scale
Reincarnation And Realpolitik
China, India, and the U.S. are vying to influence the selection of the next Dalai Lama
An Exclusive Interview With Nandakumar Narasimhan
The Little Red Train
A Room for Dad
Before Mom passed, I made a promise to her
THE DANGAL IN THE JUNGLE, PART 1
YOU KNOW YOU’RE SOMEBODY WHEN YOU’VE APPEARED ON AN INDIAN DANGAL POSTER — IN OTHER WORDS, IN A WRESTLING ADVERTISEMENT.
WOUNDS AND THE WOMB
JULIE PETERS explores how to heal a relationship with the sacred womb, a place of death, life, and possibilities.
Giant squirrels, giant lessons? Animal chaplain SARAH BOWEN explores what squirrels can show us about mindfulness.
E8 Caste and the Indian Tech Ivies
IIT grads are highly sought after in Silicon Valley. Are they bringing deep-rooted prejudices with them?
I was happily married, happily employed, just plain happy. Until the accident
IN SEASON Chickpeas (GARBANZO BEANS)
Chickpeas appear in early recordings in Turkey well over 5000 years ago. India produces the most chickpeas worldwide but they are grown in more than 50 countries. An excellent source of carbohydrates, protein, fiber, B vitamins, and some minerals, they are a nutritious staple of many diets. The name chickpea comes from the Latin word cancer, referring to the plant family of legumes, Fabaceae. It is also known by its popular Spanish-derived name, the garbanzo bean. Kidney beans, black beans, lima beans, and peanuts are other familiar foods found in this legume family.