Why Children Are Needed To Help Save The World
On my very first day in India, I encountered many marvelous new customs not practiced in the United States, my home country. But the most curious by far involved trees. Here and there, alongside the roaring streets of Mumbai were rings of marigold wreathed around twisting banyan trunks like dried rays of afternoon sunlight…
Fact: all toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads! Let’s unpack this...
The Sea Raptor
The White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster is one of the most common raptors along the Indian coastline. Nevertheless, the sight of this soaring, broad-winged, white and black bird of prey is nothing less than majestic
Bringing Up Bob Hoots.
While we were visiting a friend’s farm in the village of Yelachetty, near Bandipur Tiger Reserve, we found Spotted Owlets nesting on the tiled roof… and one of the chicks on the kitchen floor!
The Sanctuary Interview Meet Harvey Locke
Harvey Locke, Co-founder of the Nature Needs Half Movement and of Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, speaks to friend and colleague Vance G. Martin, President of WILD Foundation (USA), Wilderness Foundation Global (South Africa), and Founder-Co-Chair of the Wilderness Specialist Group of the World Commission on Protected areas (IUCN).
The Unsung Foot Soldiers Of Mahseer Conservation
Standing at 196 cm. (six feet six inches) in his socks, Owen Bosen, looks every bit the quintessential dorai from our colonial past.
Human-Made Water Crisis - India's Armageddon?
Children as young as 10 years old are risking their lives to travel long distances in crowded trains in the Aurangabad district of Marathwada, Maharashtra to procure just two cans of water.
Vixen - Man's Best Friend, Wildlife's New Foe!
Seen here is a desert fox Vixen looking intently at two domestic dogs who have come dangerously close to her den in the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary situated in the Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat.
Land Of The Snow Leopard
My long-cherished desire of spotting the Himalayan snow leopard was finally fulfilled at the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh.
Photography As Art
Across the world fine art is taking huge strides towards the goal of stimulating and influencing public opinion in favour of nature conservation. Shaaz Jung, a talented young Indian wildlife photographer, is a pioneer in this field, and he uses his wildlife photographs, enhanced by digital imagery, to augment their impact. In his view, this will bring in new pools of support from artists whose creativity could help turn the tide, by attracting hitherto untapped potential for the critical task of saving our vanishing wilds.
More than three decades ago, in 1986, a small group of nature enthusiasts based in the southern state of Kerala in India were inspired to share their love for nature by helping people to become more environmentally aware and pro-active.
August 15, 1963 – August 19, 2018)
If you ask most people what they think Goa is famous for, the reply will probably be beach resorts, fish and feni. But I can show you a glimpse of a Goa that is green, chirpy and full of birds conducting their own musical concert.
Life Beyond 'The Research'!
I am no experienced researcher, nor am I a seasoned professional. I am at the most a passionate naturalist, attempting to perform a certain activity the scientific community tags as research. This is what I have learned...
Mumbai's Forgotten Shores The Coastal Road
You never forget a first.
November 11, 1944 – March 16, 2019The original environmental journalistAnand Parthasarathy remembers the veteran Mumbai-based scribe who wrote the first detailed account of the saving of the Silent Valley.
Off-Roads And Off-Limits
Until a few years ago, the ecologically fragile lateritic plateau of Kaas, home to rare and endemic floral species, witnessed large scale damage due to uncontrolled tourism.
Monitoring Tigers Beyond Tiger Reserves
The slender, bony-white trunks of dhavda trees, standing out against their dark-barked neighbours, appeared unusually mottled.
Afloat Upon The Sound Of Silence
A Dreamy Journey Through Kerala’s Silent Valley
Kids For Tigers
KIDS FOR TIGERS is a nation-wide effort of Sanctuary and school children to save the wild t iger and its habitat.
The Grizzled Giant
During my childhood, I often heard the myth about Lord Rama creating the five-striped squirrel with a stroke of his fingertips. However, on a recent trip to Chinnar, the squirrels I was in search of were a little different (or should I say a little larger) than those of my childhood memories!
In Aid Of Animals
“My school teachers teach me to care for our planet Earth. When I grow up, I want to become an animal activist and save as many animals as I can.”
With Birds And Beasts In Tal Chappar
Nestled in the Churu district of Rajasthan, the Tal Chappar Wildlife Sanctuary lies on the Nokha-Sujangarh state highway, about 132 km. from Bikaner.
No Selfies Please!
Animals are not our selfie props! We must be respectful of all creatures.
Help stop the mindless hacking of Mumbai’s ‘lungs’. Save the trees.
Humans Of Nature
The USA may have one of world’s biggest ‘carbon footprints’ but it also has some of the most dedicated environmental leaders. Meet two incredible, inspirational Americans, born over 100 years apart.
‘Come with a story – read, sing or mime – just make sure you come with a story,’ read the email addressed to members of the newly-formed ‘Storyteller’s Club’, Auroville. It was their first gathering at the house under the rain tree. As a full moon shone brilliantly above them, they all came forward with a tale to recount…
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The Sanctuary Interview - Meet Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj
An Indian Forest Service Offi cer, a tiger protector, a Great Indian Bustard protector, wildlife photographer par excellence, and a man whose heart beats for wild nature. Born in 1968, in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, he grew up in a tiny village called Narwana in Himachal Pradesh. He graduated in Biosciences from the Government College, Dharamsala and obtained a Masters in Botany and an M.Phil. from the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. The University of Rajasthan, Jaipur awarded him a Doctorate in 2011 for his thesis ‘Plant Resource Utilisation by Avianfauna in Sitamata Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India’. Clearly an academic, he has known Bittu Sahgal for over two decades and speaks to him about his love of photography and passion for wild nature.
The ERDS Foundation
In early March 2019, Radheshyam Bishnoi, community volunteer of ERDS Foundation, formerly known as the Ecology and Rural Development Society, a non-profit organisation working in western Rajasthan, and his birding mentor Dr. Divesh Saini (Physician and supporter of ERDS Foundation) were birding in Pokhran in Jaisalmer district.