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Seven new night frogs discovered in the Western Ghats

Seven new endemic species of Nyctibatrachus, or night frogs have been discovered after six years of intensive field surveys and collection of specimens in forests of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in Southern Western Ghats, India by a team of researchers from the University of Delhi and the Kerala Forest Department. Four out of the seven new species in the study titled "Seven new species of Night Frogs (Anura, Nyctibatrachidae) from the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot of India, with remarkably high...

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A Current Overview On The Endangered Species Of India

India is home to a variety of species, and rich flora and fauna. This contrasting biodiversity is what makes our country, the Incredible India it is today! However, with all the species that we have, there are some that are on the brink of extinction and hence have been kept in the category of endangered species. Here is a list of some endangered species which you need to see before they disappear completely: Ganges Dolphin o The Gangetic Dolphin is distributed in the Gangetic-Brahmaputra-Meghna...


Monkey Menace

Deforestation and habitat degradation have primarily contributed to monkeys moving into human settlements over the last few decades. Long-term scientific measures are the only solution to the monkey menace.


Elephantine Trouble

Elephants are today endangered due to fragmentation of habitat, reduction of forest cover, and the hostility of local communities to wildlife. A holistic approach to conservation is the best solution to benefit all concerned.

Oceans # Wildlife

The Olive Ridleys of Gahirmatha

Before you start presuming that we are referring to Mr. Riddle of Batman fame, let us quickly clarify that Olive Ridleys are poor green turtles, high on the endangered list, while Gahirmatha is this muddy beach beside a luxuriant patch of mangrove forest, along the coast of Odisha. Have you ever wondered about the many beautiful creatures that are lost forever in the onslaught of our ever-growing concrete jungles? Encased prettily in jars filled with liquid, creatures large and small will meaninglessly...


Fifty Years of Gir

The Asiatic lion, Panthera leo persica, the flagship species of India, is today synonymous with Gir- the sanctuary which has just completed 50 years of its existence. Gir is perhaps one of the few abodes left of this majestic species which once roamed Eastern Europe, West, Central and South regions of Asia. Uncontrolled 'hunting for sport', shrinking habitats and tigers,  in some areas, have all been instrumental in wiping out the Asiatic lion population. In the early twentieth century, 1913...


Great Elephant Census Figures Showing Huge Decline in African Populations

31 August 2016, Nairobi - UN Environment deputy head Ibrahim Thiaw released the following statement in reaction to the results of the Great Elephant Census, which showed African savanna elephant populations declined by 30 per cent (144,000 elephants) between 2007 and 2014: "The findings of the Great Elephant Census show clearly that poaching is still decimating elephant herds across Africa. This practice makes no sense on any level – moral, economic or political. "Elephants are already...


Animal culling may further aggravate man-wildlife conflicts

It is shocking that a county with esteemed values of ahimsa (non-violence) and vegetarianism, that form the basis for animal protection orders animal culling. Culling may rather aggravate man-wildlife conflicts rather than curing it. India has a diverse history of animal culling and hunting from the pre-colonial and colonial eras. Animal skin in the early times was considered as royal gifts, hunting of tigers was a matter of pride. Despite campaigns for animal protection around the world, culling...

Wildlife | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Asiatic Lions in Gir Forest, Gujarat

The Gir Forest in Gujarat is known as the last abode of Asiatic Lions. These lions once were widely distributed in Asia and later found their way into India. Since then Gir has been their home. Towards the end of the 19th century, the lions were in danger of extinction as human population increased near the forest resulting in loss of habitat and poaching. There have been many conservation programmes solely dedicated for the revival of this species. According to the ENVIS Centre’s 14th Lion Population...

Wildlife | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Safeguarding India’s Rhinos

The Asian rhinos are notable for its single horn as compared to the two-horned rhinos of Africa. The greater one-horned rhinos found in India are thus aptly named the Indian Rhino. According to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the population of rhinos, mainly found in the states of Assam, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, has seen an increase between the years 2012 and 2015. In three years, the number of rhinos in Assam has gone up from 2505 to 2624, 30 to 34 in Uttar Pradesh...