In the 13 years of her life, Lilly the bear has suffered much. She lost her mother when she was just a cub and was taken by a gang to be part of the dancing bear troupe, ‘madari ka khel’ that was once a popular roadside entertainment in India and still can be seen in many villages and small towns although banned. Almost blind and severely injured, Lilly was finally rescued by Wildlife SOS. She then found her life back thanks to a group of British female vets who treated her eyes and gave her sight back.
Archive for May, 2011
In a distressing incident recently, six huge sharks were caught in the fishing net of a trawler, off Mumbai coast. Over fishing of sharks is a matter of grave concern as it disrupts the ecology of oceans and disturbs the marine food chain. Their diminishing population calls for immediate regulatory measures, primarily sustainable fishing.
In what seems like good news for the aerial scavengers of India, a recent study has found that post ban of the drug Diclofenac in India, the decline in vulture population has reduced to 60 percent between 2006 and 2008. But to sustain this decline, a regular and concentrated effort to eradicate the use of the killer drug is impertinent.
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) one of India’s biggest corporate led by Mukesh Ambani has tied up with Ministry of Environment and Forest to create a research facility in Gujarat state called “National Centre for Marine Biodiversity’ . This is the first ever research centre to be made in the Public-Private Patrnership (PPP) mode in the country.
Gangetic Dolphins are being driven out of their larger, natural habitat of Brahmaputra River, to that of the river’s tributaries and even facing extinction owing to human interference in the name of activities like sand mining of river beds, fishing and pollution. This has been revealed by an ongoing study initiated jointly by University of Gauhati experts and a marine zoologist from Goa.
Nature has many admirers but seldom there are those who not just admire nature but make it their point to save its beauty in whichever way they can. Neloy Bandyopadhyay in one such person. A techie by profession and a self confessed naturalist by heart, 34 year old Neloy has been travelling the length and breadth of the country to capture rare glimpses of nature in his camera and take a step further to save the rapidly dying wilderness of the country.
India’s Endangered spoke to this young wildlife enthusiast about his new documentary on Vultures.
Women Self Help Groups in Orissa have taken upon themselves the task of conserving and caring for Olive Ridley sea turtles found in abundance in coastal Orissa. The fisher women of the state realised how important the turtles’ conservation was for the ecosystem and in turn to their livelihood and have therefore set to save the turtles.
As a move to take protection of animals and plants to the next level the Indian environment ministry has decided to bring out its own red list of endangered species like the one published by IUCN worldwide. The move will hopefully give a more systematic and planned approach to the protection of species in the verge of extinction in India.
Researchers from the School of Environmental Science of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, Kerala have discovered a new plant species belonging to the ‘Commelinaceae’ flora family of the ‘Murdannia’ genus. As an ode to their teacher, the researchers have named the new plant with golden flower ‘Murdannia Satheeshiana’.
It was not such a long time ago when the arrival of migratory swallows to Gangtok and other parts of the North-Eastern Indian state of Sikkim heralded the arrival of the spring-summer season. But gradually the number of these visitors began decreasing owing to modernization. One summer when bird-lovers sighted just a handful in their lands they were eager to be more accommodative and bring back these very social birds. The efforts seem to have paid as Sikkim once again is turning to be the summer vacation spot for these fidgety little birds.