In the interiors of Amravati and Yavatmal districts of Maharashtra state, there is a different kind of meat available if asked for – Blackbuck meat. And surprisingly, the meat of this rare and protected animal is cheaper than goat meat!
Seeking help from the Armed forces of India, the Environment Ministry asked the Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) to help protect the Snow Leopard – a rare and scarce species of the high altitudes and an endangered animal.
Researchers from Cambridge University recently found out with the help of an interesting experiment that elephants not only are very intelligent creatures, they know when and how to help each other to solve a problem.
Excitement was in the air at the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa as a Black Panther made a rare appearance in the small hours on Sunday. Their rare occurrence is attributed to the fact that they are few in number.
The Delhi zoo is in celebration mood, all thanks to a Himalayan Black Bear that was born in the bear enclosure after a gap of five years. What is also exciting is that this is the first time the zoo is monitoring the mother and baby with the help of CCTV cameras.
When S K Tripathi, a soldier from Indian Army’s Western Command Signals Regiment was on duty, he spotted a Sambar Deer fawn being attacked by a pack of stray dogs who were biting the helpless creature. The soldier sprang into action immediately and saved the deer from the onslaught.
Villagers near Surat in Gujarat were in for a surprise when they found three leopard cubs in the fields. Fearing the mother would return to look for them, the farmers informed Forest Rangers who rescued the cubs.
Elevating the conservation status of the Great Indian Bustard, The Bird Life International and IUCN have declared the bird as a critically endangered species. The present population of Bustards stand at just 300 covering six states in India.
Pune based NGO Ela Foundation and the National Institute of Virology (NIV) have recently published a research paper that analyses the cause of drastic fall in the vulture population of India. While many believe the main reason for the deaths is use of Diclofenac, a chemical that is fatal to the birds, the research papers suggests other reasons too including electrocution.
The tiger count in India was last recorded as approximately 1400. But this census was done in 2008 and in all likelihood the population of the national animal is far less than projected. This has become apparent after Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Tuesday that the new year has already seen 14 tiger deaths in the nation.
What would happen if there were no tigers in the forest? The deer population would increase drastically eventually clearing up the whole forest. It is the same shocking scenario that has come into the forefront after University of British Columbia researchers found out that the number of big predatory fishes in the world oceans is depleting due to over fishing by humans. Small fishes on the other hand are thriving and over the last 100 years their numbers have doubled.
It is ‘Destination India’ for the World Environment Day 2011 (WED) which falls on June 5th, for “embracing the process of transition to a green economy”. This year’s theme ‘Forests: Nature at your service” emphasises that quality of life and the well being of forests and that of ecosystems are closely knit. For the first time, India is named as the host by the UNEP-The United Nations Environment Programme. The theme is also in support of United Nations International Year of Forests.
He may be a terror on the cricketing field owing to his fast pace bowls, but cricketer Zaheer Khan was himslef bolwed over by a tiger at the Mysore Zoo recently. The regal ‘Brahma’, a Tiger of the Jayachamarajendra Zoological Park in Mysore impressed the cricketer so much that he decided to adopt him.
It is a statement that is throwing every wildlife conservationist in a tizzy. The state forest minister of West Bengal said to the press that as West Bengal had wild animals ‘in excess’ he had a proposal to sell the animals to private owners, who could bid for their favorite animal.
Jerdon’s Courser is a nocturnal bird found only in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It has been listed among the 50 rarest birds of the world. But sadly the number of this bird is diminishing and in a bid to save it from extinction, the Indian government has now included it in its Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats’ (IDWH) scheme.