It is good news for nature lovers and environmental activists as the Forest department is planning a huge afforestation drive in Karnataka.
The body of a male adult Dolphin measuring over 5 feet, was found in the gangetic sabbalpur diara of Patna district, by the Bihar Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC). Allegedly, poachers have been suspected to be behind the death of the Dolphin. With the ‘National animal’ status accorded to the aquatic gangetic Dolphin, only by India, the news is distressing.
The latest tiger census in India reports that the tiger population in the country has risen from 1411 to 1706. While the country is rejoicing the rising figures, one state that seems to have been left out of all the festivities is Madhya Pradesh. The state that boasted of highest number of tigers till 2006 has now lost its prestigious “Tiger State” tag to Karnataka owing to the decrease in population of the animal in the state.
Last month, local villagers from Chiroga district in Bodoland, Assam chanced upon rare clouded leopard cubs in the jungle, with their mother nowhere in sight. Failing to find their mother, the volunteers have now decided to hand raise the cubs at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) Transit Home in Kokrajhar.
Nestled between large barren mountains in the small Chamoli village of Uttarakhand, there is a patch of green with tall oak, walnut, deodar and other trees looking heavenwards. If these trees could speak they would only say thanks to one man named Narain Singh Negi who spent last 40 years of his life planting more than 9 lakh trees and creating a man-made forest.
Rescued from fishing net off the coast of Gujarat, a whale shark became extremely special for conservationist when it became the first of its species to be satellite tagged in India. The effort will help tremendously in understanding the migration route, breeding and behavior pattern of the whale-sharks.
The government of Karnataka has sanctioned 72 mini hydel projects, in the heart of Western Ghats, to meet the ever growing needs of electric power. But even if the projects are tagged ‘mini- hydel ’, a large number of trees are being removed, to make way for these power projects. The biodiversity loss will be irrevocable.