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32 rare vultures poisoned in Assam

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32 rare vultures poisoned in Assam

The popular publication Northeast Today has reported the tragic death of 32 rare scavengers, among which were  Himalayan Griffin vultures. In what may be termed as the largest case of poisoning of Scavenging birds after 2011 in Assam, it has come to light that the carcass of a goat, poisoned for the dogs that killed […]

57 Hectares of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary encroached

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57 Hectares of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary encroached

Gandhinagar: The last living space of the remaining 523 Asiatic Lions is under threat ! Over 57 hectares of forest area inside Gujarat’s Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is under encroachment, the state government informed the Legislative Assembly, says a PTI report. Of these, 1.31 hectares had ‘religious structures’ on them. While responding to a written query […]

Kaziranga Park becomes Rhino killing field?

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Kaziranga Park becomes Rhino killing field?

Tezpur : Poachers reportedly  broke into Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, killed an adult rhinoceros and sawed off its horn, It’s the third such incidents in the protected zone this week, says a PTI report. The carcass of the male rhino was found today (November 9) near Bokpara camp under Kohora range of the park where […]

Bear gall-bladders seized, poachers arrested

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Bear gall-bladders seized, poachers arrested

Guwahati (Assam): Officials from Lakhimpur forest division, along with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, have seized 42 bear gall bladders as well as leopard nails and suspected ‘tiger bones’ from Harmutty in Lakhimpur district. Sarbat Pradhan and Ajit Saha of Harmutty were arrested from their homes, and will be produced in court. Lakhimpur divisional forest […]

Dogs to protect Rhinos in Kaziranga

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Dogs to protect Rhinos in Kaziranga

GUWAHATI: Dogs are being trained to protect Rhinos in Assam statein northeast India.  Four new Belgian Malinois dogs are being trained to add to the existing two-member dog squad to assist anti-poaching operations in Kaziranga National Park and other rhino bearing areas of the State. The new dogs are being trained in an undisclosed location. […]

Lizard penises sold online as Ayurvedic Plant!

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Lizard penises sold online as Ayurvedic Plant!

NEW DELHI : Your local Ayurveda quack may be taking you for a ride, giving you lizard penises disguised as dried root medicine! An Indian man has been arrested for selling dried monitor lizard penises online as a rare root plant believed to bring good luck, Indian forest department officials said Friday (June 23). The […]

Elephant in the room? No Jumbos in Jharkhand!

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Elephant in the room? No Jumbos in Jharkhand!

Jamshedpur, Jharkhand:  A three-day synchronised elephant census is going on  in four  states of Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh today to avoid duplication and arrive at a more accurate count for the first time in India. Part of the 7th All India Elephant Census under Project Elephant, the census is deploying an identical set of […]

Red-faced Tiger authority trains guns on BBC

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Red-faced Tiger authority trains guns on BBC

After a BBC expose on dark doings in the forests of Kaziranga, certain government officials want to hide their embarrassment by calling for the (virtual) expulsion of  on the British Broadcasting Corporation reporter, and a bar on allowing BBC access to ‘protected forests’! It appears that there is a ‘shoot at sight’ policy that allows […]

Will Brother Tiger, Sister Rhino survive in booming India?

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Will Brother Tiger, Sister Rhino survive in booming India?

India’s booming population and tourism industry, and the ongoing drought, are escalating contact and conflict between people and wildlife. Every year hundreds have their crops destroyed or farm animals killed – and, in some cases, are killed or injured themselves – by tigers, elephants, sloth bears and wild boars, as villages grow and spill over […]

Sept 22: Elephant Appreciation Day

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Sept 22: Elephant Appreciation Day

September 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day! I am from the Northeast of India, and the elephant is an important animal not only in North Bengal, Assam and surrounding states, but also in jungles throughout India. Elephants are hugely important in our History and culture. So why can’t we Indians get together and make September 22 […]

Rethink our relationships with elephants

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Rethink our relationships with elephants

Throughout history and across cultures, elephants have amazed and perplexed us. They have been feared and hunted as wild animals, attacked and killed as dangerous pests. They also laboured for humans as vehicles, engineering devices, and weapons of war. Elephants have also been exploited for the luxury commodity of ivory, laughed at as objects of […]

Assam’s Flood-trapped Animals

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Assam’s Flood-trapped Animals

The overall flood situation in Assam has turned from bad to the worse. The water level of Brahmaputra and its tributaries continue to rise, submerging houses, farmlands and wildlife sanctuaries. It has not only affected human beings but also  the wildlife as well. Over 80% of the rhino habitat of Kaziranga National Park is flooded […]

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