Crumbling atolls

New 18-year study shows that despite increasing resistance, coral reefs in the Lakshadweep are not recovering well from climate change disturbances   The coral reefs of the Lakshadweep are not doing well. They haven’t been well for a while now. Just how badly they are faring  is something we are only just waking up to. […]

Ants killing an antlion

Ants are everywhere, and I mean literally everywhere, and yet we hardly pay any attention to them unless they invade our cookie jars. For me observing ants is like watching one of those psychological thrillers where they show a lot of creativity in torturing other people, a bit bizarre and violent, mostly disturbing. Ants are also very […]

Staff Picks: What we’re reading

Birding for people who don’t like lists by Matthew L. Miller If you are a lazy and disorganised birder like me, then you should read this article—and if you are not, then you should definitely read this! Birders often gets bogged down with making and organising their lists, competing with other birders and it really […]

Tenzin and the wolf pups

By Charudutt Mishra How has Spiti influenced me? This is a very hard question to answer. It is akin to trying to describe my mother’s influence on me. Or that of my son. When something is a part of you, it is hard to disentangle the skeins of influence that separate it from you. And, […]

Something strange in a bangle shop!

Notice anything strange in this picture? Something that would be absolutely out of place in a bangle shop? Look close, that isn’t a stuffed toy near the necklaces on the right. It’s a Malabar giant squirrel! This squirrel is the size of a small dog, has a gorgeous burgundy and cream coat and spends most of its day jumping […]

Finding drama in everyday life

A spider pretending to be an ant to avoid being eaten by other spiders. A gross ball of spit that nobody wants to get close to, but is actually a clever insect hiding itself from lurking enemies in frothy plant sap. A cheeky little insect-eating bird—a black drongo—mimicking the call of a bird of prey to scare away mynas […]

A snow leopard family album!

Our camera traps have captured a series of photographs over five years of a snow leopard family! In the remote Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh, we’ve been working on a variety of projects to better understand snow leopards and implement conservation initiatives in collaboration with local communities and governments. Camera traps are one of the […]