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Elephant Early Warning Systems now in Gudulur!

Our early warning systems—which inform people about the presence of elephants to avoid surprise encounters—have now been set up in Gudulur, Tamil Nadu! NCF’s M Ananda Kumar and his team have been running these systems in Valparai, Tamil Nadu, since 2002, in collaboration with local people, plantation companies, and the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. In […]

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Plant invaders: Q&A with Geetha Ramaswami

  Geetha Ramaswami is a Research Associate at NCF, and is particularly interested in invasive plants—especially how they affect and get affected by the ecosystem they invade.   What are introduced species? What are native species? Well, over many millennia, different species have evolved to live in different kinds of environments. They may not have […]

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Settling on shaky ground: How dead coral structures carve the fate of young coral recruits in the Lakshadweep islands

Photographs: Shreya Yadav Illustration: Rohan Arthur   For coral larvae—the free-floating progeny of adult coral—picking a perfect place to build their homes amidst the bustling crannies, alleys and turrets of reefs is ever so important, especially since once they settle, they spend their entire lives in the same place. But with sea temperatures spiralling upwards, […]

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The fate of seeds: What have rodents got to do with it?

A rodent of the genus Rattus. Credit: Harikrishnan S.   In the lush, tropical forests of Pakke, nestled in the Himalayan foothills, fruit-eating animals—hornbills, in particular—are vital seed dispersers. But another little-studied group of animals also plays a significant role in affecting the fate of seeds. The animals in question: rodents! Researchers from the Nature […]

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Abhi to the rescue!

Drive safe – Countless animals right from mighty elephants to tiny frogs lose their lives to reckless, speeding vehicles each year in India. Photo credit: Sanjay Gubbi Abhi looks out the window from the backseat. He and his parents are on their way to his grandmother’s house in the village. They’re driving through a road that runs […]