A park too far

The thought of being inside Mouling National Park in a days time lightened the heavy load I was carrying. Some of the folks smiled wondering why I was more interested in the GPS unit I was carrying than to unload the bags while we rest at a place called Yabo Roglé after a steep  uphill […]

One giant leap

– Amruta Rane (posted on behalf of Amruta who is right now still bravely roaming the forests of Arunachal, counting her beloved Toko plants along the way…) Kumar, Khem (my field assistants) and I were in Khari, which is an anti-poaching camp along the southern boundary of Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary & Tiger reserve in Arunachal […]

Death on the highway

This article was published in The Hindu Survey of the Environment 2009 (pages 113 – 118) without the supporting footnotes. The original article with footnotes and photographs is reproduced here. Crunch! Splat! Thud! A daily massacre is occurring under the wheels of our vehicles. Thousands of lives are snuffed out tragically, instantaneously, and yet, we hardly […]

Wildlife under wheels

As a pigtailed macaque troop moved towards the railway track, I got curious. Will they cross it today? I have never seen them moving across it. One by one, all of them assembled on the trees lining the railway track. A sub-adult male cautiously descended down and, within a blink of an eye, crossed the […]

A tale of two valleys

…at the ends of the Himalayas: life in Spiti and Siang valleys – Kulbhushan & Karthik     A dialogue that sparked off between us about which dried-meat tastes better; Mithun or Yak, instantly became a meaty confab beyond bovids that revolved around communities in Spiti and Siang valley and their practices. One look at […]