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Revisiting the tigers-versus-tribals trope

by MD Madhusudan, NS Prashanth & Pavithra Sankaran   (An edited version of this article appeared in Down To Earth on 24 July, 2019)   The Supreme Court petition filed by hardline conservationists questioning the constitutional validity of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA) is stoking fears that recognising the land and other rights of […]

Signs of stress—in elephant poop

We humans don’t just stress each other out, sometimes elephants too are affected by our activities. And signs of this stress have been found in what might seem like a rather unlikely place—their poop!   Wildlife habitat everywhere is shrinking, and India is no exception—forests are being converted to places that aren’t as welcoming towards […]

A village mourns a snow leopard

by Kalzang Gurmet This post first appeared on Snow Leopard Trust’s website.   When a wild snow leopard died of old age near the hamlet of Kibber, the community came together to pay their respects to the cat. Our local field coordinator, Kalzang Gurmet, shares this heart-warming story from his home village.   One February morning, […]

Bats like something in their tea!

Illustration: Rohan Chakravarty, www.greenhumour.com New study shows that bats prefer rainforest fragments, riverine habitats and shade-grown coffee to tea plantations in the Valparai Plateau. The Western Ghats in India is the most densely populated biodiversity hotspot in the world! A mere six per cent of its old-growth forests remain; most of its natural vegetation has been […]

Crocheting for Conservation

For conservation to be relevant, effective and long-term, it must benefit both animals and people. Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) along with the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) is working with women in Spiti to produce and sell quality products like crochet handicrafts and others, and in turn, garnering their valuable support for conservation. For almost 20 […]

NCF’s Ananda Kumar Wins Whitley Award

For his extraordinary work on mitigating human-elephant conflict in the Valparai plateau, Ananda has been awarded the prestigious Green Oscar at a ceremony in London last month. Since 2002, Ananda has been studying elephants in the plateau where large expanses of rainforest have been flattened by tea and coffee plantations. Home to 75,000 workers, Valparai is […]