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Flexible Fish: new study from the Lakshadweep

In their bright yellow-and-blue finery, melon butterflyfish are hard to miss—you must have seen them on one of your dives. And if you’re like me, who hasn’t ever been on one, you’ve probably seen them swimming across your screen in some underwater video. These fish—the melon butterflyfish—really love being around coral, and for good reason. […]

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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 […]

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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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WORKSHOP | Ecological restoration: Principles, practice, and monitoring

Dates: 1-5 May 2017 (excluding arrival and departure dates) Location: NCF rainforest restoration research station, Valparai, Anamalai Hills, Tamil Nadu, India Lead instructors: Dr T R Shankar Raman, Dr Anand Osuri and Dr Divya Mudappa Ecological restoration of fragmented and degraded habitats can play an important role in conserving biodiversity and improving the supply of […]

Musings on Madras Museum

I visited the Zoology section of Madras Government Museum in 2014 and found that it to be an interesting place. As a wildlife biologist, I found the Natural history section very interesting as well as important for education and scientific reasons. Several collections displayed in this section are of historical importance, such as the rare […]

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The march of the triffids

“In temperate countries, where man had succeeded in putting most forms of nature save his own under a reasonable degree of restraint, the status of the triffid was thus made quite clear. But in the tropics, particularly in the dense forest areas, they quickly became a scourge.” —John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids In […]

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வால்பாறை பகுதிகளில் சிறுத்தை-மனிதன் எதிர்கொள்ளலை சமாளிக்க/குறைக்க இயற்கை பாதுகாப்பு நிறுவனத்தின் (Nature Conservation Foundation) மழைக்காட்டு ஆராய்ச்சி நிலையம் (Rainforest Research Station) பல்வேறு முயற்சிகளை எடுத்து வருகிறது. சிறுத்தை ஆராய்ச்சி மேற்கொள்ளுதல், அவை நடமாடுமிடத்தில் பொதுமக்களாகிய நாம் செய்ய வேண்டிய, கடைபிடிக்க வேண்டிய வழிமுறைகள் முதலிய கருத்துக்களை பொதுமக்களுக்கு பல்வேறு வழிகளில் எடுத்துச் சொல்லுதல் போன்றவை இந்த ஆராய்ச்சி நிலையத்தின் செயல்பாடுகளில் ஒன்று. வால்பாறையின் பொதுமக்கள், பத்திரிக்கையாளர்கள், தேயிலைத் தோட்ட அதிகாரிகள், பணியாளார்கள், ஆனைமலை புலிகள் […]