Caught on camera

One evening, after a long day of trekking in the mountains in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, our team retired to the basecamp. Our tents were the only ones set up in the valley at the time. However, that particular day was different—we had company. Two herders, along with their livestock, horses and guard dogs, had pitched […]

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 […]

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 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, […]