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Conservation Bulletin - Week 26

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(July 01, 2022) Did you call? Misuse of bird call audio is disturbing bird behaviour © N A Nazeer/Wikimedia Commons The use of recorded audios of birdcalls by birders has become problematic in India. Its overuse may have an effect on the breeding habits and social behaviour of birds. Researchers explain that banning this completely is not an answer. Park officials are considering new ways to limit misuse. Read more here.  Forest dept finds over 50 hatchlings of critically endang...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (May 2022)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (May 2022)
(June 27, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter May 2022   In Focus India continues to be a significant transit and destination country for illegal trade in exotic wildlife species. Here is a list of media-reported exotic wildlife seizures from May 2022: Customs officials recovered four endangered exotic primate species from a bus in Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal. Species recovered were a east javan langur, a red-shanked douc, and two monkeys belonging to Cercopithecus genus. In ...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 25

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(June 24, 2022) Smuggling of Exotic and Endangered Species From Myanmar Increasing © Assam Police Exotic and endangered species are the latest in the list of items being smuggled from Myanmar into India, evidenced by seizures at regular intervals across different states in the country. The species that have been confiscated so far range from pangolins to chimpanzees. Wildlife is mostly smuggled through the border states of Mizoram and Manipur in the Northeast, India’s frontier region. This zo...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 24

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(June 17, 2022) Asian elephants are ingesting large amounts of plastic from landfills in India  © Unsplash/Paweldotio According to a new study, endangered Asian elephants in Uttarakhand, India, have been ingesting human garbage, including plastics. How does human waste get there? Plastic waste is found in garbage dumps near forest fringes that neighbour human communities; elephants venture here to eat. Once the plastics are brought into the forest via the elephants’ dung, other species m...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 23

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(June 10, 2022) At This Farm, Kids Promote Wildlife Conservation And Protect Dying Art Forms © Outlook In Maharashtra’s Kolhapur, Insight Walk is using sustainable and local community-led initiatives to change the face of rural education in four villages. Read more   Dolphins sighted 27 times along Mumbai coast in pilot study © Shutterstock / Ricardo Canino A recent pilot study conducted in south Mumbai’s Backbay region has confirmed 27 sightings of Indian Ocean...

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Inter-agency Workshop on “Combatting Marine Wildlife Trafficking”

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Inter-agency Workshop on “Combatting Marine Wildlife Trafficking”
(June 10, 2022) WCS-India collaborated with the Mangrove Foundation to conduct an inter-agency workshop from 1st - 2nd June 2022 at the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre, Mumbai. The two-day workshop aimed to strengthen the capacity of frontline officers to combat the illegal trade of marine wildlife in India. The workshop content was designed and executed as a partnership between the Counter Wildlife Trafficking and Marine Programme of WCS-India.  The first day comprised an inter-agency worksh...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 22

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(June 03, 2022) Protecting the critical Chambal landscape, one of last viable habitats for red-crowned roofed turtle © Mongabay The Chambal landscape is an important habitat for freshwater turtles. There are eight species of turtles found here of which the red-crowned roofed turtle is critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The Chambal turtles use the sandy riverbank for nesting. Illegal sand mining is one of the major threats for them.  Read ...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 21

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(May 27, 2022) IIT Madras, Harvard University researchers develop algorithm to save wildlife from poaching Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Harvard University Researchers have developed a novel Machine Learning (ML) algorithm named ‘CombSGPO’ (Combined Security Game Policy Optimization) that can help in saving wildlife from poaching. Read more   Tiger-centric conservation efforts push other predators to the fringes Nepal and India have made huge strides in boosting th...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (April 2022)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (April 2022)
(May 19, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter April 2022 Wildlife trade trivia   Illegal wildlife trade in April 2022   News scan (1 to 30 April 2022)   Big cats 3 leopard skins recovered from house, man arrested | The Tribune A man, Sanjeev Kumar, resident of Prem Vihar on Tibba Road, Ludhiana, has been arrested for allegedly smuggling leopard skins. Read more More on big cats Berhampur: Record haul of illegal wild...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 18

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(May 06, 2022) Here’s this week’s Conservation Bulletin. We curate media, popular and science articles that celebrate successful conservation stories, address some of the most pressing issues facing conservation today and discuss possible solutions among other things. We hope you enjoy reading and learning from the following stories just as we do. 1. Three carnivorous species – leopards, wolves and hyenas – have been found sharing space with human beings in the semi-arid areas of Pun...

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