Bhutan, India and Nepal collaborate to counter wildlife trafficking in South Asia | The Telegraph
India, Bhutan, and Nepal are collaborating to combat wildlife trafficking in South Asia through a nine-day Training of Trainers workshop organised by TRAFFIC India and WWF-India. The initiative, in partnership with the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, aims to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies in the region. The workshop covers topics such as illegal wildlife trade, CITES implementation, cross-border coordination, and wildlife forensics.
Loss of forest cover in Kashmir is pitting a protected animal against the world's costliest spice | Mongabay
The depletion of forest cover in Kashmir is leading to conflict as protected Indian crested porcupines enter saffron fields, causing damage to the valuable spice crop. With an estimated impact on nearly 5,000 hectares of saffron-growing land, particularly in Pampore, which contributes significantly to India's saffron production, the situation highlights the challenge of balancing wildlife protection and agricultural interests in the region.
Winter migratory birds arrive early at Chambal Sanctuary near Agra | India Today
As winter sets in, early arrivals of the migratory black-headed Ibis from China, Myanmar, and Mongolia have been observed at the Chambal Sanctuary near Agra. The sanctuary, a tri-state protected area on the Chambal River, is known for diverse wildlife, including Gharials and Ganges dolphins. In 2015, Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister organized the first international bird festival of UP at the sanctuary.
Royal Bengal Tiger travels across four States seeking a ‘home’ | The Hindu
A male Royal Bengal Tiger has covered over 2,000 km across four Indian states in the past five months. Tracked by the Parlakhemundi Forest Division, Odisha, the tiger was initially spotted in Maharashtra and has since moved through Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. Forest officials believe the tiger's extensive journey suggests exploration for a thriving prey population and a potential mate.
New species of music frog discovered in Arunachal | Arunachal Times
Biologists from the Wildlife Institute of India and the University of Wolverhampton have discovered a new music frog species, the Noa-Dihing music frog (Nidirana noadihing), near the Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh. The frog, characterized by a distinctive call pattern, inhabits marshy habitats, underscoring the importance of conserving such environments.