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Conservation Bulletin - Week 22 (2023)

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(June 02, 2023)   -   Orphaned elephant calves struggle to survive in human-elephant conflicts in Tamil Nadu, India, with many losing their mothers to electrocution or accidents. A community-based initiative involving the Kadar tribal community successfully restores the dwindling hornbill population in the Western Ghats, India. Indian Bison, extinct in the Sanjay Tiger Reserve for 25 years, will be reintroduced with the aim of extending the species' family. A pre-monsoon census is underway in the Mudumalai ...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 21 (2023)

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(May 26, 2023) As tourism booms in India’s Western Ghats, habitat loss pushes endangered frogs to the edge | Mongabay India’s Western Ghats, a global biodiversity hotspot, is home to many endemic and endangered species of amphibians, some of which are new to science and others suspected of lying in wait of discovery. Deforestation due to infrastructure and plantation expansion in the southern Western Ghats threaten the region’s amphibian species, many of which have highly restricted habita...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 20 (2023)

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(May 19, 2023) Studies on migration patterns of milkweed butterflies and their feeding habits can help protect them, say researchers | The Hindu Researchers have highlighted the importance of studying the migration patterns and feeding habits of milkweed butterflies to protect them. These butterflies undertake a westward migration from the Eastern Ghats to the Western Ghats in southern India, becoming active for over two months upon arrival. The study revealed that the butterflies' wings are more damage...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 18 (2023)

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(May 05, 2023) India Lost More than Half of Its Suitable Elephant Habitat in Last 300 Years, Shows Report | News18 India has lost over 50% of its historic elephant habitat range in the past 300 years, according to an international team of researchers. The study examined the habitat range of Asian elephants across 13 Asian countries between 1700 and 2015, and found that almost two-thirds of the region's once-suitable land had been lost, with China and India experiencing the greatest declines. This loss i...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 17 (2023)

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(April 28, 2023) Flying is riskier for female katydids, finds India’s first insect radio telemetry study | Mongabay Radio telemetry was used in the first insect study of its kind in India, showing that female katydids fly more and farther than males for mating and egg-laying. This behaviour makes them more vulnerable to predators, such as insectivorous bats. The study highlights the potential for radio telemetry to deepen understanding of evolutionary behaviour and improve conservation management. The s...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 15 (2023)

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(April 14, 2023) Tigers occupying new areas, shows census report; expect a bigger jump in final big cat count, say experts | India Today  The latest tiger census report in India ‘The Status of Tigers 2022’ released shows that the tiger population has grown by at least 200, from 2,967 in 2018 to 3,167 in 2022. The report also reveals that tigers have occupied new areas in several Indian states, including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Maharashtra. However, the Western...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 13 (2023)

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(March 31, 2023) 50 years of Project Tiger: PM set to release new census on April 9 | Hindustan Times India's environment ministry is set to announce the tiger population numbers for 2022, to mark the 50 years of Project Tiger, the country's flagship project to conserve the animal. To commemorate the anniversary, the ministry will also release a commemorative coin of INR50 and put out a document on evaluating the effective management of tiger reserves and a vision document for tiger conservation. ...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 12 (2023)

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(March 24, 2023) Trash disposal key to curb wildlife from straying into residential zones in Pune: Experts | TOI Experts suggest that an effective garbage disposal system is needed in fringe areas around Pune to prevent leopards and other wildlife from straying into residential zones while searching for prey. Piles of garbage attract hungry stray dogs and other animals. WCS-India's Director Dr. Vidya Athreya has suggested that the FD needs to reassess its capture and release policy, as animals are oft...

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WCS-India meets to build a shared Vision

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(March 20, 2023) WCS-India kickstarted a two-day Vision retreat on World Wildlife Day. Most of the staff from the organisation´s 14 thematic programs, including the board members and external invitees, came together for the first time to co-develop the organisation's shared Vision and Mission. WCS-India´s work focuses on the conservation of a diverse range of ecosystems and species, from community conservation work in the Thar desert to tigers in the Eastern Ghats and dholes in the Western Gha...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 11 (2023)

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(March 17, 2023) Indian state to open new Asiatic lion sanctuary as numbers soar | The Guardian India's Gujarat state is opening a new sanctuary for its increasingly abundant Asiatic lion population, as the Gir National Park has been overcrowded for years. With around 400 lions in Gir and 300 in other parts of the state, conservationists have called for some of them to be relocated. The Gujarat government has now agreed to move some lions to another sanctuary within the state, Barda Wildlife Sanctuary. Re...

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