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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (October 2022)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (October 2022)
(November 28, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter October 2022 In Focus Four seizure incidents involving illegal trade in exotic wildlife were reported from India in October 2022 - From Assam, Maharashtra, Mizoram and Tamil Nadu. Notably, recovered animals included non-native felines, primates, and marsupials. Other recovered species include non-native birds and reptiles, such as snakes, tortoises and turtles. Access the media reports here: Mizoram: 140 Exotic Birds And Animals Res...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 47

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(November 25, 2022) Telangana’s first overpass eco-bridge for wild animals coming up on NH-63 | Telangana Today The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is constructing Telangana’s first overpass bridge for wild animals on NH-63. The 1 km long bridge will help to increase connectivity in the Kaghaznagar forest while reducing the risk of collision with vehicles. The project will cost Rs. 30 crore and is estimated to take six months to complete.  Read more here. How preserving f...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 46

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(November 18, 2022) Tiger movement spotted in Chilla-Motichur corridor of RTR after 2 decades | Hindustan Times The Uttarakhand forest department spotted a tiger moving through the Chilla-Motichur corridor of Rajaji Tiger Reserve after two decades. Successful conservation efforts will allow animals to move from the Eastern part of the reserve to the west, where the number of tigers had dropped to one in the past. Read more here. India Calls for Action at COP27 as Sundarbans Wildlife Sanctuary Sh...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 45

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(November 11, 2022) Tamil Nadu notifies Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary as state’s 17th wildlife sanctuary | The Indian Express Reserve forests in the Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts of Tamil Nadu have been declared as the Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary. The 68,640 hectares is home to 35 species of mammals, 238 species of birds, as well as the endemic Leith’s soft-shelled turtle. The sanctuary will also act as an important corridor between Cauvery North Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu an...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 44

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(November 04, 2022) The planet has lost 83% of its freshwater aquatic life in 50 years, finds report World Wildlife Fund reports an 83% decline in freshwater species populations in the last 50 years. The report uses data from almost 32,000 populations of 5,230 species compiled by the Zoological Survey of London. Asian countries, including India, have seen a 55% decline in wildlife populations. The most significant decline (94%) has been observed in Latin America and the Caribbean region. The results highligh...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (September 2022)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (September 2022)
(October 27, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter September 2022 In Focus Three seizure incidents involving illegal trade of exotic wildlife species were reported from India in September, last month. Notably, the recovered species include primates such as orangutans, spider monkeys, lemurs among others. Other recovered species include, wallabies, and several other exotic species of tortoises, turtles and birds. Access the media reports here: Two baby orangutans, suspected to be smugg...

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Dugong Conservation Workshop in Palk Bay

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Dugong Conservation Workshop in Palk Bay
(October 13, 2022) WCS-India Marine Program participated in a multi-stakeholder Dugong Conservation Workshop organized jointly with the Thanjavur Forest Department, OMCAR (Organization for Marine Conservation, Awareness and Research) Foundation, and Wildlife Institute of India on the 15th of September 2022. The workshop focused on discussing the next steps in the management of the recently notified Dugong Conservation Reserve in Palk Bay, Tamil Nadu. About 70 participants from the Tamil Nadu State Forest De...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 41

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(October 13, 2022) First in India, a sanctuary for slender loris in TN | Times Travel Following the first Dugong Conservation Reserve, Tamil Nadu is now gearing up to set up Slender Loris Sanctuary in India, in Kadavur. The sanctuary has been notified under Section 26 (A)(1)(b) of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. The Kadavur Slender Loris Sanctuary includes Vedasandur, Dindigul East and Natham taluks in Dindigul and Kadavur in Karur district and spreads across 11,800 hectares. Read more here. Y...

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Highlights from ‘Nature Without Borders’ event

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Highlights from ‘Nature Without Borders’ event
(October 12, 2022) On the evening of the 7th of October 2022, the Wildlife Conservation Society - India, with support from Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and Rural India Supporting Trust (RIST), hosted 'Nature Without Borders' at the Bangalore International Centre. This event brought together conservation experts from diverse geographies, members of community-conserved areas, scholars, and folk artists to bring about dialogue on inclusive approaches to conservation. The theme was centred on exploring the i...

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Surviving the Odds – Combating India’s Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Surviving the Odds – Combating India’s Illegal Wildlife Trade
(October 08, 2022) ‘Surviving the Odds – Combatting India’s Illegal Wildlife Trade is a short documentary film created as a ready-to-use explainer about India's illegal wildlife trade (IWT) and lists measures to tackle this issue. While we developed the documentary as a resource for enforcement agencies across India, it is an eye-opener for the larger audience highlighting the dire consequences of illegal trade in India and the alarming rate at which we are losing our biodiversity.  W...

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