Crocs on the Rocks!

Crocs on the Rocks!

Kendrapara is now a privileged district because it is the only one which hosts all three species of crocodilians found in India. Saltwater crocodiles have liked to hang around the area for some decades now. So, they are old news, nobody gets excited about them. Sort of a ghar ki murgi dal barabar situation. People get excited when new and unexpected things happen, when things happen that make us feel special.

Thus, news was made in 2016 when for the first time in the history...

The Importance of Being Fungi

The Importance of Being Fungi

When we think about biodiversity, we usually think only of animals, birds, insects and plants. We forget that fungi are also biodiversity. According to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the UK, fungi are ‘distinctive organisms that digest their food externally by secreting enzymes into the environment and absorbing organic matter... 

Ecotravel
Q&A Session with Dr Qamar Qureshi

Q&A Session with Dr Qamar Qureshi

Have you ever wondered what wild-lifers do? What inspires them to go to work in the jungle? How they protect themselves in the jungle? How they count tigers? Dr Qamar Qureshi of the Wildlife Institute of India answers questions about tigers and the work he does with them. 

The Inglorious Bustards

The Inglorious Bustards

Active conservation efforts of the state government and the Bishnoi tribe together are yielding positive results in rescuing the famous Great Indian Bustards.

Where does electricity come from? Most of us have not seen the power stations where it is generated but we have all seen the wires that deliver electricity to our homes. Yes, those wires, hanging overhead on the streets, which seem to have been built for pigeons and crows to perch upon...

 

Lady Tarzan

Lady Tarzan

An inspiring story of an ordinary Adivasi woman, Jamuna Tudu, who used the superpowers of diligence and persistence to defeat the timber mafias in Jharkhand.

I am sure all of you have seen Tarzan cartoons. What if I told you that we have a real Tarzan in India and that too a lady! Jamuna Tudu of the Santhal tribe of Central India, began her journey towards becoming ‘Lady Tarzan’ in 2000. This was when she got married, barely at the age of 17, and moved from her childhood home in Odisha to her husband’s village in Jharkhand...

 

What is the History of Cheetah Re-Introduction in India?

The Cheetah is the fastest terrestrial animal on earth, capable of galloping at speeds of up to 100 km/h. The Cheetah, which was extinct in the 1950s in India, is about to make a comeback later this year. About 10 cheetahs, 5 of them females, will be brought to Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary in November 2021.

The Globe-Trotting Chicken’s Ancestor

The Globe-Trotting Chicken’s Ancestor

Indians were probably the first to domesticate the red jungle fowl and realize its medicinal and nutritional worth. 

The Trial

The Trial

Some trace the origin of COVID-19 virus to bats but these creatures of the night are more than virus carriers.

Secret Diary of a Virus

Secret Diary of a Virus

Thanks to the trade and imperial ventures of humans, these disease-causing organisms could cross regional boundaries and spread infection.

Humans are really strange. They love giving awkward names to other living beings. For example, I am called a 'virus'. In Latin, it means poison or poisonous liquid. Well, humans do seem to enjoy giving names carrying negative connotations. My other name, 'pathogen', is not encouraging either. So, what is a pathogen? If you Google it, you will get the following explanation: 'Pathos' is the Greek word for disease and genes means 'born of'.

Mosquito Menace

Mosquito Menace

Mosquitos are truly dangerous. They spread diseases. 

They are reponsible for outbreaks of malaria, dengue, yellow fever and filariasis.

 

 

Fishcraft
The Dusty Bee!

The Dusty Bee!

40 per cent insect species are declining, a third are endangered. 

Aravalli: Story of a Dying Mountain Range

The Aravallis, with their vast landscape and biological diversity, have shaped the northern landscape of India in more ways than one. But despite all this, the mountain range is under severe threat from mining and large-scale real estate developments. 

 

Anti-ageing Nematodes from the Arctic Era

Anti-ageing Nematodes from the Arctic Era

About 30,000 years ago, a squirrel chose a home for itself in Siberia, Russia. Today, the home is 30m below the surface in a layer of permafrost. The squirrel is long gone, but tiny roundworms, a type of nematode have survived in this home. They lasted for all these years, frozen and immobile. Russian scientists have now revived them and are making the worms the first multicellular organisms to have survived being frozen in the Arctic permafrost.

Precaution Against Dengue and Chikungunya

Precaution Against Dengue and Chikungunya

Water storage vessels like bottles, drums and pots should be cleaned and kept covered...

Use mosquito nets. Don't wear clothes that expose your hands and legs and use a mosquito repellent cream.

Save the Sparrows: How to Build a Nest With Rakesh Khatri

Mr Rakesh Khatri has actively promoted sparrow conservation. Since 2007, he has been building nests for sparrows using natural material like bamboo, jute and coir. He trains young people to build these nests so that they could put them up around the city.

A Home for the Little Birds

A Home for the Little Birds

An easy and eco-friendly way to build a nest for small birds such as the sparrow.

Bringing the Sparrows Back Home

Bringing the Sparrows Back Home

In an urbanized world, we have cut down trees and taken over the natural habitat of the birds.

Around the World in a Year

This Is the First Animal That Has Become Extinct Because of Climate Change

This is the first animal that has become extinct because of human-induced climate change. The little brown rodent is called the Bramble Cay Melomys (Melomys rubicola) and is a former inhabitant of Australia.

Its habitat was the tiny 4 hectare Bramble Cay, located on the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef. It was last sighted in 2009. The Australian government confirmed its extinction on 18 February 2019. 

Sarah, The Fearless Turtle

Sarah, The Fearless Turtle

One upon a time, in the great blue ocean there lived a turtle called Tundra. She travelled miles and miles from the Pacific Ocean to the warm waters in the Indian Ocean. When she reached the shoreline, she could not believe her eyes. It was at the same beach she had first set foot on when she was a baby. It was the best beach to lay eggs.