News From The Wild Side

India’s list of extinct animals gets longer

Indian Cheetah, the pink-headed duck and the Great Indian Bustard have now joined the list of extinct animals in India. Researchers and environmentalists speaking at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have declared that the three animals have become extinct in India. Researchers said that desertification was the main cause behind this. Infact,

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Uttarakhand plans bio-fencing

The state government of Uttarakhand has decided to use an ancient technique to control man-animal conflicts. The government is planning to plant trees and shrubs that will deter the wild animals from entering agricultural lands and rural homes. Bio-fencing with lemongrass will protect from elephants as they don’t like the smell of lemongrass. Similarly, agave

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New species of electric eel discovered

Get ready to get shocked because a new study paper indicates that there are not one but three species of electric eel. Found only in the rivers of South America, these creatures use three different electric organs to produce shocks. The stronger electrical discharges help them catch food and also protect against predators. Electric eels

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India’s tiger population on the rise

India’s tiger population has jumped to 2967 this year! Some good news now. As per the government’s survey, India’s tiger population has jumped to 2967 this year. This is a 30% jump from 2226, the number of tigers India had 4 years back. India’s Prime Minister Mr Modi called this a ‘historic achievement’. In 1900,

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Vulture population on the decline in India

Children, we have shared with your earlier the important role of carnivore birds like hawks, falcons, eagles, vultures and owls. Well, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar informed parliament recently that there has been a sharp decline in the population of vultures in India. It has come down from 40 million to 19,000 in a span of

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Monsoon patrolling

Children, during monsoon, wild animals leave their natural habitats in search of dryland and this makes them an easy prey for poachers. But this year, extra efforts are being taken. Forest reserve authorities are taking steps this monsoon season to protect the wildlife against poachers. The Kaziranga National Park has put together a Special Rhino

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Indian Government’s project for the Great Indian Bustards

According to some reports, there are just 130 Great Indian Bustards (GIB) left in India and the Indian Government is really worried about it. Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has initiated a project to conserve and protect them. The project aims at building up a captive population of the birds and to subsequently

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Yayy for Rajaji Tiger Reserve citizens

Let’s start with some good news. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Indian army to shift the Raiwala ammunition dump in Uttarakhand’s Rajaji Tiger Reserve to a new site. NGT has also asked the army to “ensure restoration of the elephant corridor”. The dump was blocking the movement of wild animals between the eastern and

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Over 500 rare vultures die

Over 500 rare vultures die after eating poisoned elephants in Botswana More than 500 endangered vultures died of poisoning after eating the carcasses of three elephants killed by poachers in Botswana, the government said in a statement. A total of 537 vultures, along with two tawny eagles, were found dead at the site in the

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Road-making in protected areas

Government asks road-making authorities to avoid construction in protected areas to protect wild animals The Central government has asked all authorities responsible for road construction to avoid building highways in protected areas, such as national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. This is because it was noted recently that India’s protected areas have increasingly come under pressure.

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