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Tuesday, August 03, 2021



In Arunachal, villagers and forest officials breathe new life into India’s only orchid sanctuary

February 03, 2021 10:23 pm

Notified in November 1989 under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the Sessa Orchid Sanctuary is a natural home to more than 236 species of orchids, as well as a wealthy diversity of mushrooms and other medicinal plants.

A home for the Hargila: an artificial breeding project aims to help the endangered stork

January 26, 2020 3:13 pm

Earlier this month, the endangered Greater Adjutant Stork was bred in the Assam Zoo, only for the pair of chicks to die soon after. But the project — arguably the first instance of the bird being artificially bred in a zoo — is still considered a success.

Heard but rarely seen: Plan to save Assam's White Winged Wood Duck takes flight

October 10, 2019 6:47 pm

Some get scared by its call. Some liken seeing it to winning a lottery. For years, Assam’s elusive White Winged Wood Duck has been more heard than seen. Now, a survey to count the remaining members of its flock.

19 amphibian species critically endangered: Zoological Survey of India

January 22, 2019 8:56 am

According to IUCN, critically endangered species are the ones that are facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Wild side: Mumbai has only six of these trees

March 12, 2018 10:53 am

Despite its rarity, Mumbai is home to six Amherstia Nobilis wall — four in the Fort University Campus and two in the zoo. A medium-sized tree with dark ashy-grey bark and dense dark green canopy, it bears crimson coloured flowers yellow at the tip and flat fruits.

In the hills of Mizoram, mystery deaths of a shy mammal

August 20, 2015 10:33 am

Officials could locate four carcasses in April, and going by villagers’ claims, about another dozen may have died.

Forest dept wants to expand Indian bustard sanctuary area

February 10, 2012 4:55 am

After discovering that critically endangered Great Indian Bustards are being spotted outside the 2.03-sq km Kutch Bustard Sanctuary near Naliya in Abdasa taluka,forest officials have asked the revenue department to bring an additional 37 sq km land under the protected area.

2-km buffer zone to check new constructions at Gir

December 01, 2011 4:37 am

The parallel successes of lion conservation in the Gir sanctuary and a strong tourism promotion drive there has forced the state forest department to establish a no-construction zone within a two-km radius of the protected area.

Two questioned over seizure of red sanders worth Rs 60 cr

November 26, 2011 1:06 am

A day after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seized a huge consignment of red sanders from a couple of godowns in the Capital,the agency questioned two persons who are alleged to be the masterminds behind the smuggling racket. A spice trader from Old Delhi is also under the scanner for aiding the duo.

Govt to push for world heritage status for Western Ghats

October 20, 2010 7:21 am

Pitching for declaring Western Ghats as the world heritage site — part of which is in Pune district — the state government will present its case before an evaluation team of the International Union for Conservation of Nature on Wednesday.