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.
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.
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.
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.
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.