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Blue whale sighted in Red Sea for first time: Egypt

Blue whale sighted in Red Sea for first time: Egypt

CAIRO: A rare blue whale, the largest animal on Earth, has been sighted in the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba for the first time, Egypt's environment ministry said on Thursday. It said on its Facebook page that Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy has instructed observation...

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Whale dies from eating more than 80 plastic bags

Whale dies from eating more than 80 plastic bags

A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, with rescuers failing to nurse the mammal back to health. The small male pilot whale was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia, the country’s department of marine...

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Curb frog poaching, urge activists

Curb frog poaching, urge activists

Wildlife conservationists, researchers and the State Forest Department’s Wildlife Division have upped the ante to generate awareness and improve surveillance to protect frogs in the rainy season. Nirmal U. Kulkarni, herpetologist and expert member of the Goa State...

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Using Dogs to Save Cats

Using Dogs to Save Cats

When an angry farmer gripping a shotgun yells, you listen. Jorge had lost his temper, but conservationists from Andean Cat Alliance (Alianza Gato Andino - AGA) were accustomed to working with upset farmers; they protect endangered Andean cats in “high conflict” zones...

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Hunting Big Game: Why People Kill Animals for Fun

Hunting Big Game: Why People Kill Animals for Fun

"The big beast stood like an uncouth statue, his hide black in the sunlight; he seemed what he was, a monster surviving over from the world's past, from the days when the beasts of the prime ran riot in their strength, before man grew so cunning of brain and hand as...

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Crocodile released into Chambal after village stint

Crocodile released into Chambal after village stint

Forest officials on Friday captured a crocodile from a pond , a week after the reptile had drifted into a village near Agra causing panic among the locals. The nearly four-year-old Mugger crocodile was caught using a trap cage and later released into the Chambal. The...

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Top Four Moments from the 2018 Spring Expo

Top Four Moments from the 2018 Spring Expo

On April 21st, we held our third Spring Wildlife Conservation Expo at the beautiful Cañada College campus in Redwood City. The weather was warm and toasty, the sky was a clear blue, and the crowd was all smiles—it was a picture-perfect afternoon with all the right...

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Australia pledges cash to help save the koala

Australia pledges cash to help save the koala

SYDNEY: Australia unveiled, on Monday, a US $34 million plan to help bring its koala population back from the brink, following a rapid decline in the furry marsupial's fortunes. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there may be as few as 43,000 koalas left in the...

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Safari Adventures With Vantage Travel

Safari Adventures With Vantage Travel

For many people, a safari is a once-in-a-lifetime dream trip. When I finally had the opportunity to go on an African safari a few years ago, it was just as incredible and as life-changing as I had imagined. It was so amazing that now, I can’t wait until my son is old...

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Whose trees are they anyway

Whose trees are they anyway

On September 8, 1983, a group of around 70 villagers from the Salkani village of Uttara Kannada district stood hugging the trees of the Kalse forests to prevent them from being felled by state authorities. Founded and led by environmental activist Panduranga Hegde, the movement christened Appiko (“hug” in Kannada, symbolising protection for the tree) became south India’s first large-scale environmental movement.

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Long overdue change made in new draft of Forest Policy

Long overdue change made in new draft of Forest Policy

The Central government has come up with a new draft National Forest Policy (NFP), 2018, which takes into account a reality that has become the defining feature of the world today—climate change. This latest development suggests that a new forest policy is on the anvil after 30 years.

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Manipur Govt Committed to Save Environment and Wildlife

Manipur Govt Committed to Save Environment and Wildlife

Manipur Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is committed and determined to save the environment and wildlife of the State. The department officials are visiting/inspecting the hill districts to look after the loopholes and on possible areas for development. The support of the locals is needed for the success of any developmental work, he added.

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Israel in a Different Light

Israel in a Different Light

MEDRAFT has developed a unique concept for the independent traveler: “self-guided” GPS tours – an innovative user-friendly complete package that offers a combination of extensive knowledge and exceptional service. It combines the advantages of a private tour together...

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Carbon could be locked in forests

Carbon could be locked in forests

Replanting trees after events like last year’s catastrophic Western wildfires not only is critical to forest recovery, but could actually help soils take up more carbon from the atmosphere than if the burned areas were just left idle or cultivated.

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Growing Oil Palm Threat to India’s Biodiversity

Growing Oil Palm Threat to India’s Biodiversity

Oil palm is one of the fastest growing agricultural crops in the world. Oil palm is a highly productive crop, and palm oil is not only cheap but also extremely versatile, and is put to diverse uses as biofuel, lubricant, cooking oil, and as an additive in the food and cosmetic industries.

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Leopard gets a life-saving ride on motorbike in UP

Leopard gets a life-saving ride on motorbike in UP

GORAKHPUR: Setting a unique example of compassion and devotion for wildlife, forest department employees in UP’s Maharajganj district on Sunday shook off all fears and risk to their lives and carried an ailing leopard on a two-wheeler to save its life as arranging a cage would have taken time.

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Wild animal adoption on a rise in Raipur

Wild animal adoption on a rise in Raipur

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen recently adopted a baby leopard from Raipur. The cricketer posted a video of him feeding the cub from a bottle on his social media and applauded Chhattisgarh government’s efforts to conserve wild animals. Kevin has become the...

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The king of jungle gets peanuts in Gujarat

The king of jungle gets peanuts in Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: After severe drubbing by Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) recently over going slow on implementation of conservation of lions, the Gujarat government has finally approved Project Lion on lines of the central-governmentfunded Project Tiger.

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Blackbuck poaching cases in MP crawling since 1972

Blackbuck poaching cases in MP crawling since 1972

BHOPAL: The conviction and imprisonment of Salman Khan on Thursday has boosted the morale of Madhya Pradesh forest department, which is struggling with sluggish trials of 135 blackbuck poaching casesin the last 36 years. Bhopal circle has the lion’s share of 46 cases...

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Mountain Bikers From The Goan Seaside

Mountain Bikers From The Goan Seaside

After completing a cycling adventure trip from Manali to Leh, a group of cyclists in Goa are keen on taking a bigger team of Goan cyclists on the same route. Café speaks to Rainer Dias, a fitness trainer from Panjim, to learn more about his maiden trip from Manali to Leh a few years ago and his annual rides across the globe.

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New breeding ground for roofed turtles in North Bengal

New breeding ground for roofed turtles in North Bengal

JALPAIGURI: Roofed turtles, which are protected under Schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act 1972, will get a new breeding ground in Jalpaiguri, thanks to all-out efforts by the Society for Protecting Ophiofauna & Animal Rights (SPOAR) and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).The population of the species is depleting fast due to rampant poaching and loss of habitat. 

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Concern over major environmental issues

Concern over major environmental issues

Representatives of 10 non-governmental organisations discussed the role played by huge industrial and corporate entities in causing an impact on the environment and the stakeholders at a meeting, convened by Iyarkkai Padhukaapu Kuzhu, here on Saturday.

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To prevent collapse of tropical forests, protect their shape

To prevent collapse of tropical forests, protect their shape

Fires on the edges of tropical forests and their alteration by land use makes these hot ecosystems lose their shape and stability bringing a sudden, even catastrophic, transformation of land from trees to grass, researchers have found.
In a study published in the journal Ecology Letters, the new knowledge could help protect these tropical forests and allow land managers to build new tools to predict the stability of both individual forest patches and larger regional-scale forests.

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Three Hyderabadis’ icy Himalayan adventure

Three Hyderabadis’ icy Himalayan adventure

T hree Hyderabadi bikers — Pruthu Mehta (38), Khushal Thakkar (33) and Vijay Patel (46) had the time of their lives as they successfully completed an eventful 10-day trip to the majestic Himalayas braving snowy winds, and treacherous hairpin curves on icy roads in extreme winter recently.

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Wildlife thrives along restored Sigurhalla river

Wildlife thrives along restored Sigurhalla river

A year after the forest department and the district administration began efforts to restore River Sigurhalla, and ensure perennial flow of water along its course, wildlife has begun to thrive along its banks and local communities are now free of their annual water crisis.

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52 Hectares Forest In Sikkim To Be Diverted To Army

52 Hectares Forest In Sikkim To Be Diverted To Army

NEW DELHI: Keeping in mind India’s strategic interests, the forest panel of the environment ministry has recommended approval for diversion of about 52 hectares of forest to the Army for its infrastructure needs on the India-China border.The proposal was discussed in a meeting of the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) last month.

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Google celebrates 45th anniversary of Chipko movement with a doodle

Google celebrates 45th anniversary of Chipko movement with a doodle

Google on Monday commemorated the 45th anniversary of the Chipko movement with a doodle. The doodle depicts four women bedecked in traditional attire, holding hands and forming a chain around a tree, with the fauna which are denizens of the forest portrayed as spectators to this scene of solidarity that is played out on a starry night

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7 Activity Holidays In Wales That’ll Scratch Your Adventure Itch

7 Activity Holidays In Wales That’ll Scratch Your Adventure Itch

With hundreds of miles of rugged coastline and three National Parks that cover a fifth of the entire country, there are few better places to take an active holiday than Wales – whatever kind of trip you have in mind. Whether it’s blowing off steam with a group of friends, unwinding by yourself, or introducing your children to the wonders of the natural world, Wales delivers adventures of all kinds.

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Letting butterflies flutter by

Letting butterflies flutter by

Competitions for school students at the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory near Srirangam and awareness programmes in other places in the district marked International Day of Forests on Wednesday.

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‘Exotic trees taking toll on wildlife’

‘Exotic trees taking toll on wildlife’

TRICHY: The invasion of various species of exotic trees had taken a toll on wildlife thereby causing an ecological imbalance, according to the director, state department of environment, A V Venkatachalam.  Addressing students at the 67th college day of Jamal Mohamed...

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Green warrior: This lady has helped conserve around 50 hectares of forest land

Green warrior: This lady has helped conserve around 50 hectares of forest land

Jharkhand has always found itself on the crossroads of development and conservation. The dense sal forest surrounding Maturkham village in Purbi Singhbhum district is an example of this strife. It was mercilessly plundered for almost two decades by the forest mafia for its precious timber and rare fauna. Then, in the 1980s, Naxalites set up base in the forests. What ensued was a long-drawn battle between the two, resulting in a lot of bloodshed.

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Worry over poaching

Worry over poaching

Kendrapara: Frequent wildlife offences and illegal fishing in the protected forest water bodies has put forest personnel of the Bhitarkanika National Park in a spot of bother.

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