Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Sanctuary Asia

Sanctuary Magazine
Aug2007 - Vol. XXVII No. 4
Issue Highlights

© Jayanth Sharma
Google Tiger - Quo vadis Panthera tigris?
If only a search engine could chronicle the assaults we have inflicted on wild India and our national animal! Bittu Sahgal and Jennifer Scarlott outline steps to help us tackle India’s current tiger crisis, with the added bonus of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere to counter climate change. Prerna Singh Bindra adds sombrely that in the meanwhile tiger numbers are hitting rock bottom.[more]

Sri Lanka’s Wet Zone
Sri Lanka is home to an abundance of wildlife, much of it endemic. The lesser-known, forested areas of the wet zone in the southwestern portion of the emerald island are believed to be ecological relics from the time Sri Lanka and India were still attached to Gondwanaland. Ian Lockwood undertakes a voyage of discovery to explore the similarities between the island nation’s biodiversity and that of India’s Western Ghats.

On the Rooftop of the World
What does the future hold for Tibet, a country so rich in culture and natural wealth? After the Chinese occupation, the Tibetan Plateau, turned into an arena for mining, oil exploration, pipelines, fencing and destructive roads. Tibet stands at the crossroads as it clings to ancient, nature-worshipping rituals, and attempts to deal with changes it never sought. Vijay Crishna travelled across this stark, stunning, snow-and-scree landscape to experience its wilds, imbibe its spirit and contemplate the incredibly dark conservation challenges ahead.

Adjutant in the City
Guwahati, Assam, is a vital stronghold of the Greater Adjutant, where the birds need a totally different protection strategy, writes Samsul Huda Patgiri.

Wet, wet Ranthambhore
The husband-wife duo, Joydip Suchandra Kundu share exhilaration and heartache while on monsoon patrol in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.

Unravelling Dhamra’s Secrets
Pratyush P. Mohapatra writes about a month-long biodiversity study of the Dhamra area in Orissa that confirms what naturalists always knew – turtles use the Dhamra estuary’s offshore waters

No port for turtles?
Instead of protecting olive ridley turtles, the Orissa state government is encouraging Larsen and Toubro and TATA Steel to build the turtle-lethal Dhamra port, writes Ashish Fernandes.

Inside Story
Rakesh Shukla, Research Officer with the Kanha Tiger Reserve, on how science helps protect one of the world’s finest tiger reserves.

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