A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured this NASA view of the eye of Hurricane Florence churning across the Atlantic and headed towards the US East Coast in a west-northwesterly direction.
Mahouts ride tamed elephants at the Dubare Elephant Camp in Kodagu District, about 250 kms west of Bangalore. As India’s 1.3-billion population grows, people are encroaching into habitats where until now the elephant, not man, had been king, with painful effects for both parties. The government told parliament in 2017 that 1,100 people had been killed in the previous three years.
The Aquilaria malaccensis tree, which produces one of the world’s most valued woods, moved from ‘vulnerable’ to ‘critically endangered’ as logging and deforestation caused population to decline by more than 80% over the past 150 years, the IUCN said. read more
A dozen rescued spotted pond turtles along with 73 others born in Lucknow, were released in their natural habitat in the river Ganga in Fatehpur district on Wednesday to mark the World Turtle Day. read more
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will conduct the project in the three countries, with the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) and Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) playing a crucial role in synchronising the programme. read more
Young elephants play in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. The battle to save Africa’s elephants appears to be gaining momentum in Tanzania, with killings declining and some populations starting to grow again. Tanzania’s Selous-Mikumi region is one of the biggest killing fields for African elephants, but the wilderness of about 60,000 square kilometers still offers hope for the world’s biggest land animal.
The Kukrail gharial breeding centre in Lucknow alone houses around 300 gharials -- once considered to be the total population of the crocodilian in the country. And there are still eggs left for new ones to make an appearance. read more
An Olive ridley turtle nests to lay eggs during a mass nesting at Rushikulya beach, Odisha. Navigating thousands of kilometers of ocean every year, female Olive Ridleys arrive at the same beach to lay eggs before leaping back into the sea--leaving their young vulnerable to predators. During this period, fishing communities in Odisha keep vigil at the eggs in a selfless effort to save this endangered species from extinction.