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Conservation outlook of Western Ghats grim, says new IUCN report

The IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3, published last week, builds on previous reports from 2014 and 2017 to track whether the conservation of the worlds 252 natural world heritage sites is sufficient to protect them in the long term.
According to IUCN 2020 report, the conservation outlook of the mountain chain of the Western Ghats, one of the worlds eight hottest hot spots of biological diversity, is of significant concern. Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
According to IUCN 2020 report, the conservation outlook of the mountain chain of the Western Ghats, one of the worlds eight hottest hot spots of biological diversity, is of significant concern. Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 06, 2020 05:47 PM IST
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Wildbuzz: What’s in a name that we call sambar

A change or amendment in the scientific name will be helpful in Indian wildlife litigation involving Sambars, such as poaching or environmental clearance for diversion of Sambar habitats, says a wildlife expert
A House crow picks ticks from a Sambar’s ears in Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake jungles.(PHOTO: SARABJIT LEHAL)
A House crow picks ticks from a Sambar’s ears in Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake jungles.(PHOTO: SARABJIT LEHAL)
Updated on Jun 13, 2020 10:00 PM IST
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Endangered helmeted curassow birds seized at Indo-Bangla border in south Bengal

According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, helmeted curassows are endangered species and are found in the forests of Columbia and Venezuela.
BSF officials said that they are in touch with officials of the state forest department and the birds would be handed over to officials from Alipore Zoo in Kolkata.
BSF officials said that they are in touch with officials of the state forest department and the birds would be handed over to officials from Alipore Zoo in Kolkata.
Published on Jun 09, 2020 07:35 PM IST
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In Bengal, more than 500 endangered turtles seized from UP smugglers

The team seized 519 Indian softshell turtles, two Peacock softshell turtles and two Gangetic softshell turtles. The Peacock softshell turtle figures in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as ‘threatened species’.
Smuggling of endangered turtles, which are considered a delicacy in some parts of Bengal and Bangladesh, has become a cause for concern for the Central agency, especially because smugglers have started using innovative methods.(WILDLIFE CRIME CONTROL BUREAU.)
Smuggling of endangered turtles, which are considered a delicacy in some parts of Bengal and Bangladesh, has become a cause for concern for the Central agency, especially because smugglers have started using innovative methods.(WILDLIFE CRIME CONTROL BUREAU.)
Updated on Mar 07, 2020 08:53 PM IST
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Hundreds of Olive Ridley carcasses wash ashore on Odisha beach

The Olive Ridley turtles are Schedule I species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, and are listed as ‘endangered’ in the IUCN Red Data Book. The marine turtles begin arriving for mass mating close to the Odisha coast from November.
Conservationists in Paradip said more than a hundred Olive Ridley turtles were found dead on the beach between the Hanuman temple and Sandhakuda area this morning with dogs and crows feasting on the carcasses.(HT PHOTO.)
Conservationists in Paradip said more than a hundred Olive Ridley turtles were found dead on the beach between the Hanuman temple and Sandhakuda area this morning with dogs and crows feasting on the carcasses.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jan 31, 2020 09:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | ByDebabrata Mohanty

86% more winged visitors reach Kanjli wetland this year

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Published on Jan 24, 2020 10:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kapurthala | By, Kapurthala

Despite bad ecology, Sambhar got more birds this year than before

The wetland was in the news in November last year after more than 20,000 birds died due to botulism, a neuromuscular illness caused by bacteria, to the concern of environmentalists and ornithologists.
The waterbird census is coordinated by Wetlands International South Asia and is carried out in January every year in Asia and Australasia across 27countries with the participation of thousands of volunteers to record the status of important wetlands habitat and water birds diversity with population estimates.(HT PHOTO.)
The waterbird census is coordinated by Wetlands International South Asia and is carried out in January every year in Asia and Australasia across 27countries with the participation of thousands of volunteers to record the status of important wetlands habitat and water birds diversity with population estimates.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jan 24, 2020 06:57 AM IST
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Indian gaur spotted in Konkan sanctuary for the first time in recorded history

Wildlife researchers recently documented the presence of an Indian gaur in the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary (PWS) in Roha and Murud talukas of Raigad district. According to the Maharashtra forest department, this is the first time a sighting of this species of bison has been reported or documented at the sanctuary.
Updated on Jan 23, 2020 07:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Endangered fishing cat triggers panic in Bengal’s suburban town

Fishing cats are listed as vulnerable species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. The Dankuni wetlands, located less than 10 km away from the spot where the cat was spotted, is a fishing cat habitat.
The footage of the fishing cat, the state animal of West Bengal, was captured by a close circuit television camera installed in a house at Kanaigram in Konnagar. (Image used for representation).(SHUTTERSTOCK.)
The footage of the fishing cat, the state animal of West Bengal, was captured by a close circuit television camera installed in a house at Kanaigram in Konnagar. (Image used for representation).(SHUTTERSTOCK.)
Updated on Jan 21, 2020 07:09 AM IST
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How’ll metro impact Aarey species? Int’l body to check

IUCN’s decision comes after city-based wildlife conservation group Empower Foundation submitted its second report – titled “Evidences of Wildlife in Aarey Forest” – within a week to the India office of IUCN on Wednesday.
Aarey is spread across 1,281 hectares (ha) in the western suburbs of Mumbai.(HT image)
Aarey is spread across 1,281 hectares (ha) in the western suburbs of Mumbai.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 12, 2019 01:59 AM IST
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More species on endangered list

Leading wildlife conservation body IUCN has added thousands of plants and animals to its endangered ‘Red List’. And in doing so, it has also sent out a chilling warning.
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Representative(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 25, 2019 10:08 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Pangolin, world’s most poached scaled mammal, rescued in Dalma Sanctuary

According to a sanctuary official. there are many Pangolins in Dalma Sanctuary but they are vulnerable to extinction as they are world’s most trafficked scaled mammals
Forest officials rescued this Pangolin and released it in a safe part of Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary in Jamshedpur, on Monday, July 22, 2019.(Manoj Kumar / HT Photo)
Forest officials rescued this Pangolin and released it in a safe part of Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary in Jamshedpur, on Monday, July 22, 2019.(Manoj Kumar / HT Photo)
Published on Jul 23, 2019 02:15 PM IST
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Rajasthan forest department to hatch lesser florican eggs artificially

The Centre has given approval for incubation of six eggs of lesser floricans, a first of its kind initiative.
Lesser florican is one of the four bustard species of India, all of which are threatened under the International Union for the Conversation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.(Photo Credit: Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj)
Lesser florican is one of the four bustard species of India, all of which are threatened under the International Union for the Conversation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.(Photo Credit: Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj)
Published on Jul 22, 2019 02:13 PM IST
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Himalayan bird seen in Gurugram 40 years after rare sighting in Delhi area

The fire-capped tit, which can be recognised from its small build and orange-scarlet crest, was spotted by Mamta Kacker Muttreja, an amateur birder from Gurugram who took up the hobby about five years ago.
Himalayan bird seen in Gurugram 40 years after rare sighting in Delhi area(picture courtesy/Mamta kacker muttreja)
Himalayan bird seen in Gurugram 40 years after rare sighting in Delhi area(picture courtesy/Mamta kacker muttreja)
Updated on Mar 28, 2019 08:20 AM IST
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Gurugram | ByPrayag Arora-Desai

Meghalaya’s community-managed forests protect endangered Western Hoolock Gibbon

Over the last three years, the people of Hima Malai Sohmat are working proactively to conserve the Western Hoolock gibbons and in the process, they are saving their forests too.
A female Hoolock Gibbon. It is estimated that only about 3,000 Western Hoolock gibbons are left in northeast India today.(Pragyan Sharma/WCS India)
A female Hoolock Gibbon. It is estimated that only about 3,000 Western Hoolock gibbons are left in northeast India today.(Pragyan Sharma/WCS India)
Published on Mar 25, 2019 03:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | BySibi Arasu

India’s perfume tree agarwood a step away from extinction

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.
The agarwood tree (Aquilaria malaccensis), whose resin extract is widely used in perfumes and incense, is one step away from being declared extinct in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).(Getty Images)
The agarwood tree (Aquilaria malaccensis), whose resin extract is widely used in perfumes and incense, is one step away from being declared extinct in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 08, 2018 08:38 AM IST
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700 and counting: Ghariyal numbers get a boost in Katarniyaghat sanctuary

Strict monitoring has helped raised the number of nests from five in 2005 to 24 now.
A newborn ghariyal emerges out of its egg along the banks of Geruwa river in Katarniyaghat wildlife sanctuary, close to the Nepal border.(HT PHOTO)
A newborn ghariyal emerges out of its egg along the banks of Geruwa river in Katarniyaghat wildlife sanctuary, close to the Nepal border.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 14, 2018 02:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bahraich | By, Bahraich

Big cats are worshipped in 20 shrines in Mumbai forests

These shrines are mostly in areas around Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary and Vasai, says recently published study.
A Waghoba shrine in Mumbai forest, painted on a boulder, that is dedicated to tiger.(Vidya Athreya)
A Waghoba shrine in Mumbai forest, painted on a boulder, that is dedicated to tiger.(Vidya Athreya)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 11:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Jharkhand forest officials rescue endangered fishing cat sighted after decades

Listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List, villagers trapped the fishing cat in net after it preyed on their goats.
Fishing cats are mainly found in the foothills of the Himalayas along the Ganga and Brahmaputra river valleys, mangrove forests of the Sundarbans and in the Western Ghats.(HT Photo)
Fishing cats are mainly found in the foothills of the Himalayas along the Ganga and Brahmaputra river valleys, mangrove forests of the Sundarbans and in the Western Ghats.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 03, 2018 09:05 PM IST
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65 exotic turtles have made 122-year-old pond at Mumbai’s Juhu temple their home

Native to southern US and Mexico, the turtles have flourished ever since 40 of them were released into the pond 10 years ago
Since 40 of them were released into the pond a decade ago, they have grown, multiplied and the numbers are 65.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)
Since 40 of them were released into the pond a decade ago, they have grown, multiplied and the numbers are 65.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)
Updated on May 30, 2018 10:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

At least 10 species in the Ganga face extinction: Ministry reports

While the dolphin is listed as an endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN ) Red list, the Gharial is critically endangered in the same list
Dolphin at Ganga in Rajmahal, Jharkhand.(HT File Photo)
Dolphin at Ganga in Rajmahal, Jharkhand.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2018 09:59 PM IST
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In search of elusive high-altitude tigers, India, Nepal and Bhutan fall back upon camera traps

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.
A tiger that was trapped by a camera in Askot Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 12,000 ft in Uttarakhand in 2016.(HT File)
A tiger that was trapped by a camera in Askot Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 12,000 ft in Uttarakhand in 2016.(HT File)
Updated on Apr 27, 2018 09:11 PM IST
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There might come a time when the cow will be largest mammal on Earth: Study

If the extinction trends continue, it would mean the loss of mammals such as elephants, giraffes and hippos. In March, the world’s last male northern white rhino died in Kenya.
Humans apparently targeted big species for meat, while smaller creatures such as rodents escaped.(AP File/Representative image)
Humans apparently targeted big species for meat, while smaller creatures such as rodents escaped.(AP File/Representative image)
Updated on Apr 20, 2018 12:55 PM IST
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