Increased poaching under lockdown, not the virus, is the new threat to tigersA resurgence of poaching, once unleashed, will be hard to prosecute and control given other social pressures in play. The mass media and senior officials would do well to focus on this poaching issue as a part of Covid-19 responses rather than worry excessively about imagined tiger population declines resulting from the virus.
How COVID-19 shutdowns have affected the animal kingdom | CBC NewsIn this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how COVID-19 shutdowns are affecting animals, the role horses can play in protecting the permafrost and how measures to heal the ozone layer have also benefited the jet stream.
‘Extreme concern’: Report gives glimpse into scale of Kalimantan bird tradeJAKARTA — Tens of thousands of birds, many of them protected species on the brink of extinction, are being openly traded in Indonesian Borneo, in the first clear picture to emerge of the extent of the practice there. Nearly 200 stores across the region, known as Kalimantan, were found to be selling more than 25,000 […]
LISTENING TO THE FOREST - WWF: together possibleFrom birdsongs to the calls of frogs, the cries of monkeys to the buzzing of billions of insects, the sounds of tropical forests make up a rich symphony. But does logging cause a discord, or is it possible to harvest timber while preserving this harmony?That’s what a new study in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon set out to find. Led by WWF in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico, the study employed a technique called acoustic monitoring to analyse the impacts of timber harvesting on biodiversity. Researchers placed cell phones in the forest to pick up the calls and other sounds made by hundreds of species – including birds, monkeys, amphibians and insects. By analysing the recordings using computer algorithms and expert knowledge, they were able to assess the richness and abundance of species across different sites.
Reflections on International Tiger Day - Centre for Wildlife StudiesBlog by Dr. K. Ullas Karanth. As a wildlife scientist who has worked in tiger conservation since late 1960s, I have been asked by many tiger conservationists for my assessments on this ‘International Tiger Day’. Here below is my personal opinion. The substantial recovery of wild tigers took place in India between 1974 and 2000, ... Read moreReflections on International Tiger Day
George Schaller Out Front – Hosted by CWS in Collaboration with BIC - Centre for Wildlife StudiesOn the evening of 12 January 2020, the Bangalore International Centre stage saw the confluence of two inspirational minds – wildlife biologists who are also great storytellers. At the event, ‘George Schaller Out Front – Tracking a Legendary Naturalist’, hosted by the Centre for Wildlife Studies, in collaboration with BIC, a biopic capturing the essence ... Read moreGeorge Schaller Out Front – Hosted by CWS in Collaboration with BIC