Arjun-Kamdar-SouthGaroHIlls

About

This is a compilation of my experiences and perceptions of species and spaces, and people and places.

Project Croak is the outreach wing of the Seegreen Foundation which seeks to develop multi-disciplinary approaches to wildlife conservation and social justice.

Why?

My ‘croaks’ are intended to familiarize the reader with the natural world and the several unique inhabitants of the planet. Project Croak is a medium to disseminate what I have seen, heard, and felt during my travels across several remote parts of the world.

An Asiatic elephant in the terai in the undergrowth

I recently suffered a near-death experience when I was trampled by an elephant in the thick cane jungles of the Terai while part of the tiger monitoring team.

As I was recuperating confined to the bed, unable to speak or move several well-wishers came to visit and voiced their concerns and thoughts. Though well-meaning, a large part echoed the view that the jungle is a ‘dangerous places teeming with wild animals out to kill you’ and my super-freak accident was only further perpetuating this incorrect notion.
The proliferation of this false belief is not only untrue, but also detrimental to conservation efforts -for the way people feel about wild spaces plays a pivotal role. And truth is, I feel and am more at risk walking on the streets of Mumbai than walking through a forest teeming with elephants, rhinos, leopards, and tigers; who knows, a Salman Khan behind the wheel could be lurking around the next bend?

This was when I decided to get a blog of this sort in place in order to make available more information and stories about the co-inhabits this wonderful planet.

arjun kamdar project croak

I have been fortunate to be part of conservation and research projects in India and Australia which has bestowed me with the privilege of interacting and working alongside the several unique inhabitants of this planet; from monitoring tigers in the Indo-Gangetic plain and the Himalayas along the Nepal border, helping discover new species of crabs in the dripping rainforests of the Western Ghats, back-packing solo through the cold, wet rainforests of northeast India, tramping solo across Sri Lanka searching for lizards, helping understand sea-snakes caught as by-catch in fishing trawlers in the Arabian sea, living almost entirely off the land at the northeastern most tip of India along the Tibet border with the Mishmi tribe, helping create sustainable livelihood opportunities and rescuing snakes in the Himalayas and Central India to creating awareness and outreach modules for school and college students.

How you can help!

If there is anything on this site that you do not agree with entirely or feel strongly about, please drop me a message and comment on the post, I would be delighted to hear your views- I hope to use this platform to facilitate an intercourse of ideas and perceptions!

If you would like to join heads and collaborate on a project/an idea or if you would like me to give a presentation, use a few images, cover a particular topic, I would be delighted to help! Please drop me a message on projectcroak@gmail.com

I am currently based in Assam where I am working on my thesis titled ‘understanding the sociological and ecological determinants of collective action for human-elephant coexistence’ as part of my MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at the National Centre for Biological Sciences.

Or if you would like to visit any of the places that I have covered here, please feel free to reach out; I would be delighted to help out!

Any feedback on this website would also be greatly appreciated! Look forward to hearing from you all!

A panoramic view of the cascading forests of Meghalaya

Life is when the forests and I mingle,
I am alive when I am in the jungle!
-Unknown

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