Project Croak

About

This is a complication of my experiences and perceptions of species and spaces and people and places. A collection of images and experiences from some of the most remote corners of the world and my interactions with humans and animals in these unique landscapes.

What?

This is the story of discoveries and people and exploration and the wild, the wild forests and exceptional people and of life in some of the last wild frontiers on the planet.

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 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 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.

Why?

My ‘croaks’ are intended to familiarize the reader with the natural world and the several unique people of the planet the way I perceive it. I make no claims of the events that I have observed I simply serve as a medium to disseminate what I have seen, heard, felt and the experiences that I have been through. These are my feelings, observations and experiences of my travels through the remote parts of the country.

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 perceptions of people play 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 drunk 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 about the species and spaces, people and places that co-inhabit this wonderful planet.

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!

I am always up for collaborations so if you would like me to give a presentation, use a few images, join heads on a project or cover a particular topic, I would be delighted to help! Please drop me a message on projectcroak@gmail.com

Or if you would like to visit any of the places that I have covered here, please feel free to reach out; I will gladly share the contact info of the people that I know in that landscape!

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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