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Courting leopards chased by wild dogs in central India

Here is a short article that I had penned for Sanctuary Asia (Feb 2016) when I was fresh out of school, working as a naturalist- helping people interpret and understand the deciduous forests of central India and all that they contain. Here is the story of a goosebump-inducing experience where a pair of courting leopards were chased up a tree by a pack of Asiatic wild dogs on a hot summer day.

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The leopard goes to school: local student-led conservation in rural India

An insight into how local students are furthering leopard conservation in the agricultural landscapes of rural Maharashtra by aiding coexistence between humans and the big cats. This revolutionary initiative titled ‘Janta Waghoba’ is led by Mrunal Ghosalkar, an avid conservationist who has worked with local communities to aid wildlife conservation across different landscapes.

Newly discovered freshwater crabs of the Western Ghats arjun kamdar tejas thackeray

The Wild West: The discovery of 1 new genus, 11 new species and 1 rediscovery of crabs in the Western Ghats 2018!

This study yielded 11 new species, 1 new genus and a rediscovery of freshwater crabs after over 100 years! An insight into the ecology and discovery of these remarkably beautiful species in the heart of the UNESCO biodiversity hotspot, the Western Ghats of India.

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Tales from the terai: the field station

While part of the tiger-monitoring team in the terai, we had a lovely field station with a huge expanse of a meadow to the west and surrounded by dense sal and deciduous forests on all the other sides. Here is a brief glimpse into the fauna that was thriving in the area and the tranquility of life in the terai.

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The sea, snakes and our shore

Over several thousands of years, sea snakes have undergone characteristic morphological changes in order to aid their life in water with several species spending their entire life-cycles out at sea, right from their birth through their reproduction to their death. Read more to find out how the long process of evolution has shaped them to live where life first began.