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In this video, Dr. Ullas Karanth states that its foundational science makes the book deep and meaningful.
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“Good science and entertaining writing seldom come from the same person, but author Ullas Karanth is an exception…,” says James D. Nichols (Emeritus Scientist), about Dr. Ullas Karanth’s latest book, ‘Among Tigers’.
Although ‘Among Tigers’ is an adventure-tale of a man fascinated by tigers for over half a century, it is also a product of solid research he has done as one of the world’s leading tiger biologists and conservationists.
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Join us this Friday at 6 pm IST for a discussion with Mr. Praveen Bhargav and our Research Fellow, Vinni Jain, as they discuss the evolution of Wild Life (Protection) Act and possible solutions to make it more impactful.
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The Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, was a pivotal moment for biodiversity conservation in India. The Act provides legal protection to several species of wild animals and plants, prohibits hunting, supports the establishment of protected areas.
And the Act also regulates the trade of wildlife parts and products. Since the Act was passed 50 years ago, it has had a remarkable impact on Indian wildlife and conservation. It has also been heavily criticised, with the laws having undergone several amendments over time.
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An invaluable new book -- on #Wildlife #research and #conservation in #India -- has just dropped. Titled "At The Feet Of Living Things', it has @ncfindia scientists talking about their work spanning most of India's biogeographic zones. Check it out:…
Bangalore's @bookworm_Kris organised a talk about the book on Saturday. Here are Suhel Quader, @AparajitaDatta4 and @mizoraman fielding questions from the audience about about conservation in India, how citizens can help, and more.
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#Kantara, the latest Kannada movie directed by #RishabhShetty, has been making headlines ever since its release. True to its origins, the film of rustic brilliance is receiving positive responses from the who's who of the film fraternity across India, while wowing #cinema lovers! Image
Our Emeritus Director, Dr. K. Ullas Karanth, is the latest to share his admiration for Kantara. As a conservation organisation based in #Karnataka, we are pleased to share Dr. Karanth’s words of praise for the #film and the filmmaker as follows:
"I saw Rishab Shetty’s (@shetty_rishab) stunning movie, Kantara, last night! It was a deeply moving experience, which held me in a trance-like state from beginning to end."

#sandalwood #sandalwoodactress #puneethrajkumar #sapthamigowda #rakshithshetty
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(1) I love forests for their beauty, the peace and calm I feel when I walk on forest trails, and their role in preserving biodiversity and the climate.

Today, I was reminded twice how diverse other people's attitudes toward natural forests may be.

Start of a thread 🧵

(2) First, according to a BBC Panorama investigation, I learned that a firm that has received six billion pounds in green energy subsidies from UK taxpayers is cutting down forests that are essential to the Canadian ecology.

🧵 #forests #nature…

(3) Reporters concluded that millions of tons of imported wood pellets, classified as renewable energy, are burned at Drax's largest power plant in Britain. However, part of the wood came from Canada's old-growth forests, which took thousands of years to develop.

🧵 #trees
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Fourth post in the #WildlifeWeek series. Today’s post is more of a #reviving one than #reintroduction.

Day 4 – Return of the #bandits to #Chambal !

The Red Crowned Roofed #turtle is a #species of #freshwater turtle endemic to South #Asia.
Historically the species was widespread in the #Ganga River, both in #India and #Bangladesh. Extirpated from most of its former range but currently it has dwindled a last surviving population of less than 500 adult individuals in the #wild.
Their population reduced drastically due to depredation of eggs and hatchlings by Golden #jackals, #habitat degradation due to #pollution and illegal sand mining in the floodplains. They are also extensively #poached for their meat and shell.
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Second post in the #WildlifeWeek series.

Day 2 – Squeals return to the tall wet #grasslands of #Assam !!!
Pygmy Hog is the tiniest, rarest and the most #endangered of all wild #pigs globally. In fact, phylogenetic analysis of the pygmy hog revealed that it belongs to a separate genus, Porcula. It is evolutionarily unique and completely different from #boars, #warthogs, and pigs.
Known to once thrive in the lush tall and wet grassland plains of the sub #Himalayas, they were feared to be extinct in the 1960's but were “rediscovered” in the year 1971.
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The €50,000 KfW Bernhard Grzimek Prize for #conservation will be presented today in Frankfurt.

But should Bernhard #Grzimek really be celebrated as a role model? 🤔

Following his civil service career in Nazi Germany as a member of the SA (Nazi Stormtroopers), Grzimek became a director of a zoo & an animal rights activist.

Grzimek discovered his love for conservation in the #Serengeti, where he:
🔴 campaigned for yrs alongside @FZS_Frankfurt AGAINST the land rights of the Indigenous #Maasai
🔴 “professionalized” the militarized monitoring of Protected Areas
🔴 boosted mass #tourism in the area
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Our new paper @PNASNews is addressing a long-standing question in #ecology, #biodiversity sciences and #conservation biology:
How do multiple #species #coexist in fragmented landscapes?

A 🧵on multispecies coexistence:… (1/7) Image
2/7 Spatially #fragmented #landscapes are very common, both naturally & through human activities.

In such landscapes, a combination of local survival and #colonization of empty habitat patches is key to species' regional persistence. Image
3/7 However, ecological #theory on species coexistence has so far largely focused on local communities.

By integrating #coexistence theory and #metacommunity theory, we propose a mathematical framework to understand multiple species' coexistence in fragmented landscapes. Image
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The Dekeyser's Nectar Bat (Lonchophylla dekeyseri) is an endangered and endemic cave bat species from the Neotropical savannas (Cerrado). Follow the line to know more about its conservation status... #Cerrado #conservation #bat #Chiroptera #cave #savanna #mining #deforestation
Even though Cerrado is less than half the size of the Amazon forest, it is a biodiversity hotspot that faces higher or equivalent deforestation rates than the Amazon due to the conversion of the vegetation mostly into pastures and soy bean plantations.
Most of the vegetation conversion to agriculture was only possible due to a technique called "calagem" developed in the 70's to increase the acidic low pH of Cerrado soil. However, part of the limestone used to correct Cerrado soil pH come from limestone exploitation from caves
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Here is a list of 45 #birds, 22 #mammals, and 30 non-avian #reptiles that are CRITICALLY ENDANGERED due to feral or pet #cats
#invasivespecies #conservation #ornithology #BiodiversityCrisis… Image
first off, I'd like to highlight that "feral #cats on islands are responsible for at least 14% global #bird, #mammal, and reptile extinctions and are the principal threat to almost 8% of critically endangered birds, mammals, and reptiles"…
AND within our own lifetimes, North America has lost more than one in four of its birds. These are not all critically endangered now, but these trends are pointing to #extinction
#BringBirdsBack #ornithology… ImageImageImageImage
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Do you purport to care about #conservation? Keep your damn cats indoors and minimize their threat to #birds, #mammals, & lizards.

#cats that are allowed to roam outside, feral or otherwise, are a major threat to our #wildlife and #biodiversity.
There’s fantastic studies on the threat to #wildlife that outdoor #cats pose in Australia. But don’t be fooled into thinking this problem is restricted to just Australia—#feral and free roaming cats are contributing to millions of wildlife deaths every year in the USA.
Thanks to @tiredguineapig for highlighting these fantastic Infographs in a recent tweet. We need these for Europe and the US!
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Have you ever thought about how we monitor #wildlife? In this thread🧵 I will explain my #PhDthesis

#CREAF20K #cameratraps #mammals #conservation
Traditional methods of studying wildlife were based on direct observation of animals🧐🔭.
However, the technological boom of recent decades has also changed the way of monitoring wildlife. Do you want to know how?
Keyword is #cameratrap 📸!!
#Cameratraps are remotely activated cameras by an infrared sensor. When an animal passes in front of them, they record photos. Cameras operate with batteries and SD cards, we can place them in remote areas. Finally, animals don't react to them and showed their habitual behaviour
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What is the connection between the African #WildlifeEconomy, legal #hunting & trophy trade, and #rhino #conservation? Here are some insights from my work as detailed in recent articles for @ConLetters @Society4ConBio @TC_Africa @africa_resource @OppGenRC & @WildlifeEconomy

First, consider the context: African conservation’s colonial legacy, a fast-growing human population, growing economic pressure to exploit wildlands, and the recent loss of critical revenue flows to wildlife custodians caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. See…
One source of these revenue flows is legal wildlife hunting tourism. Hunting wildlife for meat is common, but international tourists pay the most to hunt large charismatic species (e.g., the ‘Big 5’) and usually (but not always) like to take mounted specimens home as trophies.
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There's a lot of #badnews about #biodiversity and #conservation at the moment, so how about some #conservationoptimism? 🧵 based on our new paper… and some awesome recent work by others... 1/
As you probably know, the world has ambitious targets to protect 17% of the world's land for #biodiversity #conservation, and there are calls to increase this to anywhere between 26-60% in the next round of @UNBiodiversity talks (this year) 2/
In theory, this is great for biodiversity (more on the human impacts later). Problem is that the total area of land that you protect may not be important: a lot of #protectedareas are small or isolated, and this means that the populations are also small and isolated 3/
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Many know where Bengal’s bravest son, #SubhasChandraBose - Netaji – lived in #Calcutta, as he famously escaped house arrest from his home at Elgin Road, in 1940. But not many know where Netaji’s ancestral home or ‘Desh-er-bari’ is. 1/10
Now called ‘Subhasgram’ in honour of #Netaji, it is just 25 km south of #Kolkata, in a village formerly known as Kodalia. Simple and elegant, the two-storey homestead is being restored. 2/10
Among Netaji’s ancestors was Mahipati Bose, who was granted a jagir by the Sultan of #Bengal, Hussain Shah, near the Bose ancestral home in the early 16th century. His grandson Gopinath Bose was also granted a jagir in Purandarpur, named after his title ‘Purandar Khan’. 3/10
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1. One of our toughest & longest battles to save #wildlife started on #WorldEnvironmentDay of 2016, when our team mates Suvrajyoti Chatterjee & Meghna Banerjee came to know about the horrific "ritualistic hunting festivals" of South Bengal.
2. We witnessed thousands of slaughtered wild #animals strewn across the railway platforms of Howrah & East Medinipur districts.
We faced both physical as well as verbal abuse from the hunters before we could even grasp the true extent of devastation inflicted by them.
3. Further inquiries revealed it was an annual affair celebrated on the occasion of Faloharini Kali Puja where thousands of armed mobs descend on the #forests & rivers of these two districts & decimate every #wildanimal they can find.
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🧵 "Transient dynamics: the key to ecological understanding"

Today's Colloquium by SFI External Professor Alan Hastings (@UCDavis, @theNASciences)

Streaming now on our YouTube channel:

#Ecology #ComplexSystems
@ucdavis @theNASciences "One might say that natural ecological #systems *don't exist anymore*..."

SFI External Prof Alan Hastings @eco_hastings (@UCDavis), criticizes classical approaches to deterministic/equilibrium ecological models, streaming now:

@ucdavis @theNASciences @eco_hastings "The long-term behavior of the #epidemic is not what you want to focus on. Let's focus instead on dynamics at shorter timescales."

SFI External Prof Alan Hastings @eco_hastings
(@UCDavis), criticizes conventional ecological models, streaming now:
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🥂 “#Conservation research & discursive violence: a response to two rejoinders”, co-authored with Stasja Koot & Paul Hebinck, is back online 🥂

It was removed by @tandfonline a day after publication in Dec2021, for reasons unclear to us 😶…
@tandfonline @PolEcoNet @PCLG_IIED @cep_of @BathSpaResearch @SDC_WUR 3/ Our re-published Response follows 2 Rejoinders to a peer reviewed Review Article published online in Society & Natural Resources @info_iasnr, in May 2020 👇

I am 3rd author on this paper: the 2 lead authors – S. Koot, P. Hebinck – are not on twitter…
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#Hosana you deserved to live your life wild & free. You fought hard to survive at a young age & became a successful beloved young leopard. I am sorry you were murdered by humans meant to protect you. This must never happen again. In a drainage ditch at dawn? Just NO. #wildearth
If anti #poachers can kill a wild habituated leopard in his own domain in a drainage ditch at dawn then I no longer believe in #conservation or the mission of #wildearth. RIP #Hosana you were loved more than #cecilthelion May the #sabisands learn from your death & never repeat it
Sabi Sands Wildtuin says the killing of #hosana was investigated & conclude all safety protocols were followed. When was he killed? What exactly happened? A beloved HABITUATED (for 💰) leopard was executed by the #sabisands proving humans & wild animals cannot coexist. #wildearth
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👉Suite à mon travail postdoctoral sur le sujet au @cefemontpellier @twitthair1, un premier petit thread documenté sur un sujet brulant : l’#éolien et ses #impacts sur la #biodiversité. [partie 1/2]
2/24 - Il ne s’agit pas ici d’être « pour » ou « contre » le développement éolien, juste d’apporter des éléments de connaissances scientifiques publiés sur la question.
3/24 - En France, la loi de #transitionenergetique pour la croissance verte, promulguée le 18 août 2015, s’est fixée pour objectif d’atteindre 32 % d’#énergies #renouvelables dans la consommation totale d’énergie à l’horizon 2030.
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Drones, Fitbits and AI, oh my: Happy #WorldPenguinDay! Come learn about how #NSFfunded researchers from @PointBlueConSci study Adélie penguins at one of the windiest locations on Earth. #takeoverNSF

📸: @ae_schmidty
Can you guess what an Adélie penguin 🐧 and a salmon 🐟 have in common? #WorldPenguinDay

📷Matthias Breiter

Both of these charismatic species exhibit what scientists call “natal philopatry,” which means they return to their birthplaces to breed!

Adélies often end up building their pebble nests very close to where they hatched. #takeoverNSF
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🌧️At 11am PST we'll be looking at the ramifications for California of what is the worst #drought to hit the western US in over a millennium. Follow via FB Live and @EthnicMediaSvc
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Welcome to today's briefing, "Not a Drop to Drink: California Faces Worst #Drought in 1,200 Years." You can follow the conversation via FB Live #EarthDay
Our first speaker today is @rajendrashende, Chairman, @terreindia and former director of the United Nations Environment Program, who will be speaking about the global impacts of the #drought
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1. #NgarachuSoil
The study of soil organic carbon levels is important in understanding optimal #SoilHealth when dealing with #conservation.

This involves both the chemical and physical properties of the #soil
2. #NgarachuSoil
Within #StokeParkEstate, an investigation was carried out to find out whether Total Organic Carbon (TOC), and Total Carbon (TC) vary in land type;

Woodland and Meadow🏞️
3. #NgarachuSoil
It was found that both TOC and TC levels had a visible dip from woodland to meadow between the 0 and 20m distance that was measured.

However, the results did not show a consistent decrease in both variables in the 25metres measured from woodland to meadow.
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