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Third post in the #WildlifeWeek series.

Day 3 - #Rhino resurgence in the #Terai !!

The Greater One-Horned #Rhinoceros is the second largest #mammal in #India after the #Elephant. Its distribution once ranged from the flood plains of the Indus to the Indo-Burmese border.
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However the loss of #grassland #habitat resulted in only a small population remaining in North East India and #Nepal.The species was totally extirpated from the Indian Terai in the 19th century, with the last rhino there being shot in the #Pilibhit Forest Division in 1878.
Following this extirpation, #Dudhwa National Park was surveyed for its habitat suitability for the species and finally in 1984, the Addl. CWLW U.P was tasked to capture 6 rhinos from the #Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, #Assam by tranquilizing them.
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Efforts being put in by @resqct and @MahaForest @MilishSharma #DhananjayWaybhase in Gadchiroli to monitor this incredible wild #Elephant herd in #Maharashtra to prevent human-elephant conflict @NehaPanchamia @ranjeetnature @DJIGlobal @SageEarth (1/4)
Using UAV Thermal Drone imaging to monitor elephants is safe for the #elephants and the humans involved, as it can be done from a distance. It is quite silent and observes the elephants post dark from a height of 100 ft without disturbing them. (2/4) Image
While sincere efforts are being put to prevent human-elephant conflict, the herd often ventures out of the forest patch post dark and causes a fair amount of damage to the crops of local farmers and homes of the villagers. (3/4) ImageImage
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During the early 1990s, John Blashford-Snell, Rula Lenska and other travelled to Nepal to find and photograph the giant #elephants Raja Gaj and Kansha. They succeeded, and got great images of both animals. They later wrote a book about their adventures... 1/n ImageImage
The twin-domed skulls and convex trunk bases of these animals - Raja Gaj in particular - led to suggestions (albeit only in talks and popular articles) that they were 'living mammoths' or 'living stegodonts'. I asked Blashford-Snell a few times where these ideas came from... 2/n
They were the result of confusion. The Nepalese giants had been compared by some elephant experts to Elephas hysudricus, an Asian #Pleistocene fossil #elephant with very prominent cranial doming. No deliberate reference to mammoths OR stegodonts! 3/n Image
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Whenever there is a discussion on what is holding Pakistan back, the #elephant in the room is #bureaucracy. So, what is wrong with bureaucracy, or should I say what wrong has it done to the country? For the answer, we need to dig a bit into its historical evolution.
Pakistan’s administrative machinery, in particular its infamous bureaucracy, is profoundly influenced by its colonial legacy. The #British had created authoritative and exceedingly centralized bureaucratic #institutions to rule the empire.
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The 24 Gurus in our life....a #Thread

In general, humans work hard to nurture religion, economic progress, sense satisfaction, and spiritual knowledge, with the goal of extending their lives, gaining reputation, and enjoying material riches.
श्रीब्राह्मण उवाच
सन्ति मे गुरवो राजन् बहवो बुद्ध्युपाश्रिता: ।
यतो बुद्धिमुपादाय मुक्तोऽटामीह तान् श‍ृणु ॥

Many spiritual gurus have protected me. I now travel the planet in a liberated state, having obtained transcendental wisdom from them. Pay attn as I explain them to you.
पृथिवी वायुराकाशमापोऽग्निश्चन्द्रमा रवि: ।
कपोतोऽजगर: सिन्धु: पतङ्गो मधुकृद् गज: ॥
मधुहाहरिणो मीन: पिङ्गला कुररोऽर्भक: ।
कुमारी शरकृत् सर्प ऊर्णनाभि: सुपेशकृत् ॥
एते मे गुरवो राजन् चतुर्विंशतिराश्रिता: ।
शिक्षा वृत्तिभिरेतेषामन्वशिक्षमिहात्मन: ॥
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The #BestInventoryPR account was created by the #Pakistani Ramla Akhtar for hate speech against #French Bernard Grua, @BernardGrua from #Nantes and against his company @BestInventory. After three months and a half of frenetic activity &.. #BESTINVENTORYPR'S GUINESS BOOK RECORD The #BestInventoryPR
after 459 Tweets posted, #BestInventoryPR has just one follower, a Pakistani troll. The three other fake "follower" accounts belong to the radicalized
Pakistani stalker Ms Ramla Akhtar who created this scum account.
Such a complete disaster for a Twitter account was not foresinable because no normal person
could have anticipated such an excessive mad behavior. A true miracle! BestInventoryPR should be awarded as the biggest Twitter crap by the Guiness book of records.
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Fake COVID-19 vaccination #certificates sold for Rs 5,500 on Telegram | Sep 16
- the black market for fake vaccine certificates has expanded globally, now selling certificates in 29 countries, including India, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand.
Millionaire offers $1.2 M reward to anyone providing an isolated sample of the COVID-19 virus | 04/17/21
- “By proof, he means the isolation of the virus according to #Koch’s postulates. To date, no one has been able to win Eckert’s challenge,”…
Since viruses are fictional make believe organisms, virologists have to invent a make believe full genome in the computer, which they call ‘in silico’, aka computer simulation, genome like this paper.… Image
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Aug 28: Badabhal Range, Odisha
Aug 23: Jerahalli Forest Range, TN
Aug 22: Dharamjaigarh Forest Division, Chhattisgarh
Aug 22: Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve , TN
Aug 21: Batabari Forest Range, Assam ( 2 Deaths)
Aug 21: Jalpaiguri ,West Bengal
Aug 20 Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh
Aug 15: Sosedhi , Ranchi , Jhark
Aug 12: Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka
Aug 12: Bitherkad Forest Range, TN
Aug 12: Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu
Aug 10: Jashipur District of Chhatisgarh

Aug 1: Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka
July 29: Kodagu, Karanataka ( Big Male Tusker)
July 24: Hindol Range Dhenaknal , Odisha
July 17: Keonjhar, Odisha ( 2 Deaths - Male& Female)
July 16: Chamarajanagar, Karnataka
July 8: Angul District, Odisha

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Look carefully. #Elephants are not crossing the road. Road is crossing the #forest. #WorldElephantDay
Do you know #elephant family is all women group. Made of #mother, #aunts, #grandmother & all other #ladies. Most of the times Male leave herd early. Kids are looked by all female elephants in herd, all are mothers. Grandmother makes all decision for the family.
Males keep on joining & leaving herds. Well one of the accepted theory is. That males when they get young are pushed out from the herd/family by dominant female, also called as matriarch. To check the inbreeding. Which only shows elephants are highly intelligent.
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Weeks after a group of 15 wild Asian elephants embarked on a mysterious journey in SW China's Yunnan province, there still isn't a thread giving their latest update. In light of this, allow me to fill in the blank using the hashtag #followtheelephants
2) #followtheelephants A quick recap. The journey actually began in March 2020, when 16 wild Asian elephants left the XiShuangBanNa National Reserve and began their journey north. In July, the pack was observed in Pu'er City and caused 1 death in Simao district.
3) #followtheelephants In Dec. 2020, the pack moved north to Mojiang Co., and here the pack added a baby elephant. On April 16, 2021, the 17 elephants moved to Yuanjiang Co. On the 24th, 2 elephants turned South toward Mojiang Co.
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BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF THE SITUATION- a thread🧵 Did you know that Canadian fossil fuel company ReconAfrica is trying to drill for oil in the sensitive Okavango watershed, upstream of the world-famous #OkavangoDelta ?
ReconAfrica is a Canadian-registered junior oil and gas company that wants to open up a huge, new sedimentary basin in Namibia and Botswana called the Kavango Basin. They have started exploratory drilling in the Kavango region in northeastern Namibia. MAP @NatGeo
ReconAfrica’s license areas, one in #Namibia and one in #Botswana, cover a total of 34,325 sq kms. These licensed areas lie over part of the Okavango River Basin and border the Okavango River, which together feed into the Okavango Delta.…
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Thread on why we have lodged an objection with Namibia's Environmental Commissioner regarding #ReconAfrica's planned 2D seismic surveys criss-crossing #elephant migration corridors across the Kavango regions of Namibia.…
Our objection is coupled with a plea to employ the #precautionary principle to protect the largest cross-border #elephant herd from the harmful actions linked not only to seismic surveying but also from the ongoing exploratory #oil and #gas #drilling in #Namibia.
Seismic surveys help locate oil and gas reservoirs. It takes place by laying receptors called geophones along either a line (2D) or in a grid (3D) and detonating an explosive device, then recording the various soundwaves that are picked up by the geophones. Image: RBS
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Do you know #elephant family is all women group. Made of #mother, #aunts, #grandmother & all other #ladies. Most of the times Male leave herd early. Kids are looked by all female elephants in herd, all are mothers. Grandmother makes all decision for the family. #Mothersday Image
Obvious that experienced matriarch should lead #elephant family. She has accumulated immense traits/wisdom due to her long life. Which comes handy in long journeys & dangers. Not true for all. In #Zebras pregnant lead the way as she needs more water. #Buffaloes decide mutually. Image
Males keep on joining & leaving herds. Well one of the accepted theory is. That males when they get young are pushed out from the herd/family by dominant female, also called as matriarch. To check the inbreeding. Which only shows elephants are highly intelligent. Image
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My piece in @MongabayIndia on relocation from #Wayanad #Wildlife Sanctuary based on my @MPhilCL @Cambridge_Uni research supervised by @EliaApos Ialso drew on my yrs of experience.Resettlement from #ProtectedAreas (PA) is contentious @csandbrook 1/22
& I discuss a largely ignored narrative:of people seeking support for relocation.Historically,resettlements have been poorly recorded; there have been evictions from PAs that have led to penury, isolation, further impoverishment, which I strongly condemn.There is NO room 2/22
for forced,induced,unjust resettlement. However,it is troubling that resettlement discourse has ignored the narrative of people voluntarily seeking to move out of PAs where they face immense hardship due to lack of access to education,healthcare, markets,roads,jobs,business
3/22 A camera trapped pic  from Kali #Tiger Reserve, sourced from
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List out the names that refer #Elephant in your language.

Keep scrolling the thread to read the long list of names that refers to Elephant in Thamizh தமிழ்

Male 🐘/ஆண் 🐘

1.யானை/ஏனை (கரியது)
2.வேழம் (வெள்ளை யானை)
6.கைம்மா (துதிக்கையுடைய விலங்கு)...
8.உம்பல் (உயர்ந்தது)
23.கறையடி (உரல் போன்ற பாதத்தை உடையது)
25.பெருமா (பெரிய விலங்கு)...
26.வாரணம் (சங்கு போன்ற தலையை உடையது அல்லது புல்லை வாரிப்போடுவது)
27.புழைக்கை/பூட்கை (துளையுள்ள கையை உடையது)
29.ஓங்கல் (மலைபோன்றது)
31.பொங்கடி (பெரிய பாதத்தை உடையது)
33.தும்பி (துளையுள்ள கையை உடையது)
34.நால்வாய் (தொங்குகின்ற வாயை உடையது)
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#Elephant is our national heritage animal. They are represented as drawings, sculptures, paintings and in many other forms. They are closely related to our culture, art, religions & traditions. Have added some of my sketches themed on the unique features of Elephant. Add yours.
The matriarch culture found in the #elephants makes them even better than the most civilised human race.
The young ones are best cared by all the adults and sub adults in the #elephant family.
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#WorldElephantDay: Baby Bhunte Explains Causes of Stress Among #Elephants and Ways to Assess It…

(Images credit: Dr Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel) ImageImageImageImage
#WorldElephantDay: Did you know that elephants get stressed too? They can get as tensed as a person hopelessly trapped in the rush hour traffic for hours, with vehicles honking loudly! - by @SanjeetaSharmaP…

(Images credit: Dr Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel)
According to the Ministry of Environment over 100 #elephants die each year due to human - animal conflict.

#Trivia #WorldElephantDay2020 #WorldElephantDay Image
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On this #WorldElephantDay, let us pledge to prevent any mistreatment of these magnificent animals and the cruelty they endure in captivity. Every effort must be made to curb elephant-man conflicts & habitat loss of #elephants

#HaathiHamaraSaathi Image
#Elephants form a crucial part of our ecosystem.They hold a place of great significance & reverence in our culture.They are empathetic, self- aware & socially intelligent.

Unfortunately, they face a number of threats from poaching for tusks to habitat loss to abuse in captivity
Due to relentless efforts of the government,India is now home to 60% of the global Asian #elephant population,with nearly 30 elephant reserves.
With enhanced community participation & concerted efforts of the governments,we must strive to further augment our elephant population
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Sri Madhukeshwara #temple,Banavasi
near Sirsi,Karnataka - one of the oldest temple with Stunning mix of #architecture

Dedicated to Lord Shiva & it is honey-hued Lingam hence the name Madhukeshwara.

2 Beautiful #elephant sculptures welcome the visitors to this temple.
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Initial structures were built by the Kadamba dynasty.After the Kadamba reign was the ruled by Chalukyas &the Hoysalas.Additions and renovations were made to the temple by these rulers.In a way this temple showcases different architectural styles over the years.
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Nritya mandapa is attributed to the Hoysala rulers - ceiling, walls & pillars( Hoysalas) of this mandapa are exquisitely carved.It has a 7-foot tall monolithic
#Nandi which is sculpted & placed in a way that left eye will see shiva & right eye sees Parvathi.

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Visited #meenakshi amman #Temple, #Madurai before....noticed White #elephant sculptures around Sundareswarar(Shiva) sanidhi

8 Majestic Astadik elephant sculptures are there supporting Shiva shrine.

6 are carved on outer wall,2 are on both sides of presiding deity.

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@findingtemples @TempleTrails @templesofindia_ @punarutthana @Gannuuprem Shrine of Chockanathar(#Shiva)
held by these Astadik elephants. As this constructed by Indra, it is called Indra Vimanam. Airavath - White elephant of Indra worshipped this Shiva Lingam to releive from curse of Sage Duruvasa.This story is depicted in mural painting as well.
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@findingtemples @TempleTrails @templesofindia_ @punarutthana @Gannuuprem This event of relieving curse of Airavath #elephant is one of the 64 Thiru vilayadal/Divine events of Lord Shiva.

Walls around Shiva’s sanidhi are painted with murals & sculptures depicting the scenes related to 64 acts/leelas.

Don't miss to see these majestic elephants.

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BJP leader Maneka Gandhi had lashed out at Mallapuram, a muslim-dominated district in Kerala, calling for authorities to take action after the death of the elephant.
The incident had actually taken place in Palakkad.
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Indian Forest officer stated that no one would have fed the pineapple to the #Elephant
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Kerala Cyber Warriors, an online vigilante group, hacked the website of People for Animals (PFA) in response. PFA is an animal rights NGO founded by Maneka Gandhi.
#keralaelephant Image
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"Renowned writer Jayamohan says the pineapple bomb that killed the #elephant is made using gunpowder, pieces of glasses & blue metal stones!

It is commonly being used as a bait to kill wild boars both in Kerala & TN despite there is a ban in place."

He terms the incident as a "War against Western Ghats", this article should be translated & circulated widely.
@mrsubramani Please do the needful.
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*Man lynched--no reaction
*If he is Muslim, term him 'thief' or bring any other negative angle to make him appear a criminal, even before basic probe
*Once you find he is Bangladeshi, then predicable reactions
*Person's name was 'RANJIT'. So, now, blame WB govt. But sadness?
*No sadness, no tears because you are incapable of empathy.
*You are capable of just hate, if incident is in one district, find a nearby 'Muslim district' to create more confusion.
*Not just loonies, papers too carry reports on these lines. Same pattern. #Humarn or #Elephant
*There is never any genuine grief. Every incident, every death just part of the plan to target 'Muslims, seculars....' and whatever they've been fed for yrs now
*This is the most unique species, its entire existence rests on falsehoods, hate & propaganda…
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Sir, it was in Palakkad not Mallapuram.
And why the Indian culture remarks? #Kerala #keralaelephant
Let's not forget Mr Javadekar had defended the culling of animals like nilgai, wild boar. Supported by farmers-
Javadekar, who held the post of Minister for Environment defended animal culling, insisting it is done on the request of states to protect crops…
End of the day we have a huge problem between farmers and animals that destroy their crop. Needs a solution so farmers don't resort to firecrackers & tragic #elephant deaths like in Kerala. Mr Javadekar had supported culling of nilgai etc because of this…
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