Fauna of India

January 11, 2016

Indian Pangolin

Pangolins are a highly endangered species and they are hunted for their scales. Though, the use its scales for medical or other purposes is banned internationally, yet they are used illegally to treat arthritis and stomach ailments in countries like…

January 11, 2016

Fauna of India: Blackbuck

The near threatened blackbuck is found in Central - Western India (Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Odisha) and Southern India (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu). In Andhra Pradesh, it is the state animal. It is the…

January 11, 2016

Difference Between Deer And Antelopes

Taxonomically, both deer and antelopes belong to same order called Artiodactyla or Even-toed ungulates. In the even-toed animals, the weight of the body of the animal is borne by 3rd and 4th toe of the forefeet. Most of the four-footed…

December 25, 2015

Olive Ridley Turtles

In November 2015, the Odisha Government has imposed seven-month ban till May, 2016 on fishing along the Puri coast in order to protect the endangered Olive Ridley turtles. Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) are found in warm and tropical waters,…

December 25, 2015

Ganges River Dolphins

Indian Government has notified the Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) as India’s National Aquatic Animal. It is also known as Susu because of the sound it produces when breathing. Population and Distribution The Total population of Ganges River Dolphin…

Neelankuriji

Neelakurinji: The flowers that bloom once in 12 years

Neelakurinji or Strobilanthes kunthiana are inhabitants of Shola forests in Western Ghats. These plants blossom after 12 years exhibiting the gregarious flowering habit. The flowers of Neelakurinji are purple-blue in colour and it is because of these, the Nilgiri hills…