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Asian Elephant Specialist Group meeting in Malaysia

The Asian Elephant Specialist Group’s (AsESG) 10th meeting commenced in Malaysia in December. The AsESG is a group of specialists, elephant conservationists, experts and partner organizations concerned with the conservation of the Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus). It is under the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). The 10th meeting is being held at Kota ..

Uttarakhand government to carry out bio-fencing to reduce human-animal conflict

To reduce human-animal conflict, the Uttarakhand government has decided to carry out bio-fencing by growing various species of plants in those areas viz. lemongrass, agave, rambans, and chilly. The move is to prevent wild animals from entering residential areas and to protect agricultural crops and livestock in areas adjoining to forests. This biotic method is ..

State-wise wild elephant population

According to the revised state-wise wild elephant population estimate based on the 2017 census, jumbo population across the country stood at 29,964 against 29,576 recorded as the mean figure in 2012. The South Region accounted for 14,612 followed by North East with 10,139 elephants. Among the South Indian states, Karnataka leads the table with 6,049 ..

Union environment ministry declares Rhesus Macaque monkeys as vermin in Himachal Pradesh

The Union environment ministry has recently declared Rhesus Macaque monkeys as vermin in Himachal Pradesh for a period of one year & allow the state forest department to cull them for preventing crop depredation, conflict with humans and loss of property. Though Rhesus Macaque monkeys are protected species under Schedule II of the Wildilfe Protection ..

Researchers at University of St Andrews in Scotland find that gray seals can copy sounds of human words and songs including “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

The researchers at the University of St Andrews in Scotland have found that gray seals can copy the sounds of human words and songs including “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. The study showed that 3 trained seals were able to imitate parts of popular tunes. The study gave the researchers a better understanding of the evolution ..

3 Plant Species get extinct Every Year

The study published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew makes the following observations: 571 seed-bearing plant species have vanished from Earth or nearly 2 per year since 1750. The rate of extinction has worsened to 3 per year in the last 100 years. This is more than twice the number of extinct birds, mammals and ..

India’s only orangutan, ‘Binny’, passed away

India’s only orangutan, ‘Binny’, has passed away at the age of 41 at Nandankanan Zoological Park in Odisha. The great ape was brought to the Odisha zoo in November 2003 from Pune’s Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park on November 20, 2003, when she was 25. Orangutans are one of the world’s three extant species of great ..

The rare Blonde Zebra spotted

At Tanzania’s Serengiti National Park, a blone Zebra was spotted among the other migrating Zebras. The golden colored Zebra had partial albinism. Abinism means that the animal has less melanin, a skin pigment. The migration in Serengiti is the world’s second largest migration. Every year around the same time, the herbivores in the Southern Serengeti ..