Author : Dr. Oishimaya Sen Nag

BNHS Launches Study To Save India’s Loved And Revered Sarus Cranes In Vidarbha, Maharashtra

They symbolise eternal, unconditional love and inspire timeless tales of devotion, passion, poetry, art, and architecture. They are believed to be harbingers of good fortune whose presence indicates the sound health of wetland ecosystems. They are the sarus cranes, the world’s tallest flying birds. However, these birds we associate with all things positive are no […]

As Tigers Break Records In The Himalayas, Many Questions Are Raised

The temperature was freezing, but the view was spectacular. The snow-clad lofty peaks of Mount Kanchenjungha spread across the horizon in the distance. However, neither the cold nor the jaw-dropping views distracted the team of researchers from the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). They had gathered in a small shack at the Thambi View Point […]

An Attractive Oddity Or A Doomed Rarity: The Case Of Leucism In The Northern Palm Squirrel

In nature, everything has a meaning, including the colours adorned by various species. For example, the stripes of tigers act as camouflage to help them hunt prey. The stick insects’ colour and appearance, blending them with the surrounding vegetation, make them less noticeable to predators. The vibrant colours of resplendent peacocks help them attract females […]

Linear Infrastructure Fragments One Of The Last Homes Of India’s Threatened Ape Species – The Western Hoolock Gibbon

It was a beautiful, calm spring morning in February. Lush tea gardens carpeted the landscape on either side of the road through which the car was passing. I was travelling from Jorhat town towards the Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary in the Jorhat District of Assam to set my eyes on a highly threatened species – the […]

Inside The BNHS Natural History Collection: A Treasure Trove Of Knowledge

Housed in the historic Hornbill House, the headquarters of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) at Fort, Mumbai, is a natural heritage of immense significance – the BNHS Natural History Collections. It is an invaluable treasure trove of natural history specimens collected from across the Indian subcontinent and beyond. Over 1,50,000 specimens of fauna across […]

Restoring Critically Endangered Vulture Populations In India With Captive Conservation Breeding

As the car swerved into a narrow, unmetalled road leading into the wilderness, a large signboard with a tiger featured on it along the barricaded entrance to the road glared at me, warning me that it was a tiger roaming zone. Another smaller signboard a short distance away repeated the warning along with two messages […]

Addressing The Impact Of Linear Infrastructure On Wildlife: An Interview With Conservationist Kishor Rithe

In recent times, heart-wrenching photos of wild animals, dead or dying on highways and railway tracks in India, have flooded social media. These pictures portray the stark reality – the massive issue of the country’s growing appetite for linear infrastructure and its catastrophic consequences on wildlife. Linear infrastructure refers to railways, highways, canals, pipelines, electric […]

Ringing The Feathered Guests Of Mumbai In One Of The City’s Last Remaining Wetlands

There before my eyes were the sprawling salt pans of Mankhurd. The sun was setting on this raw, unkempt, yet beautiful landscape, and it all appeared very magical. A very secluded, almost forgotten part of Mumbai, these salt pans serve as a vital wetland habitat, one of the last refuges of migratory birds arriving in […]

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