BNHS Research

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

चंबलची “मॅडम सर” परवीन शेख  -किशोर रिठे

चंबलचा  परिसर कोण्या एके काळी डाकू व दरोडेखोरांसाठी कुप्रसिद्ध होता. अश्या भागात उन्हाळ्यातील मुंबईची एक उच्च शिक्षित महिला स्कीमर आणि नदी सुरय पक्ष्यांना वाचविण्याचे काम करते. तिच्या धाडसीपणामुळे तिला येथे मॅडम “सर” म्हणून ओळखले जाते. भारतीय स्कीमर म्हणजे नद्यांना आपल्या अस्तित्वाने जिवंतपणा देणारा पक्षी! तो थव्याने राहतो. मासे पकडण्यासाठी लागणारी लाल जर्द रंगाची टोकदार मोठी […]

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