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Wildlife tourism The plight of the African rhino

Wildlife tourism The plight of the African rhino | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it

The current plight of Africa’s rhino population, as disturbing as it is, pales in comparison to a much less widely reported wildlife crisis of considerably more staggering proportions – the loss of hundreds of thousands of elephants.

 

In 1980 there were in the region of 1,2-million elephants in Africa spread across some 37 range states. In 33 years that figure has been reduced to an estimated 420,000 animals. That’s 780,000 elephants lost to the world. Some of this loss can be attributed to reduction of habitat due to human expansion, but the main reason is ivory poaching, and when it comes to ivory, the market is driven by one country - China....


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Ranthambhore Tale's.. .: A Tragic day in Ranthambhore.. .

Ranthambhore Tale's.. .: A Tragic day in Ranthambhore.. . | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
A sad tale of human animal conflict and lack of medical resources in ranthambore via @drkrishi
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Tree conservation

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A heroic effort to showcase the tree plantation drive in Kenya.

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To Corbett with Love - YouTube

A short film made in the year 2000, set in Corbett National Park, India. Filmed, scripted and produced by Dr.Susan Sharma.
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Planning to visit Corbett National Park, India?  Get to know some of the untold stories about the Park - Watch "To Corbett With Love"

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Snake Tales- Part I - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - May, 2003

Snake Tales- Part I - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - May, 2003 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Zookeepers are great story tellers!

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FOREST FIRES - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015

FOREST FIRES - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Most of the animals remain unharmed as they can take temporary shelter in unburnt or already burnt areas. Fires burn the eggs of birds, destroy the young animals and damage their habitats. - See more at: http://indianwildlifeclub.com/Ezine/View/Details.aspx?aid=1036#sthash.rVnS8cYa.dpuf

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Rewilding Our Hearts: Ecocide Is Suicide - Huffington Post

Rewilding Our Hearts: Ecocide Is Suicide - Huffington Post | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Rewilding our hearts calls for a global paradigm shift, a social revolution, in how we interact with other animals and with other humans....
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"The revolution has to come from deep within us and begin at home, in our heart and wherever we live. I want to make the process of rewilding a more personal journey and exploration that centers on bringing other animals and their homes, ecosystems of many different types, back into our heart. "

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Purify air quality inside homes with plants - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015

Purify air quality inside homes with plants - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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There is so much talk about Delhi being the most polluted city in the world now.   While air quality outside is bad, quality of air inside our homes is also not good.  The common pollutants are  formaldehyde: in carpets, upholstery, glues, paint, and more; benzene: in plastics, synthetic fibers, lubricants, rubber, pesticides, and more); trichloroethylene: in paint removers, rug cleaning solution, adhesives, and more... 
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Don't feed the ducks bread, say conservationists

Don't feed the ducks bread, say conservationists | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
We feed six million loaves of bread a year to ducks in England and Wales causing damage to birds’ health and polluting waterways. Oats, corn and peas are safer for the birds

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The seemingly innocent act of feeding ducks with bread is harming waterfowl and polluting waterways, conservationists warned on Monday as they urged people to use more benign alternatives.

“There’s also a risk that ducks and other water fowl could get an illness known as angel wing, which is caused by not getting the right nutrients in their diet. "

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Sarang - The Peacock - YouTube

This is a film on the Indian peafowl shorn of legend, folklore and mythology- a film on the live bird. It is also a film which visualizes two prominent Hindu...
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I am planning to upload all my documentaries onto a you tube channel.  "Sarang-the Peacock " has already been uploaded. Here is the link to wildbytes.tv, my you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZY3KoD67FE Have a look and subscribe please! 
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Jane Goodall explains empathy and why kids need pets

Jane Goodall explains empathy and why kids need pets | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
The primatologist sat down with MNN, sharing her thoughts on climate change, compassion and a dog named Rusty.

 

You've said your appreciation for animal sentience began with Rusty, a dog you befriended as a child in England. In what ways could you sense his sentience? Do you think growing up with pets is a good way for children to learn empathy for other animals?
I think it's desperately important for a child to grow up with a pet, providing there's somebody to make sure that they understand how the animal should be treated. And, you know, Rusty worked out problems. He worked out that if he was hot, he could trot down the road, down to the chine and have a little swim and come back. He even did pretend games. He was unlike any other dog I've ever had.



 


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À B H I S H E K ✈ on Instagram: “Archive 2003 image - My MSc research carried out on human animal conflict & using tourism as a tool for wildlife conservation. Me with…”

À B H I S H E K  ✈ on Instagram: “Archive 2003 image - My MSc research carried out on human animal conflict & using tourism as a tool for wildlife conservation. Me with…” | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
“Archive 2003 image - My MSc research carried out on human animal conflict & using tourism as a tool for wildlife conservation. Me with village head in…”
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TELEPATHY and LEOPARD? - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - April, 2004

TELEPATHY and LEOPARD? - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - April, 2004 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Zookeepers of the past had wonderful empathy towards animals.  Tales of that era still regale.......

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Discussing the Tiger-Ruth Padel and Valmik Thapar - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - February, 2015

Discussing the Tiger-Ruth Padel and Valmik Thapar - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - February, 2015 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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"All wildllifers in the country must unite.  Restart with partnerships.   Involve youngsters in wildlife protection in Parks.  Use links outside government"- Valmik's enthusiasm was contagious.  Why can't we have an annual  "Embargo China Day",  asked Thapar who has brought out unknown facets of tigers  in his latest book "Wild Fire". 

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Rare turtle, thought extinct, reintroduced into wild

Rare turtle, thought extinct, reintroduced into wild | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Conservationists have brought the Myanmar roofed turtle, the world's second most endangered turtle, back from the brink
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Read about illegal trading of turtles at

http://www.indianwildlifeclub.com/ezine/view/details.aspx?aid=717

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Rewilding: Landscaping with Nature | Planet Natural

Rewilding: Landscaping with Nature | Planet Natural | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Rewilding is less a collection of specific practices and more a philosophy that becomes functional when applied to designing your own landscape.
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paying more attention to what you grow while making your landscape more environmentally friendly.

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Flamingoes - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015

Flamingoes - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Environmentalists and bird enthusiasts do not know whether the flamingos come from the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, or Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa - 

Also read about the threat to Flamingo City in Gujarat at 

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/The-Pinks-Will-Leak/293293

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Biofuels - messiah or myth? - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015

Biofuels - messiah or myth? - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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The 1970s were years of innocence - we became aware of the fuel crisis, but we did not suspect global warming. It was only in 2006, that Al Gore, with his documentary, ‘An inconvenient truth’ brought it home to many that the earth may never be the same again. - See more at: http://indianwildlifeclub.com/Ezine/View/Details.aspx?aid=1037#sthash.G9bffa09.dpuf

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Human-animal conflict touches jumbo figures @timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Human-animal conflict touches jumbo figures @timesofindia.indiatimes.com | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
via WordLink - It's raging war between humans and jumbos! While 685 elephants died in past 11 years, mainly because of humans, the animals killed 660 people and injured 272 during the same period.
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Search for "Human Animal Conflict" at http://IndianWildlifeclub.com

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Mumbai: With this duo, learning about nature is a walk in the park - Hindustan Times

Mumbai: With this duo, learning about nature is a walk in the park - Hindustan Times | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
If you love trees but are clueless about the names of most, or are a nature enthusiast who would like to know more, shake off your Sunday laziness and join Renee Vyas and Dr Usha Desai for their Tree Appreciation Walks (TAW).
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I have been for tree walks and recommend them. You get a new perspective on your town/city when you start knowing the tree names.
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Wildbytes from India: Plants around us are havens for wildlife!

Wildbytes from India: Plants around us are havens for wildlife! | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Urban wildlife can be very fascinating!

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Polluting Coal - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015

Polluting Coal - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2015 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Sanjoy Chakraborti,  Executive Director at Budge Budge said " We consider environment protection as an integral part of our power generation process".  He said revenue started improving after they started recycling and reusing waste with environment protection in mind.   

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Ecology from the air

Ecology from the air | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail -- what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon.

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Human Species Conflict: What is... - International Animal Rescue Foundation World Action India | Facebook

Human Species Conflict: What is... - International Animal Rescue Foundation World Action India | Facebook | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Human Species Conflict:

What is International Animal Rescue Foundation India doing to reduce human species conflict?

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Deputy Rangers of Kerala undergo training at Cairn Hill - The Hindu

Deputy Rangers of Kerala undergo training at Cairn Hill - The Hindu | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
In existence for nearly 150 years, the Cairn Hill reserved forest off the Ooty-Nanjanad Road is fast emerging as a major training facility for forest personnel not only in Tamil Nadu but also from other parts of the...
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Biodiversity in my (back)yard: towards a framework for citizen engagement in exploring biodiversity and ecosystem services in residential gardens

Biodiversity in my (back)yard: towards a framework for citizen engagement in exploring biodiversity and ecosystem services in residential gardens | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it

Abstract

Cultural landscapes generate many ecological values. Much of the cultural landscape exists as private or semi-private domestic gardens. These domestic gardens are hidden treasures of information on small-scale urban landscape design, urban biodiversity and the relation between citizens and their direct living environments. In this paper, an indicator framework is proposed that aims to engage citizens in experiencing and exploring biodiversity and ecosystem services in their own domestic outdoor spaces. By integrating ecological and cultural factors related to garden biodiversity the framework intends to fill a gap in existing research on domestic gardens that has until now either focused on ecological factors, or on preferences of garden owners. The framework has been developed by analysing pictures of front-yards in Phoenix (AZ, USA) and Maastricht (the Netherlands). With the BIMBY [Biodiversity in My (Back) Yard] framework we aim to contribute to an inclusive trans-disciplinary and transformational dialogue on ecosystem services, green infrastructure and biodiversity conservation in the context of the sustainable development of cities.

 

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Biodiversity conservation; Green infrastructures Domestic gardening Urban sustainability; Ecosystem services and disservices; Urban design.


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ngage citizens in experiencing and exploring biodiversity and ecosystem services in their own domestic outdoor spaces

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Mário Carmo's curator insight, February 9, 3:33 PM

Can we find a healthy and sustainable balance in the way we protect biodiversity and work towards living together with it on our urbanising planet?