Dr.Anil Prakash Joshi

Work of Dr. Anil Prakash. Joshi Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi known as Mountain Men has devoted himself to resource-based rural development for the last 29 years.  As a teacher, he guided 19 Ph.D. students and motivated many more to work in the hill villages to use science and technology to solve the basic needs of the mountain community.  An Ashoka Fellow, he has authored over 80 research papers and 10 books dealing with sustainable development of the Himalayas through various means. He has also been publishing other important scientific magazines to popularize science in the villages.  The major...
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Prerna Singh Bindra

Background Prerna Singh Bindra Prerna Singh Bindra is an economics graduate, and has a degree in Personnel Management and Labour Welfare. She started her career with Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), as a Research Associate. She has also consulted with NGOs i.e the Friends of Women’s World Banking, where she assessed needs for micro financing for rural women, and helped streamline systems to make microfinance accessible. Career She began her career in journalism, born out of a passion for the wilds, with Sanctuary Asia. Later, she moved on to mainstream media, as she believed that the...
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Report on the status of Golden Mahseer in Ramganga River 2010.

BACKGROUND The following is a report on the findings of a study conducted by Mahseer Conservancy in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India on the status of Golden Mahseer populations in the Ramganga River and investigations into possible reasons for their apparent decline. The research was conducted during a 6 week period in March and April 2010. The golden mahseer occurs across the Himalayas and inhabits the streams and rivers that drain the lower Himalayan terrain. The large surface area of its fins, cylindrical body and muscular tail are adapted to suit the montane water environments...
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Golden Mahseer conservation on the Ramganga by Joel Wright

MINING AND DYNAMITING, CAN THE MIGHTY MAHSEER SURVIVE?  The Ramganga River that runs alongside the Jim Corbett National Park is pristine. Casually peering into the river you will inevitably see swarms of golden mahseer darting around in the clear water hunting for small Chilwa. Look along the bank and you may see an Otter swimming in the shallows or a Gharial basking in the sun, point your head skywards and you’ll likely see a flock of Cormorants and perhaps a fish eagle soaring overhead. It is a complete river ecosystem. However, this reality is in stark contrast to the same river just 20km...
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Conservation in Nepal

Joining Hands to Save Himalayan Aquatic Resources.’ A seminar to raise awareness about Nepal’s aquatic biodiversity.   Save Himalayan Aquatic Resources (SAHAR) kicked off its awareness campaign with a half-day seminar on Friday, 11 June 2010 at the DECC, United World Trade Center, Tripureshwor. It was the intention of SAHAR to use this occasion to raise awareness about the state of Nepal’s aquatic biodiversity, the challenges Nepal faces in protecting this resource so essential to the development of the country, and options to mitigate the loss of our natural heritage. To this end, SAHAR...
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Heat stress, dehydration killing vultures in Ramnagar by Anupma Khanna

In an observation that has alarmed conservation activists and wildlife scientists, the near-extinct Indian White-backed Vulture, inhabiting Ringora village in Ramnagar, has been showing signs of a disturbing illness caused by heat stress, that experts warn will bode the death of the endangered species if not addressed immediately. Researchers of Corbett-based Mahseer Conservancy, who have been undertaking the annual vulture monitoring exercise in the region, report that every evening, after the heat of the day, as many as 90 per cent of the vultures in the colony can be found perched on trees...
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Here comes one more King, by Sanjay Chhimwal

It was around 8.45 in the morning on 6th June 2010 when I got a call that a snake has entered in a hut in Garjia village near Dhikuli. I rushed to the location without any delay with a locally prepared tool PVC pipe with a bag fitted on the other end for such purpose. It was suggested to me by my friend Gowri Shankar whom I met during his last visit to Corbett. Gowri is a snake lover and he is doing research on King Cobra. When I reached the place where the snake was I saw lots of people around the hut and some inside the hut as well. I saw the snake and found that it is a King Cobra. The length...
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Prasanna Gautam

  Born in Darjeeling, Prasanna had always been surrounded by bountiful nature. A trekker, an amateur mountaineer and a wildlifer, he shifted his base to Delhi after a short stint with Department of Tourism, Darjeeling after his graduation. His profession as a tour operator has given him opportunity to explore many wilderness destinations in the Indian subcontinent. He has volunteered during relocation of yak sheds out of Shingalila National Park and on anti Chireta Sorata (medicinal herb) smuggling drive.  He was actively involved in coordinating Snow Leopard Awareness Project at Hemis National...
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Joel Wright

‘If Gandhi and the Buddha were crossed to become a young white boy, he’d look like Joel’ – Sumantha Ghosh. Wildlife enthusiast Joel took time out from wandering around India to work with Mahseer Conservancy for 1 month in March 2010. He conducted a pioneering research study looking at the decline of the Golden Mahseer on the Ramganga River in Almora. Braving the sand mining mafia, boys with explosives and illness he collected alarming data showing that the Golden Mahseer populations are being decimated. Indiscriminate fishing methods such as dynamiting, poisoning and electrocution...
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King Cobras, by Sanjay Chhimwal

All those who know a little about snake they also know something about king cobra. Most of common men who know about snakes mostly have 90 % wrong information about snakes. Well this is not about to tell you all about the snakes and the facts related to them. This article is about a snake which you can say a ghost amongst snake, yes the King Cobra. King Cobra is rightly called King as it is the top predator amongst snakes and not only by this feature they are supreme amongst their species but also because they respect the humans and play a vital role in the balance of ecosystem. Though the habitat...
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