If vultures can go what is next? , by Oliver Gray-Read

Today we hear of so many species ‘facing extinction’ or ‘wiped out over most of their range’ that we can become slightly de-sensitized and numb to what seems at time to be a grim and inevitable play with us playing the villain. In the last twenty years three species of Indian vulture have gone from being one of the most prolifically abundant raptors to top of the IUCN Critically Endangered list. The reason behind the current Indian Vulture disaster that befell those graceful giants of the sky is the same as for the cause of the declines in so many other species; humans. But is there something...
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Hope takes wings as vulture colonies thrive in Uttarakhand, by Anupma Khanna

The Pionner, October 5, 2009 In a major boost for environmentalists, vultures were sighted in Uttarakhand after the recent discovery of the near-extinct birds in Himachal Pradesh. Over 150 vultures of five species can be found nesting and feeding at three locations around Ramnagar in Uttarakhand — Van Gujjar village of Tumeria, Ringora and Hatidagar. The three sites fall under two categories: Regular nesting sites (Ringora and Tumeria): Vultures are consistently seen roosting and occupying nests throughout the year and these are likely to be important breeding sites; Regular feeding sites (Hatidagar):...
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Rishad Naoroji

Few in the Indian subcontinent have  done more for birds of prey conservation than Rishad. During the “Corbett Vulture Campaign” much of his work was taken as referrence. Raptor man of India Rishad is the project co-ordinator on Doongerwadi Advisory Committee for the Parsi Vulture Project, which calls for interaction with the Ministry & State Governments. Rishad has carried out exhausted researcher and field observation on raptors and worked on their conservation. Has worked closely with the BNHS as Research Associate; currently an active Executive Committee member BNHS and Chairman...
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Krishnendu Bose

Krishnendu recently got the highest award in conservation filmmaking in India- the CMS-UNEP Prithvi Ratna Award, in Oct 2009. The citation said “for his sustained and concerted efforts towards enhancing people’s understanding and spreading awareness on diverse environmental issues through films and documentaries ” Krishnendu makes wildlife and conservation films that highlight the problem no matter how non glossy they might be something we are not used to see. After acquiring a Masters degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (1985), he went independent, making documentaries on...
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Sunith Reddy

Sunith’s tryst with the jungles started when he moved to Bangalore which had its share of wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists. One of his friends first took him to Bandipur and it was love at first sight. He just felt at home and totally in love with the jungles. But his fascination went beyond that of a regular tourist after he spent a day on the machan in Nagarhole. It was just beautiful observing the creatures go about their life, unknowingly maintaining the balance. He began appreciating the smaller creatures after this visit. After that the jungles of south India were like a second...
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Dr Koustubh Sharma

When Vulture programme in the Corbett area was taking off Kostubh Sharma was the first to come forward with help. Koustubh had a keen interest in wildlife since school days and the city of Bhopal, where he grew, provided ample opportunities to nurture his interests in bird watching and wildlife. Academically inclined towards mathematical sciences, he did his Masters in Physics from the University of Bhopal. It was during this period that he also conducted a small study on the avian fauna of Bhopal, and developed his first stand-alone software to help identify birds. This led to his association...
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Kahani Ghosh and Shivang Mehta

Wildlife photographers, film-makers, this naturalists couple  have adopted Corbett Tiger Reserve as their main area of work since 2004. During this period, they have worked with the park authorities to promote healthy tourism in Corbett National Park through the medium of short films and their photographs. Their film – Wild Saga of Corbett – is the most comprehensive travelogue on Corbett and showcases how tourists can come better prepared for their visits to Corbett and thus help in conservation efforts of the people of Ramnagar and the forest department. The film – marketed...
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Community Awareness at the Ramleelas; the Corbett Vulture Campaign spreads the message, by Piers Griffith-Jones

Hanuman and Ram Ram Leelas are one of the most celebrated festivals in the Hindu religion. The format is for every town and village to hold their own Ram Leelas re-enacting the Ramayana – the story of Rama – over 10 consecutive days, telling each “chapter” of the story on the different days. The general overview of the Ramayana is that after Rama, Lakshman and Sita are exiled into the forest Sita is kidnapped by the king of Lanka, Ravana. With the help of the monkey army led by Hanuman and also some vultures who have seen Ravana taking Sita, Rama and Lakshman begin their epic voyage...
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Villagers Bring Hope Back to Corbett National Park, by Keith Waters

During my time here in Corbett the last few months I have witnessed the challenges of conservation in India and this region in particular, many incidents have happened which have saddened the heart and brought despair to me but yesterday an event of such magnitude occurred that I can once again see the light at the end of the tunnel for conservation in India.  India is not just home to the Tiger but to some of the most majestic animals that roam this earth each possessing a quality that stands them head and shoulders above the rest. In this time of rising Man-animal conflict it is hard to see...
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