VISUALLY striking and blade sharp, the horn-shaped bill is a powerful protective device for this enormous bird, the great Indian hornbill. Found in the dense emerald patches of the Western Ghats, the bird is also known as the bird of the heavy rainforest. The nesting period, when the chicks and their mother are confined to their nest in a cavity in a giant tree trunk, is literally a t...
The big cat is doing well in the large core zone of the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in spite of the considerable human presence in its vicinity. A trek in the reserve offers an abundance of animal signs and sightings. By A.J.T. JOHNSINGH and R. RAGHUNATH
If it is true that the sambar population in India is declining because of habitat degradation and increased poaching, it is bad news for the country’s conservation efforts in general. By A.J.T. JOHNSINGH
Poaching, illegal trade in bears for their body parts, and human-bear conflicts pose a great threat to the sloth bear species, which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent. By G. SHAHEED
The Indian subcontinent can support around 3,700 tigers if there is a large track of quality habitat which has an abundance of prey and is free from poaching. By A.J.T. JOHNSINGH