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The Critically Endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins of the Mekong River

Irrawaddy Dolphin Photo by WWF Cambodia

By Bhavani Prakash The 7000 or so Irrawaddy Dolphins still left in the world (and labelled vulnerable on the IUCN list) are spread somewhat discontinuously over coastal areas of Asia and some stretches of rivers in the region. One sub-population that is critically endangered is in the Mekong river. The Mekong river is the lifeblood […]


July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Africa & S.E.Asia,Animals/Wildlife | Read More »

A J Mithra: Zoomusic as a barometer to determine the ecological status of a given environment

AJ MIthra- Recording Bird Calls

By  Preethi N Kumar  A J Mithra, a music teacher at MCC Campus Matriculation School, Chennai, India chats with Preethi N Kumar at EWTT about his musical journey with nature, birds and wildlife. He conveys how his passion for wildlife and his profession as a music teacher lead to the discovery of the niche domain of zoomusicology, […]

October 17th, 2012 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Biodiversity,INSIGHTS,PEOPLE | Read More »

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: Background and Concerns

Aedes aegypti

By Bhavani Prakash In Dec 2010, 6000 genetically modified (GM) Aedes aegypti sterile male mosquitoes were released in the unhabited forests of Betong, Malaysia, according to the statement by the government run Institute of Medical Research (IMR).   The GM mosquitoes were developed by the UK biotech company, Oxitec. The purported aim of the company is to work […]

April 6th, 2012 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Biodiversity,Health,Human wellbeing,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

The Politics of Saving Endangered Species

Funds For Conservation by Rohan

We split this blogpost into two parts. In the first part, Prerna Singh Bindra, well known conservationist from India talks about the politics and economics of saving the endangered tiger.  The second part shows a behind-the-scenes video on the political haggling over endangered species at the CITES meeting in Doha, Qatar last year. Part I: […]

February 20th, 2011 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife | Read More »

The Birds are Back: Ecotourism and Conservation in Mangalajodi

Black Tailed Godwits

We feature two articles here, both relating to how bird conservation in a relatively unknown area of Mangalajodi on Chilika lagoon in the Eastern Indian state of Orissa is being enabled through community participation and eco-tourism. Chilika lake, along the Bay of Bengal is India’s largest inland lake and Asia’s largest saltwater lagoon. Though recognised under the […]

August 10th, 2010 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Behaviour Change,Green Tourism | Read More »

So Just What is Shark Fin Soup?

Hammerhead pups

by Bhavani Prakash Asian consumers’ appetite for shark fins is severely threatening several shark species to extinction and destroying oceans.   Considered a Chinese delicacy, shark fin soup is often served at wedding banquets, business meetings and on special occasions as a status symbol, due to its high price tag and presumed health benefits. Shark fins are sold in Asia  from […]

June 19th, 2010 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Biodiversity,Water/Marine Life | Read More »

Endangered Tigers and the Fate of Indigenous peoples: The Story of Jenabil, India

Photo Courtesy: www.indiatzone.com

  Indian social workers Pushpanjali Sathpathy & Gunjan Jain highlight the real fate of tigers and the indigenous people of Simlipal Biosphere Reserve in the east Indian state of Orissa. Simlipal Biosphere Reserve was included in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. What is the official media account and what is the fate of the tribals who have […]

May 13th, 2010 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Indigenous Communities | Read More »

The Oriental Pied Hornbills of Pulau Ubin, Singapore

Oriental Pied Hornbill Stamp

During my recent trip to Pulau Ubin, a fairly pristine island off mainland Singapore and a ten minute bumboat ride away from Changi Point Ferry Terminal, I was lucky to find myself in the midst of the rare and endangered species of Hornbills in Singapore – the Oriental Pied Hornbill or Anthracoceros albirostris.   There used to be […]

April 4th, 2010 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Biodiversity | Read More »

Sharks’ Fin – The Red Flag

Dying shark

Our guest writer today is JENNIFER LEE.  She is the founder of Project:FIN, which aims to educate and generate awareness about shark finning and its impacts to the marine ecosystem. She is also a registered volunteer of a wildlife organization in Singapore, and a member of a non-profit animal-assisted therapy organization. Her full-time profession is in marketing, […]

February 12th, 2010 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Wildlife | Read More »

THE COVE: Help Save Japan’s Dolphins

The Cove Image Diver

Horrific, brutal and mindboggling. Three words that would aptly sum up the capture of dolphins for the global entertainment industry, and the slaughter of the ones left over, in a heavily guarded secret cove in Taiji, Japan.  Louis Psihoyos, the director and Richard O’Barry, the world’s most famous dolphin trainer have heroically portrayed the tragedy in […]

August 26th, 2009 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Green Activism,Water/Marine Life,Wildlife | Read More »


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