Archive by category | Wildlife

Species in red

As always, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list, which catalogues the endangered species of the world, has brought in good and bad news alike. At least four species from India figure in the ‘critically enangered’ category — two animals and two plants. Some were already in that category and some have got upgraded following further decline in their numbers.  Read more

Hope in CITES for big cats

Hope in CITES for big cats

I engaged myself in the discussions emerging out of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at Doha this week to sniff something that I have been meaning to write about for a while — the growing impact of internet and new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on the conservation of wild fauna and flora. Participating countries recongnised the exploitation of these media by criminals and the need to find ways to tackle this.  Read more

New species hotspot

New species hotspot

At least 353 new species have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayas between 1998 and 2008, according to a new report by WWF. This translates to an average of 35 new species finds every year through the last decade — an astounding figure! What’s more, there are two new intriguing mammals among these new species — a flying frog and the world’s smallest deer. The bright green frog uses its long red webbed feet to glide in the air, and the miniature muntjac or leaf deer is just over two feet tall. And there’s a colour changing flower too which goes from blue to purple when temperatures soar!  Read more