Olive Ridley ‘arribada’ at Odisha’s Gahiramatha ends

Endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles have finished their eight-day-long ‘arribada’ or nesting on Nasi-1 and Nasi- 2 islands at the Gahiramatha marine sanctuary in Odisha. Around 4,07,194 turtles laid eggs from 14-21 March, 2020, in the sanctuary that is known as the world’s largest rookery of sea turtles and is located within the Bhitarkanika National Read More …

Global Eco Watch: Chinese govt recommends bear bile as cure for COVID-19

The Chinese government has alarmed wildlife conservationists by suggesting that bile extracted from bears could be a possible treatment for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to National Geographic. The government has put out a list of medicines to treat COVID-19 that include both western and traditional Chinese medicine. The list has been compiled and published Read More …

COVID-19: Animal advocates want illegal pet, meat marts shut

Five organisations write to Union health ministry, urging action in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic Five animal welfare organisations wrote to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on March 26, 2020, and urged it to close all “illegal meat markets, unlicensed wildlife and pet markets with immediate effect.” The letter, written Read More …

Olive Ridleys return to lay eggs at Rushikulya after skipping a year

Around 250,000 turtles have come ashore for mass nesting this year, say officials Olive Ridley turtles at Rushikulya beach in Odisha. Photo: Ashis Senapati Around 250,000 Olive Ridley sea turtles have come ashore for mass nesting at the six-kilometre-long Rushikulya beach of Odisha’s Ganjam district in the last five days, a senior forest official said. Read More …

Despite ready list, Jharkhand to identify elephant corridors

State forest department not consulted before corridor identification: Official in minutes The Jharkhand government constituted a committee to identify elephant corridors in the state on January 7 despite such corridors having already been identified. States are now supposed to just notify them under either the Wild Life (Protection) Act (WLPA), 1972, or the Environment Protection Read More …

Global Eco Watch: Venomous snakes easy to procure as pets in the UK, finds study

A gaboon viper. Photo: Wikimedia Commons An investigation has revealed that highly venomous snakes including cobras and vipers are being easily sold off as pets in the United Kingdom due to a legal loophole that allows this to happen. An investigation by the journal Vet Record found that species such as king cobras, pit vipers, rattle Read More …

Mass nesting of Olive Ridleys starts at Gahirmatha

Untimely rains and bad weather delayed the process this year, said Odisha forest officials Mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles at Gahirmatha marine sanctuary. Photo: Ashis Senapati The mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles started at Odisha’s Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary in Kendrapara district on March 14, 2020. The sanctuary is considered to be Read More …

Global Eco Watch: Animals unfed by tourists in Japan, Thailand, invade city streets

Deer in Nara city, Japan. Photo from Twitter Two instances of how the novel coronavirus disease outbreak (COVID-19) is affecting animals and tourism in Asia have come to light recently. In Japan, deer in the city of Nara invaded the streets after not having been fed for weeks by tourists, whose numbers have declined ever since Read More …

Three flagship marshland species found in Odisha’s Chilika lake

Fishing Cat, Smooth-coated Otter and Eurasian Otter populations detected in Chilika brings attention to India’s largest contiguous marshland (From left) Fishing Cat, Eurasian Otter and Smooth-coated Otter. The Fishing Cat Project, partner to Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation, recently found the presence of a viable, breeding population of the fishing cat in India’s oldest Ramsar Read More …

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