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Common, yet threatened: The case of northeast India’s Malayan giant squirrels

A dearth in scientific research – including basic data such as population status – means that targeted conservation action for the Malayan giant squirrel is also lacking.

New species of racer snake found in Tamil Nadu named after herpetologist Naveen Joseph

A group of researchers has discovered a new species of racer snake from Tamil Nadu and made a major taxonomic amendment for two widely distributed Indian snake species and the new species is named after late herpetologist Naveen Joseph.

A new species of snake from Tamil Nadu and an old naming confusion from London

An international team of researchers has discovered a new species of racer snake from Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and also solved a naming confusion that existed for nearly two centuries.

Newly described scorpion species from Western Ghats highlight need for more research and conservation

Since March 2020, scientists from the Institute of Natural History Education and Research (INHER), Pune have described seven new species of scorpions from the Western Ghats – six from the Sahyadris in Maharashtra and one from the southern Western Ghats near Bengaluru. These discoveries highlight the need for dedicated surveys and integrated taxonomic research on scorpions to be able to effectively conserve them.

New species of snake described with the help of a 185-year-old painting

A new snake species has been described from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, The new species, now known as Joseph's racer, was first collected in the mid-19th Century, but the confusion around this

The Bee Garden Project- BSF Small Grants Programme

The Bee Garden Project aims to highlight the importance of ‘functional biodiversity’ and draw attention to the role of non-honey bee pollinators in an urban context. Solitary bees are important pollinators that ‘buzz-pollinate’ plants such as brinjal, tomato and chillies. They require dead wood, twigs, or exposed soil for nesting, and are thus constrained in the urban environment. ‘Bee hotels’ are a simple and accessible means of conservation action to help meet the dearth of nesting material. A bee hotel essentially consists of a structure that contains wooden tubes or cavities in which bees can nest and raise their larvae. Bee hotels incorporated into edible home gardens could help increase harvest as vegetable and fruit plants provide excellent bee forage. This project will serve as an initiative for integrating pollinators in urban landscapes and furthering citizen interest in pollinator conservation.

Muhamma vying for prizes in U.S. contest

“Prior to the implementation of the project, about one lakh synthetic sanitary pads were disposed of in the ecosystem every month, polluting ground and lake water in Muhamma. The project has helped reduce water pollution from menstrual wastes which were impacting the water bodies and public health. Further, reduction in menstrual waste is expected to improve the ecosystem health of the Vembanad Ramsar site,” says Ms. Anand

Winners of the Harper Prize 2020

Congratulations to Atul Joshi and Blanca Arroyo-Correa for the award "Harper Prize 2020". Atul Joshi’s paper shows how alien species can disrupt ecological processes... Find out more about award-winning research articles here:

Spotting the whistling hunter

Perhaps the world's least-studied canid, the dhole faces heavy persecution from farmers and villagers in its range countries, where it is viewed as vermin. Although the dhole is rarely involved in cases of human-wildlife conflict, unlike wolves and big cats, it is immensely disliked and easily dismissed.

Protect biodiversity to prevent the next pandemic

The dwindling proportion of unaltered land for animals and wildlife that remains today, has led to increased interactions between humans and animals thus posing the threat of pathogen transfer.

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