Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Discussions with Goa's Hon Forest Minister Smt Alina Saldhana on issues pertaining to Goa's forests.

It was a rare opportunity to discuss ground issues pertaining to eco tourism and biodiversity conservation with Hon Forest Minister of Goa, Smt Alina Saldhana and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Shri Richard Dsouza, Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Shri Carvalho and others during their visit to Wildernest nature resort.
A presentation was made to the dignitaries about our work in the area in the past decade and the changing trends in the hinterlands of Goa as far as biodiversity was concerned. The Forest Minister was urged to look into long term solutions of human wildlife conflict in the state and to define guidelines for eco tourism in Goa's hinterlands.
The Hon Forest Minister opined that we should focus more on children for conservation education and should help in creating biodiversity registers in the state before traditional knowledge is lost. She expressed her commitment to conserve important tiger habitats in the state.
A copy of 'The Goan Jungle Book' and "Truth about Tigers" was presented to the Hon Forest Minister as part of the Global Tiger day campaign too.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Golbal Tiger Day poster.

It is Global tiger day today. Our teams of interns, volunteers and staff across 3 states will conduct awareness programs, conservation outreach talks and walks, and much more...our focus of course is in cities where the tiger's "Leave Me Alone" call needs to be heard...and in villages near tiger habitats in Goa where its "I am here" roar is still heard...best of luck pals and well wishers...every effort tomorrow and every day after this will help us strive to conserve our National animal and its forests.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

the hump nose pit viper ( Hypnale hypnale) in Mollem national park Goa.

lying perfectly camouflaged in the wet leaf litter is this hump nosed pit viper...a venomous species of snake found in Goa's protected areas and distributed across the  Northern Western Ghats of India. This individual was photographed at Mollem National park, Goa, India.