Nearly 60 years ago the legendary ornithologist Salim Ali made a bold proposition of making Great Indian Bustard as the national bird of India. “The great Indian Bustard is a species that merit distinction,” Ali wrote in 1960. “It needs an urgent nationwide effort to save the bird from its impending doom.” Unfortunately, that never happened. Now the […]

via THE GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD — NSS IIT Bombay

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The magnificent Asiatic lion is under threat. Twenty-three lions have died in as many days in the eastern part of Gujarat’s Gir sanctuary. While mass mortalities in wildlife are always a cause for concern, this case is even more worrisome as the big cat population in Gujarat is the last of the Asiatic lions in the wild. […]

via Asian Lions need a New Home — IndiEnvironment

India has an exceptionally rich and highly diversified flora and fauna, exhibiting complex composition, characteristics, and affinities. Over the past century, land-use changes and human population growth have severely affected most Indian mammal species and their habitats. One of the most charismatic and endangered species among large carnivorous mammals found in the Indian Himalayas is […]

via THE SNOW LEOPARD — NSS IIT Bombay

An article in Nature (“Why Chinese medicine is heading for clinics around the world,” 26 September 2018) presents the alarming prospect of ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ (TCM) being endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO): “….expect that the inclusion of TCM will speed up the already accelerating proliferation of the [TCM] practices and eventually help them […]

via Increased Threat to Wildlife from Traditional Chinese Medicine — International Wildlife Bond