Cloaked in sleek night and windy stripes, Slinking, barely rustling, an arrow taut in the string of a bow, A heady scent on the breeze, old blood and rotting flesh, Cheetal bark, tails flashing, legs leaping, Fangs flash silver, hunting knives, Rounded pugmarks pressed into the moist earth, a promise. Whiplash! A snake-like tail flashes…
Walking with the Caretakers of the Forest
Any researcher working in conservation will tell you about the importance of the stalwarts guardians of nature - forest guards. Here is a quick story on one of my many experiences learning from forest guards in India!
India’s Wild Side: A Journey Across a Biodiverse Subcontinent
May 22, 2020 - International Day for Biological Diversity. Let's celebrate today with a walk through some of India's bountiful ecosystems and discuss what we stand to lose if we continue to dismiss the importance of nature.
The Perils of Being a Wildlife Tourist: Pt. 3 – Nagarahole
Part 3 of my tourism woes 4 part series...this time, a record of my (mis)adventures in Nagarahole TR
The Perils of Being a Wildlife Tourist Pt. 2: Bandipur
Part 2 in a four-part series on my experiences with being a tourist/wildlife scientist in India's tiger reserves. Read on to find out about how I fared in Bandipur...
The Perils of Being a Wildlife Tourist Pt. 1: Ranthambhore
What happens when a wildlife scientist turns tourist on a safari? Find out in this four- part story. Part 1 - Ranthambhore - is below
Kipling’s Villain, Modi’s Hero: The Fate of the Tiger in 2019
“The tiger is the very soul of India, and when the last tiger has gone, so will the soul of the country” – Ruskin Bond Is all really well with India’s national animal? Today, on World Tiger Day 2019, the Indian prime minister Shri Narendra Modi released the most-recent tiger census, undertaken by the National…
Where Fish Climb Trees: Endangered Wildlife of the Sundarbans
In the dense, knotted swamps of the Sundarbans mangrove forest in West Bengal and Bangladesh, nature's rules are topsy-turvy. This is a land where fish climb trees and animals drink salt water. This is a land where tigers attack humans by day and trees reach their roots up to the star-speckled night skies. This mangrove…
Spotted Ghosts: India’s Stealthiest Wild Cat and its Plea for Survival
Most people know me as the tiger girl, but if I had to choose an animal that I most identify with, it would be the leopard (Panthera pardus). The lithe beauty and silent grace of this smaller yet deadly big cat is rivaled by few other animals in the Indian subcontinent. Less endangered and beloved…