Inside the Kaziranga National Park during a regular patrolling, we encountered a family of otters fishing in a lake. Sensing our presence they tried to flee, however a baby Otter was left stranded in the water; terrified and confused the
Rapacious exploitation of nature and natural resources by industrial economies in the 20th century has brought the world to the brink of environmental catastrophe. Realizing the gravity of crisis off late, growing environmental consciousness has pushed societies and governments worldwide
Leopards are killed rampantly across the country, they are being seen as a menace and in fact the Government orders to kill the man eating leopards are easily granted. What we must realize is that the leopards are equally important as tigers are for maintaining the ecosystem. Leopards need our love, not bullet.
Tiger Centric wildlife management does not mean only welfare of tigers at the cost of others animals. Tiger is but an icon/face for wildlife conservation. Just how a hero/protagonist is important for a successful showing of a film, Tigers are so much important for Conservation of our natural heritage – forests and Wildlife.
Indian Forest Service is one of the oldest civil services introduced by our imperial rulers. At its genesis in 1887 the service was known as The Imperial Forest Service and since then the service has undergone tremendous transformation in all
During our central India tour in Chattishgarh we were taken to a crocodile park /lake (Kotmisonar Crocodile Park) near Bilaspur. The lake was around 5 sq km and was swarming with crocodiles. Where did all the crocs come from I thought?
Like anywhere in the Country, Cricket in IGNFA too is a very popular sport next to Volleyball and Football. Frequent tournaments are organized however; the cherished moment is definitely during the Annual Academy Games. All probationers and Faculties are divided into Four Houses – Red, Blue, Violet and Green. In field games like Cricket every house plays the other three and the best two Houses clash for the Title.
On 16th December, 2013 I along with other Indian Forest Service Probationers arrived in IGNFA, Dehradun. It was very exciting to see a beautiful green campus where we were going to spend next 21 months. At that time it was peak winter and we were informed that it might snow any time in Masoori (Masoori was just 30KMs away from the Academy). Being from Karnataka I had never experienced snow and was very eager to experience a snowfall, I awaited.
Unlike animals that have brain, plants are far more superior, sophisticated and mysterious. Have you ever wondered how fantastically plants use natures creations, animals, insects, wind and not to forget we humans to scatter their pollen grains.
To some it is an obsession and to some it is a thrill. Every trip to a National Park is a hope to sight a Wild Tiger. My friends say our probation ends the day we sight a Tiger in the Wild!! This is how crazy the Tigers have made us.
There are opponents of this view too; some wonder why one is so desperate for just a glimpse of a Tiger; “a tiger in a zoo is same as a Tiger in Wild!” and I don’t disagree with them as they are logically right. Yet I had this desperation in me for Tigers and I wondered why. For me sighting a Tiger in the wild isn’t a mere sighting but a quench to this desperation that bubbles in me.