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Otters, often described as the ambassadors of Wetlands, are classified as vulnerable in the IUCN Redlist. Here is a brief insight into the importance of otters to the wetland ecosystem. Most scientists have described Otters as “Ambassadors of Wetlands”, meaning the

In this section, Saevus brings to you short stories of life from the undergrowth. These organisms often escape our attention but they can be of immense importance in the natural world. When one thinks of carnivorous plants, the elegant vase of

Tales from the tropical seas continue with the deceptively sedentary life forms from the ocean beds – the starfish, the sea urchins, the sea cucumbers, and other charismatic echinoderms. Many who have travelled to India’s expansive coastline have chanced upon starfishes

Building Back Better: Understanding the three R’s of Bushfires  The existing climate aberrations and shift in land use patterns have exacerbated numerous climate perils such as drought, heatwaves, floods, and wildfires. It is fair enough to say that these actions have

Exotic weeds from Central and South America that eat up and smother aquatic habitats in Assam, and how to combat them. Assam is a blessed land—the rainfall is copious and the mighty Brahmaputra and many of its tributaries flow through the

In the last 10 years, 15 new species of snakes and geckos have been described from India, highlighting the fact that our reptilian diversity is poorly studied and deserves all the attention it can get. In this issue, we present

“Would you want to help scientists understand malformed frogs of India?” asks Madhushri Mudke It isn’t surprising that the need for human consumption has left our environment and the biodiversity that it hosts, under siege. Studies from across the globe show

A focus on the RabindraSarobar Lake in Kolkata, its ecological importance and the present challenges it faces. “A Lake is the most beautiful and expressive feature of a landscape. It is often described as the Eye of the Earth and rightly

Flowers and crops around the world have an equal right to brag, be it for nutrition or beautific value.   Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) (Location of Photograph: Banda University of Agriculture and Technology, Banda, U.P.) Picture courtesy: Dr. Pankaj Kumar Ojha, Assistant Professor, BUAT,

A Study Conducted On The Man-Animal Interactions As Asiatic Lion Numbers Increase In Gir National Park And Its Adjoining Areas. The setting: Lion-tales Large carnivore populations are a rarity and saving them is a key conservation directive. Sadly, these mighty and fierce