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The Corbett National Park trip this year in November 2012 was an awesome one and I am at loss of words here as I find that there is no room for narration owing to the overwhelming and enthralling feeling. This was the longest feline sighting I ever had in all these years ever since I enrolled myself as a student of nature and choose the Corbett National Park as my classroom on the subject of ‘Tiger’ (Panthera tigris tigris). Accompanied by three friends, all novices when it comes to […] Continue reading →

To me the proposed ban on tourism in tiger infested sanctuaries and national parks is a dangerous idea. Having said that, I agree to the fact that tourism in these areas at times has its own disadvantages owing to disturbances, littering and harassment to the denizens of the wild by the tourists, but if banned totally it will have disastrous consequences. Wildlife tourism in India is a sensitive issue as consequent governments have faced international criticism owing to the policies […] Continue reading →

On 17th June 2012 the following behaviour of the birds was recorded by Yatin Parikh (School teacher and wildlife photographer) of Gandhinagar and me, Haseeb Shaikh (Naturalist and Coordinator of the Serenity Library, Ahmedabad) at the Aranya Park of the GEER Foundation at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. This behaviour was observed and recorded at around 05.30 pm.It was observed on hearing the chattering of a pair of Black Drongos (Dicrurus adsimilis) over their nesting site on the Bawal tree (Acacia […] Continue reading →

I consider myself to be the luckiest employee in this wide world. Every night I wait for the sun to raise next morning so I can rush to my office at ‘Serenity Library’ at 09.00 am. I work as a Naturalist & Coordinator at the ‘Serenity Library’, a ‘state of the art’ organization that propogates & inspires enthusiasts to study and work on wildlife, environment & nature. The Serenity Library sits on 50,000 sq. mt. area of land which is no less […] Continue reading →

Being wildlife and nature enthusiast, my enthusiasm paid dividends by offering me an opportunity to be a professional in a field which I reckon is my passion. After 12 satisfactory years of ‘homework’ and self education in the forests, I was invited by the Serenity Trust of Ahmedabad to join them as a Naturalist. Serenity Trust, Ahmedabad, is an institution that encourages nature conservation as a whole and propagates the importance of flora and fauna amongst the school children and the […] Continue reading →

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Often certain unsung folklore’s lie wrapped up, dusted and hidden in the annals of wildlife and environmental library. Either they are soft targets owing to the polity of the area or they are too small and feeble to fight for a share they deserve as in recognition. The ‘Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary’ is one such untold ‘success’ story. Fortunately it now seems that this ‘minnow’ is carving a niche for itself on the National map amongst the big-wigs. Declared as a Wildlife […] Continue reading →

‘Coexistence with the wild’ has been a human way of life for thousands of years now, or if I may be allowed to pen it better it would be, ‘encroachment’ in the wild territory has been a human tendency. The richness of forests blended with mystery has for thousands of years down the line enticed humans and despite the potential threat of human-animal conflict and fatal losses owing to the encounters with denizens of the forests, the forests have proved to be too enticing, tempting […] Continue reading →

Wildlife and Environment Conservation or Activism, as of that matter is not a subject that can be learned in a classroom or from others, nor can it be blindly followed through a diktat. It is a slow self educating process and comes through one’s own love for the nature and the wild in addition to the interest for the subject. If not self taught, it is an inner voice that is very close to what Gautam Buddha heard on his way to ‘Enlightenment’ or Prophet Mohammad heard in the cave of […] Continue reading →

‘The fall of a Sparrow’, was a title that legend Salim Ali rightfully gave to one of his well acclaimed works on the birds and unsurprisingly his prophecy turned out to be a phenomenon all over. The sparrow lost its count worldwide, 62% fall in numbers in just 25 years. Contrary to the popular belief, it is not just the urbanization that is the root cause of alarming fall in the numbers of the sparrow, once most common bird in urban areas. The innovative modern architecture and speedy […] Continue reading →

A fresh case of human kill by a Tiger at Sunderkhal has been reported in this third week of February 2011. This will inevitably ignite a fresh wave of hatred against the Tigers at Sunderkhal and the areas in vicinity. It is time; the government relocates these helpless Sunderkhal villagers and creates adequate opportunities for their employment or give them leased land for farming elsewhere. On the 26th, 27th and 28th of February 2011, along with Hans Dalal and Naved Jamal, I visited […] Continue reading →

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