Tuesday, 25 January, 2022

Topic: wildlife

Sampling DNA from air could help track animals, transform wildlife monitoring

Two groups of researchers sampled DNA from the air in two European zoos and discovered a wealth of genetic material, including from animals outside the zoo and meat fed to animals.

Modi govt proposes amendment to Wildlife Protection Act, plans better use of protected areas

Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021 also proposes to amend schedules which list wildlife species & ensure better care of seized animals, disposal of seized animal parts and products.

We discovered why giant pandas are black and white

Although giant pandas in zoos or other captive settings are highly conspicuous to us, it is because we see them up close and surrounded by artificial backgrounds.

Court order, 3-year plan, Rs 5.43 cr fund — nothing is able to end Delhi’s monkey menace

Over 1,000 cases of monkey bites are reported in cities across India daily. Delhi reported over 950 cases of monkey attacks in 2018, and an estimated 20 daily in 2019.

How we tracked red pandas in Sikkim for 10 yrs. Counting them is out of the question

How many red pandas are there in Sikkim? The question is simple, the answer not so much.

India’s illegal pangolin trade is now on YouTube. And there are hundreds of subscribers

We went through 50 videos with over 18 lakh views, and it all pointed to one thing — India’s pangolins aren’t safe virtually either.

From bare hills to thriving home for Asiatic Lion — how Girnar scripted a green makeover

Over the last 3 decades, Girnar, near the more famous Gir reserve, has scripted a transformation that not only helped wildlife but also local inhabitants.

African experts to come calling as India prepares ground for cheetah reintroduction

Experts from South Africa and Namibia will arrive in April to check out potential habitats, while a team of Indian experts will go to Africa for training between May and August.

Wild animals exist beyond human control, need acceptance not enslavement, says new book

'Wild and Wilful' by Neha Sinha, published by Harper Collins, will be released on 26 March on ThePrint's 'Soft Cover'.

‘Silent’ Himalayan salamander surprises filmmaker duo with mating call, ‘ballet dance’

Tylototriton himalayanus is one of only two salamander species found in India and was discovered recently in 2015. It has not known to make any sounds, until now.

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Representative image of Army | ANI

Central Vista, old army uniforms—why this year’s Republic Day parade is a source of pride

Days of Mughal or British glory are over. Central Vista is Indian govt's modern structure, and uniforms are sources of pride.
A Chinese flag being raised in the Lujiazui Financial District of Shanghai | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

India among Asian destinations for investors fleeing Chinese real estate debt crisis

Both Goldman Sachs & CreditSights consider Indian companies attractive. While the first recommends high-yield renewables, the latter considers financial firms to well shielded here.


File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.