“Black Softshell Turtle” – Pact Signed for Conservation in Assam

What is the News? The Hayagriva Madhava Temple Committee in Assam has signed an MoU with Turtle Survival Alliance India, Help Earth, and Assam Forests Department to conserve the Black Softshell Turtle. As part of the pact, a Vision Document 2030 was also released. The document aims to raise at least 1,000 black softshell turtles by… Continue reading “Black Softshell Turtle” – Pact Signed for Conservation in Assam

“Bharitalasuchus tapani”- A carnivorous reptile, lived 240 million years ago

What is the News? Researchers from the Indian Statistical Institute had carried out extensive studies on rocks of the Yerrapalli Formation in Telangana during the mid 20th Century. During that time, they uncovered several fossils. By studying some of these fossils, the team has now provided information on one of the reptiles(Bharitalasuchus tapani). What information… Continue reading “Bharitalasuchus tapani”- A carnivorous reptile, lived 240 million years ago

Govt. report flags lapses in “filovirus study” among Nagaland bats

What is the News? The government of India has concluded that there have been lapses in the conduct and protocols followed for the filovirus study of bats in Nagaland. What was the filovirus study about? Researchers from India, China and the US had conducted a study in Nagaland on bats and humans carrying antibodies to… Continue reading Govt. report flags lapses in “filovirus study” among Nagaland bats

“Gharials Conservation” – Odisha Forest department Announces Cash Reward

What is the News? The Mahanadi Wildlife Division in Odisha has announced a cash reward of Rs 1,000 for rescuing Gharials and informing wildlife personnel. The division will also provide compensation to fishermen whose fishing nets are destroyed by gharials. About Gharials: Gharials are one of the longest of all living crocodilians. They derive their… Continue reading “Gharials Conservation” – Odisha Forest department Announces Cash Reward

Global studies on “vulnerability of animals to Covid-19”

What is the news? A lion at Chennai’s Vandalur Zoo has died of suspected coronavirus infection. Similarly, a tiger died at Jharkhand’s Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park after suffering from fever. This sparked the debate regarding the study of the vulnerability of animals to Covid-19. Mechanism of Coronavirus Infection: The coronavirus initiates infection using the spike… Continue reading Global studies on “vulnerability of animals to Covid-19”

Role of National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being on India’s Biodiversity

Synopsis: The pandemic has exposed the dysfunctional relationship between humanity and nature. The National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being will help India to restore that dysfunctional relationship. Background Globally, there is a decline in biodiversity. Since 2000, 7% of intact forests have been lost. Further, Climate change and the ongoing pandemic will add additional… Continue reading Role of National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being on India’s Biodiversity

“Blue finned Mahseer” now placed under Least Concern (LC) status of IUCN red list

What is the news? Blue Finned Mahseer which was on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) red list of endangered species has now moved to the ‘Least Concern (LC)’ status. About Blue Finned Mahseer: Source: The Indian Express Blue Finned Mahseer is a freshwater fish. It is also known as Deccan Mahseer or… Continue reading “Blue finned Mahseer” now placed under Least Concern (LC) status of IUCN red list

“Litoria Mira” — A Chocolate Frog Species found in New Guinea

What is the News? A research team led by Griffith University has discovered a new Frog Species in New Guinea. It has been named Litoria Mira. About Litoria Mira: The Litoria Mira or chocolate frog is a tree frog belonging to the genus Litoria. Name: Litoria is the genus of the common tree frog, and… Continue reading “Litoria Mira” — A Chocolate Frog Species found in New Guinea

Declining “forest bird species” in Western Himalayan region

What is the News? According to research published in Global Ecology and Conservation, there has been a decline in forest bird species in the Western Himalayas Region. Note: The State of Uttarakhand has extremely cold winters and pleasant summers. It is home to the Western Himalayan temperate forests. These forests harbour a large number of… Continue reading Declining “forest bird species” in Western Himalayan region

Odisha’s “blackbucks” double in 6 years, reveals census

What is the News? According to a census carried out by the Odisha State Forest Department, Odisha’s blackbuck population has doubled in the last six years. Blackbucks in Odisha: Firstly, the Blackbuck is known in Odisha as Krushnasara Mruga. Secondly, Blackbucks are found only in the Ganjam district in the southern part of Odisha. It… Continue reading Odisha’s “blackbucks” double in 6 years, reveals census