Whenever we think of speeding, the first thing that usually comes to our mind is traffic accident. This is not surprising because the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) once reported speeding as the contributing factor to 50% of road accidents in Nigeria. The country is ranked as the second in the world in terms of […]
The monkeys probably read my previous post about them, because yesterday morning, I got a visit!
It was early morning, and I was having a bit of a lie in. Suddenly, I hear my wardrobe creak open. My roommate usually walks around the room, but he has never opened my wardrobe, I wondered half asleep. I peek through the sheets and there it was. A big, brown monkey. An adolescent, by the looks of it. Rummaging my wardrobe, in search of something to eat, I’m sure. I froze (I was half asleep, after all). I looked on the floor to see my garbage basket turned upside down and A LOT of banana peels strewn around. Yeah…..it’s possible it was the banana peels that attracted it. Continue reading Monkey tails: The strangest morning alarm ever!
Living in the Forest Research Institute is an amazing experience. Having lived in Delhi for the last 5 years (and Bangalore and Moscow before that), I realized what fresh air smells like, what it feels like to breathe it regularly. It is amazing waking up to the beautiful songs of birds. In fact, there is a bird nest in our hostel next to the staircase! These days, the mornings are amazing because of the late sunrise and the mist that hangs about till 7 in the morning.
But there are downsides to this place as well. One of the biggest issues I have, is the sheer number of monkeys that live in the place; a live example of Human-Wildlife conflict for me. Continue reading Monkey tails
African elephants are majestic creatures. They are the largest land mammals in the world. They inhabit almost the entire continent of Africa, and occur is two major subspecies: the larger and more widely known Savannah (or bush) elephants and the slightly smaller Forest elephants.
It’s one thing to kill animals when they are affecting the way you live. It can even be justified in some cases. Go to a man who’s son has been eaten by a leopard, and he’ll say, “Yes, I want to kill that leopard!”
But, killing animals to enhance the way you live? That is inhumane. Most of the uses we get out of poached products are not necessary for life (if it was, those animals will be grown in captivity like cattle and fowl). Most of those products also have a simple alternative (if you throw the argument of medicinal benefits). The act of poaching has no justification in my eyes.
Poaching over the years
Poaching has a long history behind it. Till late 1900s
Human-wildlife conflicts (HWC), apart from affecting the humans and/or animal in question, also has a cascading effect in the ecosystem. The logic is quite simple; as an animal population reduces in number, every other organism affected by the presence of this animal population will be affected by its absence. Confused? Read on.
Northeastern India is a particularly sensitive area when it comes to HWC. The region is known for human-elephant conflicts.
How would you feel if a group of unknown hooligans barged into your house and took up the entire living room to stay and work from? Not good, I’m thinking. But let’s say you have no option. You let them be and make do with living in your bedroom and using the bathroom and kitchen.
But wait! These guys soon decide that they also need to cook! So, they decided to come into your kitchen as well. You try to stop them, but they cut you off. Now, you are pretty much stuck with your bedroom and bathroom. Well, I guess you could cook in your room. You decide to adjust some more…..
But these guys are relentless. They decide they need the bathroom more than you do. Now all you have access to are your bedroom and the front door. What in the world are you going to do? Continue reading Habitat encroachment, loss and fragmentation