Category: Human-wildlife conflicts

Monkey tails

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 […]

Human-wildlife conflict: Poaching

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 […]

Habitat encroachment, loss and fragmentation

The phenomena of habitat encroachment, fragmentation and loss/destruction have a massive impact on the natural world and is a hallmark of the human species. Increased intelligence, increasing population and the development of economics based on maximum resource utilization has driven us into uncharted territories for much of the […]

Human-Wildlife conflicts: Hidden costs

While the economic losses due to HWC are considerable, it’s not all that we are losing. Several other losses occur due to these conflicts that we cannot put a monetary value to. The biggest of these is the loss of biodiversity. Humans also bear some of these hidden […]