A Bugun Liocichla introduces you to the Arunachal Pit Viper in my column with The Hindu today! Discovered recently by researchers in West Kameng, Arunachal, the Arunachal Pit Viper bears a close resemblance to the Hump-nosed Pit Viper of the Western Ghats. The discovery was made by Rohan Pandit and Wangchu Phiang, a member of the Bugun community that has been earning laurels for their community conservation work in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary.
This World Migratory Bird Day, meet one of the world's most endangered waders, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. The critically endangered species breeds in Far-eastern Russia and migrates all the way to Southern Asia in the winters!
First the good news- biologists in India are breaking new ground every single day! THREE new snake species have been discovered in India in the last two weeks! The Arunachal Pit Viper, a vine snake from Central India: Aheatulla nusatus, and a new genus of snakes from the North-east: Smithopsis! Now the bad news- the Indian media is an abomination.
Did you know that your art could kill a mongoose? Mongoose hair brushes are the biggest threats to mongooses in India, specially to India's most widespread mongoose species, the Indian Grey Mongoose. While there is growing awareness about this illegal trade, thousands of mongoose brushes are still confiscated in annual raids. Let us unite as artists to save the mongooses of India.
The comic appears in my column with Sunday Mid-day.
What better time to introduce you to the creature that inspired the myth of the Yeti? Meet the Himalayan Brown Bear, a rare subspecies of the Brown Bear found in Northern Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, Northern India, Nepal and Western China. The Himalayan Brown Bear is a critically endangered race, facing numerous threats such as climate change, habitat loss and conflict with humans.