BENGALURU: One of the last remaining lung spaces in Bengaluru, the Bannerghatta National Park (BNP), is in the thick of controversy with quarrying activity continuing in the buffer zone.

Bengaluru: With 30 years devoted for conservation of forests in Karnataka, electrical engineer-turned-wildlife biologist Sanjay Gubbi needs no introduction.

Dept working on plan to curb people's entry into reserve forest

The pug marks of a wild tiger spotted by forest officials inside the Bannerghatta National and Biological Parks.

A large quantity of sand is being illegally mined from the fringes of Bannerghatta National Park (BNP) and the forest department officials are having a tough time stopping the illicit activity.

In a first for the country, the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) has set up a 49.5 hectare (122 acres) fenced, forested elephant sanctuary. Elephants can move about freely in the enclosure.

Following an increase in the incidents of wild animals, especially tigers, leopards and sloth bears straying out of forests, the Forest department has decided to hire 13 more veterinarians across t

Turahalli forest, located just 25 km from Bannerghatta National Park, is an elephant corridor connecting Bannerghatta, Savandurga, Magadi and Kengeri.

The Turahalli forests in Bangalore are in news again, this time for eco-tourism. The Karnataka Tourism Vision Group (KTVG) wants access to this State forest to promote tourism. But conservationists oppose the idea, fearing it will lead to commercial exploitation of the patch.

Tigers are getting too close for comfort: three human deaths in five days have once more brought the man-animal conflict into focus.

Statistics with TOI show the state has seen 30 human deaths since April this year. While 23 were killed in elephant attacks, the rest succumbed to attacks by tigers, leopards, wild boars and bears. In the same period, around 300 head of cattle were killed by wild animals.
A senior forest official said 2013-14 is set to see even higher number of casualties due to this conflict. "We've crossed just half the year, and the numbers are scary," he said.

A portion of the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP), which draws thousands of tourists everyday, will be closed following the sudden outbreak of foot and mouth (F and M) disease.