Bush fire threats should not be treated lightly, say wildlife enthusiasts and green campaigners

During 2010-11, Rs. 7 lakh collected as fine from tourists and others for violating rules

Udhagamandalam: Tourists are disappointed, wild animals are happy.

The first district-level consultation meeting of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel held here on Tuesday ran into rough weather with green activists from various parts of the Nilgiris district and Coimbatore staging a walkout.

Tarsh Thekaekara's response (4 September 2010) to our article "Can a Tiger Change its Stripes? The Politics of Conservation as Translated in Mudumalai" is welcomed for opening up in public a debate on tiger reserves that has remained regrettably confined to the corridors of power.

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THE government is likely to clip the wings of the operators of tourist resorts warning against late night activities such as booze party, music, dance, heavy lighting and movement of vehicles near the elephant corridors in the Nilgiris.

According to highly-placed sources, the State government has given a nod to the chief wildlife warden to stop the hindrances to the elephants

In response to Daniel Taghioff and Ajit Menon

Several studies on the functions and nature of ecosystems, particularly in the tropical rainforest, highlighting rich diversity with high deforestation rates have been found in the global carbon literature. The tropical forests of India and its vulnerable carbon stocks have been inadequately studied.

The notification of Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu as a tiger reserve in 2007 has resulted in a contested politics between activists, non-governmental organisations and conservationists with regard to the future of protected area management.

The Forest Department officials on Friday arrested five persons and seized a tiger pelt at Masinagudi near Bandipur, close to Mudumalai National Park.


Udhagamandalam: Dry conditions have become a source of concern in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) near here, according to the Field Director of the reserve Rajiv K.Srivastava.