08 Aug '11, 7pm

Balancing agriculture and rainforest biodiversity in India’s Western Ghats

Balancing agriculture and rainforest biodiversity in India’s Western Ghats

Back from a century of extinction, conservation proposed for elusive Asian flying squirrel (06/27/2011) The Travancore flying squirrel (Petinomys fuscocapillus) occurs in the forests of the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka, a global biodiversity hotspot, and is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. During the first half of the 20th century the species was thought to be extinct, but was rediscovered in the 1960s, then not seen again for over twenty years. Rise in wildlife tourism in India comes with challenges (04/27/2011) A line of tourist jeeps clogs the road in a dry forest, as all eyes—and cameras—are on a big cat ambling along the road ahead; when the striped predator turns for a moment to face the tourists, voices hush and cameras flash: this is a scene that over the past decade has becoming increasingly common in India. A new study in Conservation Letters survey...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0808-hance_ghats_anand.html

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