Grains of Gold: Thoughts on Desert Ecosystems

Musings from 30,000 ft in the air on desert ecosystems and their shrouded mysteries


Jaws of Extinction: The Plight of the Gharial

The long-snouted gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) has been my favourite crocodilian from the moment I saw one at the Madras Crocodile Bank at the age of six. Well, to be specific, there must have been at least ten floating lazily in the brackish water of their enclosure, but it was feeding time, and one particularly ambitious…

Why India Needs Her Tiger Forests

The forests of India are alive with the presence of the tiger, whether or not one actually sees this magnificent cat. To the amateur wildlife enthusiast, the cat is a treat to spot at national parks and wildlife reserves. To the seasoned biologist or those who share space with the tiger, it is a ghost.…