Endangered Sloth Bear Rescued from a 40-ft Deep Well, Tumakuru, Karnataka

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In a two-hour long risky and dangerous operation carried out by Wildlife SOS, a male sloth bear that had accidentally fallen into a forty feet deep well was rescued. It was released back into the wild after medical treatment and observation. The Wildlife SOS team at the Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Center (BBRC) received a call from the forest officials about a sloth bear that had fallen into a deep well in Tumkur, a few hours’ drive from Bangalore. The well … Read More

Perceiving Animal: A Human Question

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How would we treat beings differently if we granted them ‘selves’? I live life with the experience that I possess a self and navigate interactions with other humans with the assumption that they too have ‘selves’. Is it possible that there are communities and cultures in this world that relate to the non-human beings around them with the belief that these beings have ‘selves’, and can this make communities more willing to negotiate rather than dictate space with them?

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Sloth Bears of Mirzapur: A Study from the Vindhyan Landscape of Eastern Uttar Pradesh

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“Jim Corbett had shot all his man-eaters in Nainital. But I am sure there must have been more tigers in and around Mirzapur than in all the tarai districts put together……” These are words of Y.D. Gundevia, District Collector of Mirzapur in the 1940s, in his book ‘In the Districts of the Raj’. His predecessor, Lord Wyndham, who was Collector of the district for more than 30 years, was a very good friend of Jim Corbett. Mirzapur is the place … Read More

Understanding Sloth Bears — An Interview With Dr. K. Yoganand

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CI: Tell us about your research on sloth bears

I conducted intensive field research on sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) between 1996 and 2000 in Panna National Park (Madhya Pradesh), a partly degraded, dry deciduous forest habitat in Madhya Pradesh, central India. I captured and fitted radio-collars on several sloth bears and followed them to observe their behaviour and learn more about their secretive lives, such as, when did they sleep, what did they eat, how far did they … Read More

Mapping Sloth Bear Distribution in India and in Western Ghats of Karnataka

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Endemic to the Indian subcontinent, the Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus) inhabits tropical and sub-tropical habitats across India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Being the most common among the four species of bears in India, it is widely distributed from the foothills of the Himalayas to the southern tip of the Indian peninsula. With sloth bear populations in the Himalayan foothills and northeast India becoming isolated, the Western Ghats and central Indian landscapes now possibly harbor the largest populations.

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Post-doctoral Associate (Wildlife SOS and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research)

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Post-doctoral Associate

Application deadline: September 1, 2015

The Wildlife SOS and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research seek a Postdoctoral Associate in Reproductive Physiology. Initial funding is for 3 years with the potential of extending up to 2 additional years for up to 5 years total. There is a possibility of a long-term consultancy to conduct and oversee research at Wildlife SOS in India at the conclusion of the Post-doctoral fellowship. The candidate must have a strong commitment … Read More

Sloth bear cub trapped in snare — Rescued by Wildlife SOS & Karnataka Forest Department

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In the early hours of 3rd December 2012, Wildlife SOS team in Bangalore headed by veterinarian Dr. Arun A Sha received an SOS call from the DFO Tumkur Division, Karnataka Forest Department about a sloth bear trapped in a snare. This was a very unusual case and we had little time to lose. The location was about 2-hours from Bangalore city (about 150 kms) in a village situated in Tumkur division.

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Sloth Bear in Nagarahole

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This sloth bear was photographed in Nagarahole Tiger Reserve in July 2011, around 6 PM. The bear was very bold and walked in the middle of the main road, near Karmodu junctions. Though we knew that the gate near Veranahosahalli closed around 6 PM, we had to limit our speed to 30 km/hr in this area, as we knew a lot of animals were active. It was also raining heavily. This road is heavily used during weekends by tourists heading … Read More

Land for steel plants endangers Daroji bear sanctuary

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BELLARY, Karnataka: Nature lovers and wildlife activists have expressed grave concern over the severe threat to “Karadidham”, Asia’s first and biggest sloth bear sanctuary, located near Hampi in Bellary district following allotment of land for steel plants.

“We are not against development and setting up of large-scale industries for value-addition to natural mineral wealth, particularly iron ore, in the district through the newly established Vijayanagar Area Development Authority (VADA). But our concern is for the severe threat posed to the … Read More