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Q: There is a flock of sparrows nesting and breeding on the trees in a vacant plot in Velachery, Chennai. Building may come up anytime in the vacant plot, leading to the felling of trees and endangering the sparrows. It is a matter of time. These birds are to be protected. Please send me the contact address of the people who may help in this matter.

Q: The PAs of the country are legally protected, and cannot be affected much by development. However, grasslands, dry scrub areas and wetlands (especially, swamps) which, at times, harbour a number of rare species of fauna and flora, are getting severely affected by development. The government is more than willing to give such lands for factories, new universities, etc., may be because we consider only trees to be forests. Even the criteria of deemed forests in Karnataka only considers the number of trees and their growth rate. The grasslands, dry scrub habitats and swamps are disappearing fast. What can be done?

Q: I saw a document of the thousands of cranes in Kheechan (Khichan) village, near Thar. I would like send a contribution to the wonderful work. Where/to whom can I send it and do I know it goes to the right purpose? Thanks for your SO important work helping nature.

Q: I work at a zoo in Jackson, Mississippi in the US, working on educational signs for our animals. I’m currently working on information on the lion-tailed macaque. One thing we like to put on our signs is how guests can help. That might include supporting organizations that work with wildlife/conservation, purchasing sustainable products, etc. Do you have any suggestions on what they could do for the macaque? I’ve read that one of the major threats is the expansion of tea, coffee, and teak plantations. Purchasing responsibly grown and harvested products may be one of those things. Thank you so much for all of your hard work.

Q: I am doing my graduation in zoology and I want do wildlife conservation for my masters. I wanted to know about government colleges or universities that offer this? Also I would like to know about the job prospects after post graduation?

Q: How long does Diclofenac remain toxic to vultures in the body of a cow?

Q: Is the parakeet trade legal in India? I saw rose-ringed, plum-headed and Alexandrine parakeets all in captivity. I saw in Jaipur rabbits for Rs. 2200, plum-headed parakeets Rs. 600 for a pair, etc. while returning from photography

Q: I would like to make a career in wildlife and ecological conservation, however I have B.Sc degree and Veterinary LSA diploma

Q: Dear sir, I belong to Odisha from Mayurbhanj district and as you know there is a national park and Tiger conservation name ‘Simlipal’ in my district. I want to know what are the basic things to protect the habitats of wild lives. https://www.facebook.com/Similipal

Q: i am having intrest in wildlife but my background is BE Mechanical and ME Cad/cam.it does not relate the subject but i want to study about animals specialy gorilla’s please help me

Q: Is it illegal to own reptiles and amphibians in India? I am mainly asking about these – Geckos( Leopard Geckos), Newts, Salamanders, Bearded dragons, Ball phythons, Milk snakes, Corn Snakes, Chameleons, frogs, toads, anoles, agamas, small monitor species other small harmless lizards even if we could provide them with proper habitat Terrariums and Food? And if in future anyone would still want to keep them, can they get a special license? If yes what is the procedure? I have seen these beautiful, vibrant and harmless creatures when compared to certain dog breeds being kept with ease in countries like US and UK. What’s the situation here?

Q: I am a resident of Valale village, Malnad, Sringeri taluk. My question is whether my area comes under Project Tiger project.

Q: My question is about the roads which are shut during the night time in Nagarahole and Bandipur National Parks in Karnataka, why can’t we shut these roads completely? I know there was a great struggle to even shut these roads during night time. But with the will and constant fight against the evil powers, your case study has shown how it can be handled. Alternate roads can be developed far away from forest range easily if Government has the willingness to do so. I have left my comment below your case study as well, please advice whether my words make sense or not.

Q: I wanted to bring to your notice the news that a leopard family (mother & 3 cubs) spotted in Karnataka near Kolar (70km east of Bangalore) at Danmatnahalli on 28th Oct 2013 (being tracked for the past 2 days by the forest department). I also want to bring to your notice that the leopards in Kolar district had a peaceful existence before independence and we can read many instances that they existed peacefully with humans in Kenneth Andersson’s writings . So I guess this is a natural occurrence and an opportunity for the forest department to conserve this gene pool of leopards in Kolar. We should try to find a reserve (if translocation is tried) that has deer (natural food for leopards) somewhere in Kolar district, we may consider the forests near Kolar Gold Fields surrounding the Kolar – Bethamangala road and behind BEML Nagar in KGF, where the deer population has increased greatly and has already started to bother the surrounding farmers by raiding their crops, so this is a good solution and this also can be a great thing for the district ecology. I would request CI to help me bring this to the notice of forest officials in Karnataka.

Q: If a project comes up in an area likely to be notified as a PA, will (or can) it be stopped if it gets notified while the project is in progress?

Q: Are the number of tigers present in India accurate? I mean other than the national parks and the sanctuaries, are there no tigers left elsewhere? For example the forests of Goa, Uttar Kannada (not the Anshi-Dandeli Reserve), places like Karwar and the whole belt upto Mangalore?

Q: I would like to understand why private vehicles are allowed in any sanctuary as it disturbs the ecosystem. One such example is Sanjay Gandhi National Park (Borivali, Mumbai). In such a densely populated concrete jungle we have such wonderful flora and fauna. Why is this getting ruined because the government is allowing private vehicles to access the sanctuary, where speed limit is not observed, people who use the park as their bar and litter the park with bottles and plastic? When we have strong NGOs in the city, why do we fail to stop these harmful activities? I would like to raise these concerns to the forest department but I am unaware of how to go about doing it, so would like CI to look into the matter and give me a solution on how I can give my inputs to conserve the amazing wildlife in my city.

Q: What is the procedure for allocating forest for mining projects like that of vedanta? Do gram sabha of tribals have any role in that process? If not why?

Q: What are Biosphere Reserve, Man & Biosphere Reserve, Wildlife Sanctuary and National park, the differences between them and their main purpose?

Q: I want to educate myself about various laws regarding forest and wildlife conservation. Is there any good book or any other source? What is mean by wildlife monitoring?