When one is traveling in the Northeastern part of our country, a common sight is that of boys and men with catapult and guns on the way to their next hunt. Hunting in the Northeast is largely influenced by cultural practices, rituals and (perceived) medicinal values. It has also become an activity just to kill time. However, the situation is changing; steadily, though slowly, thanks to access to education, employment, and intervention by NGOs at many places. There has been … Read More
Yellow-bellied Weasel, Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh
We found this huge rodent lying on the road, dying. We stopped to check what it was. We assumed that a biker who was going ahead had knocked it down, but weren’t sure. As we were discussing this, we saw a tiny animal pop out from a nullah, which was covered by dense vegetation next to the road. It immediately disappeared into the shrubs.
We initially mistook it to be a young Yellow-throated Marten. But then, out it popped again … Read More
Dead Wreathed Hornbill, Arunachal Pradesh
Freshly killed Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus) in Mehao wildlife sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh. 15 Wreathed Hornbill individuals were brought into a village by several local hunters on that single day in January 2008.… Read More
Dead Rufous-necked Hornbill in Mehao wildlife sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh
Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis) has been classified as ‘Vulnerable’ by IUCN. Populations of this species have already been exterminated from east Nepal and large parts of Vietnam. One of the primary causes of its population decline is hunting. Logging large trees — like this — for timber and agriculture is another major threat. This individual was shot by a group of young educated men which included a teacher and administrative staff from Roing inside the Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary … Read More