Issue Date: Oct 15, 2011
BEYOND USUAL SUSPECTS
A case for neglected species in wildlife research and conservation
For most of us wildlife is represented by large mammals like elephant, rhino, lion and tiger, may be birds like hornbill, raptors, peafowl and waterfowl and awe inspiring reptiles like marine turtles, crocodiles, python and king cobra. The fact is that wildlife ranges from very small insects to gigantic trees and from coral polyps to whales. Unfortunately, only a very small number of species have received attention of researchers and conservationists. While charismatic species largely drive the conservation scenario, they also seem to be the focus of wildlife research mainly because of the availability of funds and the role of charismatic species in setting our wildlife policies.
Issue Date: Jun 30, 2001
the Bihar government has adopted a two-fold strategy to protect the Gangetic dolphins ( Platanista gangetica ). The strategy includes educating fisherfolk and other people on the need to protect dolphins and directing the districts bordering the Ganga to strictly enforce the laws. The decision comes in the wake of a directive given by the Patna high court to protect the endangered species (see, 'Saving dolphins', Down To Earth, Vol 10, No 1, May 31, 2001).