Vikas Singh Baghel

Founder & Chief Editor

Conservation is a big word when it comes to action. It is a continuous fight with ourselves, our demands as per lifestyle, our dominance over the ecosystem, and letting others live as we do. We are merely a part of nature, not the ones controlling it; we are nobody to decide the fate of flora and fauna in the name of conservation. Most of the time, conservation of species is mainly money-oriented or economic in numerous ways rather than a need or requirement of ecosystems.

We have conducted the first national conference on lesser known species of Madhya Pradesh (first of its kind in India) to highlight the conservation efforts and management challenges of the diversity of lesser known faunas of Madhya Pradesh and will continue to do the same annually in order to trigger the conservation plan among stakeholders. The grasslands are extremely essential, especially amidst the protected landscapes, to safeguard the species directly dependent upon the grasslands for their survival, of which most are endangered, such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Asiatic Ibex, Tibetan Wild Ass, Himalayan Tahr, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Great Indian Rhinoceros, etc.

When we talk of wild animals, we discover tigers to be one of the most intelligent, in spite of their immense power and remarkable technique. Though, like the other cat families, even they are truly territorial they are amazingly intelligent. Here in this edition, you will read about her acceptance of her sister’s cubs as her family and raising them quite incredibly in the wild.

Removing the bark of trees for numbering has an adverse impact on the health and longevity of trees, which leads to bio-deterioration resulting in the formation of hollowness in the trunk of trees and finally to death. So it is strongly recommended to stop the present method of numbering the roadside trees, and strong awareness is required to protect such valuable tree species.The mighty Chambal River, with a dark history of dangerous dacoits, is home to many endangered species like river dolphins, black-bellied terns,Indian skimmers, etc., including the critically endangered Gharials. A large part of the river is thus protected as the National Chambal Sanctuary. In spite of many human activities nearby, it has still managed to maintain its purity, and we have to make sure that it remains the same to save its endangered
biodiversity for ages.We also came up with a photo story of the Indian Paradise Flycatcher,the state bird of Madhya Pradesh, to showcase its nesting cycle and create awareness for the same, and Gir National Park to highlight its rich faunal biodiversity, including majestic Asiatic lions, which are only seen in India.

Everyone, with their big or small contributions, is needed to save biodiversity, help fight climate change, and fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).