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VOLUME 50                                                       NUMBER  1                                            January 2013

 

CONTENTS

 

 

COVER STORY

 

Zoo-Protecting Animals, Educating Humans

Brij Kishor Gupta

                                         

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Wildlife Conservation – Holistic Approach Required

Biba Jasmine

 

 

15

Animals in the Wild…in Turmoil

Shakunt Pandey

 

26

Is it a Rabbit or a Hare?

R. Vathsala

 

32

Kawar Lake – Bird Sanctuary Under Threat

Rahul Rohitashwa and D.N. Choudhary

 

43

SHORT FEATURES

How did Primates Acquire Colour Vision?

Geetanjali Singh

 

Hairy & Hardy Yaks

Saifeeda Sultana Begum & Moktar Huhssain

 

 

 

38

 

 

47

Babbly Babblers

Meeta Kumari

60

INTERVIEW

Dr ASAD Rahmani, Director, BNHS, talks about a host of topics dealing with wildlife conservation

20

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

40

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

INDIAN SCIENTISTS

53

 

WILD HAVEN

54

 

INVENTIONS

56

 

FUN QUIZ

58

CROSSWORD

61

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 50, January 2013, pp 8-14

Zoos – Protecting Animals, Educating Humans

Brij Kishor Gupta

                                         

It is of vital importance to make people realise the responsibility of preserving nature, and maintaining and restoring natural relations between man and the living world. In this context zoos or zoological gardens can play a big role.

 

 

Science Reporter                                                               

Vol. 50, January 2013, pp 15-19

Wildlife Conservation – Holistic Approach Required

Biba Jasmine

 

The conservation community is confronted with a huge challenge to address critical issues related to wildlife, which can only be possible through partnership and support at every level, and also encouragement to researchers.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 50, January 2013, pp 26-31

Animals in the Wild…in Turmoil

Shakunt Pandey

 

The world over animal species are threatened with extinction. But a few new species have also been discovered recently.

                                               

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 50, January 2013, pp 32-36

Is it a Rabbit or a Hare?

R. Vathsala

 

The world of animals is a fascinating one. There is a lot to be learnt and so much of interesting and exciting information to be imbibed. But how well do you know the most common wild animals around you? 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 50, January 2013, pp 38-39

How did Primates Acquire Colour Vision?

Geetanjali Singh
 

HUMANS and monkeys have many similarities due to their close evolutionary ancestry. They fall under a common order called Primates. Primates possess five important senses: the sense of smell, taste, vision, touch and hearing.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 50, January 2013, pp 43-46

 

 

 

Kawar Lake – Bird Sanctuary Under Threat

Rahul Rohitashwa and D.N. Choudhary

 

A beautiful and bountiful wetland in Bihar, Kawar Tal is threatened by indiscriminate human activities like agriculture, hunting and fishing. There is a crying need to restore the lost relationship between humans and nature –a relationship that has been preserved through time.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, January 2013, pp 47-48

Hairy & Hardy Yaks

Saifeeda Sultana Begum & Mokhtar Hussain

 

SYNONYMOUS with life in the high altitudes, these are the ultimate beasts of burden. And if they happen to block your way on the high hills, there is precious little you can do that just wait patiently.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 50, January 2013, pp 60

Babbly Babblers

Meeta Kumari

WE see different birds around us yet we can recognize only a few. Babblers are probably among the most commonly sighted birds in our country.