• George Netto

    ... is a Munnar-based freelance writer with an abiding interest in wildlife and environment conservation.

While thankfully today one does not see so many sloth bears being debased as performance animals, it continues to be poached for its body parts — in particular, its gall bladder, which is often used in traditional medicine.
“Time and tide may weaken your bones, but a bit of wit never hurt!”
The doleful look in the eyes of the Nilgiri langur tells you that it would much prefer not to be drunk as soup simply because you reckon it will make you less skinny.
The wild pig is omnivorous, feeding on roots, grubs, tubers and occasionally carrion. Notorious crop raiders, a sounder of pigs can turn a groundnut or potato field overnight into what resembles a slovenly ploughed-up patch of land.
The chital (Axis axis), also known as the spotted deer or axis deer, is found in dense deciduous or semi-evergreen forests and open grasslands across the country.
If the Indian jackal’s howl is haunting, so are its eyes.
The best way to become friends with an Indian Muntjac — or any other animal — is to offer it some food. Carol Ann Luedecke, of south-east London, knows this lesson and promptly (though carefully) offers a tit-bit to Tom the Muntjac during her visit to the London Zoo. The little animal seems to be a cross between a deer and a cow. | The Hindu Archive
The vulnerable sambar deer could do without human poachers, given that it is an integral part of the natural ecosystem in Munnar. | C.V. Subrahmanyam
For the greater good — of dogs and humans — pet-owners have to realise the indispensability of immunisation and take responsibility for their pawed wards. | AFP