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Did you know that #tadpoles are also called pollywogs?

The metamorphosis of these wiggly, water-bound creatures into frogs/toads is enchanting! The gradual development of fore and hind limbs, disappearance of gills, and resorption of the #tail as they mature is fascinating to observe. The adult #frog looks nothing like the larval tadpole it was born as!

These particular tadpoles are of the genus Microhylidae, commonly known as narrow-mouthed frogs. They're translucent! A clever adaptation that keeps them safe by making them invisible to predators at night.

Image: Devendra H Chauhan

Did you know that #tadpoles are also called pollywogs? The metamorphosis of these wiggly, water-bound creatures into frogs/toads is enchanting! The gradual development of fore and hind limbs, disappearance of gills, and resorption of the #tail as they mature is fascinating to observe. The adult #frog looks nothing like the larval tadpole it was born as! These particular tadpoles are of the genus Microhylidae, commonly known as narrow-mouthed frogs. They're translucent! A clever adaptation that keeps them safe by making them invisible to predators at night. Image: Devendra H Chauhan - 2 days ago

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The sandy-yellow coat of the desert #fox provides excellent camouflage in the #desert habitat. It is an agile #hunter with long legs that allow it quick, short bursts of speed. An #omnivore, it survives on insects, spiders, lizards and partridges as well as berries and plant matter. It may also opportunistically #scavenge for food. During the breeding season, it mainly preys on gerbils or other desert #rodents. This is a cleverly devised strategy to avoid making extra rounds for acquiring substantial amount of nutrition for the young pups. These rodents are either dug out of their burrows or caught by stalking them like a cat.

Ace photographer @nayankhanolkar encountered a desert #fox family in the Tal Chhapar Sanctuary, #Rajasthan, and created a marvellous photo spread, embellished by valuable insights from field biologists Bilal Habib and Pallavi Ghaskadbi. It appeared in the August 2014 issue of Sanctuary Asia magazine.

The sandy-yellow coat of the desert #fox provides excellent camouflage in the #desert habitat. It is an agile #hunter with long legs that allow it quick, short bursts of speed. An #omnivore , it survives on insects, spiders, lizards and partridges as well as berries and plant matter. It may also opportunistically #scavenge for food. During the breeding season, it mainly preys on gerbils or other desert #rodents . This is a cleverly devised strategy to avoid making extra rounds for acquiring substantial amount of nutrition for the young pups. These rodents are either dug out of their burrows or caught by stalking them like a cat. Ace photographer @nayankhanolkar encountered a desert #fox family in the Tal Chhapar Sanctuary, #Rajasthan , and created a marvellous photo spread, embellished by valuable insights from field biologists Bilal Habib and Pallavi Ghaskadbi. It appeared in the August 2014 issue of Sanctuary Asia magazine. - 3 days ago

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In a seasonal swamp in West #Bengal’s Cooch Behar district, macro specialist Ripan Biswas documented a spectacular natural history moment. Firmly anchored to the #vegetation, a gorgeous fishing #spider of the Thalassius sp. reels in its catch. The plant supports the spider that holds the #fish that kisses the water – a perfect depiction of just one of the infinite links between terra firma and aqua terra. It took Biswas an entire year after first chancing upon a spider eating a fish in this #swamp to find and document this sight. 
This unusual image won Ripan the third prize at the #SanctuaryAwards in 2016!

In a seasonal swamp in West #Bengal ’s Cooch Behar district, macro specialist Ripan Biswas documented a spectacular natural history moment. Firmly anchored to the #vegetation , a gorgeous fishing #spider of the Thalassius sp. reels in its catch. The plant supports the spider that holds the #fish that kisses the water – a perfect depiction of just one of the infinite links between terra firma and aqua terra. It took Biswas an entire year after first chancing upon a spider eating a fish in this #swamp to find and document this sight. This unusual image won Ripan the third prize at the #SanctuaryAwards in 2016! - 4 days ago

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Wanna get some #grub?

Found near a small #stream in a densely-shaded, lowland #forest, an Oriental Dwarf #Kingfisher Ceyx erithaca swallows a #skink in Chiplun, #Maharashtra. Unlike most other kingfishers that feed on fish, the Oriental Dwarf feeds primarily on #insects, small #lizards and frogs. The smallest of the kingfisher species in #India, it overcomes prey by holding them in its beak and repeatedly hitting them against a stone or #tree stump before tossing them up and #swallowing them head-first.

This wonderful little bird appeared in a photofeature on mirror images in the natural world that was published in the February 2018 issue of Sanctuary magazine. Scroll through our gallery to find the matching image of an Indian Roller chowing down on a scorpion! 
Image: Shivaram Subramaniam

Wanna get some #grub ? Found near a small #stream in a densely-shaded, lowland #forest , an Oriental Dwarf #Kingfisher Ceyx erithaca swallows a #skink in Chiplun, #Maharashtra . Unlike most other kingfishers that feed on fish, the Oriental Dwarf feeds primarily on #insects , small #lizards and frogs. The smallest of the kingfisher species in #India , it overcomes prey by holding them in its beak and repeatedly hitting them against a stone or #tree stump before tossing them up and #swallowing them head-first. This wonderful little bird appeared in a photofeature on mirror images in the natural world that was published in the February 2018 issue of Sanctuary magazine. Scroll through our gallery to find the matching image of an Indian Roller chowing down on a scorpion! Image: Shivaram Subramaniam - 5 days ago

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It's a rough and tumble life for these Indian #fox kits who were caught mid-play near Jamnagar, Gujarat.

Image: Vishal M. Dave

It's a rough and tumble life for these Indian #fox kits who were caught mid-play near Jamnagar, Gujarat. Image: Vishal M. Dave - 6 days ago

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Named after the Estonian #naturalist Karl Ernst von Baer, the Baer's #Pochard is a 'critically #endangered' species of diving #duck. This #wetland bird breeds in lakes and other freshwater habitats, preferring those with rich aquatic vegetation. Like so many #habitat specialists, the Baer's Pochard is suffering from the degradation and drainage of its niche - wetlands. Hunting and collecting of both live #birds and their eggs, has also exacerbated their vulnerability. Once found across numerous east Asian countries, today this species is in decline. The IUCN Red List places its numbers between just 150 to 700 mature individuals. According to the Red List, just three individuals were recorded in Assam, #India in 2014/15.

This is the final illustration in a 12 part series - ‘The Burning Birds of India’ - created by young birder @mitul987 and phillumenist (i.e. collector of matchboxes/matchbooks) @matchworks .

Over the past 12 weeks, these gorgeous artworks have helped raise awareness and interest in some of India's most charismatic, but little-known, dwindling species.

Named after the Estonian #naturalist Karl Ernst von Baer, the Baer's #Pochard is a 'critically #endangered ' species of diving #duck . This #wetland bird breeds in lakes and other freshwater habitats, preferring those with rich aquatic vegetation. Like so many #habitat specialists, the Baer's Pochard is suffering from the degradation and drainage of its niche - wetlands. Hunting and collecting of both live #birds and their eggs, has also exacerbated their vulnerability. Once found across numerous east Asian countries, today this species is in decline. The IUCN Red List places its numbers between just 150 to 700 mature individuals. According to the Red List, just three individuals were recorded in Assam, #India in 2014/15. This is the final illustration in a 12 part series - ‘The Burning Birds of India’ - created by young birder @mitul987 and phillumenist (i.e. collector of matchboxes/matchbooks) @matchworks . Over the past 12 weeks, these gorgeous artworks have helped raise awareness and interest in some of India's most charismatic, but little-known, dwindling species. - 7 days ago

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One image from an ever-growing repository of nearly 30,000 camera trap images that has been built over five years of systematic and intensive monitoring of #forests outside the protected area network by @wctindia .

In this frame, we have two charismatic #species which have been commanding the attention of #wildlife enthusiasts across the world! The powerful #tiger, and the enigmatic #pangolin... being carried away in its jaws!

As a species, pangolins can survive occasional #predation by tigers, what they can't survive is humanity's rapacious appetite for pangolin scales! Considered the most trafficked #animal in the world,  all six species of pangolins are today listed under Appendix I of #CITES ( The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild Flora and Fauna). This image appeared alongside an article authored by @anishandheria in the April 2018 issue of #Sanctuary magazine.

One image from an ever-growing repository of nearly 30,000 camera trap images that has been built over five years of systematic and intensive monitoring of #forests outside the protected area network by @wctindia . In this frame, we have two charismatic #species which have been commanding the attention of #wildlife enthusiasts across the world! The powerful #tiger , and the enigmatic #pangolin ... being carried away in its jaws! As a species, pangolins can survive occasional #predation by tigers, what they can't survive is humanity's rapacious appetite for pangolin scales! Considered the most trafficked #animal in the world, all six species of pangolins are today listed under Appendix I of #CITES ( The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild Flora and Fauna). This image appeared alongside an article authored by @anishandheria in the April 2018 issue of #Sanctuary magazine. - 8 days ago

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"By the ranks or single file,
Over every jungle mile..." Sang Colonel Hathi in Disney's 'The Jungle Book'. Well, this family of #dholes in #Kabini seem to have taken the colonel's song to heart!  Because here they are marching along in a single file. 
Teamwork, speed and fearlessness are typical traits of wild #dogs. Photographer Anirudh Kiran tell us that these well-disciplined #pups were being led back to a safe zone by an adult dhole, after having quenched their thirst at a waterhole. 
Image: Anirudh Kiran

"By the ranks or single file, Over every jungle mile..." Sang Colonel Hathi in Disney's 'The Jungle Book'. Well, this family of #dholes in #Kabini seem to have taken the colonel's song to heart! Because here they are marching along in a single file. Teamwork, speed and fearlessness are typical traits of wild #dogs . Photographer Anirudh Kiran tell us that these well-disciplined #pups were being led back to a safe zone by an adult dhole, after having quenched their thirst at a waterhole. Image: Anirudh Kiran - 9 days ago

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These striking, lurid #caterpillars are steadily chomping their way towards #metamorphosis. When they are ready for the big transformation, they will cease eating and then a few days later begin to pupate. They will remain in their beautiful, leaf green pupae for 9-15 days, ultimately emerging as adult plain tiger #butterflies!

This pictures was featured in the November 2019 issue of Sanctuary #Cub magazine in a photo essay titled "The Family Album". Image: Ayush Rajotia

These striking, lurid #caterpillars are steadily chomping their way towards #metamorphosis . When they are ready for the big transformation, they will cease eating and then a few days later begin to pupate. They will remain in their beautiful, leaf green pupae for 9-15 days, ultimately emerging as adult plain tiger #butterflies ! This pictures was featured in the November 2019 issue of Sanctuary #Cub magazine in a photo essay titled "The Family Album". Image: Ayush Rajotia - 10 days ago

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Sharp, fast and feisty! 
This is one #species whose resilience is part of the sub-continent's lore.  Don't you remember Rudyard Kipling's valiant, snake-fighting hero Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?

The #Indian grey #mongoose is a charming and quite common wild animal. Females will generally give birth to two to four littles ones at a time. In large troupes, when the adult members forage, the young are guarded by babysitters - usually sub-adult males!

This lovely, little family was featured in the November 2019 issue of Sanctuary #Cub magazine in a photo essay titled "The Family Album". Image: Abhishek Mittal

Sharp, fast and feisty! This is one #species whose resilience is part of the sub-continent's lore. Don't you remember Rudyard Kipling's valiant, snake-fighting hero Rikki-Tikki-Tavi? The #Indian grey #mongoose is a charming and quite common wild animal. Females will generally give birth to two to four littles ones at a time. In large troupes, when the adult members forage, the young are guarded by babysitters - usually sub-adult males! This lovely, little family was featured in the November 2019 issue of Sanctuary #Cub magazine in a photo essay titled "The Family Album". Image: Abhishek Mittal - 10 days ago

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There is an ethereal beauty to watching a #beach come alive as eggs buried in the sand begin to crack, and turtle hatchlings emerge. 
In #Odisha’s Ganjam district, a concerted effort by the Forest Department, NGOs and local communities is underway to ensure safe passage for thousands of olive Ridley #hatchlings at the Gokharkuda beach. Here's a snippet from Pranav Capila's essay, published in the June 2018 issue of Sanctuary: "Just six metres away the sea roars encouragement, beckons with effervescent fingers. The hatchling tilts its head, stirs from its stupor. Its right fore flipper extends towards the sky, its neck arches upwards and backwards, and with a supreme effort it rolls right side up. Then it moves towards the tide. Pulling with fore flippers, pushing with hind. The same determined crawl that has advanced it across the epochs." Image: Santosh Jana

There is an ethereal beauty to watching a #beach come alive as eggs buried in the sand begin to crack, and turtle hatchlings emerge. In #Odisha ’s Ganjam district, a concerted effort by the Forest Department, NGOs and local communities is underway to ensure safe passage for thousands of olive Ridley #hatchlings at the Gokharkuda beach. Here's a snippet from Pranav Capila's essay, published in the June 2018 issue of Sanctuary: "Just six metres away the sea roars encouragement, beckons with effervescent fingers. The hatchling tilts its head, stirs from its stupor. Its right fore flipper extends towards the sky, its neck arches upwards and backwards, and with a supreme effort it rolls right side up. Then it moves towards the tide. Pulling with fore flippers, pushing with hind. The same determined crawl that has advanced it across the epochs." Image: Santosh Jana - 11 days ago

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Crash! Bang! Pow!
We've got #tiger cubs at play!
Reminding us to have fun, stay wild and play hard this Sunday.

These furry triplets featured in the November 2019 issue of Sanctuary #Cub magazine in a photo essay titled "The Family Album". Image: Sanjay Kothapalli

Crash! Bang! Pow! We've got #tiger cubs at play! Reminding us to have fun, stay wild and play hard this Sunday. These furry triplets featured in the November 2019 issue of Sanctuary #Cub magazine in a photo essay titled "The Family Album". Image: Sanjay Kothapalli - 12 days ago

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