Your Environment This Week: India’s first water body census, tiger-human conflict in Maharashtra, third cheetah death at Kuno

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Questions arise about Project Cheetah as three cheetahs die in 45 days

Over the eight months since the first set of cheetahs were brought in, one Namibian and two South African cheetahs have died.

A female cheetah from Namibia. As part of Project Cheetah, aimed at reintroducing cheetahs in India, 20 cheetahs were brought from Namibia and South Africa. Image- CCF

Rising tiger population is said to aggravate human-tiger conflict in Chandrapur, Gadchiroli

According to the Maharashtra forest department data, 51 people died in tiger and other wildlife attacks in Chandrapur, in 2022. 

A tiger at at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Chandrapur. Photo by Akshit Deshlande/ Wikimedia Commons.

Documenting India’s water bodies is a good start, but their condition is concerning, say experts

India’s first water body census compiles a state-wise database of location, ownership, size, and usage of ponds, tanks, water conservation structures, reservoirs and lakes.

Warming water and pollution amplify fish mortality in Kerala during summer

Warming water and pollution from industries, chemicals and pesticide run offs, lead to fish kill during summer months in Kerala.

Nepal comes next in line to Sri Lanka to debate exporting ‘problematic’ monkeys

Some officials in Nepal are calling for mimicking a plan by Sri Lanka, now suspended, to export large numbers of rhesus macaques.

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