Leaf-nosed bats sighted after 37 years of extinction

leaf-nosed bat of thar

A species of the bats identified as leaf-nosed bat (Hipposideros Fulvus), aboriginal to the Thar desert, has been re-sighted by a group of zoological researchers roosting in ancient caves at Daijar near Jodhpur. The bat specie has been re-sighted after 37 years, last being not reported since 1979 in the Thar. A thorough search inside the cave and its channels has revealed the presence of more than 20 individuals of leaf-nosed bats in Continue Reading

African Catfish Problem in Keoladeo


Generally known as African catfish ( Clarias gariepinus ), the species is native to Africa and the Middle East where it inhabits freshwater lakes, rivers, swamps and urban sewage systems. The African catfish was introduced all over the world in the early 1980s for aquaculture purposes. The earliest introduction of this species in the Keoladeo area was possibly around the year 2005 – by then, businessmen from West Bengal who Continue Reading

Rajasthan Camel Population declining rapidly


Given the current scenario, the camel (Camelus dromedaries), the State Animal of Rajasthan, may soon figure in the IUCN Red List as a critically endangered species. The 19th Livestock Census of 2012 had registered a sharp decline in camel population in comparison with the 2007 census. According to the census, the population of camels in the state had fallen from 4,21,836 in 2007 to 3,25,713 in 2012, registering a drop Continue Reading

Tribes of Rajasthan


Tribes of Rajasthan: Introduction Rajasthan has been home to numerous tribal & nomadic communities, the tribes of Rajasthan constitute approximately 13.5% of Rajasthan’s population. Each of these tribes can be identified by their own culture, customs, trades, fairs & festivals. Bhils & Minas constitute the majority of population of the tribes of Rajasthan. Schedule Tribes of Rajasthan 1. Bhils Bhils are the largest tribe in Rajasthan. Banswara is the main area where Continue Reading

Great Indian Bustard: Critical Status and Conservation Initiatives


Great Indian Bustard (GIB) is a large bird with a horizontal body and long bare legs, giving it an ostrich like appearance, this bird is among the heaviest of the flying birds. The GIB lost to the peacock in the race to become national bird of India. Now it is on the verge of extinction due to modernization of agriculture praces and rapid infrastructural developments. Rajasthan government in collaboration with the Continue Reading

Sloth Bear: Mount Abu & Jessore Wildlife Sanctuaries


This article is based on special article released in Times of India on Sloth Bears of Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary (Rajasthan) & Jessore Wildlife Sanctuary (Gujarat). What is Sloth Bear? There are actually three types of bear found mostly in India: Himalayan Black bear Brown Bear Sloth Bear Out of these, Sloth Bear, is a nocturnal (activity during the night and sleeping during the day), insectivorous bear species native to the Continue Reading

Dravyavati River: Pollution & Rejuvenation


Recently, there as been NEWS of Bosh Plant being given permission to start functioning again, after the State Pollution Control Department, was satisfied with the measures taken by company to prevent discharge of polluted water in Dravyavati River. Let us look at the issue of Pollution in Dravyavati river & Steps taken to rejuvenate the river, in some details: Dravyavati River Dravyavati River originates from the western slope of Amber hills Continue Reading

Special Article: Todgarh-Raoli


26 October is the victory anniversary for battle of Dewair. Rajasthan Government released a special article on Todgarh-Raoli Wildlife Sanctuary, yesterday. Below is the summary of the article: तीन जिलों का त्रिवेणी धाम रावली टॉडगढ़ वन्य जीव अभ्यारण्य के नाम से मशहूर यह अभ्यारण्य राजसमन्द, पाली और अजमेर  जिलों में पसरा हुआ है। इस भू-भाग में 55 मीटर ऊँचाई से गिरने वाला मनोरम भील बेरी झरना है जो बरसात के Continue Reading

Lakes in Rajasthan


Rajasthan is the most arid state of India with average yearly rainfall less that 100 cm . However, Rajasthan has a large number lakes mostly artificial as well as historical, signifying  a tradition of conserving natural resources and respecting nature. The lakes in Rajasthan can divided into types Saline and Fresh water lakes. Types of Lakes in Rajasthan: Saline (Salt) Water lakes This are considered as remains of Tethys Sea. Deedwana, Continue Reading

Wildlife of Rajsthan


Though a large percentage of the total area of Rajasthan is desert and there is little forest cover, Rajasthan has a rich and variety of animal and plant species. This post is collection of information on wildlife of Rajasthan. We shall update important current affairs in the same post. Wildlife of Rajasthan: The Basics  State Animal of Rajasthan: Camel Why: To prevent slaughter, illegal trade and transportation of Camels, as their numbers Continue Reading

Mines & Minerals of Rajasthan


Rajasthan Mines & Minerals: The Basics Rajasthan has deposits of 79 different types of major and minor minerals. Out of these, 57 minerals are being currently mined. Rajasthan is leading producer of: Zinc Feldspar Wollastonite Silver Rock Phospate Gypsum Red Ochre RSMML: Public Sector Mining carried on by – RSMML – Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Corporation. Engaged in mining & marketing of Industrial Minerals. 70% of Boone-China tableware is Continue Reading