World Wildlife Week: Conservation begins with understanding

As the world observes the “World Wildlife Week” between October 1 and 7 there couldn’t be any better time to know about our surroundings particularly the areas where wildlife in our country thrives. Needless to say, wildlife is an integral part of our ecosystem and any damage to it could directly impact our lives. Let us give wildlife our care and it is wise to begin with understanding their environment. After all, it is their world too!

Niyogi Books has published a book on Sunderbans, the world’s largest mangrove expanse and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sunderbans is also the home to more than 250 tigers in the country. This book is titled SUNDERBANS: The Mystic Mangrove by Biswajit Roy Chowdhury & Pradeep Vyas.

About the book

Sunderbans are nothing less than a hub for naturalists and scientists—a treasure trove for nature and wildlife photographers and a wonderland for tourists from all over the world. With a unique eco-system, two high tides and two low tides each day, this terrain is very difficult to negotiate, both for man and animal.

Here the tiger strives hard to catch its prey while the deer is equally vigilant to defend itself from the predator. In such typical natural conditions, all animals have learnt to adapt to the environment.

Here, man learns to co-exist with nature despite all adversities. Numerous references to the Sunderbans have been found in ancient Hindu literature, such as the Upanishads and the epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata reinforcing its uncanny aura of mysticism.

Sunderbans: The Mystic Mangrove is a lavishly illustrated and vivid account of this paradise created by God, and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the author

Biswajit Roy Chowdhury is a noted conservationist and also an ace wildlife photographer. He is the Founder Secretary of Nature Environment & Wildlife Society and Editor of the wildlife magazine Environ. His other publications on wildlife are Natural Wonders of Asia, Natural Wonders of India & Nepal,The Sunderbans—a pictorial field guide, Wildlife of Kolkata, Bone Bone Berai, Bharater Banyoprani o Abhayaranya and Paschim Banglar Pakhi.

Pradeep Vyas is an officer of the Indian Forest Service. He was the Field Director of Buxa Tiger Reserve and at present holds the office of the Field Director of the Sunderban Tiger Reserve as the Special Chief Conservator of Forests. He has implemented many modern techniques to minimize man-tiger conflict and anti-poaching activities in the Sunderbans. His earlier publication was The Sunderbans—a pictorial field guide.

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