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    ...We now live in an India that has 17% of the world’s population while occupying 2.61% of the world’s landmass, which we also share with 60% of the world’s Asian elephants, 65% of the world’s tigers, 100% of Asiatic lions and 85% of the world’s one horned rhino. While all this is incredible, it’s also the reason why we’re fast losing natural habitat, disconnecting once uninterrupted forests, obstructing natural migratory routes of key species and disturbing an ecological balance that is key to our wellbeing. If we hope to have free flowing rivers, forests sequestering carbon and less severe impacts of climate change, we have to find a way to secure, protect and keep our forests connected. The elephant is a perpetual nomad. Being a very large and herbivorous animal it needs vast areas to roam: constantly browsing, foraging, moving from place to place in search of food and water with the changing seasons. Elephants in India are primarily threatened because of habitat loss, shrinkage and degradation. ...

    TOI on Aug. 12, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...- Baba DioumEarlier this year, I completed a wondrous journey along the course of the Ganga that commenced in Uttarakhand, the birthplace of the Ganga. Uttarakhand's forests feed many important river systems that are the life source of millions across many Indian states. A state with 71% forest cover that has 743 bird species (this represents about 60% of India's avian biodiversity), 102 mammals, 72 species of reptiles and 439 species of butterflies. ...

    NDTV on May 2, 2016, midnight