Have you wondered what it is like to follow hornbills in a dense rainforest? Or felt the pain of a mountain shepherd losing his sheep to a leopard? Or how it feels when a child discovers birdwatching is more exciting than being glued to a screen?
The world of nature conservation is full of adventure, but it is also hard, fraught with challenges and setbacks, made worthwhile by the privilege of studying at the feet of living things.
The book has sixteen engrossing essays from the scientists of the Nature Conservation Foundation, wildlife research, and conservation organizations, with each chapter beautifully illustrated.
About the Book
Have you wondered what it is like to follow hornbills in a dense rainforest? Or felt the pain of a mountain shepherd losing his sheep to a leopard? Or how it feels when a child discovers birdwatching is more exciting than being glued to a screen? The world of nature conservation is full of adventure, but it is also hard, fraught with challenges and setbacks, made worthwhile by the privilege of studying at the feet of living things.
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In this book, the scientists and researchers of the Nature Conservation Foundation describe how they grappled with conservation in India. Since 1996, they have wandered mountains, coral reefs, and forests to describe, document, protect and restore species and ecosystems.
The essays in this book encapsulate the sense of wonder and passion that drives researchers to study wildlife across India and their reflections on grappling with real-world conservation challenges.– T.R. Shankar Raman
They have studied the lives of primates, snow leopards, hornbills, elephants, dugongs, fish, trees, and other creatures. With local communities, they have experienced the sometimes-harsh reality of living with the wild side of nature. And they have strived to bring children and citizens to celebrate and learn about it.
Each reflective and deeply personal narrative in this book goes behind the science to describe the challenges of conservation. At the Feet of Living Things will appeal to students, researchers, conservation practitioners, wildlife managers, nature enthusiasts, and interested citizens.
The book will be released on 26 September 2022.
Rather than focusing on Swashbuckle and glamour, our authors tell honest stories of the difficulties, doubts and setbacks that are integral to doing conservation research in India. What emerges, we hope, is a truthful, completely human, and still incredibly joyful picture of loving the wilds, while trying to understand and protect it.– Rohan Arthur
About the Editors
Aparajita Datta is a scientist at the Nature Conservation Foundation. She studies hornbills, plant-animal interactions, and human impacts on wildlife, and works with local communities for conservation in the Eastern Himalayas. She has co-authored several books for children and is a field guide to the Trees of Arunachal Pradesh.
Rohan Arthur is a scientist with the Nature Conservation Foundation. He is interested in marine systems and has worked in coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and nearshore coastal ecosystems in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean. He is particularly interested in how ecological processes respond to climate change, and how social-ecological systems can adapt to a warming world.
The stories here capture the joy and wonder of being in nature and the learning that comes from years of observation. They speak of the many hats that researchers must often wear and the dilemmas they face in engaging with conservation challenges.’– Aparajita Datta
T. R. Shankar Raman (aka Sridhar) is a writer and wildlife scientist with the Nature Conservation Foundation. He is interested in the ecology and conservation of tropical forests and wildlife, especially in the Western Ghats. He is based at the field research station in Valparai in the Anamalai Hills. He is the author of The Wild Heart of India: Nature and Conservation in the City, the Country, and the Wild and co-author, with Divya Mudappa, of Pillars of Life: Magnificent Trees of the Western Ghats.