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In Our Love for the Tiger, Are We Losing the Soul of the Deccan Grasslands - the Indian Grey Wolf?

posted Oct 23, 2017, 3:32 PM by chloe owens

9/28/17, by Anand Vishwanadha, Scroll In

In our love for the tiger, are we losing the soul of the Deccan grasslands – the Indian grey wolf?

As the rocky scrub jungle disappears, so are many of the animals that once thrived there. Many know of Hampi, a famed UNESCO World Heritage Centre in the Deccan, and the magnificence of its historical sites. But less known is the wildlife found in this part of the south. Right in the middle of Koppal, around 30 kilometres from the railway station closest to Hampi, is a massive hillock of fissured rock, the kind of terrain favoured by sloth bears and leopards. While sloth bears can be seen at the relatively well-known Daroji Bear Sanctuary (also near Hampi), there is still more wildlife to be discovered here. In some fragmented wildernesses and last-of-their-kind surviving habitats live river otters, black bucks, leopards, Indian grey wolves, striped hyenas and Asian palm civets, all in plummeting numbers…The DCF’s primary interest – the Indian grey wolf – is the apex predator across much of this region, and Ghorpade has travelled far and wide across the Deccan (and beyond) to understand its range and habitat and to document it through photographs. “It seems no one in India can see beyond the tiger and other iconic wildlife species when they talk of conservation,”