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  • Writer's pictureSophie Baumgartner

A visit from far away

Updated: May 17, 2022

This week we had the great privilege of meeting Vivek Menon. Vivek is a very passionate conservationist, he even calls it an addiction. He founded Wildlife Trust India, the largest wildlife conservation organisation of India and is the South and East Asian Region Councillor of the IUCN. The IUCN is the largest global union of conservation of nature. Vivek is also a passionate mammalwatcher who searches for mammals whenever possible and on every trip.

We met because we would like to possibly start a joint project in India. Roughly speaking, it would be about studying an unprotected biodiversity hotspot (especially the smaller cats like the asiatic golden cat and the marbled cat) and implementing small scale, selective mammalwatching tourism there which would benefit the community. There will be more on this soon.

Along the way, of course, we tried to show Vivek as many birds and mammals as possible. We were not so lucky and unfortunately had no fresh lynx tracks during this time. Nevertheless, during this time he was able to observe bird and mammal species he had never seen before.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends Fabian Heussler and Manuel Schweizer. Fabian Heussler is a passionate bat researcher and we were lucky enough to be able to attend him catching bats and learn a lot of exciting information. Manuel Schweizer is an excellent ornithologist and mammalwatcher and showed us around in Fanel which is basically his home. Thank you so much!

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