How well do you know the Indian sub-continent's wildlife? These five short videos help make a quick acquaintance
A dream of trees
This film tells the story of the ecological restoration of degraded tropical rainforests in the Anamalai Hills of the Western Ghats. Tropical rainforests are complex ecosystems, home to numerous plants and animals that are intricately connected to each other. This film follows the work of two scientists of the Nature Conservation Foundation, Divya Mudappa and TR Shankar Raman, as they work with their team to restore degraded patches of the rainforest in partnership with tea and coffee plantation companies since 2001. It speaks of how restoration helps revive forests, bring back wildlife, and pull carbon down from the atmosphere.
The Jujurana’s kingdom
This is a journey into the life of western Tragopan or Jujurana, a vulnerable species of pheasants residing on a temperate, sub-alpine forest landscape. The red-faced, blue-wattled, horned male mesmerises females with his breathtaking courtship dance. Filmmaker Munmun Dhalaria’s goal was to document this Tragopan, one of the least photographed birds in the world. This film highlights what it takes to protect this species at a time when India is rapidly losing its biodiversity.
The Secret Life Of Frogs
Deep in the swampy rain-forests of India, a handful of scientists are trying to save species smaller than a thumbnail. Sadly, more than 80 per cent of the 400 species of amphibians found in India are on the endangered list. Wildlife filmmakers Vijay and Ajay Bedi capture species with a unique story to tell—a frog that uses dance moves to seduce its mate, or the “potter frog” that gently encases his eggs in clay to protect from predators. This film throws up behavioral facts unknown to science, documenting the entire life cycle of the highly endangered, rare purple frog that emerges from the underground for just one day of the year to breed.
The Firefox Guardian
Red Panda numbers are dangerously decreasing and there could be less than 2,500 of the species left in the wild. But an unconventional warrior has devoted her life to fight forces that are against her beloved Red Pandas. The Firefox Guardian takes you on a journey through dense bamboo jungles in Nepal while exploring a special bond between the unique Firefoxes and Menuka, a simple village girl. In this 12-minute story, we follow Menuka, the first female forest guardian working with the Red Panda Network, as she tries to find a Panda juvenile. The film is available on Vimeo, and you need to ask director Gunjan Menon for the password on her Instagram page.
Where the Sarus Sings
The Sarus Crane is the world’s tallest flying bird, India’s only resident breeding crane and the official State Bird of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Since 2013, the Sarus Crane Conservation Project, run by Wildlife Trust of India with Tata Trusts and the UP Forest Department, involves local communities in monitoring and protecting this iconic bird and the wetlands that sustain it. The film outlines this community-driven approach to conservation.