Janaki Lenin

Janaki Lenin


Features writer, columnist, and journalist. Wilderness, travel, people, wildlife, people-wildlife interactions.

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An old relationship between mountain shepherds and villagers features new tensions. Janaki Lenin is witness to the changing dynamic between Kinnaura shepherds and Spitian villagers

Venom article

Sting in the tale: Why this image of a Rs 245 crore snake venom bust ...

Reports claiming illicit snake venom trade worth crores do a disservice to Indian snakes.

Wasp article

Meet the Wasp That Sniffs With Its Bum - The Wire

Scientists from IISc, Bengaluru, performed experiments to highlight how a parasitic wasp’s egg-laying appendage is like a sophisticated sensor.

Tiger article

Interview: 'No One Needs to See Another Portrait of an Animal, You ...

Steve Winter is a conservation photographer noted for his work with National Geographic and the use of camera traps to snap pictures in the wild.

Wolf article
The Hindu

Running with the wolves

Conflict with predators is made-to-order in the Deccani grasslands but that is not how it plays out

Plastic article

Could a Pest of the Honey Industry Clean up Plastic Waste? - The Wire

In 12 hours, 100 wax moth caterpillars had reduced a mass of plastic by 92 milligrams, the fastest plastic degradation process known so far.

Spiti article

In remote Himalayas, Indian herders are finding new ways around ...

Everyone thinks the way of life of nomadic pastoralists is dying out. A ground report reveals otherwise.

Lion article

Does Dental Disease Push Big Cats to Prey on Humans?

One of the infamous lions of Tsavo suffered from a debilitating abscess that may have been the cause of its macabre diet.

Ant article

No Ants Left Behind: Why Do Ants Rescue Their Injured Mates ...

Since Matabele ants go out in force, raid and return as a column, any ants that lag behind are at high risk.

Frog article

Glassfrogs Pee on Their Eggs to Protect Them - The Wire

The study also found that, apart from parental care being widespread in this group of frogs, the females are primary caregivers in many species, contrary to prevailing wisdom.

Mob article

Why Mobs Have No Place in a Wildlife Emergency

It’s inexcusable that India’s states continue to function without crowd-control procedures in place and make decisions by the seat of their pants.

Star article

Despite Arrests, Illegal Trade in Star Tortoises Continues

A tristate junction in south India seems to have been exporting tens of thousands of star tortoises every year. Are populations being wiped out?

Bird article

How Two Western Ghats Songbirds Evolved Into Multiple New ...

The distinct endemic genera of birds challenges a widely held belief that India’s avifauna were merely species within broad genera found outside India.

Fish article

A Unique Event Observed in Lakshadweep: How Fish Colonise Reefs

Two biologists witnessed a critical period when the fish larvae forsake their nomadic open-water existence for life in the undersea garden of corals, in Lakshadweep.

Ice article

Ice Stupa Architect Sonam Wangchuk Wins Rolex Award

To solve water problems in a cold desert, Wangchuk came up with a path-breaking idea: freeze millions of litres of water in the form of ‘ice stupas’.