In March 2019, Lokana and RDT will conduct eye camps in the Chenchu villages in the Eastern portion of Nagarjuna Sagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve. These villages, including Palutla and Yerragondapalem, are particularly remote – Some are not easily accessible by vehicles, especially in the rainy season.
Have you ever dreamed of discovering a species thought to be extinct? Well, Lokana Team members Chelmala Srinivasulu, Bhargavi Srinivasulu, and their son Aditya, did just that 4 years ago. Their team of researchers from Osmania University and the Biodiversity Research and Conservation Society, Hyderabad, discovered the Kolar leaf-nosed bat (Hipposideros hypophyllus), previously thought to
“Can you print this one, sir?” Thummalabailu 2017. The woman scrolling through my phone pointed to a picture of a man next to the the TV and a shower of red and yellow cables spilling from under a burlap sack tablecloth to the car battery on the floor. The TV was resting on a sewing
In 2004, a documentary was released about the indigenous people with whom I had lived and worked 5 years prior. Few people saw the film then, but it is now available in its entirety on Youtube where it has nearly 29,000 views. Filmed, directed, and edited by Mr. Sathya Mohan, Chenchus: Children of the Forest
The Chenchus we serve have been depicted in broad stereotypes – often as primitive, innocent, flawed people isolated from the outside world. One of our core missions is to help see the Chenchu communities more expansively, with more nuance and depth. Their heritage as a small indigenous population with deep roots to the Nallamala forests,
As home to one of twelve self-emanating lingas (a representation of Shiva as a stone) and a major center for Shakti (a manifestation of female power as a primal Goddess), it is one of India’s holiest temples. Siva is commonly visualized as a forest-dwelling ascetic, and even the name of his representation at Srisailam, Lord
Just after we crossed a riverbed returning from our eye camp in Marripalem, our Chenchu guide, Naganna, pointed out a conspicuous mound in the forest. We stopped the jeep and walked over faded yellow bamboo leaves, picking our way through the thorns to reach a coffin-shaped heap of caked mud that evoked a construction site.
Our team includes Professors C. Srinivasulu and B. Srinivasulu of the Department of Biology, Osmania University, Hyderabad. They have ongoing research projects, at the invitation of the Forest Department, to study herpetofaunal (reptiles!) of Nagarjuna Sagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve(NSTR) and Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife Sanctuary. Our interest in biodiversity and wildlife conservation dates back to 1998 when