India's wildlife is both rich and
varied. More than 4% of India's land is under forest cover- there are at
least 90 national parks and 482 wildlife sanctuaries. The country is
one of the 12 mega diversity areas in the world, in terms of animal
Welcome to the Wild Animal page! Wild animals
are a fascinating and joy-inspiring part of our world. We can learn so
much by studying them and learning more about the habitats, food webs,
and social communities to which they belong. Did you know that many
different kinds of scientists study animals -- to learn more about the
human world? It's true
Ecologists learn about human kind's
place in the fragile web of life by studying the needs and health of the
animals (and plants) that share our planet. Meanwhile, psychologists
and anthropologists learn about human evolution, social bonding,
reproductive drives and much more by studying the habits and anatomy of
non-human, animal relatives (both distant and near). Even medical
doctors learn from animals by studying their venoms, bacteria,
self-healing abilities and so on in an effort to unlock new ways to heal
the human body
But as the great naturalist John Muir taught
us, animals -- and in fact all of our natural world -- offer another
kind of benefit as well. And that is that quiet time spent out in
nature, observing wildlife, has the power to uplift the human spirit.
The beauty, courage, and tenderness of animals touches us.
And outdoors, surrounded by the wonder of nature, a sense of
quite joy, of wonder, wells up inside us. For a moment, we simply
ARE. Perhaps we even notice that our human mind, with all it's busy
thoughts, is not the only important force in the world. Life itself,
flowing from a power greater than ourselves, is at work all around us.
And we are a part of that Life.
invite you to spend more time with the animals. Visit a wildlife
preserve. Play with your pet. Observe the animals that live in the
zoo. Observe with your heart as well as your mind. See what you find
Listed below are a good many resources to help your learn more
about your favorite animals. Be sure to also visit our page on Saving
the Environment to find out what you can do
to help endangered animal species and to preserve the habitats of those
who are not endangered (yet).