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Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

The Kingdom of Birds
Erach Bharucha
Artist Maya Ramaswamy

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A dam built by Raja Suraj Mal of Bharatpur (mid-18th century) on the river near the Keoladeo Temple created a wetland, attracting many birds. From 1850, hunting them was a popular sport among the rich. This cruel practice ended in 1976 when the area was made a sanctuary (refuge) for birds—not only Indian ones, but cranes from as far off as Siberia. It became known as one of the best bird-watching sites in Asia. In 1985 it was declared a World Heritage Site. One tragic side effect is that it has closed off the area for villagers to graze their cattle.

Dr. Erach Bharucha is a doctor by day and eco–hero by night! He has been working to preserve India’s beautiful natural heritage for many decades now. He enjoys taking children to sanctuaries and other such areas to help them learn about nature, not just from books but also through observation and interaction with the environment. While much of India’s natural heritage has been destroyed, Dr. Bharucha is optimistic that children today will later in life be able to protect our forests, rivers and animals.

As children, Maya Ramaswamy and her sisters spent all their play–time with creepy crawlies. Their busy father had a deep respect for life, and taught them that wild creatures were also living beings. Maya grew up with a sense of wonder and love for India’s wilderness. She has illustrated several books on wildlife and conservation for children, and she hopes that children will make time to observe birds and to admire butterflies.

ISBN 9789385360480
Pages 32
Number of illustrations 26 and a map
Size 11.69 x 8.27" (297 x 210 mm), sc
Date of Publishing 2018
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Parag, an initiative of TATA trust
Rights Available World rights

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