Photo : Lakshitha Karunarathna
Sanctuary Asia began its journey one quiet evening in 1980. Sitting around Fateh Singh Rathore’s campfire under the banyan tree outside Jogi Mahal, Ranthambhore, Bittu Sahgal made an impulsive promise to his mentor that on his return to Mumbai he would start a wildlife magazine and galvanise urban Indians in support of the country’s wilds.
The first issue rolled out in October 1981, with no business plan, no editorial experience and no capital. Since then, Sanctuary has been chronicling India’s natural history and shaping conservation discourse without having missed a single issue despite wars, social strife and economic meltdowns. It is published monthly, with every alternate month’s publication dedicated to young readers.
In 2015, the foundation was established to manipulate the magazine’s wide network of conservationists, naturalists, photographers, writers and editors who run the several projects, campaigns and events that thrive under the Sanctuary brand. The foundation’s reach spans policy, advocacy, science, on-ground support for field workers and environmental education.
At the heart of our purpose lies the conviction that the economies of nations sit on a foundation of stable ecosystems. Sanctuary envisions a world with abundant biodiversity, a sustainable climate and an equitable future for one and all.
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The February 2024 cover story discusses COP28, and the Photofeature unveils desert biodiversity. The issue also covers – wildlife rock art in Konkan, pangolins in Himachal Pradesh, a battle-scarred civet, markhor in Kashmir, and dipterocarp forests in Sri Lanka. Padma Bhushan Dr. Ramakanta Panda talks about environment-related health issues, and WCT’s Tarun Nair talks about gharial. Managing invasives for ecological benefits, a resistance against mining in Odisha to save nature and mining.
Encouraged by the support it received, three years after the first edition of Sanctuary Asia came out, a second magazine was launched in 1984. Sanctuary Cub is the first and still the only children’s nature magazine in India. With an aim to instill respect and concern for the environment and wildlife in young children, for many young Indians, Cub continues to be their first introduction to the wild and wonderful world of nature.
Currently edited by Tara Sahgal, Sanctuary Cub aims to inculcate in children an urgency to take action and the need to create a positive change in a society that gives little thought to its rapidly depleting biodiversity.
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The beauty of forests or the adventure of mountains, often hide the push and pull of wild living beings. Nature works to maintain harmony and a delicate balance of resources. In the human world, on the other hand, resources are at the root of most conflicts. Are animals more ‘civilised’ and ‘humane’ than we are? How does the natural world ‘battle’ over resources? In the first issue of 2024, we take a look at the eternal see-saw of War & Peace because there is much to learn from nature.