M Ananda Kumar

Scientist, Western Ghats

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Ph.D.

My doctoral thesis focussed on human-elephant conflict and behaviour of Asian elephants in this human-dominated landscape of plantations and rainforest fragments. I hold a Masters degree in Psychology as well.

My prior work includes the ecology, behaviour, and distribution of primates and large mammals in the region. I have also conducted surveys on the slender loris (Loris tardigradus, a nocturnal primate) in the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. For over a decade now, I have been working in the Anamalai hills. My major goals are in involving the local communities, government departments, school children, and also the business community in rainforest restoration and wildlife conservation in the region.

Projects

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Nurturing nature appreciation

Rekindling conservation awareness and connections with nature

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Reviving the rainforest

Ecological restoration of degraded rainforest in the Anamalai hills

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The elephant hills

From conflicts to coexistence in the Anamalai hills

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Completed

Towards wildlife-friendly roads

Studying and reducing impacts of roads on wildlife in the Anamalai hills

Publications

  • Journal Article
    2018
    Whose habitat is it anyway? Role of natural and anthropogenic habitats in conservation of charismatic species
    Tropical Conservation Science 11: 1-5.
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    Developmental activities have been one of the major drivers of conversion of natural forest areas into mosaics of forest fragments, agriculture, and plantations, threatening the existence of wildlife species in such altered landscapes. Most conservation research and actions are protected area centric and seldom addresses the importance of landscape matrices around these protected areas in providing habitats to a wide range of species. In this article, we bring out the crucial role of natural and anthropogenic habitats for the existence of three charismatic species, namely, Asian elephants, leopard, and lion-tailed macaques. The larger public perception of where the animals should be and where the animals actually are is also discussed. We emphasize that, while habitat generalists often adapt behaviorally and ecologically to modified landscapes, habitat specialists, such as the lion-tailed macaques could find survival harder, with increasing anthropogenic pressures and loss of their habitats.

  • Journal Article
    2018
    Seasonal variation in wildlife roadkills in plantations and tropical rainforest in the Anamalai Hills, Western Ghats, India
    Current Science. 114(3): 619-626.
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    PDF, 1.42 MB

  • Report
    2018
    Population assessment of the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius) using the Double-observer Survey method in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve
    Technical Report, Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, India
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    PDF, 4.59 MB

  • Book Chapter
    2014
    Fostering human-elephant coexistence in the Valparai landscape,Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu
    Pages 14 - 26, in Human-Wildlife Conflict in the Mountains of SAARC Region - Compilation of Successful Management Strategies and Practices. SAARC Forestry Centre, Thimpu, Bhutan.
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  • Poster
    2014
    Spotting Elephant Signs
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    Dung, Herd, Inefficient Digestion, Debark, Tuskers, Deciduous Forests, Grewia, Teak

  • Journal Article
    2014
    Our backyard wildlife: Challenges in coexisting with uneasy neighbours. [Guest Editorial]
    Mewa Singh, M Ananda Kumar
    Current Science 106: 1463-1464.
  • Book Chapter
    2014
    Restoring nature: wildlife conservation in landscapes fragmented by plantation crops in India.
    Pages 178-214. In Nature Without Borders (Eds. Mahesh Rangarajan, MD Madhusudan & Ghazala Shahabuddin), Orient Blackswan, New Delhi.
  • Poster
    2014
    Asian Elephants
    Robin D' Rozario, Divya Mudappa, T R Shankar Raman, M Ananda Kumar, S U Saravanakumar
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    PDF, 7.67 MB

    Dexterous, Pondorous, Evergreen Forests, Grasslands, Patriarch, Bamboo, Browse, Bark, Ivory, Tamil

  • Poster
    2014
    Shola Grasslands
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    Shola, Mosses, Epiphytes, Wild Balsams, Kurinji, Rhodendron, Orchids, Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Pipit, White-bellied Shortwing, Tamil

  • Poster
    2011
    Endemic Mammals of The Nilgiris
    Jayanth Sharma, M Ananda Kumar, Divya Mudappa, Kalyan Varma, Kamolika Roy Chowdhury
    supported by Whitley Fund for Nature
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    PDF, 25.5 MB

    Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Brown Palm Civet, Malabar Spiny Doormouse, Brown Mongoose Lion, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr, Stripe-necked Mongoose

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