India's natural areas are gaining increasing appreciation for their beauty and also for their inherent value of being ‘natural capital'. Most protection efforts, however, are focused only on a few areas like wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves, while lesser-known natural areas face a high degree of pressure for development. JLR Explore brings these lesser-known natural areas into focus, so that their intrinsic values and need for protection are highlighted.
A visit to nature is a healing experience for many. If one can spend time pondering over nature's creations under the guidance of a nature-interpreter, the experience increases manifold because the knowledge gained helps in better appreciation and of course, a greater healing. JLR Explore understands this knowledge-gap most nature-visitors face. Through ‘Naturalist's Corner', led by S. Karthikeyan, Chief Naturalist of JLR, your journey into nature will be an ever-increasing learning curve.
Here is a unique opportunity to hear stories from the dirt tracks of the jungles; to smell the earth through people who have made forests a part of their lives. ‘From The Field' showcases people like ecological historians, wildlife researchers, forest department staff or nature photographers, and the challenges they face in their daily lives and professions. Learn from their insights on a broad spectrum of topics, gained through extensive studies and hands-on experiences.
Karnataka is the emerging hub of nature research and education. It also dons the mantle of ‘Elephant State' and ‘Tiger State' of India. Bangalore has earned the epithet of ‘Nature-photographers' capital'. Eco-travel writers abound. Read about first-person experiences, as writers who enjoy travelling or travellers who enjoy writing visit one of the many forests of Karnataka.
Our focus on mega-fauna and charismatic species has led to an overkill of content about large cats, but at the same time, people have become poorer for the lack of quality content on various other equally interesting life-forms. JLR Explore, in association with Karnataka Eco-tourism Development Board, feels that there is a crucial gap in telling nature's story in its entirety. ‘On-assignment' is a carefully co-ordinated process to bring you stories from nature with fresh and well-researched content, backed by powerful imagery.