Invitation to attend the "Great Elephant Migration" in Bengaluru!

Join the Great Elephant Migration in Bengaluru!

100 lantana elephants will travel through Bengaluru’s iconic Lalbagh from 3rd February to 3rd March, 2024, captivating the city. Smaller herds will also be traversing through tech parks, government offices, metro stations, lakes and various green spaces across the city.

You can also look forward to:

1.⁠ ⁠50+ talks/ discussions on conservation and environment related topics from various experts
2.⁠ ⁠Nature Trails
3.⁠ ⁠Storytelling
4.⁠ ⁠Street plays
5.⁠ ⁠Exciting and informative Floor games and a lot more.

Don’t miss their journey!

Discover all the details about locations, events, and lots more at https://www.coexistenceconsortium.com/

This video depicts the importance and significance of the upcoming exhibition!

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How does India manage to be both extremely populous and biodiverse?" Mostly, through our ability to share space with nature around us.

This tolerance is a spectrum, with hostility for some wild animals and extreme reverence for others.

DETAILS: Tuesday, 20th Feb, Bangalore International Centre.

Bangalore International Centre

Conflict to Coadaptation - Bangalore International Centre

The Spectrum of Coexistence RSVP here

Join Tarsh as he draws on stories and case studies from across India that represent various landscapes, communities, and species to makes a case for Coexistence as a strategy to reconcile economic and ecological security.

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Can you make coexistence happen even on a semi-urban farm?

Ananas is a permaculture and ecological landscape design firm based out of Bangalore. They’ve designed farms based on the client’s needs, the land’s topography, water, soil, animals etc.

In this talk, the team will tell you about their experiences designing private farms that exist in the gradient zone between reserve forests and urban spaces- that contribute in conservation and awareness of harmonious co-existence with wildlife.

DETAILS: Tuesday, 20th Feb, 6-7.30 pm, Science Gallery Bengaluru http://tinyurl.com/6e86h8ss

The team behind Ananas has a fascinating background in ecology, landscape design, architecture, design, and environmental science.

On behalf of the Coexistence Consortium,

Coexistence between tigers and the Idu Mishmi people of the Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh where there are more tigers than in regional tiger reserves.

There’s a genetically distinct tiger population thriving in the Idu people’s community forests. Using camera traps and anthropological approaches, Sahil and Achili learn how and why tigers have been conserved in Idu forests without any government/NGO protection.

DETAILS- Monday, 19 Feb, 6-7.30 pm. Infosys Science Foundation http://tinyurl.com/2s7xbfeu

Sahil Nijhawan is an interdisciplinary conservation anthropologist who has lived and worked alongside the Idu Mishmi people of Arunachal Pradesh

Achili is part of an Idu Mishmi team, called the Dibang Team, that is helping to protect Dibang Valley’s unique bio-cultural diversity through a range of rights-based initiatives.

'Great Snakes!’ (and other reptiles). Most reptiles cause fear and horror in humans and it’s hard to feel like coexisting with them.

This talk offers a comprehensive exploration of the challenges and solutions surrounding human-reptile interactions and will equip audiences with practical knowledge to coexist with reptilian neighbors in Bengaluru’s diverse landscapes.

Details: Mon, 19 February, 6-7.30 pm @ Jain University http://tinyurl.com/253445vc

Sanjeev Pednekar is the founder of Prani - The Pet Sanctuary, an outdoor education centre with a passionate vision to restore the connection between humans and nature. Sanjeev advocates for a paradigm shift from conventional indoor classrooms to the boundless outdoors.

On behalf of Coexistence Consortium,

So how did Lantana get to India from Latin America?

Ankila Hiremath traces the journey of lantana, how it arrived in India and made its home here, and what this meant for the plants, animals, and people that it encountered in its new home.

DETAILS: 21 Feb, WED, 6-7.30pm Science Gallery Bengaluru http://tinyurl.com/3chrt7da

How do we safeguard co-existence in India’s land and seascapes where fishermen are faced with mounting challenges and multiple insecurities?

For India’s small-scale fishing communities, their relationship with coastal and marine ecosystems is critical to their lives, livelihoods, and overall wellbeing.

DETAILS: Thurs, 22 Feb, 6-7.30pm @Science Gallery Bengaluru http://tinyurl.com/f92whkza

Through this talk, Marianne Manuel explores the ways in which coexistence was and is woven into fisher communities, the challenges of today and a shared conservation philosophy that should guide our path forward.

Marianne is currently the Director of Dakshin Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to securing healthy coastal and marine ecosystems and enabling thriving fishing communities.

Tigers live in forests, right? Well… that’s only kind of the correct answer.
They’re often seen in mosaics of multiple-use forests and agricultural fields surrounding villages, towns, and cities.
In the last twenty years, Bhopal has expanded rapidly and today the urban municipal area stretches to approximately 400 sq. km. This talk will be on the urban tigers of Bhopal and how they share space with people.

DETAILS- Thursday, 22 Feb 6-7.30 pm Jain University http://tinyurl.com/yt2h8vsf

D.P. Srivastava started exploring nature’s hidden beauties from a fallen leaf to flying birds to mammal movement and also working to conserve biodiversity in human dominated landscapes. Now registered for a PhD, news articles about tiger sightings near Bhopal city in 2016-17 first triggered his interest.

Can you make coexistence happen even on a semi-urban farm?

Ananas is a permaculture and ecological landscape design firm based out of Bangalore. They’ve designed farms based on the client’s needs, the land’s topography, water, soil, animals etc.

In this talk, the team will tell you about their experiences designing private farms that exist in the gradient zone between reserve forests and urban spaces- that contribute to conservation and awareness of harmonious coexistence with wildlife.

DETAILS: Friday, 23th Feb, 4:30-6 pm, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

The team behind Ananas has a fascinating background in ecology, landscape design, architecture, design, and environmental science.

India Biodiversity Portal, since its inception in 2008, has allowed anyone to upload their observations of plants, fungi, insects, and mammals (and have it identified and added to the storehouse of data).

As cities undergo rapid urbanisation, the resulting habitat and biodiversity loss pose challenges for coexistence. Documenting incidents of this interaction in a structured manner becomes imperative for effective conservation strategies and urban planning that foster harmonious cohabitation.

DETAILS- Thurs, 23 Feb, 6-7.30 pm Science Gallery Bengaluru http://tinyurl.com/mphjb633

Thomas Vattakaven, a Senior Application Scientist at Strand Life Sciences, holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of the West of England, Bristol. He has been actively involved with the India Biodiversity Portal since 2012, where his role includes aggregating biodiversity information for India.

India’s cultural tapestry, interwoven with wildlife, is a global marvel. Join us at Science Gallery Bengaluru from Feb 19-29, 2024, as we celebrate this unique bond at the Nature Culture Hub exhibition. Explore the ancient connections between people and wildlife through art, folklore, and tradition. Don’t miss this vibrant showcase of harmony and conservation!

Coexistence: The Great Elephant Migration brings you screenings of 12 films highlighting human-wildlife interactions.

The films will be screened at Infosys Science Foundation on Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

  • All That Breathes by Shaunak Sen
  • Colonies In Conflict by Rajani Mani & Elephant Corridor Films
  • Daroji by Sugandhi Gadadhar and Rana Belur
  • Edible Insects of Nagaland: Stink Bug by Thejavikho Chase & Dipen Rangmang
  • Eeb Allay Ooo by Prateek Vats
  • Fishing Palk Bay by Sara
  • Guardians of Turtles by Naman Govil & Mithun TM
  • Kadar by Faraway Originals & Pollachi Papyrus
  • Sarus Ke Des Mein by Astha Chaudhary & Dipti Arora
  • The Last Hop(e) by Dheeraj Aithal & Pradeep Hegde
  • Treasures of Grasslands by The Grasslands Trust
  • Walking with Wolves by Krupakar–Senani

Photo exhibition: Common Ground: Stories of Human-Wildlife Coexistence

People often think about human-dominated and wild spaces as two entirely different worlds. However, with increasing anthropogenic pressures including climate change and shrinking natural cover, these realms overlap more often than we realize. In an attempt to highlight the many facets of human-wildlife interactions, this curated set of images by Nature inFocus showcases how human and wildlife activities and geographies overlap.

From bustling urban landscapes to remote habitats, witness the fascinating reciprocations between humans and species like birds, spiders, dolphins, leopards, elephants, and tigers.

Join us at Infosys Science Foundation from,
19th to 23rd Feb| 9:30 AM - 8 PM,
24th to 25th Feb| 9:30 AM - 6 PM.

The Coexistence: The Great Elephant Migration is hosting a month-long event, introducing 100 Lantana Elephant sculptures to Bangalore. As part of this initiative, experienced naturalists, including Prajwal Deep, a freelance naturalist from Bengaluru, and JN Prasad, an independent consultant, will lead Nature walks. Add your preferred date and times on the registration link, and stay tuned for location details closer to the event!

We’ve organised 45-minute slots from 7 to 9:30 a.m. for an intimate experience, with a maximum of 25 people per slot.

Join us for this guided nature walk and learn about different plant and animal species while walking through the park. Don’t forget to post your preferred dates and times on the registration link.

What is coexistence?’ and ‘Who decides how we coexist?’ Best ask someone like Amrita who lives and works in central India, a place where humans and tigers coexist.

Come for some tiger tales, relatable livelihood conundrums and to consider the many paths forward. Central India is a place where a majority of the world’s wild tigers live and traverse villages and agricultural lands

DETAILS: Sun, 25th Feb, at Science Gallery Bengaluru ( CARBON)

Amrita Neelakantan is a conservation scientist with more than 18 years of experience in conservation. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University for thesis work on resettled households around Kanha Tiger Reserve.

JOIN US FOR BACK TO BACK TALKS at Jain University, Tuesday, 27th February
Register at Coexistence: The Great Elephant Migration – Talks at Jain university

  1. Samira Agnihotri and C Madegowda - SOLIGA PERCEPTIONS OF HUMAN-WILDLIFE INTERACTIONS

This talk brings to you the views of Soliga elders on the ecological changes that have taken place in the B. R. Hills, along with the subsequent changes in their interactions with the animals that also inhabit this landscape.

DETAILS- Tuesday, 27th Feb, 6-6.45 pm

  1. Amir Chetri and Priyanka Das- ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION AND ADDRESSING FOREST DEGRADATION IN NORTHERN WEST BENGAL

The forage habits of elephants in the hills of north Bengal is due to the degraded forests there. How to fix it? Join Amir and Priyanka to see how

DETAILS-Tuesday, 27th Feb, 6.45- 7.30 pm


JOIN US FOR BACK TO BACK TALKS AT - Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College ON Monday, 26th February

Samira Agnihotri and C Madegowda - SOLIGA PERCEPTIONS OF HUMAN-WILDLIFE INTERACTIONS

This talk brings to you the views of Soliga elders on the ecological changes that have taken place in the B. R. Hills, along with the subsequent changes in their interactions with the animals that also inhabit this landscape.

DETAILS- Mon, 26th Feb, 2.30 - 3.30 pm.

3.30-4.30 pm - Ankila Hiremath - THE TRAVELLER’S TALE OF LANTANA AND OTHER PLANTS

With Ankila, trace the journey of lantana and other newcomers, and see what their presence means for the plants, animals, and people in its new home.

DETAILS- Mon, 26th Feb, 3.30 - 4.30 pm.

Nitesh Kaushik & Sunil Harsana

Mangar is a historical village on Delhi Haryana border known for real estate and mining for decades but now for restoration and conservation. Learn about the conservation journey of Mangar in this talk by Nitesh Kaushik & Sunil Harsana (Coexistence Fellows)

DETAILS- Mon, 26th Feb, 6-7.30pm at Swissnex http://tinyurl.com/52b6ezyp

Sunil Harsana and Nitesh Kumar, are Coexistence Fellows. They work in the Aravallis of southern Haryana, an important leopard corridor, between the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, in Rajasthan, and the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, in Delhi. Their project focuses on understanding leopard ecology and enhancing human-leopard coexistence in the area.

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Take a photographic journey into a remarkable place where humans and wildlife share space and live in proximity.

Join Avantika and Chandramaya as they talk about the emotions, ambitions and lives of people who live with wildlife. The talk will encompass the challenges that come along and the reasons why they are hopeful that we can continue to coexist.

DETAILS: Wed, 28th Feb, 6-7.30 pm, Swissnex, http://tinyurl.com/54yebkyr

Avantika Thapa and Chandramaya Sharma are PhD scholars from the region, they are also Coexistence fellows.