Volume 4

Beyond Nationality: Opportunities for Trans-boundary Wildlife Conservation

Neeraj Mahar
Department of Landscape Level Planning and Management, Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun 248 001, Uttarakhand, India. 1
Ninad Avinash Mungi
Department of Landscape Level Planning and Management, Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun 248 001, Uttarakhand, India.
Sutirtha Lahiri
Department of Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pashan, Pune, Maharashtra 411 008, India.

Published 2023-09-02


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Mahar, N., Avinash Mungi, N., & Lahiri, S. (2023). Beyond Nationality: Opportunities for Trans-boundary Wildlife Conservation. DIALOGUE: Science, Scientists and Society, 4(.), 1–10. Retrieved from https://dialogue.ias.ac.in/index.php/dialogue/article/view/25


Political borders do not apply to wildlife. The innate tendency to move across long distances in search of resources and mate are common among the smallest of insects to the largest of mammals. Umpteen species of wild fauna are known to take up great travels throughout the year, spanning several thousands of kilometres, across various countries; even before many countries were invented. One of the classic examples includes the Arctic Tern, which is known to travel across the south and the north poles, covering more than 80,000 km annually ( ). It is hence, naïve and ironic to exclaim the ownership of any species to any political unit.


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