The Indian desert cat (felis silvestris ornata) survives in one of the most difficult terrains of the Thar desert. These graceful desert cats are well adapted to the extremes of the desert environment, and are tolerant of extreme scorching and freezing temperatures typical of deserts.
Wildlife TV channels often highlight the dramatic stories of the Komodo dragon which belongs to the same genus as the monitor lizards found in India; the water monitor lizard found in Sunderbans is bigger than the Komodo dragon. But yet we know less about monitor lizards and often discuss the komodo dragon.
In 1996, it was found that the vulture population of India is on a sharp decline: This decline was first noticed by villagers and then proved by scientists of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). The reason for the diminishing vulture population was earlier thought to be virus or some other disease but later it was proved that it was diclofenac, a painkiller prescribed for cattle. It was indirectly going into the vultures’ system when it would eat the carcass of cattle.