Sanctuary Asia

Sanctuary Asia began its journey one quiet evening in 1980. Sitting around Fateh Singh Rathore’s campfire under the banyan tree outside Jogi Mahal, Ranthambhore, Bittu Sahgal made an impulsive promise to his mentor that on his return to Mumbai he would start a wildlife magazine and galvanise urban Indians in support of the country’s wilds.

The first issue rolled out in October 1981, with no business plan, no editorial experience and no capital. Since then, Sanctuary has been chronicling India’s natural history and shaping conservation discourse without having missed a single issue despite wars, social strife and economic meltdowns. It is published monthly, with every alternate month’s publication dedicated to young readers.

In 2015, the foundation was established to manipulate the magazine’s wide network of conservationists, naturalists, photographers, writers and editors who run the several projects, campaigns and events that thrive under the Sanctuary brand. The foundation’s reach spans policy, advocacy, science, on-ground support for field workers and environmental education.

At the heart of our purpose lies the conviction that the economies of nations sit on a foundation of stable ecosystems. Sanctuary envisions a world with abundant biodiversity, a sustainable climate and an equitable future for one and all.

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Sanctuary Latest Issue

Volume 44 | Issue 06 | Jun 2024

The musical world of frogs, Sanctuary in exquisite Madagascar, tracking turtles in Oman, climate mitigation by European bison, buntings of Assam, and Great Crested Grebes in Rajasthan. Unpack wildlife trafficking through airports, meet military historian, wildlife cinematographer and author Shiv Kunal Verma, and the Nyishi, who believe in man’s brotherhood with tigers. Clever plant defences, and the impact of the wet season on them. Join the campaign against the road threatening Bannerghatta.

Sanctuary Cub

Encouraged by the support it received, three years after the first edition of Sanctuary Asia came out, a second magazine was launched in 1984. Sanctuary Cub is the first and still the only children’s nature magazine in India. With an aim to instill respect and concern for the environment and wildlife in young children, for many young Indians, Cub continues to be their first introduction to the wild and wonderful world of nature.

Currently edited by Tara Sahgal, Sanctuary Cub aims to inculcate in children an urgency to take action and the need to create a positive change in a society that gives little thought to its rapidly depleting biodiversity.

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Sanctuary Latest Issue

Volume 44 | Issue 07 | Jul 2024

In this issue we soar to the Roof of the World. Surrounded by the magnificent high peaks of the Trans Himalaya, the Union Territory of Ladakh is home to stunning endemic biodiversity and tribes with rich cultural heritage. Hear first-hand from a Ladakhi botanist about her journey. This issue’s Take Action discusses the threats faced by Ladakh. View wildlife at the Roof of the World in the Photofeature, read about the Upland Buzzard, and more!

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