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  • Main Gallery | gbsanctuary.org
    Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary Menu Photographs Writings Support Contact Landscape Plants Animals

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  • In a nutshell | gbsanctuary.org
    development Mukurti Eravikulam and Kudremukh retain examples of this unique ecosystem Deciduous forests still carpet many of the slopes on the eastern rain shadow of the Ghats Protected areas in this zone such as Nagarhole and Mudumalai harbour an astounding variety of wildlife wealth from small creatures to elephants and tigers From Karnataka northwards the Ghats meet the expansive Deccan Plateau The hills are lower in elevation compared to the rugged mountains of the south Composed of ancient basaltic lava flows they fall in steep dramatic ghats steps to the sea along the Konkan coast north of Goa A short lesson on orogeny excerpt from Mukurti an unforeseen wilderness The rich swards of Mukurti with their island forests roll away in the pearly mists to drop suddenly without any warning over vertiginous cliffs to the plains and plateaux of Kerala To the north and west lies Wayanad then Nilambur to the south west and then Silent Valley and Attapadi to the south This is a stunning country where overtowering edges meet quiet modulations On a clear day we can see almost all of Mukurti in a glance a seemingly vast and uninhabited land In a single sweep of your head you might gaze upon crest lines escarpments deep drops bumps and bosses as well as cloven and sheer faces that run for miles upon miles There are horizontal and vertical planes intersecting dramatically at the edge of the Park showing us in plain relief that we stand on the edge of Horst or block mountains produced by the processes of faulting and subsidence or upliftment along fracture lines The Nilgiris stand at 2500 m On the other side of the Palghat Gap the Annamalai High Range Palni massif equals this height Steep and high as they are they are nevertheless fairly level at the top They are geologically identical to the Central Mountains of Sri Lanka and are part of the mountain range that runs down the western edge of the peninsula the Sahyadris or the Western Ghats The Ghats are part and parcel of that great mass of solid rock that is the Deccan This means that their cores are very old Metamorphic schists and gneiss dating back to the Archaean some 2500 million years old form the bones of the giant s body Within the very ancient masses or even overlying them are more recent formations younger intrusions of granitic rocks or overflows of basalt up in the Traps at Mahabaleshwar Maharashtra Young or old the Deccan is a big slab of hard impervious rock of continental proportions and not a mile of it formed from the gradual accumulative processes of sedimentation Long long ago perhaps some 100 million years ago at least India was part of Gondwanaland the super continent that included South America Africa Australia Antarctica and Madagascar Imagine this huddle of continents clustered together in the lap of the primeval ocean bearing our ancestral floras and faunas Now picture this cluster breaking up and drifting

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  • In a nutshell | gbsanctuary.org
    meant simply this organisms life forms voluntarily sharing a space together dependant on each other each one making it possible for another to live a life in community all together dependent upon and informing the surrounding earthly terrain including the winds and waters that flow through this terrain Depending on your perspective and interest this community could appear to you as any of these a plant sanctuary or a half way home for rare and threatened plants an animal sanctuary a botanic garden not the same as a plant sanctuary a human sanctuary a place of retreat and learning a wonderland of adventures and mysteries in the eyes of some kids an infant eco village The Sanctuary to some is also an elaborate inter species communal alliance in response to eco cide and hubris Learn about Sanctuary plants here to be uploaded Learn about Sanctuary animals here to be uploaded Here are some pictures of the Sanctuary working crew here to be uploaded Learn about the Sanctuary s botanical associations here to be uploaded Learn about the Sanctuary s educational connections here to be uploaded Learn about the Sanctuary s spiritual and philosophical connections here to be uploaded Learn about

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  • Botanical Day Tours | gbsanctuary.org
    conduct specialist tours on request including organic forest farming and conservation gardening Tours are given in Malayalam Kannada Tamil Hindi and English Of note almost every college and university in northern Kerala would have brought botany undergraduates and graduates here Over 70 000 individuals mostly rural people would have visited the Sanctuary and many would have exchanged ideas and techniques to care for the land in a personal and direct

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  • Vocational Training | gbsanctuary.org
    hour work days will require some payment negotiated on an individual basis Eco System Gardener Training The Sanctuary has trained around 100 conservation gardener assistants till now all of them local women The bulk of our extensive carefully detailed conservation work is conducted by a small group of ecosystem gardeners whose skills in designing and executing experiments have been critical to establishing the gene pool Oddly gardeners maalis have no visible place in the array of recent conservation strategies Yet they are indispensable in the global plant conservation cause Unless we can increase the pool of skilled conservation gardeners habitat restoration efforts are less likely to succeed For this reason we have launched a vocational programme to train rural women from outside our district as Ecosystem Gardeners The Ecosystem Gardener training includes instruction and practice in the cultivation of endangered plants Trainees are provided with meals lodging and a stipend English language classes are available Graduates of the one year course will be expected to continue in fully paid work at the Sanctuary for at least one more year After this they may stay on or return to their own communities to support projects in land care or afforestation If

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  • World Gone Mad | gbsanctuary.org
    and humans she shares her mountain home with as well as the environmental biography of their locality the Wayanad She invites an exploration of a life in community with non humans and the two contrasting aspects of nature that ecosystem gardeners work with resilience and fragility The whole forest and its myriad beings can indeed return but only when certain conditions are met and only with the right kind of help This is critical with the right kind of help the whole forest and all its beings grows outwards again The awful truth is that 93 of the Western Ghats are already destroyed The remaining habitats are fragmented badly Her talk will call attention to the vital beauty of these mountain forests and their precarious toehold in an India that annihilates the environment as its technocrats push for economic might The questions that drive the Sanctuary s work echo through her presentation What must we do to bring the forests back What is it to listen to the natural world What do the plants have to say Whom do we love This talk is given free of cost to underprivileged groups and activists who work directly for nature Interested universities

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  • Friends | gbsanctuary.org
    and playright his best known titles include Nadugadhika and Maveli Mantam His books are taught in schools all over Kerala Baby and Shirly founded Kanavu a school and community with adivasi children Kanavu is now run by the youngsters who grew up there Our friends at Vattakanal Conservation Trust and their restoration work in the Palni Hills Our friends at Forest Way Trust and their transformative work on Arunachala mountain and their new Maradam Farm School Late Dr Mayilvahnan dentist and wildlife photographer worked with Abhishek Jain and Suma on a forthcoming orchid book Pradip Krishen author of Trees of Delhi designer of Rao Jodha Park host of the Satpura section of the Landascapes and Lifeskills Course An article about PK Uthaman well known conservationist activist and photographer from Kerala His articles in Malayalam magazines cover a wide range of environmental issues He authored the text for the interpretive signs at the Sanctuary Dr Satish Kumar orchid biologist at TBGRI collaborator and counsel for 30 years in all matters taxonomic Prof Madhusoodanan pteridophyte specialist at Calicut University collaborator and counsel in all matters pteridophytic Shyamal Lakshminarayan naturalist and Wikipedia editor and co facilitator of our educational programs Rainforest Retreat run by Maya Goel Sujata Lakhani and Anurag Goel Vasanth Godwin Bosco former Sanctuary student now working in the upper Nilgiris on landscape level restoration Diba Siddiqi educator artist and photographer whose support is visible and felt in every aspect of the Sanctuary Diba painted the signs for the visitors walk at the Sanctuary N Venu Trustee of Munnarakkunnu Trust co founder of CFL and now on the board of APU Arundhati Roy writer and activist author of The God of Small Things and several compilatory works such as The Algebra of Infinite Justice Listening to Grasshoppers KT Tunstall singer and

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  • Garden - visitors area and habitats | Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary
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