Not just skyscrapers, Mumbai’s wildlife too is on the map
The first thing that comes to mind when you describe Mumbai is its buildings. The concrete jungle filled with hundreds of skyscrapers leaves little place for imagining a life of flora and fauna. But that’s not true. Mumbai is also home to several birds and animals. Mostly because of its coastal areas and many lakes.
A city-based cartoonist has brought this amazing wildlife on a map. Next time you want to know where to find pelicans or flamingos, refer to this map.
Rohan Chakravarty is an award-winning wildlife cartoonist from Nagpur, based in Mumbai now. His simple but pithy cartoons deal with the environment, conservation and wildlife. His cartoon strip Green Humour is also very popular.
This campaign to make people aware of Mumbai’s wildlife is started by the Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic, a new “climate action collective” of Mumbaikars and organisations such as the climate non-profit Waatavaran and entertainment company DeadAnt. These organisations came together to map the natural treasures of this dream city and Chakravarty drew it.
For a city surrounded and streaked by water bodies, a variety of marine creatures have made their way to the map. Such is the case with a mottled Goniobra-nchus bombayanus, or the Bombay Sea Slug, that graces the title of the map. Among the 90-plus species, a Greater Flamingo swoops past the Sewri Mudflats, while an Asian palm civet scales a palm tree near Vasai Creek.
Did you know
Biodiversity map of Mumbai city to showcase the wildlife hotspots, mangrove forests, urban green spaces and over 90 species that can be spotted in the city has been illustrated for the first time.