Have you ever wondered about the Malabar Civet in our logo?
The story of the @cwsindia civet goes all the way back to Bhagavathy Valley in 1974. A 26-year old Ullas Karanth chanced upon an injured Malabar Civet with distinctive B&W bands on the neck and a black crest running along the back. He noticed that it was clearly different from the small Indian Civet.
A decade later, in 1984, he mentioned the incident to Dr. Chris Wemmer, from the @smithsonianzoo , who in turn informed him about how incredibly rare the event was!
The Malabar Civet has never been reliably photographed, and it has a part-mythical status! Dr. Ullas Karanth published a BNHS note in 1986 about this thrilling encounter.
In 1984, when the Centre for Wildlife Studies was being set up, the Malabar Civet was chosen by him as our organisation’s logo. The Malabar Civet represents the excitement of rediscovery and CWS commitment to rewilding India.