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"Every night for the past eleven years, Rajesh Sanap and Zeeshan Mirza
have spent the post-dinner hours combing the woods behind their homes.
Like restive sprites, the young men skirt ponds, bash through spiky
hedgerows, upturn rocks, shake up leaf litter, and thread through dirt
trails hairy with undergrowth. In the course of their nocturnal
walkabouts, they've found about a dozen arachnids, including two that
are entirely new to science: a rangy, amber-hued scorpion and a compact,
ashen tarantula with lean limbs covered in white fur. A few years ago,
they totted up all the living creatures they'd encountered, which they
began observing as inquisitive teens and continue to record as full-time
conservation biologists: 76 species of birds, 86 moths and butterflies,
13 amphibians, 46 reptiles, and 16 mammals. Not a bad haul for some
backwoods. It's positively profligate when you consider just where these
backwoods are located: Aarey Milk Colony, as it's called, is in the
heart of Mumbai, the most populous city in India. It's a
five-square-mile thicket of deciduous forest interspersed with
scrubland, cattle sheds, and Bollywood film studios."