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Post By: LESHM


I write this from the upper berth of a fifteen-hour sleeper bus. The past few weeks have been some of the most eye opening, chaotic, inspiring, and action-packed days in my entire life. The Cauvery River – South India’s freshwater lifeline   I returned to Kodagu on a second trip to collect final shots for […]

In full swing

The Jungle Water Project is underway. I was fortunate enough to find South India’s endemic Malabar Gray Hornbill feeding in the forest while I was filming at SAI Sanctuary. A beautiful, sizable bird.     The bigger the better.┬áIt is amazing to see the protection of old growth trees here at SAI and to discover […]

From the beginning…

Welcome! My name is Melissa Lesh, the founder and organizer of the Jungle Water Project. For the past five years I have been exploring the tropical ecosystems of South India, the Western Ghats, a 990-mile World Heritage Site hugging the Arabian Sea. As a portal for the southwest seasonal monsoons, this range is one of […]