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Ranthambhore lost its most famous tiger because of hoteliers lobby

JAIPUR: Ranthambore hoteliers, scared that the park's most-watched tiger may scare away guests leaned on and used their clout to have T24 relocated to Udaipur zoo, and got the operation so secret that even forest minister Raj Kumar Rinwa was kept in the dark, sources told TOI on Monday. T24 was shifted on Saturday after it was suspected to have killed a forest guard the week before. See link below to read more on the tragedy relating to this tiger.

Help save Ustad T.24 from the 'hell hole' where he has been shifted.

Please read this article on Ranthambhore's well known male tiger Ustad and lobby for his immediate retunr to his natal home range before it is to late. A travesty of justice has occured by a nexus of people intent on removing him to zoo conditions. See the link below to the story in the Hindustan Times.

Sumatran tiger on the brink of extinction

Experts say Sumatran Tigers left in the wild may now number as few as 300, with extinction a real possibility.  The Sumatran Tiger could be next to join the Balinese and Javan Tigers in extinction, with as little as 300 left in the wild, one expert says. Habitat loss and poaching are behind the decline of the subspecies, according to Leif Cocks, president of the International Tiger Project which launched today at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.  See link below to read the story on ABC Radio Australia.

The perils of having 'Tiger farms'

The practice is big business in South-east Asia and China, where there may be more than 7,000 of them in tiger "farms" or facilities - like the Tiger Temple - many of which entertain tourists for a fee.

Some facilities are set up like petting zoos, with visitors allowed to handle and play with tiger cubs. Some offer circus-like shows.

But some can be fronts for trading of live or dead tigers - or their body parts. The main market for those is China. See link below for the report in Asia One

Thai temple banned from making money off tigers

Thailand's controversial "Tiger Temple" has been banned from charging tourists to visit dozens of big cats in their care, the parks department said Saturday, following a dispute between monks and officials over the welfare of the animals.

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua in Thailand's western Kanchanaburi province has long proved a hit among visitors who flock there to visit the monks and be photographed next to their huge feline pets.

But the temple has long had a controversial reputation among animal rights groups and Thai wildlife officials who say it is breaking the law in keeping the cats.  See link below to read the report in The Daily Mail.

Captive tigress shortly to be released back into the wild

A captive bred tigress that was one of three five month old cubs (two females and and a male) that were rescued from Dharba forest is shortly to be releaesed back into the wild at Pench National Park. <span 15px;="" line-height:="" 20px;"="">Please follow the link below to read the story in The Times of India.

Scientists worried about India's tiger population.

At first, the numbers seem impressive: India's tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation. But independent scientists say such an increase — to 2,226 big cats — in so short a time doesn't make sense.  "The circus is not necessary," said tiger expert K. Ullas Karanth, science director for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Asia. "All of this tom-tom'ing and arm-waving, claiming we've had stupendous success, is ridiculous and unscientific." please follow the link below to read the repot in CTV News.

Wildlife Conservation Trust conducting security training to help save the tiger

In an effort to curb the of tigers, the Wildlife Conservation Trust, in association with Panthera, a global body that works for the conservation of the endangered cats, recently conducted a "site security training" for officials of the (STPF), a commando unit set up by the government in two tiger reserves, Pench in Madhya Pradesh and Tadoba-Andhari in Maharashtra. The workshop at the reserves, attended by 24 officers, comes at a time when the 2015 Union Budget has slashed the outlay for tiger conservation by 15 per cent. The decrease in funding will effect training of security forces. "Very recently, an STPF guard suffered serious bullet wounds while trying to nab poachers in the Pench reserve," points out WCT President Anish Andheria. "Better trained personnel will be able to minimise injuries to themselves during hostile situations." See link below to read the story in the Business Standard.

Good news for the captive tigers held cruelly in Thailand

Following a series of dramatic events, Thailand’s Department of National Parks (DNP) director- general, Nipon Chotiban, has ordered all tigers to be removed from the Tiger Temple by the end of April. This is great news for wildlife conservationists and animal rights activists who have been fighting for over 15 years to close the facility down after numerous reports of abuse and illegal wildlife trading. The confiscation of the tigers from the Tiger Temple is indeed great news . It should serve as a milestone for everyone, especially the press, to take responsibility and educate themselves before they glamorize the exploitation of wild animals. Ignorance like this is inexcusable and as cruel to animals as are those who profit from wild animals. Please follow the link below to read the report in One Green Planet.

Demand for tiger meat and bear paws rise by wealthy Chinese

Menus in restaurants at a resort complex in northwest Laos offer Chinese visitors "sauté tiger meat," bear paws and pangolins, a London-based group said in March.  Customers "can openly buy endangered species products" in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Laos' Bokeo Province, on the border with Myanmar and Thailand, an area that has become a "lawless playground" for the trade in illegal wildlife, according to a report by Britain's Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).Undercover investigators with the EIA and Education for Nature Vietnam visited a tiger and bear farm inside the zone housing a total of 38 Asiatic bears and 35 tigers. Please follow the link below to read the story in Focus Taiwan.