Deep in the Siberian taiga a census of tiger numbers is taking place
Wangqing, China – Rare video of a protective tigress and her playful cubs 30 kilometers from the Russian border is evidence that wild Amur tigers are returning to China. The footage captured by a WWF camera trap is the first infrared video of a tiger family so deep into China. n the past, elusive paw prints have been the only evidence of Amur tigers so distant from the border area. The WWF video of the tiger family is the result of decades of conservation work aimed at establishing an inland breeding Amur tiger population in China. See linkn beow for report and short video clip.
Wildlife protection campaigners allege such parks, along with the dedicated tiger breeding centers dotted around the country, make their big money selling on body parts from the cats when they die — a practice which potentially further threatens the endangered species. Debbie Banks, head of the London-based non-governmental organization the Environmental Investigation Agency, said such sales of the body parts of captive tigers was “stimulating demand and sustaining the poaching pressure.” Please follow the link below to read the story in The Japan Times.
Berlin – Tiger numbers in India’s little known Valmiki National Park have almost tripled. Twenty eight of the big cats now roam across the 900 square kilometre reserve the foothills of the Himalayas – up from just 10 in 2006. "We are delighted that our work in Valmiki is making a measurable contribution to the international goal of doubling the number of tigers in wild by 2022,” says the Chair of German conservation group NABU International, Thomas Tennhardt. Follow the link below to read the report in Scoop World.
Thirteen countries home to the world's dwindling population of wild tigers yesterday agreed to establish an intelligence-sharing network to fight traffickers, ending an anti-poaching conference in Kathmandu. Around 100 experts, government and law enforcement officials attended the five-day summit, co-hosted by Nepal and conservation group the WWF to hammer out a regional plan to fight poaching in Asia. See link below to read the story in the South China Morning Post.
From the success story of an orphaned tiger cub in the Russian Far East—a possible model for tiger conservation everywhere—to the uptick in tiger numbers in India, this is a good month for tigers. The story of the orphaned cub is so entrancing, in fact, that big cat biologists are comparing it to a fairytale. In it, not only is an orphaned cub saved, but she, in turn, may save a whole forested area–filling it with the tigers who once roamed here. The tiger is a female named Zolushka—which is the Russian equivalent of Cinderella. Two hunters found her in the winter of 2012—alone, starving, and frostbitten. She was an almost dead tiger cub—really not much more than a striped bag of bones lying in snow. A wonderful story of survival against the odds-please follow the link below to read this inspiring story.
News of the dramatic revival of the tiger population in India, from 1,706 tigers to 2,226 tigers in just three years, is extremely encouraging and should be a lesson to other countries with wild tigers across Asia.
It is a reflection of India's national commitment to secure a future for the tiger in the wild; a reflection of the value the nation places on the ecosystem, and the cultural, aesthetic and tourism benefits the wild tiger delivers. Please follow the link below to the report in The Telegraph.
NEW DELHI - India, home to most of the world's wild tigers, on Tuesday reported a 30 per cent jump in numbers over four years in a rare piece of good news for conservationists. A census found 2,226 tigers in India last year compared with 1,706 in 2010, officials in New Delhi announced.Environment minister Prakash Javadekar hailed the rise as a "huge success" as India battles to save the endangered animals from poachers and smugglers as well as destruction of their natural habitat.
"While the tiger population is falling in the world, it is rising in India. We have increased by 30 per cent from the last count. That is a huge success story," Javadekar said at the release of the census.
Please follow link below to read the report in Asia One.
A shrinking habitat for tigers is one of the biggest challenges facing conservationists in India, which has mounted the world’s biggest program to protect the big cat. There is a growing problem of balancing the interests of wildlife with those of villages situated in or near tiger reserves. More than a year ago, wildlife authorities scrambled to a village located in the heart of Sariska Tiger Reserveon hearing that a tigress was prowling in its vicinity. Worried that petrified villagers would target the animal, they spent many hours persuading them not to disturb the tigress, which had apparently come in search of a mate. Please follow the link below to follow the story.
NAGPUR: Tigers are long-ranging animals, migrating from one protected area to another. In yet another recorded migration, a tigress named Kaani travelled almost 70km to reach Navegaon wildlife sanctuary from New Nagzira, crossing the busy NH6. Both the PAs are now part of Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR), though divided by the national highway. Quite a few migrations have been reported from Nagzira earlier too. In 2009, it was Prince, who travelled to Pench followed by another male Aayat, who moved along Balaghat-Kanha corridor in February 2013. During the same year, another male Jai reached Umred-Karhandla sanctuary, travelling 120km. Please follow link below to the report in The Times of India.