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Machali give her the respect and dignity she deserves

Machali give her the respect and dignity she deserves

There is a proposal sent for approval to the National Tiger Conservation Authority in India for Ranthambhore's well known tigress 'Machali' to be stuffed and displayed for visitors to see upon her demise. I have prepared a petition requesting the authority to disallow this course of action. In my opinion when the sad time comes and this wonderful old tigress passes away she should be cremated with the respect and dignity that she well deserves. Please sign this petition and encourage others to do the same. 

Encouraging increase in tiger numbers at Tadoba-Andhari

The abstracts of the report were discussed at a two-day internal research seminar by WII from August 18-20. The study is part of the six-year mega project (2013-2018) launched with funding from Maharashtra forest department and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).  Follow link below to read the report in The Times of India.

Tiger tracking system soon to launched to combat poaching

With poaching being the largest threat to tigers, a specialised tracking system will soon be launched in the country's 47 tiger reserves to curb wildlife crimes, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.  The Management Information System (MIS) based tiger tracking system will enable real-time exchange of information and data between officials of the tiger reserves in case there are incidents of seizures, poaching and other wildlife crimes. Please follow link below to read the report in The Business Standard.

Scientists find surprising connections between isolated tiger populations in Central India

In May 2011, a young male Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) made its way to a village in the state of Karnataka in India. The tiger had been quite a hiker. To reach the village, it had walked more than 280 kilometers (174 miles) from Bandipur Tiger Reserve, a protected area famous for these elusive big cats. Understanding where the tiger had begun its marathon had not been very difficult. Once it was caught in the village by the forest department staff, a team of wildlife scientists matched its unique fingerprint-like stripe pattern with the stripe patterns of all tigers in their voluminous camera-trap photo-database. They soon found a match. The tiger was last “seen” by a camera in Bandipur in February 2010. Read more by following this link to

Problematic tiger shot dead ahead of elections

Police sharp shooters shot dead a problematic sub-adult (less than 3-year old) tiger in Chichpalli range of FDCM with AK47 rifles on Tuesday. Conservationists say the shooting was ordered by the state forest chief under political pressure with both, the Congress and BJP, trying to 'make a killing' ahead of state assembly elections in October.  The killing brought some relief to the people of Pombhurna village and its surroundings where seven people had been mauled to death by tigers in six months. But there are doubts if the right tiger was shot.  See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

Tigress released back into the wild after treatment

In a first, the foresters of Sunderbans have released a tigress, that had undergone treatment in captivity for a year-and-a-half, in the wild with a collar on its neck.  While there was controversy earlier over the release of tigers in the mangroves without collars, the department this time took no chance and decided to monitor its movements through a hi-tech collar. The state's chief wildlife warden will be able to monitor the animal sitting in his chamber at Bikash Bhawan in Salt Lake. Earlier in 2009, five tigers in the Sunderbans were radio-collared for the estimation of the big cats' number in the mangroves.  See link below to read the report in The Times of India.

Women throw ring around tigers at Dudhwa tiger reserve

The tigers of Dudhwa reserve are under the vigil of women this monsoon. Every day, 24 women home guards cover a distance of 8-12 km on foot to protect the tiger terrain from poachers.  Their tip-off helped the reserve authorities nab six poachers who were caught with spears and traps.  See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

Political pressure to shoot tiger.

Amid pressure from villagers who have been instigated by BJP legislators Shobha Fadnavis and Sudhir Mungantiwar, the Chandrapur chief conservator of forest (CCF) Sanjay Thakre has sought permission to shoot the problem tiger of Pombhurna tehsil.  The sub-adult tiger has mauled to death six villagers and injured an equal number in the last six months (from February 17 to July 25). Of those killed, four were attacked in Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) area. Almost all the deaths have occurred after villagers ventured deep into the forest for illicit felling. Thakre wrote to chief wildlife warden Sarjan Bhagat on August 4 seeking permission to shoot the tiger.  See link below to read the report in The Times of India.

Released on bail tiger poachers never reappear in court

Even as endangered species like tigers are bring poached to extinction, those involved are being freed one by one on bail, only to get into the same business again.  Last month, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court granted bail to two Baheliya poachers, Yarlen and Barsul. Before that, tiger skin trader Naresh Lala from Delhi was also released on bail.  Now, all three have filed an application before the court to be exempted from appearance at hearings due to health reasons.  See link below to read this sad report in The Times of India.

Drones to monitor at 10 wildlife sites in India.

In what could be a major boost to technologically-empowered wildlife surveillance and research in India, plans are afoot to introduce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones in 10 biodiversity-rich sites across India by January 2015. Following successful pilot runs in Madhya Pradesh's Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) earlier this year, use of drones has brought into the spotlight the importance of technology in wildlife management and conservation. See link below to read the report in The Times of India.