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17 Tiger deaths recorded this year in 6 Indian States

At least two tigers fell prey to poachers as 17 of the big cats died in six states this year, the government on Monday said.  Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told Rajya Sabha that out of the total 17 tiger deaths, two cases are of poaching while 14 are under scrutiny and one is from other causes. Eight tigers have died in Karnataka, three in Tamil Nadu and two each in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. One tiger each has died in Kerala and Uttarakhand.  Please follow the link below to read the report in the Indian Express.

Territorial fight at Ranthambhore sadly claims the life of a tiger cub

In yet another territorial fight at Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur, a 12-month-old male cub was found mauled to death. The carcass of the cub of tigress T-8 was found in Kundal region (Zone 6) of the park.  Follow the link below to read the story in The Times of India.

Call to set up Tiger Task Force save the endangered big cat

The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (Mycat) has called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to take the lead in saving the endangered Malayan tiger.

It was revealed in 2014 that there may only be 250 to 340 wild Malayan tigers left, down from the previous estimate of 500.  Mycat warned that Malaysia would lose the Malayan tigers in most of its forests in the next decade if the country as a whole did not up its game very quickly. Please follow the link below to read the story in The Rakyat Post.

Deep in the Siberian taiga a census of tiger numbers is taking place

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More than 2,000 people have been recruited to take part and they will traverse thousands of miles of territory in the Russian far east, searching for tiger footprints. Where possible, they travel in cars or on snowmobiles, but usually the work in the remote terrain has to be done on skis or on foot. The last census, in 2005, showed that there were only around 450 Siberian tigers left in the wild. The Russian government wants the figure to rise to 600 to ensure their survival, but despite success in combating poachers, it is unclear whether the numbers have risen. Please follow the link below to read the report in The Guardian.

Frolicking tiger family shows China's Amur tiger population on the increase

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.

China tiger farms fuel market for bones say activists

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.

Tiger numbers almost triple in India's Valmiki National Park

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.

Traffickers face fight over dwindling tiger numbers in the wild

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.

Orphaned tiger cub now a fearless tiger princess

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.

Wild tigers have made a dramatic comeback-but how?

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.