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Conservationists tear into Rajasthan Government over Ustad

Conservationists tear into Rajasthan Government over Ustad

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has pulled up the Rajasthan government for secretly shifting the Ranthambhore tiger, T24, to a zoo in Udaipur against legal provisions, established norms and standard operating procedure (SOP). It was done without keeping the NTCA in the loop. T-24, popularly known as Ustaad, was translocated to Sajjangarh Zoological Park, almost 460 km from its territory, and put in an enclosure after it allegedly killed forest guard Rampal on May 8. The move was vehemently opposed by wildlife experts and conservationists. In view of the NTCA report recently submitted to the state government, experts and conservationists, including Rajasthan’s former principal chief conservator of forests RN Mehrotra, have demanded a “re-wilding” of the big cat. See link below to read the report in The Daily Mail.

Madhya Pradesh politicians show little to no interest in saving the tiger

MP wildlife board, ignoring strong protests from some members on Tuesday cleared NDA government's ambitious Ken-Betwa rivers link project.   Scheduled to kick start from December this year, the project is now being referred to national wildlife board for final clearance.  River link project will come up at Panna national park where the best of tiger habitat is going to be submerged, something that is making wildlife experts apprehensive.   As chairman of the board, when chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that board is clearing the project, wildlife expert and former secretary of forest department Ranjeet Singh protested. He said the decision was being forced upon the board stating board is not a "project clearance" agency.

Poachers kill collared tiger to extract fat oil for homemade 'Tiger Balm'

Madhya Pradesh poachers find a suitable alternative for world famous pain healer 'Tiger balm'.   Poachers killed a radio-collared tiger of Satpura Tiger Reserve (STR) and extracted oil from its fat for using it as a remedy for aches and erectile dysfunction, said sources.   In a joint operation, the officers of Special task force (STF) of state's forest department and Satpura Tiger Reserve (STR) have confiscated two bottles of suspected 'Tiger's fat oil' from the poaching network linked to an international gang.  See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

Tiger count rising in the Indian State of Uttarakhand

The shrinking of space for tigers can also lead to rise in territorial struggle among them and also in incidents of man-animal conflict in the state. Tiger biologist Dr YV Jhala said that Uttarakhand’s carrying capacity for tigers has reached the optimum level. The state, at the most, can accommodate 100 more tigers. He said the tiger population was thriving in the Corbett National Park. Please follow the link below to read the report in The Tribune

Kaziranga and Orang may fill Buxa's tiger void

The north Bengal tiger reserve, which has never had a steady tiger population and has never reported a sighting in more than a decade, may become a home for dispersing and surplus tigers from Assam's Kaziranga and Orang national parks. The Kaziranga landscape, that's connected to Karbi-Anglong in south, Nameri in north and Orang on west, holds about 163 tigers. The recent tiger census, based on scat-sample analysis, found only three tigers in the entire north Bengal.

Food drives Tigers to human habitats.

With less than 5% of India's territory designated as protected areas, many wildlife species share space and resources with people. Outside the legal bounds of protected areas, these animals are vulnerable to poachers and prone to conflicts with people as there are chances of tigers and other carnivores straying from forests following their prey. Follow the link below to read the story in The Times of India.

How the happiest country in the world is saving Tigers

With over 72% forest cover, tigers in Bhutan are not threatened by habitat loss unlike in other parts of the world.  This month, Bhutan just finished its first tiger census and can proudly tell the world it has more than 100 tigers. Conducted entirely by Bhutanese scientists, the survey covered different habitats from snowcapped mountains in the north—where both tigers and snow leopards roam wild—down to dense, subtropical forests. Perhaps more than the numbers, what Bhutan should be more proud of are its efforts to save corridors. These are vital for long-term survival and I heard no less than the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck talk of the need to save tiger corridors, which means their importance is recognized at the highest level. Over a quarter of the kingdom is under an extensive network of protected areas, and another 9% is included in a network of biological corridors connecting different protected areas. Bhutan’s tiger population is estimated somewhere between 115 and 150, with approximately 70 to 80 adult tigers. Please follow the link below to read a most interesting and encouraging report in Livemint.

Meet the man who has been expanding tiger habitats.

The good news is that the tiger population in the country has increased. The bad news is that these large cats need more space in which to roam. This creates human-animal conflict. But conservationist Sanjay Gubbi has a solution — he came up with the first tiger corridor initiative work carried out in the entire world. Recently, 2,400 sq km (240,000 ha) of forests were included into the protected area (national parks and wildlife sanctuaries) network of Karnataka state to help connect different protected areas. This initiative is the first of its kind in the country after the 1970s and has increased Karnataka state’s protected area network from 3.8 percent of the state’s geographical area to 5.2 percent. It has helped build corridors for wide-ranging species such as the tiger. Please follow the link below to read the story in The Better India.

Tiger habitat declined by 41% in 17 years

Even as Madhya Pradesh's forest and water resources department (WRD) spar over 5,258 hectares of land that Panna tiger reserve is likely to lose in Ken-Betwa river-linking project, International Union for conservation of nature (IUCN) in its latest report has pointed out that Madhya Pradesh and other states of country have lost an alarming 41 per cent of tiger habitat in last 17 years.  "The Tiger's extent of occupied area is estimated at less than 1,184,911 km², a 41% decline from the area estimated in 1997. India suffered the most range contraction. While part of the difference is due to improved data after a decade of intensive tiger conservation efforts, and improved datasets and techniques, biologists consider the primary cause to be declines due to poaching and habitat loss," says the report. See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

70 Tigers and 180 Leopards outside Vidarbha's tiger reserves

The camera trap study — an enumeration technique that uses heat and motion sensors to detect the movement of wild animals and takes photographs, which was conducted under the WCT-USAID Tiger Matters Programme, between November 2014 and June 2015, also found around 180 adult leopards living in these areas. The project covered an area of 3,975sqkm outside the Tadoba Andhari, Pench, Bor tiger reserves and Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. “The fieldwork carried out revealed there are healthy, well-protected forests outside tiger reserves. This also speaks volumes about the accommodative communities living in and around these territorial forests,” said Anish Andheria, president, WCT.  Please follow the link below to the report in The Hindustan Times.