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Some good news for tigers from Russia.

Endangered Amur tigers filmed in Russian forest. Conservationists have released extremely rare footage of four Amur tigers in the Russian wilderness, suggesting efforts to protect the endangered species from poachers are bearing fruit.  This 20-second video, published by the Wildlife Conservation Society, shows a mother and her three grown cubs ambling along an overgrown forest road in the 988,422-acre Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve, a stronghold for the hard-to-find animal. Please follow th elink below to read the good news in USA Today.

Tiger numbers are encouraging but confusing

Chris Slappendel, the founder of the Tiger Trail Foundation, announced today, 25 November, that the number of tigers is on the rise again. Following an evaluation in all tiger range countries, Slappendel concluded that the number of tigers living in the wild has exceeded the 4,000 mark, after hitting rock bottom in 2010 with 3,200 tigers.  While this 25 percent rise in tiger numbers makes the situation seem like it’s improving, there is still no reason for optimism. According to the latest count numbers in the tiger range countries, plus the corresponding scientific calculations based on those figures, we are in a position to announce that the number of tigers living in the wild has increased and surpassed the 4,000 mark”, Slappendel said.  Please follow the link below to read the story in Mizzima News

A lurking threat to tigers and leopards

In view of the escalating man-animal conflict involving tigers around Bandipur-Nagarahole belt, the authorities are wondering if the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), which spreads from dogs and can be deadly for big cats, has been affecting wildlife. The virus is contagious and has no cure once it affects tigers or leopards, though the dogs have chances of survival. The afflicted wild animal gets disoriented, loses fear of human beings and tends to lurk closer to human habitation. This leads to the cats not only being sighted more often on the forest fringes, but it also makes them susceptible to poaching.

Tigers left out to dry as river is dammed

The Ken River in the tiger reserve of Panna - home to more than 32 tigers, a crocodile sanctuary, seven endangered species of vulture and 10 tribal villages - flows freely in rainier periods, but has been reduced to isolated pools of water.  The area is set to lose what water it has, however, as the national government pushes ahead with plans to dam the river and divert 660 million cubic litres of water per year to the Betwa River in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh.  Please follow the link below to read the report in News 24.

Budget cut threatens tigers and other wildlife in India.

The security of 44 tigers in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) is at stake, as there is a cut in the budget allocation for the reserve under the National Tiger Conservation Authority, and a reduction also in state government funding. There is likelihood that about 150 contract workers engaged in guarding the reserve will be told to go.  Kailash Prakash, DFO, PTR, told TOI, "There is a significant decrease of 27% in the budget allocated to tiger reserves from the NTCA. We will be forced to fire some men for lack of funds." Besides tigers, the PTR is home to other endangered species like pangolins, forest owl, Bengal bustard, the four-horned antelope, swamp francolin, honey badger and other species.  Please follow link below to read the report in The Times of India.

Tiger captured and shifted 300k to Panna

Wildlife activist Ajay Dubey on Friday alleged that the translocation of the tiger that was captured in Bhopal on Friday to the Panna tiger reserve, where a tigress was recently found to be infected with canine distemper virus (CDV), was in violation of guidelines. He said the way the state wildlife department hurriedly shifted the tiger that had been tranquilised and injured after falling from the roof was a clear violation of the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for shifting of wild cats. The tiger was transported from Bhopal at 7 pm on Thursday and reached Panna on Friday morning, he added. See link below to read the report in the Hindustan Times.

An old age home for tigers

When young, tigers rule the forest. But that day is not far, when they would also need an old-age home! And now if things fall in place, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) may soon earmark specific areas to develop ‘homes’ for the old and injured tigers. Even though these spots will be outside the core tiger reserve arena, they will be part of the tiger safaris. The objective is to not only provide care to the ageing tigers but also to reduce pressure on the core tiger habitats by restricting the visitors to these buffer areas. This way, the visitors will get a chance to spot the tigers easily at the safaris, without hampering the core reserve area. Please see link below to read the story in the Indian Express.

Kaziranga, Orang may fill Buxa's tiger void

Buxa may regain its stripes soon.  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. Please see link below to read the report in The Times of India.

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.