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Latest census reveals only 182 tigers remain in the Sunderbans

Wildlife experts in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans forest say a new census of the region’s tigers has revealed that there are only about 100 left. The figure indicates that the highly endangered animal roams in far fewer numbers in one of its last remaining natural habitats in the world than previously believed.   The Sundarbans, spread across a 10,000 square kilometer delta, crisscrossed by scores of rivers, straddle the eastern part of India and the southern tip of Bangladesh. About 60% of the mangrove forest, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, is in Bangladesh, while the remaining part lies in India. Please follow link below to read the report on the Voice of America.

Ustad T24 is not a man-eater return him to the wild

Ustad T24 is not a man-eater return him to the wild

The National Tiger Conservation Authority has said that tiger T-24 — shifted from the Ranthambore tiger reserve to Sajjangarh zoo — was not a maneater and asked the state government to bring the big cat back to the wild. The NTCA has also asked the state government to “urgently” regulate tourism activities around the tiger reserve. The authority, the apex body for conservation of tigers in the country, has questioned the state government over shifting T-24 to a zoo instead of another location in the wild. It has also held that all three attacks by T-24 on humans—cited by the state government—occurred when humans ventured too close to the tiger inside his territory. There was “considerable time gap between the attacks” and rest of the time T-24 had stayed in his territory depending on its natural prey base, the NTCA has said. Read more by following the link below to the Indian Express.

Tiger board tears into Rajasthan Government for transferring Ustad to a zoo

Tiger board tears into Rajasthan Government for transferring Ustad to a zoo

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.  See link below to read more on the report in India Today.

Ustad removed from his forest home without NTCA approval

Ustad removed from his forest home without NTCA approval

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) was kept completely out of loop on shifting of Rathambore tiger T-24 to a biological park in Udaipur, the agency's report has revealed. NTCA, responsible for tiger conservation in the country, was kept in the dark to the extent that the only communication it received from the reserve authorities before the shifting was an SMS about an attack on a forest guard. The agency's written request to file a detailed report on the attack fell on deaf ears.  Please follow the link below to read the report in The Times of India.

At tiger reserves in India its time for 'operation monsoon'.

Preparations have begun for 'Operation Monsoon', when the two tiger reserves in the state, Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) and Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) shut to tourists for five months after June 15. Rations and stocks of medicines are sent to those manning CTR, which is spread over 1,288 sq km, as these officials will stay within the reserve and not leave for months.

At RTR, with its proximity to some cities, the need for stocks to last out the monsoon is not so dire. There are, however, only a limited number of forest guards at CTR, and patrolling its vast area becomes harder in the monsoon, leaving the animals vulnerable to poachers.  Follow link below to read the story in The Times of India.

Stress of human activity takes it toll on the tigers at Sariska

Study says human disturbance affecting breeding in Reserve.

High stress levels in tigers, caused by human activity, have affected their breeding in the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, a study says.

Tigers were reintroduced in the Sariska and Panna tiger reserves after poaching, habitat loss and prey depletion made them extinct in those protected areas. As part a species recovery programme, tigers were reintroduced between 2008 and 2010 in Sariska and 2009 and 2013 in Panna. See link below to read the report in The Hindu.

Ustad gets clean bill of health and is NOT a man-eater.

T-24, the Ranthambhore tiger that was shifted to a cage in Sajjangarh Biological Park in Udaipur by forest officials for allegedly killing a forest guard has got a clean chit from Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IRVI), Bareilly.

The institute, a Central government-approved body reportedly did not find any human body particle in the samples sent by the forest department immediately after the incident. According to sources, the institute said that in its investigation of the samples it didn’t find human body particles, which means that the tiger didn’t eat human body after alleged killing. Hopefully the Athorities will now reconsider their position and return Ustad to his forest home at Ranthambhore. See link below to read the report in The Asian Age.

President Putin's love of tigers saves them from extinction

For all his limitless faults, Russia’s iron-fisted dictator Vladimir Putin has brought a sliver of love and kindness into the world by saving the Siberian tiger from the brink of extinction. The population of the severely endangered Siberian tiger, once numbering as few as 40, has rebounded thanks to his personal intervention.

Since 2008, Mr Putin has taken the lead on conservation efforts, the centrepiece of which was a 150,000 square kilometre zone designed to protect the animals. Under his leadership, Russia has also introduced harsh criminal charges for poaching. Please follow the link below to read the story in The New Daily.

A sad day for India's beautiful forests and wildlife.

In a controversial move, the environment ministry will soon give permission to state governments to hunt animals in high human-animal conflict zones.
Under the procedure, the ministry would notify a particular animal as vermin (nuisance animal) based on the recommendations of the state government. Once notified, the states would be free to hunt these animals for a limited period of time.   
“In areas where farmers are facing huge problems due to animals, there is a procedure to declare them as 'vermin' like blue bull and wild boar for a particular period of time. We will give them (states) permission to declare such animals as vermin,” environment minister Prakash Javadekar said.  See link below to read the report in The Hindustan Times.

A sad day for the Bengal tiger if the proposed 4 lane highway through Sariska goes ahead.

Proposed four-lane Sariska highway to invade tiger territory.  Ever seen a tiger cross a four-lane highway? Wildlife activists say they dread the prospect as the Rajasthan government eats into the predator’s shrinking habitat with a decision to widen a thoroughfare passing through the popular Sariska reserve.  

    When broadened to four lanes, the highway will bisect the territory of two tigers in this national park, and experts fear it will lead to a surge in traffic and human     interference.  See link below to read the report in The Hindustan Times.