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Malayan tiger on the brink of extinction.

Recent evidence suggests Malaysia only has about 250-340 tigers left in the wild, so the loss of even a single one is a huge blow to the tiger population.  Recent evidence suggests that Malaysia only has about 250-340 tigers left in the wild, so the loss of even a single individual is a huge blow to the tiger population. Based on official figures, parts from a mind-boggling 92 tigers were seized in Peninsular Malaysia from 2000 to 2012. This remains the tip of the iceberg however, as for every successful seizure there are undoubtedly many more that go undetected.  See link below to read the report in the FMT.

Thailand's so called 'Tiger Temple' accused of supplying the black market.

Tiger Temple Accused of Supplying Black Market. New report alleges that monks at a monastery in Thailand have been speed breeding the big cats for the illegal trade. Please follow the link below to read the report in The National Geographic.

Good news for Tigers in Karnataka

It appears there are more tigers than it was estimated earlier in some of Karnataka's wildlife sanctuaries. Wildlife conservationists hope this means the sanctuaries will be upgraded to tiger reserves to give the big cat even better protection.  The state forest department and the National Tiger Conservation Association also favour more tiger reserves for the state which has the most number of tigers in India. From the earlier estimate of 406 tigers, the tiger population in Karnataka has now gone slightly up.  When wildlife researchers in Karnataka were studying one kind of big cat in two south Karnataka wildlife sanctuaries, they came across something unexpected: In addition to the spots, there were quite a few stripes.  Please follow link below to read the story on NDTV.

Culling of Wild Boar suspended

Chandrapur: After gunning down 72 wild boars, mostly in Dhaba and Kothari ranges, the forest department has decided to suspend the culling operation and to evaluate the outcome.

Chief conservator of forests (CCF), Chandrapur circle, Sanjay Thakre, said that the department would seek feedback from the villagers and verify whether boars were coming back to the same agriculture fields where culling has been carried out.  See link below to read the report in The Times of India.

Karnataka has over 406 wild tigers

Karnataka is already No. 1 when it comes to the country's tiger population. It gets better. Its lush forests are home to more big cats than 406, the number thrown up by the national tiger census report in 2014.  The census report released by the Wildlife Institute of India omitted protected areas like Male Mahadeshwara (MM Hills) Wildlife Sanctuary and Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary , traditionally not known for tigers. Now, a scientific analysis of 1,933 sqkm done through camera-trapping has found a healthy tiger population in the two protected areas. While at MM Hills, 12 tigers were discovered, two were documented at Cauvery ."These areas have the potential to double their tiger count within five years, as a lot of them are young," said wildlife biologist Sanjay Gubbi, key author of the study conducted by Nature Conservation Foundation. See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

Tiger deaths in India for 2015 put at 69

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) revealed that 69 tigers died across the country in 2015, a marginal increase from the corresponding figures for 2014.  According to tigernet, the official database on tiger mortality maintained by the NTCA, a total of 69 tiger deaths were reported in the country. The highest number of deaths was recorded in Karnataka with 15, followed by Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh with 12 and 11 respectively.  See link below to read the rfeport in the Hindustan Times

More information on the cruel and illegal shifting of Ustad from Ranthambhore to a zoo.

Ranthambore to Udaipur Park: Officer admits tiger was moved under ‘public pressure’  The Indian Express had sought the chain of communication between the NTCA and Rajasthan government over the moving of T24, through an RTI plea filed to the Ministry of Environment and Forests.  The continuing sad saga surrounding the cruel capture of Ustad T.24 from his forest home and subsequent incarceration at a zoo.  Follow link below to read the report in the Indian Express.

Apathy has led to the death of tiger cubs

Eight tiger cubs have died and equal number of cubs removed from the wild, while six mother tigresses have gone missing in separate instances in recent years in Chandrapur, but forest department, particularly the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM), has not learnt any lessons. Wildlife organizations have cried foul over the shoddy protection measures in non-tiger project areas and have reiterated the demand of declaring entire Chandrapur as tiger district and wildlife forest circle, while merging FDCM into territorial forest. See link below to read the report in The Times of India.

India has 'too many' tigers!

As India is home to nearly 70 per cent of world’s tiger population, the Union Environment Ministry is planning to relocate some of the big cats to Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar, where they have either become extinct or are on the verge of it.   Experts from these countries recently took part in a two-day study programme to understand the successful tiger reintroduction in Panna Tiger Reserve, which faced total extinction of tigers in 2008. The team was led by Dr Thomas Gray, head of World Wide Fund for nature (WWF), Cambodia.  See link below to read the story in The Pioneer.

Tiger tourism set for big boost in Adilabad

The arrival of a couple of wild cats, a male and a female, within a span of three months has already had conservationists raising toasts.  “More tigers will come as they feel safe here,” predicted KTR wildlife researcher Jogu Yellam. “A lot of effort has gone into strengthening anti-poaching activity,” he stated, giving reasons for tigers to arrive at KTR in the coming months.  Please follow the link below to read this exciting good news in The Hindu.