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Machali goes blind in one eye possibly due to infighting

Machali goes blind in one eye possibly due to infighting

Sources said that Machli who is now over 17 years old, at least 3-4 years more than the average life of a tiger, is not entering the park's core area for the past few months. "She has left her territory and is currently seen in Amba Ghati on the park's periphery. Amba Ghati has been known for providing shelter to old tigers and tigresses in the past too," said an officer.  See link below to read the reort in The Times of India.

Siberian tiger released by President Putin 'raids Chinese farms'.

A Siberian tiger, released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has apparently been killing animals on a Chinese farm.  The animal is thought to have bitten and killed 15 goats in a farm in north-eastern China and left another three missing.  See link below to read the report on the BBC News.

Special corridors mooted for tiger movement

HYDERABAD: Can you imagine tigers from Telangana’s forests roaming freely into the tiger reserve areas of Maharashtra and tigers from there are coming into our state’s forest areas without any trouble?  It is possible, says Telangana State Forest Department officials. Follow link below to read the report in The Indian Express.

A deadly virus that can wipe that can make tigers extinct

A new threat has emerged for the already endangered tigers population which is witnessing a study decline the world over. This grave threat for the tiger population is in the form of a new type of virus that has been recently detected.  This deadly virus is called canine distemper virus(CDV) and is commonly encountered in dogs and specially effects young pups. Though a vaccine for this virus is available which can give a foolproof protection against this virus, the same cannot be used to save the wild canine (Tigers) from this dreaded virus. Please follow the link below to read the report in indileak.

Indian Supreme Court slams Rajasthan Govt over illegal mining.

The central empowered committee of the Supreme Court has asked the Rajasthan government to immediately stop mining activities allowed around Sariska in “blatant violation” of the court’s orders and name the officers responsible so that “appropriate action” can be taken against them. The decision to allow mining activities within one kilometre of the Sariska tiger reserve and Jamua Ramgarh sanctuary was taken at a meeting chaired by then acting chief secretary of Rajasthan C S Rajan on December 4, three days after the Assembly polls. “I do not recall that file. I can’t comment as I am not privy to the developments in this issue since last year,” Rajan told The Indian Express. Follow link below for the report in The Indian Express.

Poacher menace shadow on tiger conservation

There’s bad news for lovers of the majestic tiger, India’s national animal: Poachers are staying ahead of efforts to save the big cats.  An analysis of 40 years of data shows that poachers, who kill the tiger for its skin and body parts, are moving to less-protected tiger habitats in south and central India, using trains to smuggle their booty out.

This could explain why 2013 was a bad year for tiger protection, with 43 killings, and why officials say the period since 2009 has been worrying. Things had been going fairly well until then; in fact, tiger poaching incidents have still more than halved in the 2004-2013 decade from the previous one, to 326 killings. Follow link below to read the report in The Hindustan Times

Machali give her the respect and dignity she deserves

Machali give her the respect and dignity she deserves

There is a proposal sent for approval to the National Tiger Conservation Authority in India for Ranthambhore's well known tigress 'Machali' to be dispatched to a taxidermist then stuffed and displayed for visitors to see once she has died.   I have prepared a petition requesting the authorities to disallow this course of action.  In my opinion when the sad time comes and this wonderful old tigress passes away she should be cremated with the respect and dignity that she well deserves and in accordance with rules laid down by the NTCA.  Please sign this petition that already contains almost 3,000 signatures and encourage others to do the same.  Thank you. Michael 

Tigers recorded in Thailand's Salakpra wildlife sanctuary for the first time

Conservationists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have for the first time captured images of a tiger in Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand, officially confirming the presence of these cats in the Sanctuary.   Covering 868km squared, Salakpra is part of the Western Forest Conservation Complex (WEFCOM), a priority tiger area located close to the Myanmar border. Although tigers have been known to live and breed in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in the northern part of WEFCOM, no tiger has been recorded as far south as Salakpra until now. The two sanctuaries are connected through the Srisawat Forest Corridor, which ZLS say could be an important area for tigers providing that the right protection is in place.  Please follow the link below to Wildlife Extra for more information.

Tiger count in the Sunderbans reaches carrying capacity

The Sunderbans tiger population may have reached its carrying capacity. The scientists of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), who are compiling data as part of the all-India tiger census, have revealed this.
The carrying capacity of a population is the maximum number of individuals that can live in a population stably. This, the scientists said, can be a cause of concern especially if movement corridors are disrupted, as this would lead to over-crowding of tigers who would be compelled to enter human habitation triggering conflict.  See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

The critically endangered Malaysian tiger down to the last 250

A new study finds that only 250 of the big cats survive, as poachers have nearly exterminated the animal to feed Chinese demand.  Malaysia's tigers have all but disappeared, and poachers from nearby countries have pushed them to the brink of extinction, according to a new report. A four-year study of the country's big cats—the first scientific count ever conducted—discovered far fewer tigers than previously estimated, reporting as few as 250 left in the wild. Previous estimates had the country's tiger population between 500 and 1,500. See link below to read this sad report