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Wild tigers have made a dramatic comeback-but how?

News of the dramatic revival of the tiger population in India, from 1,706 tigers to 2,226 tigers in just three years, is extremely encouraging and should be a lesson to other countries with wild tigers across Asia. 

It is a reflection of India's national commitment to secure a future for the tiger in the wild; a reflection of the value the nation places on the ecosystem, and the cultural, aesthetic and tourism benefits the wild tiger delivers.  Please follow the link below to the report in The Telegraph.

New census shows India's tiger population increased

NEW DELHI - India, home to most of the world's wild tigers, on Tuesday reported a 30 per cent jump in numbers over four years in a rare piece of good news for conservationists.  A census found 2,226 tigers in India last year compared with 1,706 in 2010, officials in New Delhi announced.Environment minister Prakash Javadekar hailed the rise as a "huge success" as India battles to save the endangered animals from poachers and smugglers as well as destruction of their natural habitat.

"While the tiger population is falling in the world, it is rising in India. We have increased by 30 per cent from the last count. That is a huge success story," Javadekar said at the release of the census.

Please follow link below to read the report in Asia One.

India battles challenge of shrinking tiger habitat

A shrinking habitat for tigers is one of the biggest challenges facing conservationists in India, which has mounted the world’s biggest program to protect the big cat.  There is a  growing problem of balancing the interests of wildlife with those of villages situated in or near tiger reserves.  More than a year ago, wildlife authorities scrambled to a village located in the heart of Sariska Tiger Reserveon hearing that a tigress was prowling in its vicinity.  Worried that petrified villagers would target the animal, they spent many hours persuading them not to disturb the tigress, which had apparently come in search of a mate.  Please follow the link below to follow the story.

Tigress travels 70km from one protected to another

NAGPUR: Tigers are long-ranging animals, migrating from one protected area to another. In yet another recorded migration, a tigress named Kaani travelled almost 70km to reach Navegaon wildlife sanctuary from New Nagzira, crossing the busy NH6. Both the PAs are now part of Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR), though divided by the national highway.   Quite a few migrations have been reported from Nagzira earlier too. In 2009, it was Prince, who travelled to Pench followed by another male Aayat, who moved along Balaghat-Kanha corridor in February 2013. During the same year, another male Jai reached Umred-Karhandla sanctuary, travelling 120km.  Please follow link below to the report in The Times of India.

India lost 64 tigers in 2014

India lost 64 tigers due to various reasons in 2014 with Tamil Nadu topping the chart with the maximum number of deaths, according to National Tiger Conservation Authority.  Tamil Nadu saw 15 tigers deaths followed by Madhya Pradesh, which witnessed 14 deaths, says the data on's Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, once densely populated with tigers lost seven majestic beasts while Kanha Tiger Reserve reported four tiger deaths. Pench Tiger Reserve and Panna Tiger Reserve lost one big cat each while as many deaths were reported from Balaghat district's forested area, it said. Follow link below to read the report in the Hindustan Times.

Genetic study reveals eight tigers in Pakke

Guwahati, Dec. 28: The first genetic monitoring of tigers in Pakke reserve has recorded the presence of eight big cats.
Guwahati-based wildlife NGO Aaranyak carried out the genetic monitoring activity at its wildlife genetics laboratory on the request of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).  “Successful completion of genetic monitoring of tigers in Pakke this year enabled us to obtain information on the presence of eight tigers in the reserve — three female and five male tigers,” the report said.

See link below to read more in The Telegraph.

Tigress drowns in farm well near Tadoba

CHANDRAPURA full-grown tigress met with a tragic end when it fell into a farm well and drowned, apparently while pursuing a prey in Shivni range under Tadoba buffer zone some times during Monday night. It is the second incident of drowning of a large carnivore in a farm well without parapet wall, in TATR buffer area within a week. The district administration and zilla parishad have drawn severe criticism from wildlife activists for its apathy towards building parapet walls on farm wells in forested areas. Please follow the link below to read this tragic story.

Dreaded tiger poacher Ajit's bail rejected

NAGPUR: Close on the heels of Nagpur bench of Bombay high court cancelling the bail of tiger skin and body parts trader Suraj Pal alias Chacha, additional district and sessions judge on Thursday rejected the bail of poacher Ajit Chhiyalal Rajgond.  In the meanwhile, Raslal, another poacher belonging to the Baheliya community from Katni in MP, was remanded to custody till December 26. He was brought from Satara on Thursday morning on a warrant and produced before chief judicial magistrate (CJM) AC Raut.  See link below to read the report in The Times of India.

Centre asks Tamil Nadu to probe tiger deaths

CHENNAI: With tiger deaths on the rise in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), a statutory body under the Union ministry of environment and forests, has directed them to investigate every case thoroughly and determine cause of death.  After MP, Tamil Nadu tops with 12 out of 58 deaths reported, all in the Western Ghats in Mudumalai, Sathyamangalam and Anamalai reserves this year. MP reported 14 deaths, while Uttarakhand stands third with seven cases. While the directive was issued a week ago, TN forest officials are yet to collate details. The NTCA website says "cases are under investigation" or "details awaited". To read the report please follow the link below to The Times of India.

Tiger conservation forces leopards into human territory

There are a mere 3,000 tigers left in the entire world, but while conservationists scramble to save this endangered animal, they are leaving leopards to fend for themselves, forcing them into human territory where they are more at risk, according to new research.  Please follow link below to read the report in Nature World News.