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Meet the man who has been expanding tiger habitats.

The good news is that the tiger population in the country has increased. The bad news is that these large cats need more space in which to roam. This creates human-animal conflict. But conservationist Sanjay Gubbi has a solution — he came up with the first tiger corridor initiative work carried out in the entire world. Recently, 2,400 sq km (240,000 ha) of forests were included into the protected area (national parks and wildlife sanctuaries) network of Karnataka state to help connect different protected areas. This initiative is the first of its kind in the country after the 1970s and has increased Karnataka state’s protected area network from 3.8 percent of the state’s geographical area to 5.2 percent. It has helped build corridors for wide-ranging species such as the tiger. Please follow the link below to read the story in The Better India.

Tiger habitat declined by 41% in 17 years

Even as Madhya Pradesh's forest and water resources department (WRD) spar over 5,258 hectares of land that Panna tiger reserve is likely to lose in Ken-Betwa river-linking project, International Union for conservation of nature (IUCN) in its latest report has pointed out that Madhya Pradesh and other states of country have lost an alarming 41 per cent of tiger habitat in last 17 years.  "The Tiger's extent of occupied area is estimated at less than 1,184,911 km², a 41% decline from the area estimated in 1997. India suffered the most range contraction. While part of the difference is due to improved data after a decade of intensive tiger conservation efforts, and improved datasets and techniques, biologists consider the primary cause to be declines due to poaching and habitat loss," says the report. See link below to read the story in The Times of India.

70 Tigers and 180 Leopards outside Vidarbha's tiger reserves

The camera trap study — an enumeration technique that uses heat and motion sensors to detect the movement of wild animals and takes photographs, which was conducted under the WCT-USAID Tiger Matters Programme, between November 2014 and June 2015, also found around 180 adult leopards living in these areas. The project covered an area of 3,975sqkm outside the Tadoba Andhari, Pench, Bor tiger reserves and Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. “The fieldwork carried out revealed there are healthy, well-protected forests outside tiger reserves. This also speaks volumes about the accommodative communities living in and around these territorial forests,” said Anish Andheria, president, WCT.  Please follow the link below to the report in The Hindustan Times.


Please sign and support this petition to put right the injustice done to Ustad

Please sign and support this petition to put right the injustice done to Ustad

Let the tiger (T-24) of Ranthambore National Park live in its natural habitat: An appeal to Dr. H.S. Negi, Shri Bishan Singh Bonal, National Tiger Conservation Authority and Hon'ble Forest Minister, Sh. Raj Kumar Rinwa

41 Tigers have died so far in India this year

Six months after India boasted that its tiger population was growing fast, conservationists on Wednesday said 41 big cats had already died in 2015 and worried that the country was not doing enough to save them.  National Tiger Conservation Authority and the wildlife group TRAFFIC said only seven of the cats died from natural causes, one was killed by authorities and the rest were illegally poached between January and August. Please follow the link below to read the story in The Hindu.

Potential problems arise from the proposed relocation of Lions to Kuno.

The proposed shifting of Asiatic lions from Gir to a protected zone in Madhya Pradesh has run into fresh hurdles with the Rajasthan government contending that it could lead to conflict with tigers. The Gujarat government too is planning a second home for Gir’s lion population, described by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the pride of the state. I also have a concern over the possibilty of Lions mating with Tigers which could worryingly produce 'Ligers'. Please see link below to the story in The Hindustan Times.

Bollywood star to become Tiger Ambassador

Actor Amitabh Bachchan has agreed to become the state ambassador for the ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign and promote tiger tourism. The actor sent a formal letter to the state government Monday accepting its proposal and invite, Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said. Please see link below to read the story in the Indian Express.

Good news with 156 tigers spotted in the Lansdowne division of India.

The good news for tiger conservationist this year is that 156 tigers have been spotted in Lansdowne Forest Division in March. The bad news is that forest patrolling in the area, which has witnessed very good movement of tigers, is almost nil sue to scarcity of manpower and funding. Now, divisional forest officer (DFO) Nitishmani Tripathi has put his case before senior officials of the Global Tiger Forum (GTF), National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and senior forest officials of the state, seeking funds and manpower for effective conservation of the tiger.  Please follow the link below to the report in The times of India.

Sunderbans tigers in Bangladesh down to 106

Every year, July 29 is celebrated worldwide as Global Tiger Day. In 2010, at the St Petersburg Tiger Summit, Tiger Range Countries declared their aim to double the wild tiger numbers by 2022 and declared July 29 as Global Tiger Day. Bangladesh, being one of the 13 Tiger Range Countries, observed the day on the 29th in Khulna and in all the ranges around the Sundarbans. On this day, we usually raise voices and mobilise resources worldwide for wild tiger conservation and, more importantly, to build awareness on the issues affecting their survival. This year, the nation was shocked to know that the number of tigers has gone down to 106 in the Sundarbans. Please follow the link below to read the report in the Dhaka Tribune.

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.