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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.

A rendezvous with Ustad

A rendezvous with Ustad

Over years, certain tigers in our national parks have carved out distinct identities for themselves. Today, when we as tourists visit various tiger reserves, guided by forest officials, we look out for sightings of particular tigers in his or her territory. In the present circumstances, for the avid tiger enthusiast, each tiger territory in the forest has been made even more familiar due to its inevitable association with the dominant wild cat in the region. These tigers are usually nicknamed by forest officials and guards of the reserve. Largely based on recurrent sightings, over the past few decades or so, tourists too have evolved an understanding to associate certain tigers with the success stories of particular national parks and sometimes even specific zones in the reserve area. Justifiably, today we associate Collarwali or the ‘Princess of Pench’ with the Pench National Park spanning across Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, the tigress Malika with the Tadoba National Park in Maharashtra, Munna with the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh and several other dominant figures accordingly. However, when it comes to the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, the tiger galaxy is quite star-studded, as we usually associate the park with quite a few tigers who have carved out distinctive identities for themselves over the years. Besides the legendary Maachli, over the years, wild life enthusiasts have also grown familiar with tigers like Sitara, Noor, Sultan and Ustad among several others. See link below to read more in The Statesman.

Ustad divides opinion in India

In 19 years of reporting on tigers, I have never seen the kind of mass mobilization of people for a tiger like the case of Ustad. Who is Ustad? or T24? Well, now I have to yank you out of your ignorance and no longer shall you know bliss, like those of us on any side of this twisted debate. T24 is a nine-year-old dominant male tiger in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. On May 8, he was held responsible for the killing of a forest guard named Rampal Saini. In 2012, he had killed another guard and was also held responsible for the deaths of two other people who ventured into his territory.  Since this article was written the High Court in Jaipur have sadly supported the relocation of Ustad to zoo conditions. See link below to read more about Ustad on the NDTV report.

Activists unite against shifting Ustad into captivity

Ustad, the wild tiger was moved from the tiger reserve to Udaipur zoo in a clandestine manner, they allege. The tiger had allegedly mauled a forest guard.

Animal rights supporters and wildlife photographers held a candlelight vigil at Indira Park here on Sunday, demanding that Central government investigate the alleged clandestine shifting of a tiger from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan earlier this month.Around 200 people who participated pledged their support to the country-wide protest against moving a wild tiger, Ustad, to a zoo in Udaipur. The tiger had allegedly mauled a forest guard, prompting the forest department of Rajasthan to move the animal to the zoo.  See link below to read more on the story in The Hindu.


Ranthambhore lost its most famous tiger because of hoteliers lobby

JAIPUR: Ranthambore hoteliers, scared that the park's most-watched tiger may scare away guests leaned on and used their clout to have T24 relocated to Udaipur zoo, and got the operation so secret that even forest minister Raj Kumar Rinwa was kept in the dark, sources told TOI on Monday. T24 was shifted on Saturday after it was suspected to have killed a forest guard the week before. See link below to read more on the tragedy relating to this tiger.