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For the past 18 years 124 tigers have been poached every year.

For the past 18 years 124 tigers have been poached every year.

“On an average, 60 seizures were recorded annually, which means body parts from almost 124 tigers were seized each year. The top three countries with the highest number of seizure incidents were India (463 or 40.5 per cent of total seizures), China (126 or 11.0 per cent) and Indonesia (119 or 10.5 per cent),” it added.  This was followed by Indonesia and China. At least 259 people were reported to be prosecuted, again largely in China, Indonesia and India. For 17.4 per cent of ...

More news on the increase of tiger numbers in India

More news on the increase of tiger numbers in India

India now has more than 75 per cent of the globe’s tigers trotting in the wild. The feel-good is justified as the national animal is faring well in most of the tiger range states despite several odds.  Appreciably, the Management Effectiveness Evaluation, a global methodology to assess the functional efficiency of conservation efforts, has rated Periyar Tiger Reserve as the best managed in India along with Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. Follow the link below to read more on ...

Tigers on the up at Tamil Nadu

Tigers on the up at Tamil Nadu

Good news from the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu where the wild tiger numbers continue to increase in the State's 4 reserves. However this is only the beginning as tigers require conductive landscapes to grow and multiply. Corrodors between reserves need to be secure and a substantial prey base are required.  More on this encouraging news can be seen by following the link below. https://bit.ly/2Kvh ...

Night traffic ban at Bandipur upheld

Night traffic ban at Bandipur upheld

Bandipur is a forested area that is not just a heaven for tigers and wildlife, but also a pride of Karnataka. However for the last few years, traffic on the highway that cuts across the area, especially during nights, had endangered the wildfire here as the vehicles would kill animals as they strayed on the highway.  In what comes as a major victory to Karnataka, the Supreme Court countenanced the ban on night traffic, putting an end to th ...

Horror and cruelty almost beyond words

My heart bleeds for this poor 5 year old tigress that was cruelly beaten to death by an angry mob. I hope and pray that the perpitrators of this barbaric act are quickly brought to justice and pay for taking the life of this precious tigress. Finally i would like to draw these barbarians attention to the words of wisdom spoken by the great Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi  "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"  ...

India's wild tiger population has increased

India's wild tiger population has increased

India’s wild tiger population has increased by more than 30% in four years, raising hopes for the survival of the endangered species.   A census found there were 2,967 tigers, up from 2,226 four years ago.  Conservationists said the rise in the tiger population was promising but the figures should be treated with some caution. The rise may indicate better counting.Neha Sinha, a wildlife conse ...

India's big cats in danger

India's big cats in danger

> Weeks later a news report cabled in that three tigers and two leopards had been poached in Bhandara district in the northeast of the country. And we must keep in mind that these are only the reported cases, the carcasses that were found before poachers smuggled them through Nepal and into Tibet for the Chinese market, and ...

Flood forces tiger to seek refuge in a shop

Flood forces tiger to seek refuge in a shop

Due to severe flooding at Kaziranga National Park in Assam an adult tiger has been forced to seek refuge in a shop as can be seen from the attached news sheet.  Images of a fully grown tiger "relaxing" on a bed inside a shop in Assam's flooded Kaziranga National Park has created a buzz on social media and thrown a spotlight on the plight of animals as the state battles the deluge.   The tigers are known to fiercely protect their territory, but the magnificent beast was ...

Tigress and her 2 cubs found dead near Chimur

Tigress and her 2 cubs found dead near Chimur

A tigress and her two cubs of about 1 year of age were found dead in the forest within the Chimur range of the Chandrapur district earlier this week. The three bodies were found at different places near a nullah that flowed close to a village.  Sources claimed that a carcass of a chital deer was found not far from the tiger bodies with only the legs remaining. The cause of the tigers death would be established after the post mortem. More on this sad story can be read by following the link ...

Return to the Plains of Hortobagy in Hungary

Return to the Plains of Hortobagy in Hungary

This month with a small group of friends I returned to Hungary where I spent a week photographing some of the many different species of birdlife and fascinating animals including the numerous hares that live in this interesting and beautiful part of Europe. From well sited hides I was able to follow the lifestyle of the wildlife including male Red Footed Falcons and Kestrels as they carefully passed their prey to the females who in turn fed their voracious youngsters that were clamouring for f ...

Study into human-tiger conflict

Study into human-tiger conflict

Why have incidents of man-animal conflict seen a steady increase in the past few months? What is the reason behind the substantial increase in tiger population? To answer such questions, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will conduct a research in several wildlife reserves across the state.  Due to a rapid increase in the population of tigers, the Tadoba Tiger Reserve will be the centre point of the study. There are approximately 85 tigers and 22 cubs in the forest. However, as their numb ...

High level probe to take place into the death of tiger at Sariska

High level probe to take place into the death of tiger at Sariska

The tiger, known as T-75 in Ranthambore, was named ST-16 after the seven-year-old was brought to Alwar in April this year to correct the skewed sex ratio at Sariska, which had three males for eight females. ST-16 died on June 8 after doctors tranquilised it for treatment of tumour in its right elbow.  The tiger, known as T-75 in Ranthambore, was named ST-16 after the seven-year-old was brought to Alwar in April this year to correct the skewed sex ratio at Sariska, which had three males fo ...

The terrible truth behind tiger farming in south east Asia

The terrible truth behind tiger farming in south east Asia

For nearly five years, Ammann, 70, a Swiss counter-trafficking conservationist, had tracked the tiger butcher, a man named Nikhom Keovised. He had placed hidden cameras inside what had once been the largest tiger farm in >southeast Asia, an illegal operation where tigers had been raised to one end – slaughter – and where the man doing the slaughtering had been Nikhom. And he had listened to Nikhom describe it all in his own ...

Good news for tigers with 11 cubs seen in 1 week

Good news for tigers with 11 cubs seen in 1 week

With 14 tiger deaths so far this year it is a pleasant refief to learn that as many as 11 tiger cubs have been sighted in the forests of Madhya Pradesh during the past week. Five cubs seen at Panna Tiger reserve, and three each in Nauradehi and Ratapani sanctuaries. In Panna two tigresses have have produced five cubs.  Panna's field director advises that the reserve now has a total of 52 tigers. More on this news can be read by following the link below.
17 people arrested for killing tigers

17 people arrested for killing tigers

17 arrested for killing tigers, using body parts for black magic.  Claws and paws of two adult tigers, a cub, and leopard was recovered from them and they claim to have buried body parts of another tiger in Pench tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the MP forest department officials said.  Those arrested include poachers, traders and sorcerers.  The sorcerers, two in number, used to charge Rs 10,000 to 20,000 from the poachers to convince people and get them to buy the body parts. ...