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Mother and cubs waiting for the third sibling to arrive.

Mother and cubs waiting for the third sibling to arrive.

I enjoyed an excellent 2 weeks in India from the 24th October 2019 where my time was spent at Pench and Tadoba tiger reserves. There were a number of memorable tiger sightings at both reserves but for me perhaps the most interesting was at Tadoba where on 2 ocassions I was privilaged to see and photograph tigress Choti Tara with her 3 small cubs. My last day at the tiger reserve I was not to be disappointed as after waiting patiently for over 1 hour the tigress appeared through the beautiful l ...

Tragedy of Tigress T.1 finally shot dead

Tragedy of Tigress T.1 finally shot dead

Tigress Avni, a six-year-old mother-of-two, was killed by an unauthorised hunter in a highly controversial operation in Maharashtra last week.  The autopsy of tigress Avni has yielded clear evidence of foul play, sources in the Maharashtra government have told ThePrint.   The autopsy report, which is yet to be released by the state forest department, shows that the tigress was shot in her shoulder, with the bullet then tracing a path through her ribs to come out through the other shoul ...

Fox lights can possibly help solve human/tiger confrontation

Fox lights can possibly help solve human/tiger confrontation

After more than 30 deaths due to tiger attacks in the areas adjoining the forests of Pilibhit and Lakhimpur Kheri districts over the past 2 years, the forest department has made a successful trial with fox lights that can keep tigers away from human habitation. To check the effect of fox lights on big cats such as tiger and leopard, the forest department installed 3 fox lights at a farm in the Sundarpur village of South Kheri for ...

Maharashtra prepares to kill tigress Avni

Maharashtra prepares to kill tigress Avni

Activists are continuing their fight to save 6 year old tigress Avni who the State Government has ordered to 'shoot on sight'. Sadly a legal battle failed last month when the Supreme Court of India refused to stay the order issued by the the state forest department to ensure no more human-wildlife conflicts would take place in the Pandharkawada forest of Maharashtra.    Media reports indicate that the first killing took place in mid-2016. Since then, around 13 persons ha ...

Urgent steps are being taken to save tigers from lethal virus

Urgent steps are being taken to save tigers from lethal virus

Following the death of 23 lions in the Gir sanctuary in less than 1 month the National Tiger Conservation Authority has instructed all chief wildlife wardens in the tiger range states to take urgent action to save the animals from the canine distemper virus (CDV).  The chief wildlife wardens have been instructed to begin the immunization of both domestic and feral cats and dogs in their respective areas.  At Pilibhit tiger reserve off ...

11 tigers dead in there last 9 months in Karnataka

11 tigers dead in there last 9 months in Karnataka

A very worrying trend of tiger deaths has been reported in the State of Kanataka over the past 9 months including the siezure last week of a tiger pelt at a town near Mysuru. Over the past 2 years snaring has accounted for the deaths of 4 tigers in the past 2 years.  Of the 11 tigers lost in the last 9 months various reasons including poisoning, snaring, electrocution and infighting over lack of forest territory. More on this report can be seen by following the link below.
Maharashtra officials may use perfume to lure tigress

Maharashtra officials may use perfume to lure tigress

Forest officials are considering using 'Calvin Klein' perfume to attract the elusive tigress T1 in the State of Maharashtra, notwithstanding a fresh search operation in Londi forest last Monday. This perfume has been used before in both India and the US in an effort to attract nocturnal animals  Telangana officials are also considering using the same perfume in the Mancherial district where tigress K4 is located with a wire snare attached to her body.  More can be read by f ...

Spotlight on tiger farms in Thailand

Spotlight on tiger farms in Thailand

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, commonly known at CITES,suspects the illegal trade in tigers is still flourishing in Thailand, but Thai authorities say they guarantee all the questions raised by the organization will be answered.  On Wednesday, Cites announced it will commission a report on the tiger population in Thailand and raised questions about tiger farms and breeding tigers, as many farms do not allow visitors yet still generate ...

Good news for tigers

Good news for tigers

The Nepalese Government have announced that the number of wild tigers in the country has almost doubled to 235 since 2009.  This increase in tiger numbers means that Nepal is the first 'tiger state' to double its wild tiger population that was agreed by the 'Tiger Nations' at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summitt in 2010.  The tiger census was conducted with camera traps between November 2017 and April 2018.  The previous tiger census in 2013 arrived at a population o ...

Tiger corridors remain essential for the big cat to survive.

Tiger corridors remain essential for the big cat to survive.

Tiger experts at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have indicated the need for 41 of India's tiger reserves which contain less than 20 breeding male and female tigers to be 'connected' to the remaining 9 tiger reserves in the country that contain a much higher population of the animals.  WII have set out the criteria required for the breeding value of the big cats. Only those reserves with at least 20 breeding units with a tiger and tigress comprising of 1 unit qualify whi ...

Sharpshooter interferes with tranquillising tigress

Sharpshooter interferes with tranquillising tigress

The notorious tigress T.1 was nearly caught and tranquilised yesterday by the special veterinary team from Madhya Pradesh when the controversial shooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan and his team reached and camped in the area where the tiger was expected causing her to vanish into the dense forest. It appears that this sorry state of affairs could have been brought to a sucessful conclusion had the veterinary team from Madhya Pradesh be ...

Shoot to kill order on Maharashtra tiger

Shoot to kill order on Maharashtra tiger

Sadly approval has been obtained from India's Supreme Court to shoot to kill a tigress who has 2 cubs in the western State of Maharashtra as it is condidered to be a man-eater. It is thought that tigress T.1 is responsible for the deaths of 13 people of which 3 were killed last August.  However conservationists questioned the evidence that this tigress was responsible for all the deaths which is the reason for the case being considered by the Supreme Court.  The Court decided to ...

Bandhavgarh tigress released into the wild

Bandhavgarh tigress released into the wild

A tigress that was relocated from Bandhavgarh tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh last June has finally been released into the wild at Satkosia tiger reserve to join a male tiger from Kanha tiger reserve that had also recently been released into Satkosia. It is hoped that the 2 tigers will help increase the nunber of big cats into the reserve.  Before release the tigress had been housed in a specialized enclosure within Satkosia while her health and psychological status could be monitored bef ...

The emotional thrill of seeing your first wild tiger.

The emotional thrill of seeing your first wild tiger.

Rhinoceros unicornus), the fame of Chitwan was soon usurped by the tiger’s elusive glamour, the undisputed star of the show. Even the Latin name resonates with awe and mystery:  ...