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Pilibhit Tiger Reserve looses 4 tigers in quick succession

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve looses 4 tigers in quick succession

Autopsy reports confirm that 2 of the 4 tigers died from poachers snares and at least 1 of the other 2 tigers almost certainly died from poisoning. Since May 2012 the forest division of Pilibhit has witnessed the deaths of 16 big cats which includes 15 tigers and 1 leopard. This report has brought to the fore the issue of safety of the wildlife at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. Hopefully the sad demise of these magnificent animals will help to create a wake up call to the serious dangers faced by the ...

Mining and erosion causing a severe threat to the wildlife of Kaziranga

Mining and erosion causing a severe threat to the wildlife of Kaziranga

Rampant stone mining is destroying the intervening area between Kaziranga National Park and the Karbi Anglong Hills to the south of the park which is used by elephants, tigers and other wildlife to escape the annual flooding of the park from the Brahmaputra river on the northern bounday of Kaziranga. The National Tiger Conservation Authority have requested the Assam state Government where the park is located to put an immediate stop to mining activities in this area.  Kaziranga National P ...

Young pair of tigers to be released into the wild

Young pair of tigers to be released into the wild

A unique experiment of releasing a 'young couple' of orphaned 'Amur' tigers back into their natural forest home.  The female cub known as 'Lazovka' was found exhausted and cruelly orphaned on the outskirts of a village.  She was sucessfully rescued and brought back to health again. 'Saikham' the 5 month old male was found 1 month later with a serious gunshot injury to his muzzle. He received treatment by the vets and has thankfully made a complete reco ...

Exactly 3 years since Ustad was cruelly taken from his forest home to a zoo

Exactly 3 years since Ustad was cruelly taken from his forest home to a zoo

In my opinion a terrible injustice was carried out at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve three years ago today when an adult male tiger known as Ustad (T24) was tranquilized and then carted off in a truck on a long drive in the heat of the day to Udaipur zoo where he remains today. The reason for Ustad’s removal from his natal home was that he was accused of killing a forest guard not far from the entrance to the park.  Much has since been said and written about what happened but ...

Wildlife activists want strategy to protect sub-adult tigers

Wildlife activists want strategy to protect sub-adult tigers

Nowhere to roam and set up a homerange of their own for young tigers dispersing from the natal home. Of the 5 tigers that died in the Indian State of Uttarakhand this year, 3 were sub-adults in the age group of 2-3 years. This news has prompted wildlife activists to call for a strategy to protect these vulnerable young tigers.  
Overspill of tigers into Kailadevi points to overpopulation at Ranthambhore

Overspill of tigers into Kailadevi points to overpopulation at Ranthambhore

Overpopulation of tigers at Ranthambhore has led to territorial disputes between tigers that are now searching for space in the adjoining Kailadevi wildlife reserve which has an area of approximately 676 sq.km. 2 tiger cubs were recently born  to tigress T.92 and sired by a well known male tiger  known as 'Sultan' who formerly migrated from the Sultanpu ...

A potential 'nail in the coffin' for tigers and other wildlife at Corbett

A potential 'nail in the coffin' for tigers and other wildlife at Corbett

The Global Tiger Forum (GTF) has warned that the proposed Kandi Road through Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand to cut the distance between Garhwal and Kumaon regions will sound the death knell of tigers and become an international embarrassment for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  In a letter written to Uttarakhand chief secretary and secretary ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the forum has sought immediate susp ...

4 rare Bengal tigers found dead within 1 month in Nepal

4 rare Bengal tigers found dead within 1 month in Nepal

While the tiger census is proceeding in Nepal sad news has arrived in that 4 Bengal tigers have been found dead in the south-central area of the country.  The cause of the deaths have not as yet been released but a number of reasons have been mooted as follows. Death caused by in-fighting between tigers over prey or territory. 2 of the tigers were found in community forests outside the park and another was found in the buffe ...

Deadly canine distemper can also affect and kill big cats

Deadly canine distemper can also affect and kill big cats

A most interesting article on the concern to big cats of a dangerous virus that can kill domestic dogs and also tigers and leopards.  Canine distemper virus (CDV) has been found in tigers, leopards and lions and in most cases the animal will sadly not survive the disease. More on this excellent article written by Mr. John Goodrich Ph.D senior director of the Panthera Tiger programme can be seen by following the link below.   https://bit.ly/2HFV ...

Possible tiger reserves being considered in Goa

Possible tiger reserves being considered in Goa

Camera traps were laid in sections of wildlife sanctuaries in the year 2016 and 2017 and the presence of tigers was confirmed. This is an encouraging step forward as during the tiger census in 2013 not a single tiger was reported seen. The State forest department has decided to identify core areas within the four wildlife sanctuaries that could be declared as 'tiger reserves' and subject to approval by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).  More on this encouraging
First tiger to arrive at Mukundra

First tiger to arrive at Mukundra

> The first roar of a tiger was heard at the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) in Kota district of Rajasthan on Tuesday, with the translocation of a big cat from Ranthambhore.    A three-and-a-half-year-old tiger, RT-91, of Ranthambhore reserve (RTR) was tranquilised by a wildlife department team at Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary i ...

Serious concern expressed over the safely of tigers in MP.

Serious concern expressed over the safely of tigers in MP.

The Chief Wildlife Warden of Madhya Pradesh has issued a warning to forest staff of disciplinary action if they are found lacking of ensuring the safely of tigers in the Shahdol forest circle of the State. Both Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and Sanjay National Parks are within the forest circle.  The Shahdol forest area acts as an important corridor for the movement of tigers mainly due to the presence of the two important tiger reserves. More on this report can be found by following the link ...

Ranthambhore-March 2018

Ranthambhore-March 2018

Sadly my March two week visit to India where I was to spend time at Ranthambhore and Corbett National parks was very quickly curtailed due to an injury to my leg which caused me to book an earlier flight home. However I am pleased to say that I am now feeling very much better and hope that I might be able to return to the 'Land of the Tiger' later this year. During the first two days that I spent at Ranthambhore I enjoyed some lovely sightings of a young male tiger and also a Sloth bea ...

First tiger to be shortly relocated to the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve

First tiger to be shortly relocated to the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve

Rajasthan will soon have tigers living at the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve. Work is progressing on the infrastructure for the first tiger to arrive at the reserve by the end of this month. An initial soft release site of approximately 28 hectarers has been constructed for the tigers to help the big cats acclimatise before they are finally released into the wild. The release site is in the Darrah region of the reserve which is a contiguous fores ...