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Forest guards in Assam to receive modern weapons to protect wildlife

Forest guards in Assam to receive modern weapons to protect wildlife

In an encouraging move to protect and save wildlife including tigers and rhinos forest staff employed to protect animals from poachers are to receive modern weapons to fight poaching of their charges. Assam with 5 National Parks and 19 Wildlife Sanctuaries is home to more than 91% of the endangered One Horned Rhino plus 167 tigers, 248 leopards and many other wildlife varieties.  In addition the State have created 10 wildlife fast-track courts which have been set up to deal exclusively wi ...

6 Tigers from MP to be relocated to Odisha

6 Tigers from MP to be relocated to Odisha

Acting on a letter written by the Odisha government, the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA’s) technical committee at a recent meeting approved shifting of the tigers.  More on this story can be seen by following the link below. http://bit.ly/2EolU98 ...

Tiger count started in Kerala as part of the all India tiger census

Tiger count started in Kerala as part of the all India tiger census

The Indian State of Kerala has commenced its count of wild tigers within the state's boundaries which is taking place between the 2-9 February. The census takes place throughout India every 4 years and since 2006 when the State recorded 46 tigers the numbers have steadily increased and in 2014 approximately 134 big cats were recorded. More on methodology of the census can be found by following the link below. http://bit.ly/2FIhHNF ...

Laos still operating 'tiger farms' defying trafficking ban.

Laos still operating 'tiger farms' defying trafficking ban.

Three tigers have been discovered killed near a protected forest area in Laos. The discovery has drawn attention to the presence in the country of 3 privately owned tiger farms where tigers are kept for sale in spite of a wildlife trafficking ban. At present it is not known if the tigers came from the tiger farms or from the forest. According to a WWF report the tiger farms in Laos are holding a total of 500 tigers.  Although Laos announce ...

UK based NGO causes bad feeling in India.

UK based NGO causes bad feeling in India.

Hundreds of guides and drivers at some of India's National Parks are protesting over comments made regarding boycotting India's tiger reserves. The NGO (Survival International) is of the opinion that tribal people are being illegally evicted from their forest home.  Tourism in India's forests is a major sourse of revenue and employs over 80,000 people plus many others indirectly involved in tourism. Relocation of villages from tiger reserves is strictly controlled and adh ...

Concern for tigers in the smaller protected areas.

Concern for tigers in the smaller protected areas.

A team of researchers have expressed concern for tigers living in the smaller protected areas (PAs) due mainly to unplanned road development.  The reseachers emphasised the importance of connectivity between between PAs to preserve tiger genetic diversity and minimise extinction into the next century.  The Central Indian Landscape with a forest cover of 34% contains an estimated tiger population of 688.  The PAs in the landscape ...

Myanmar looking at India for advise in helping to increase tiger numbers

Myanmar looking at India for advise in helping to increase tiger numbers

A delegation from Myanmar is spending time in India for advice on increasing tiger numbers in their country. Myanmar has the largest tiger landscape in the world with about 20,000 sg.km.but being home to only about 30 tigers. In an effort to double its tiger population and reach the global target the delegation is seeking advice from India on the best ways forward to succeeding in increasing its tiger numbers.  Among the 13 tiger range countries India has about 60% of the worlds tiger pop ...

Solar powered pumps are being installed to quench the thirst of tigers and other forest animals in the summer.

Solar powered pumps are being installed to quench the thirst of tigers and other forest animals in the summer.

At Nagarahole and Bandipur more solar powered pumps are being installed to help fill the water tanks in an effort to help tigers and other forest dwelling wild animals find water during the very hot summer months of the year.  An existing pump at Nagarahole drew 60,000 to 70,000 litres of water to a tank drawing many wild animals including tigers to the site. More information can be found by following the link below.   http://bit.ly/2EDXpV3 ...

Almost 1,000 people take part in Karnataka's tiger census

Almost 1,000 people take part in Karnataka's tiger census

A census to estimate tiger numbers is taking place in five tiger reserves and three wildlife sanctuaries in the Indian State of Karnatika. The tiger census is being carried out on different dates throughout India where the last census in 2014 showed a wild tiger population throughout the country of between 1,945 to 2,491 big cats. Karnatika alone showed the largest number of tigers in India during the last census with a count of 406 animals. The world population of wild tigers stands at about ...

Very cold weather has not deterred the census at Bandipur and Nagarahole

Very cold weather has not deterred the census at Bandipur and Nagarahole

Day 2 of the tiger census at Bandipur and Nagarahole continues in biting cold weather. Over 60 volunteers and 250 forest department staff are working to carry out the census in the 12 zones at Bandipur with a further 30 volunteers and forest staff are carrying out the census at Nagarahole tiger reserve. To help forest staff and volunteers in recording accurate data The Wildlife Institue of India has produced an app. known as 'The Monitoring System for Tiger Intensive Protection and Ecologi ...

Tiger killed by poachers at Panna tiger reserve.

Tiger killed by poachers at Panna tiger reserve.

Sadly after all the tigers at Panna were wiped out by poachers some 10 years ago and was subsequently re-populated with tigers from other tiger reserves a tiger was kiiled this week by poachers.  In this instance it is reported that a 3 year old tiger was victim to a wire trap. The latest stastics show a population and conservation success at Panna of more than 30 tigers with ...

Tigers moving from Ranthambhore due to increase in numbers.

Tigers moving from Ranthambhore due to increase in numbers.

From Ranthambhore tiger T.91 migrated to Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary in Bundi probably in search of a forest area where it could create a safe home range of its own.  The big cat has been tracked by forest staff for the past week and it remains to be seen whether the tiger will return to Ranthambore or perhaps try to find its way to the M ...

Sadly more tiger deaths reported in the State of Madhya Pradesh

Sadly more tiger deaths reported in the State of Madhya Pradesh

Since the first week of November the death of 3 tigers and a cub have been reported in the Umaria-Shahdol region on Madhya Pradesh. One of the tigers was a female who had two cubs; one of the cubs was found dead while a search is on for the second cub although there is very little hope for its survival. Madhya Pradesh is the home to about 20% of India's tiger population which amounted to 308 within its six protected areas including Bandhavg ...

Ranthambhore's isolation causes concern over inbreeding.

Ranthambhore's isolation causes concern over inbreeding.

On a recent study by the Wildlife Institute of India concern was over the inbreeding of tigers at Ranthambhore and Sariska in Rajasthan. As this group of tigers are isolated from tigers in other parts of the Indian sub-continent the worry is that the gene pool is diluted and the risk of extinction of tigers in Rajasthan becomes a possibilty. However the study also point out that to date  '>Tigers in Rajasthan are unique and it is ...