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Machali

Machali

I took this photograph of Ranthambhore's well known tigress, 'Machali', during my visit to the tiger reserve in April 2014. This famous tigress is approaching her seventeenth birthday!  Quite an achievement for a tiger living in the wild!  Up until recently an exception had been made for Machali to receive food supplimented to her occasional ungulate kills. However, I am told that this practice is now to be halted due to a recent court order.  It is not for me to arg ...

Tiger family under severe threat posed by illegal sand mining.

The Katlabodi tigress was rescued by forest officials from a well in Bandhara, 40km from Nagpur, on February 7, 2011 and was released back in the wild in eight days after treatment. The tigress delivered three cubs in 2012 and these sub-adults cubs have become residents of Kalmeshwar range. See link below to read the story in the Economic Times.       ...

How Panna got its stripes back

Ultimately, she proves she’s no coward. T6, the newest tiger in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna Tiger Reserve, walks out slowly and majestically makes her way into the jungle. Her every step forward is a step ahead for the Reserve’s tiger relocation programme, a project that has found great (and rare) success in increasing the big cat’s population in the Reserve.  See link below to read the story in the Hindustan Times. http://bit.ly/1kMY ...

Tigers bring money to Tadoba buffer villages

Excellent news from Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve with large sums of money raised from tourism being distributed to the villages in the buffer zone of the tiger reserve. In my opinion this is a superb way forward in gaining the goodwill from local people of living in such close proximty of the 'big cats'. The policy of distibuting funds to villagers should also help with local people 'blowing the whistle' on any poachers entering the tiger reserve. Well done Tadoba. See link bel ...

Need to create forest corridors states expert.

Without doubt contiguous forest land between India's tiger reserves is essential for the future well-being of the big cat. In addition to the most valuable comment made by Qamar Qureshi an equally valid benefit of forest corridors between PAs' would be to strengthen the tigers gene pool where interbreeding between tigers will only weaken future generations of these magnificent animals.  For more information see link below to story in The Times of India.

When caring less may actually help

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Tiger died of shock Autopsy

Another sad tiger loss in India where a young male tiger that had dispersed and subsequently made a cattle kill has in all probabilty been poisoned by villagers as retribution. The Government pays compensation to farmers in these cases and therefore this course of action was in my view totally unecessary. A tragic turn of events. See link below for report in the Deccan Chronicle. http://bit.ly/1eoPneg ...

Tiger pug marks found in Dewas forest in India

Good news for tigers. Forest Department have found two pairs of unknown tiger pugmaks in Dewas forest in India.  Extra vigil now taking place to protect the tigers from poachers. See link below to read the story in The Times of India. http://bit.ly/LEVZhb ...

Three thousand Wild Tigers in Asia.

A most interesting and well written article in 12 parts on the current state of tiger conservation in Asia. Amongst the many points raised in the article is the fact that there are as many tigers in captivity in Texas as there are wild tigers in Asia!   http://bit.ly/1cn6prL ...