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Good news for tigers with more reserves being created

With 30 per cent increase in its tiger population as a result of its conservation efforts, a senior Indian official states that India plans to add ten more tiger reserves to the existing 49 protected areas.  See link below to read the report in the Financial Express. http://bit.ly/2e4pEmB   ...

China only country to support tiger farms

, experts added that China's was the sole voice that was not in favour of tiger farms being controlled. The other countries agreed to put the facilities which keep and breed tigers and other Asian cats for commercial purposes under greater scrutiny agreeing that such farms were contributing to the further dwindling of the big cat population. see link below to read the article in The Times of India. http://bit.ly/2dtZCux ...

200 tiger farms in China where the animals are bred for slaughter

 across China, some 6,000 caged cats are kept in filthy conditions and will be killed for dubious medicinal uses and as home decor for the country's newly-rich elite. The sordid business is mostly legal, but hides behind carefully-worded agreements and pretensions of conservation. The issue is expected to be addressed at this week's Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Johannesburg. In my opinion its time that China took full responsibilty for the damage ...

An amazing catch by a remarkable 'fishing crow'

An amazing catch by a remarkable 'fishing crow'

Last Thursday while waiting to photograph Kingfishers at a large lake in West Sussex I was amazed to watch a Carrion Crow sucessfully catch a fish by diving into the water.  The crow flew very low over the lake before diving head first into the water and then emerge with a Roach in its beak!  The bird then flew to an overhanging branch at the edge of the lake where it put the fish out of its misery before devouring its prey.  I can only think that the clever crow had studied and ...

Machali at almost 20 years of age sadly passes away

Machali at almost 20 years of age sadly passes away

With great sadness in my heart I learnt this morning that a few hours ago Machali-Ranthambhore's icon tigress had passed away. She will always be remembered in the hearts and minds of the thousands of people across the world that travelled many miles to see and photograph this wonderful tigress.   RIP Machali http://bit.ly/2box3gn ...

Ustad T24 still in captivity and is ill again

Ustad T24 still in captivity and is ill again

Perhaps lack of exercise due the very limited amount of space where he is imprisoned is a factor to these health problems. Walking lengthy distances through the forest as he would normally have done would certainly help solve this condition. In my opinion the time is now well overdue for him to be released back into the wild.  See the link below to read the sad story of this magnificent tiger in The Times of India. http://bit.ly/2biTIuI ...

International poaching gang responsible for 37% of tiger deaths

Indian tigers may have bounced back from the brink of extinction with a healthy rise in population, but they are certainly not out of the woods as international poaching syndicates have moblilised their networks in the country to hunt the endangered animal.    However, another set of data shows that poachers are responsible for about 37 per cent of tiger deaths in the country this year, with the number of killings revealing an upswing.  See link below to read the report in the Dai ...