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Tigers under threat in Indian forest that inspired 'The Jungle Book'.

The tigress lay partly obscured by a lantana bush, attracting a crowd of nature tourists with safari gear and long camera lenses who assumed she was napping in the sun.   But when the tiger nicknamed Baghinnala didn’t move, park rangers eventually realized the awful truth — she was dead, along with two of her four cubs. She had been poisoned.  Baghinnala’s death, along with those of five other tigers from the famous reserve this year, has again focused attention on ...

Sumatran Tiger rescued from wild boar snare in west Sumatra

The team arrived in the area at 11:30 a.m. local time and managed to rescue the tiger, which had been trapped since Tuesday (May 24), after making the big cat unconscious by shooting a tranquilizer dart, Head of Area III Conservation of West Sumatra BKSDA Surajiya stated here on Friday.  See link below to read the story at Anrara News  http://bit.ly/1OSY2c5 ...

Ustad T24 the male tiger from Ranthambhore does not belong in a zoo

Ustad T24 the male tiger from Ranthambhore does not belong in a zoo

It’s been a year since the magnificent Bengal tiger Ustad – Urdu for ‘master’ – was punished and ‘incarcerated’ in Sajjangarh Zoo. Though forest officials claim he is in fine fettle, the mystery of the tiger’s complete isolation is baffling. Notwithstanding department staff, veterinary and some officials keeping watch through CCTV cameras, no one has set eyes on him since his relocation to a ‘non-display’ area even as voices ...

Tigers chief source of prey at Chandrapur to be culled

 of wild boars in tiger-bearing areas in forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar's hometown Chandrapur is turning into a big controversy, the BJP government in the state is completely ignoring a report by a high-powered committee recommending measures to tackle crop damage by wild animals. The report had said Beed district is the worst hit by 

Endangered stuffed Tigers and elephant tusks destroyed at Indonesian square

Stuffed Sumatran tiger pelts, ivory and other wildlife trophies have been seized by authorities and burned in a bid to fight illegal poaching and the trade of endangered animal products in Indonesia. Disturbing pictures show melting taxidermy bodies, tusks, bones and the pelts of several other endangered animals which were seized by Indonesian officials and burned in Banda Aceh on Monday. The Indonesian Forestry Ministry officials and Aceh's Nature Conservation Agency hope that burning the i ...

The battle continues over captive tigers in Thailand

Now, after complaints of trafficking in endangered species, the government is trying to shut down the attraction. But there are two major obstacles: the temple, which has gone to court to block the closing, and the tigers. What do you do with nearly 150 carnivorous cats raised in captivity?   See link below to read this continuing saga in The New York Times. http://nyti.ms/1SYKDpI ...

Scientists tell the Indian Government that tiger claims are 'ridiculous'

In the year 1900, there may have been as many or more than 100,000 tigers roaming this planet's forests. And every year since then until now, that number has decreased. But a combination of better and broader monitoring techniques and, governments say, increased vigilance against poachers has led to the first increase in tiger numbers in over a century — to 3,890 this year. Some of the biggest increases were in India, which, in its latest tiger census, claimed a 30 percent population ...

Forest Guard implicated over the death of the Pench tigress and her cubs

Accused Vipin Varmiya, 37, was posted in the buffer zone near the park's Turia gate. This is the fifth arrest in the case. He reportedly was among the group which used to poison water bodies in buffer zones to poach spotted deer. Varmiya had been doing this for last many months. He is being interrogated for ascertaining number of animals he had killed in the recent past. STF officials said his statement has been recorded.  Please follow the link below to read the story in The Times of ...

More evidence suggesting that 'Ustad' has been unfairly treated.

More evidence suggesting that 'Ustad' has been unfairly treated.

Experts from the Bareilly-based Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) have found "nothing unusual" in the behavior of nine-year-old tiger T-24, also known as 'Ustad', that was translocated from Ranthambhore in Rajasthan to Udaipur after a forester was attacked and killed by a male tiger in the National Park. Though it was not clear whether it was T-72 or T-24 that attacked, Ustad was shifted as there were three incidents against him. Since then T-24 has been under obser ...