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Tiger tourism set for big boost in Adilabad

The arrival of a couple of wild cats, a male and a female, within a span of three months has already had conservationists raising toasts.  “More tigers will come as they feel safe here,” predicted KTR wildlife researcher Jogu Yellam. “A lot of effort has gone into strengthening anti-poaching activity,” he stated, giving reasons for tigers to arrive at KTR in the coming months.  Please follow the link below to read this exciting good news in The Hindu.
Eagles at the plains of Hortobágy in Hungary

Eagles at the plains of Hortobágy in Hungary

I returned home recently from a trip to the Plains of Hortobágy in Hungary mainly photographing White tailed eagles.  I also had the opportunity to take some images of passerines at a 'drinking hide'.  Unfortunately the weather was inclement - each day the sky was full of cloud thus making photography difficult - high ISO levels in order to obtain a reasonable shutter speed!  The pho ...

Ustad T.24 unwell and to remain at Sajjangarh zoo

Ustad had not been keeping well for the last 10 days. He was suffering from an intestinal block and had not been eating much. In fact, Rajasthan Chief Wildlife Warden R K Tyagi confirmed that the tiger has been struggling with health issues since being brought to the Sajjangarh park in May.  Please follow the link below to the report in the Indian Express on Ustad. http://bit.ly/1HOWx0u ...

Some good news for tigers from Russia.

Endangered Amur tigers filmed in Russian forest. This 20-second video, published by the , shows a mother and her three grown cubs ambling along an overgrown forest road in the 988,422-acre Sikhote-Alin , a stronghold for the hard-to-find animal. Please follow th elink below to read the good news in USA Today. http://usat.ly/1YxMwc2 ...

A lurking threat to tigers and leopards

In view of the escalating man-animal conflict involving tigers around Bandipur-Nagarahole belt, the authorities are wondering if the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), which spreads from dogs and can be deadly for big cats, has been affecting wildlife. The virus is contagious and has no cure once it affects tigers or leopards, though the dogs have chances of survival. The afflicted wild animal gets disoriented, loses fear of human beings and tends to lurk closer to human habitation. This leads to t ...

The Pantanal, Brazil-September/October 2015

The Pantanal, Brazil-September/October 2015

I have just returned from a visit to The Pantanal.  My principle interest was to photograph the Jaguar, this being only one of two cat species that spend much of their time in the water. Each day I was fortunate to find these magnificent animals both at rest and on occasions searching the river banks for their principle prey species, the Caiman.  I saw a female Jaguar swim across a wide river while unsuccessfully trying to persuade her female cub to follow.  Reaching the opposit ...

Conservationists tear into Rajasthan Government over Ustad

Conservationists tear into Rajasthan Government over Ustad

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has pulled up the Rajasthan government for secretly shifting the Ranthambhore tiger, T24, to a zoo in Udaipur against legal provisions, established norms and standard operating procedure (SOP). The move was vehemently opposed by wildlife experts and conservationists. In view of the NTCA report recently submitted to the state government, experts and conservationists, including Rajasthan’s former principal chief conservator of forests RN ...

Tiger count rising in the Indian State of Uttarakhand

The shrinking of space for tigers can also lead to rise in territorial struggle among them and also in incidents of man-animal conflict in the state. Tiger biologist Dr YV Jhala said that Uttarakhand’s carrying capacity for tigers has reached the optimum level. The state, at the most, can accommodate 100 more tigers. He said the tiger population was thriving in the Corbett National Park. Please follow the link below to read the report in The Tribune http ...

Tiger habitat declined by 41% in 17 years

"The Tiger's extent of occupied area is estimated at less than 1,184,911 km², a 41% decline from the area estimated in 1997. India suffered the most range contraction. While part of the difference is due to improved data after a decade of intensive tiger conservation efforts, and improved datasets and techniques, biologists consider the primary cause to be declines due to poaching and habitat loss," says the report. See link below to read the story in The Times of India. < ...