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Road accident takes the lives of three precious tigers

If not for the tragic accident that killed the two-month pregnant tigress on Friday morning along the East Coast Expressway Phase 2 (LPT2), we would have three tigers – one mother and her two cubs -roaming the jungles of Peninsular Malaysia in a matter of months. See link below to read the report in FMT News. http://bit.ly/1okTHrr ...

Malayan tiger on the brink of extinction.

Recent evidence suggests that Malaysia only has about 250-340 tigers left in the wild, so the loss of even a single individual is a huge blow to the tiger population. Based on official figures, parts from a mind-boggling 92 tigers were seized in Peninsular Malaysia from 2000 to 2012. This remains the tip of the iceberg however, as for every successful seizure there are undoubtedly many more that go undetected.  See link below to read the report in the FMT.

Thailand's so called 'Tiger Temple' accused of supplying the black market.

Tiger Temple Accused of Supplying Black Market.  ...

Good news for Tigers in Karnataka

The state forest department and the National Tiger Conservation Association also favour more tiger reserves for the state which has the most number of tigers in India. From the earlier estimate of 406 tigers, the tiger population in Karnataka has now gone slightly up.   ...

Karnataka has over 406 wild tigers

he census report released by the Wildlife Institute of India omitted protected areas like Male Mahadeshwara (MM Hills) Wildlife Sanctuary and Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary , traditionally not known for tigers. Now, a scientific analysis of 1,933 sqkm done through camera-trapping has found a healthy tiger population in the two protected areas. While at MM Hills, 12 tigers were discovered, two were documented at Cauvery ."These areas have the potential to double their tiger count within five y ...

More information on the cruel and illegal shifting of Ustad from Ranthambhore to a zoo.

The Indian Express had sought the chain of communication between the NTCA and Rajasthan government over the moving of T24, through an RTI plea filed to the Ministry of Environment and Forests.  The continuing sad saga surrounding the cruel capture of Ustad T.24 from his forest home and subsequent incarceration at a zoo.  Follow link below to read the report in the Indian Express. http://bit.ly/1O6INvf ...

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 ...