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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. < ...

Ustad T24 is not a man-eater return him to the wild

Ustad T24 is not a man-eater return him to the wild

The National Tiger Conservation Authority has said that tiger T-24 — shifted from the Ranthambore tiger reserve to Sajjangarh zoo — was not a maneater and asked the state government to bring the big cat back to the wild. The NTCA has also asked the state government to “urgently” regulate tourism activities around the tiger reserve. The authority, the apex body for conservation of tigers in the country, has questioned the state government over shifting T-24 to a zoo inst ...

Ustad removed from his forest home without NTCA approval

Ustad removed from his forest home without NTCA approval

NTCA, responsible for tiger conservation in the country, was kept in the dark to the extent that the only communication it received from the reserve authorities before the shifting was an SMS about an attack on a forest guard. The agency's written request to file a detailed report on the attack fell on deaf ears.  Please follow the link below to read the report in The Times of India. http://bit.ly/1MMVvzG ...

Stress of human activity takes it toll on the tigers at Sariska

Study says human disturbance affecting breeding in Reserve. Tigers were reintroduced in the Sariska and Panna tiger reserves after poaching, habitat loss and prey depletion made them extinct in those protected areas. As part a species recovery programme, tigers were reintroduced between 2008 and 2010 in Sariska and 2009 and 2013 in Panna. See link below to read the report in The Hindu. http://bit.ly/1TplBNX ...

Ustad gets clean bill of health and is NOT a man-eater.

The institute, a Central government-approved body reportedly did not find any human body particle in the samples sent by the forest department immediately after the incident. According to sources, the institute said that in its investigation of the samples it didn’t find human body particles, which means that the tiger didn’t eat human body after alleged killing. Hopefully the Athorities will now reconsider their position and return Ustad to his forest home at Ranthambhore. See lin ...

Ranthambhore May 2015

Ranthambhore May 2015

I arrived for my annual visit to Ranthambhore on the 10 May. This time I was concentrating my efforts on photographing tigress T19, also known as Krishna, together with her three 15 month old cubs.  I was not disappointed; on my first drive around the famous lakes area I found the tigress and cubs having fun in a muddy pool of water.  I was able to see them most days during the 2 weeks spent at the reserve which was wonderful.  Unfortunately, the sightings were tempered on the 1 ...