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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. < ...

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 ...