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Tigers bring money to Tadoba buffer villages

Excellent news from Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve with large sums of money raised from tourism being distributed to the villages in the buffer zone of the tiger reserve. In my opinion this is a superb way forward in gaining the goodwill from local people of living in such close proximty of the 'big cats'. The policy of distibuting funds to villagers should also help with local people 'blowing the whistle' on any poachers entering the tiger reserve. Well done Tadoba. See link bel ...

Need to create forest corridors states expert.

Without doubt contiguous forest land between India's tiger reserves is essential for the future well-being of the big cat. In addition to the most valuable comment made by Qamar Qureshi an equally valid benefit of forest corridors between PAs' would be to strengthen the tigers gene pool where interbreeding between tigers will only weaken future generations of these magnificent animals.  For more information see link below to story in The Times of India.

When caring less may actually help

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Tiger died of shock Autopsy

Another sad tiger loss in India where a young male tiger that had dispersed and subsequently made a cattle kill has in all probabilty been poisoned by villagers as retribution. The Government pays compensation to farmers in these cases and therefore this course of action was in my view totally unecessary. A tragic turn of events. See link below for report in the Deccan Chronicle. http://bit.ly/1eoPneg ...

Worrying news from Ranthambhore as 'Machali' goes missing

Worrying news from Ranthambhore as 'Machali' goes missing

I learnt today that Ranthambhore's well known tigress 'Machali' has not been seen for about two weeks.  'Machali' is a tigress whose fortunes I have been following for many years and has produced four litters of cubs. Now at over 16 years of age she no longer has any canine teeth although only last May I witnessed her on an adult Samba deer kill which she was relishing. I hope that she will be found safe and well although I do have strong doubts that she wiil be s ...

Tiger pug marks found in Dewas forest in India

Good news for tigers. Forest Department have found two pairs of unknown tiger pugmaks in Dewas forest in India.  Extra vigil now taking place to protect the tigers from poachers. See link below to read the story in The Times of India. http://bit.ly/LEVZhb ...

Three thousand Wild Tigers in Asia.

A most interesting and well written article in 12 parts on the current state of tiger conservation in Asia. Amongst the many points raised in the article is the fact that there are as many tigers in captivity in Texas as there are wild tigers in Asia!   http://bit.ly/1cn6prL ...

Tigers or Coal? India makes a choice

India has to make a stark chioce between its National Animal the tiger or coal.  If the choice is coal it will be a short term solution as it will run out in a few years time. I cannot understand why more attention is not given to solar energy as once set up will cost virtually nothing to run and with the amount of sunshine in India it would seem to be a logical way forward. See link below to read the report in the Huffington Post. http://huff.to/1d9QoW5 ...

Tiger conservation gets EUR 20 million boost from Germany

Germany has made a very generous donation of EUR 20 million to a tiger conservation programme managed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The programme is to help increase the number of wild tigers and also to improve the livelyhoods of communities living in close to the tigers habitat. See link below to read the story in the news report by IUCN. http://bit.ly/1dswGeg   ...

Palm oil company fined millions for burning Sumatran forest

The tragedy of the Palm Oil industry in Indonesia is highlighted again by the continual destruction of the valuable rain forests in Sumatra. The forests are the home of many endangered species including the Sumatran tiger, rhino, elephant and last but not least the gentle orangutan whose forest home is being burnt and destroyed by ruthless companies in the rush to gain more land for Palm oil plantations.  Please see link below to read the story published by the Environment News Service. ...

Tiger and leopard poaching cases have been pending for almost 40 years in MP courts

This is a sad indictment of the legal system in Madhya Pradesh where over 200 cases of tiger and leopard poaching that are being tried in the courts are taking so long to reach a conclusion.  I wonder how serious is the State in saving India's precious wildlife from poaching. Unfortunately tigers and leopards cannot vote!!  See the link below to read the report in the Economic Times. http://bit.ly/1lPRvTb ...

Tiger kills villager at Tadoba

Although an extremely sad situation with a villager being killed by a tiger- the villagers should not have been in the core area of park collecting wood. Surely they must have known the danger involved in entering the core which is of course the tigers protected area.  See link below to the report in The Times of India. http://bit.ly/1gpQgGj ...