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The new indigenous forest dwellers are the heroes of conservation

The new indigenous forest dwellers are the heroes of conservation

The experiment here in the Royal Belum State Park of Malaysia suggests one solution: The most effective way to protect forests and wildlife is to enlist the help of the communities who already live there and possess a unique body of knowledge of the landscape they live in.  Found only in Peninsular Malaysia and southern Thailand, the Malayan tiger is its own subspecies and is found nowhere else in the world. In the 1950s, it was estimated that 3,000 roamed our rainforests. Those figures h ...

Eight year old tiger bleeds to death in poachers trap

Eight year old tiger bleeds to death in poachers trap

Razor wire put up by poachers to catch deer, nilgai and wild boar ensnared a full grown tiger last Sunday which led to its painful and agonising death. Over the past 2 years in the same region over 5 other big cats have seen similar killings. Sources claim that the area has become a hotbed of big cat killings by poachers and in March 2019 a tiger was killed less than 12 km from the spot where the adult male tiger's body was discovered last Monday. More on this tragic event can be read by f ...

Concern over the fragmentation of tiger habitat

Concern over the fragmentation of tiger habitat

The study published in journal of Molecular Biology and Evolution published on February 16 suggests that these four tiger subspecies are genetically distinct but there is inbreeding among Indian tigers, which is a result of isolated populations due to habitat loss. “What the paper points out is that although Indian tigers as a whole (all Indian tigers looked at in this study) have the highest amount of variation compared to any other subspecies, some Indian tigers do show signs of possib ...

Satellite technology used to study tiger behaviour, movement and response to disturbances

Satellite technology used to study tiger behaviour, movement and response to disturbances

The latest tiger census report, released in 2018, put the number of big cats in the country at 235, nearly double the recorded 121 in 2009. The achievement made Nepal the first country on track to meet the international commitment of the 13 tiger range countries to double their tiger populations from the base of 2010, estimated to be between 3,200 and 3,500 worldwide, by 2022.  The impressive ...

19 Tiger deaths reported in Tamil Nadu in last 3 years

19 Tiger deaths reported in Tamil Nadu in last 3 years

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has reported 19 tiger deaths in the last three years of which nine are under scrutiny including the infamous poisoning deaths at Pollachi in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) last year.  In all, India has lost a staggering 303 tigers since 2018, of which 109 are deemed natural, seven unnatural but not attributed to poaching (includes tigers which died due to accidents, were eliminated in conflict events etc), 55 from poaching, 27 from seizures and 105 deaths are still u ...

Tamil Nadu to have India's 51st tiger reserve

Tamil Nadu to have India's 51st tiger reserve

Tamil Nadu to get its fifth tiger reserve between Meghamalai and SrivilliputConservationists believe that by declaring the Meghamalai-Srivilliputhur Tiger reserve, there are great chances for the Vaigai River rejuvenation. India presently has 50 tiger reserves and the latest addition in Tamil Nadu will become the country’s 51st reserve. Kalakkad Mundanthurai was Tamil Nadu’s first Tiger reserve, created between 1988 and 1989. Then came Anamalai and Mudumalai formed between 2008 and ...

Sundarbans tigers under increased threat from poachers

Sundarbans tigers under increased threat from poachers

  Sundarbans under red alert to stop poaching, trafficking of wildlife. “The forest rangers have been given strict instructions to perform their duties. In addition, instructions have been given to intensify patrols inside the forest,” Sundarbans East Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Mohammad Belayet Hossain said. At the same time, a temporary ban has also been imposed on the movement of small dinghy boats in the forest and the Forest Department has also announced t ...

India recorded over 100 tiger deaths last year

India recorded over 100 tiger deaths last year

tigers in 2020 due to various causes ranging from terrirorial fights, poacing, road accidents,and natural causes.  According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, the apex body formed by the ministry of environment and forests to keep check on the status of big cats in India the number of tigers killed in 2020 was 106.  ...

NTCA allows sterilisation of feral dogs to protect tigers

NTCA allows sterilisation of feral dogs to protect tigers

To deal with the fallout of a growing number of feral dogs on Monday laid a standard - them and vaccinate .And all 50 reserves in the  be as "street With this, according the SOP released on Monday, within tiger will dealt with keeping the Rules, 2001. The of the of Cruelty to Animals street are be up, released where were up from. ln case of re ...

Tigers relocated from Corbett to Rajaji tiger reserve

Tigers relocated from Corbett to Rajaji tiger reserve

A team of around 50 forest officials with the help of two sniffer dogs and two elephants after a week-long recce succeeded in tranquilising and translocating a five-year-old female tiger from the Bijrani area of Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) to the Motichur area of Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) on Thursday.   ...

First tiger to be relocated from Corbett to Rajaji

First tiger to be relocated from Corbett to Rajaji

First tiger to be shifted to Rajaji from Corbett Tiger Reserve this week.  The project for translocation of tigers to the western part of Rajaji was approved by the Central government in 2016.  S Suhag, chief wildlife warden of Uttarakhand forest department, said, “All preparations have been done for the translocation process in both Corbett and Rajaji. A team will leave for Corbett on Thursday, and we are hopeful that by the end of this week, the first tiger will be tranquilis ...

Tiger State Madhya Pradesh lost 290 tigers in 19 years

Tiger State Madhya Pradesh lost 290 tigers in 19 years

MADHYA Pradesh has lost 290 tigers over the last 19 years but the Central Indian State still has more than 675 tigers, including 125 cubs, in the designated reserves and in the wild, a top Forest Department official said on Monday. Claiming that the population of tigers has actually “gone up”, he said Madhya Pradesh will continue to remain the “tiger State of India”. The official said only five per cent of the deaths of big cats had occurred due to poaching or in man-an ...

Two small male tiger cubs were rescued at Mudumalai tiger Reserve

Two small male tiger cubs were rescued at Mudumalai tiger Reserve

K.K. Kaushal, Field Director of MTR, said the carcass of the tigress was found on Friday evening by Forest Department staff. As it was nearing dusk, a decision was taken to conduct a post-mortem on the carcass on Saturday. “When we reached the spot on Saturday, we heard the cries of two tiger cubs near the carcass,” said Mr. Kaushal. Following this development, the focus quickly shifted to ensuring the survival of the two cubs, who were males.  The forest department hopes to r ...

Maharashtra male tiger now captured

Maharashtra male tiger now captured

The Maharashtra forest department on Tuesday captured an elusive male tiger, aged about five to six years, near Sindhi village in Rajura forest at Central Chanda, Chandrapur. The tiger, RT1, is suspected to have killed eight people and injured three others since January 2019.  RT1 had evaded all the capture efforts since February this year, when the chief wildlife warden had issued orders to capture the wild cat.  Activists, however, had written to the state government on Monday requ ...