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Tigers and other wildlife using busy road underpasses

Tigers and other wildlife using busy road underpasses

Scientists from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Dehradun who conducted a two-year study have found that 18 wildlife species are using special underpasses on National Highway-44 which passes through the Pench Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra.  As part of a study on, “Ecological Impact Assessment of Existing and Proposed Road Infrastructure on Important Wildlife Corridors in India for Strategic Planning of Smart Green Infrastructure,” three sites were studied in India. These inclu ...

Study group to be set up due to solve human/tiger problems at Chandrapur

Study group to be set up due to solve human/tiger problems at Chandrapur

Taking cognisance of the rising human-tiger conflict in Chandrapur, the Maharashtra government has set up an 11-member committee to look into options for conservation, relocation of tigers, and suggest measures to reduce conflict.  “Since Chandrapur has the highest number of tigers in the state, the number of conflict cases has increased. As directed by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, this committee will assess different aspects associated with this conflict such as suspected probl ...

Uttarakhand forest dept. to radio collar animals for study

Uttarakhand forest dept. to radio collar animals for study

Forest department authorities have initiated the process to put radio collars on five tigers, 10 elephants and 15 leopards in the hill state in a bid to study the animals’ movements and behaviorial pattern and also prevent the growing man-animal conflict. More on this interesting project by following the link below. https://bit.ly/3ndrNN7 ...

Tigress to be captured in Maharashtra

Tigress to be captured in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF-wildlife) issued orders on Monday evening to capture a tigress involved in man-animal conflict in Yavatmal district.  The decision comes two days after a woman (60) was mauled to death by the tigress at an agricultural field near Andharwadi and Pattanbori villages, which are located adjacent to Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.   State forest department officials said the tigress was being routinely spotted through camera trap i ...

Search for wild tiger in Thailand

Search for wild tiger in Thailand

A drone has been deployed in the hunt for a wild tiger believed to have wandered outside its natural habitat at the Huey Kha Kheng wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary, in the northern province of Uthai Thani, has brought in forest rangers in an attempt to track down the tiger, whose footprints were spotted in a nearby maize plantation.  See link below to read more. https://bit.ly/35Aqt0J ...

Karnataka elephants being sent to Chandrapur

Karnataka elephants being sent to Chandrapur

Three trained elephants from Karnataka will be brought to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) buffer area. These elephants will join the three other elephants at the reserve area to curb conflicts across wildlife habitats interspersed with villages. The decision was presented before the State Board of Wildlife (SBWL) during its August 7 meeting.  Nitin Kakodkar, principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife), said, “All formalities to bring the three tuskers from Mathidogu and Dub ...

Beekeeping-a step in the right direction.

Beekeeping-a step in the right direction.

The government of the Indian state of West Bengal has started a new initiative, offering locals an alternative livelihood based on beekeepingmangrove forest, the largest on the planet, in a bid to  and .  Please see the link below to read more on this innovative step forward. https://bit.ly/3iR1r0w ...

Special tiger reserves to be created in MP.

Special tiger reserves to be created in MP.

In a first of its kind move, Madhya Pradesh forest department is planning to develop ‘special tiger reserves’ to house the big cats captured in the forest and held in captivity in the zoos for various reasons, to ease pressure of tourism on the tiger reserves in the state.  The tigers identified to be released in the proposed ‘special tiger reserves’ included the big cats which have a history of killing human beings, called in common parlance as ‘man-eaters&r ...

A second tiger death at Rajasthan's Mukundra Tiger Reserve

A second tiger death at Rajasthan's Mukundra Tiger Reserve

Sadly within 2 weeks a second tiger has been found dead at the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan.  The  Named MT-2, the wild cat was said to be in sound health and a post-mortem report is still awaited, Dr Tejendra Reyad of MHTR said. The other four-year-old male tiger was named MT-3 and was found dead on July 23.   ...

Active armed poachers in some tiger reserves

Active armed poachers in some tiger reserves

Motion-sensitive cameras in areas census captured big cats, but also exposed stark reality of armed having a run in some reserves in Telangana. of Tigers, Co-predators and Prey in released by Centre on Tuesday, has revealed presence of armed poachers and snared in Amrabad reserve.   According to report, camera images presence armed in Jharkhand's Palarnau reserve and Chhatti ...

Good news for tigers in Nepal

Good news for tigers in Nepal

In mid-April, as the country reeled under a stay-at-home order amid the Covid-19 pandemic, there was news from the far western region which would start a new chapter in Nepal’s tiger conservation efforts. A tiger was spotted at an elevation of 2,500 metres in the Mahabharat range forest area of Dadeldhura district, making it the first ever sighting of the predator at such a high altitude in Nepal.   Tiger species is usually found in Nepal’s five protected parks and adjoining ...

Corona virus has curtailed all my travel plans abroad for 2020

Corona virus has curtailed all my travel plans abroad for 2020

Sadly and along with so many other people my travel plans to India and other countries for 2020 have been cancelled.  My first flight this year in March was scheduled for India where I was to spend 2 weeks photographing tigers and other wildlife at Tadoba Andran Tiger Reserve. This visit was cancelled by the airline about 2 weeks before I was due to fly. 3 other booked flights that were due to follow were also subsequently cancelled.   As much as I would like to make wildlife trave ...

Tigers dispersing longer distances to find a home range.

Tigers dispersing longer distances to find a home range.

Wild tigers have travelled close to 300 km across state borders. They have crossed several wildlife areas and villages.  A male tiger, which was residing in Chandoli National Park of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra has now made Kali Tiger Reserve in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka its new home. The tiger was first camera-trapped in 2018 in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve Nandurbar and in May 2020 the same tiger has been seen in Kali Tiger Reserve in Dandeli. Please see the link bel ...

International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day

Celebrating 29th July International Tiger Day also known as Global Tiger Day. Founded in 2010 when the 13 tiger range countries came together at St. Petersburg. They agreed a global goal to double wild tiger numbers by 2022 and to raise awareness for tiger conservation and their habitat. Wishing all those Asian countries every success in achieving this goal. ...