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High level probe to take place into the death of tiger at Sariska

High level probe to take place into the death of tiger at Sariska

The tiger, known as T-75 in Ranthambore, was named ST-16 after the seven-year-old was brought to Alwar in April this year to correct the skewed sex ratio at Sariska, which had three males for eight females. ST-16 died on June 8 after doctors tranquilised it for treatment of tumour in its right elbow.  The tiger, known as T-75 in Ranthambore, was named ST-16 after the seven-year-old was brought to Alwar in April this year to correct the skewed sex ratio at Sariska, which had three males fo ...

The terrible truth behind tiger farming in south east Asia

The terrible truth behind tiger farming in south east Asia

For nearly five years, Ammann, 70, a Swiss counter-trafficking conservationist, had tracked the tiger butcher, a man named Nikhom Keovised. He had placed hidden cameras inside what had once been the largest tiger farm in >southeast Asia, an illegal operation where tigers had been raised to one end – slaughter – and where the man doing the slaughtering had been Nikhom. And he had listened to Nikhom describe it all in his own ...

Good news for tigers with 11 cubs seen in 1 week

Good news for tigers with 11 cubs seen in 1 week

With 14 tiger deaths so far this year it is a pleasant refief to learn that as many as 11 tiger cubs have been sighted in the forests of Madhya Pradesh during the past week. Five cubs seen at Panna Tiger reserve, and three each in Nauradehi and Ratapani sanctuaries. In Panna two tigresses have have produced five cubs.  Panna's field director advises that the reserve now has a total of 52 tigers. More on this news can be read by following the link below.
17 people arrested for killing tigers

17 people arrested for killing tigers

17 arrested for killing tigers, using body parts for black magic.  Claws and paws of two adult tigers, a cub, and leopard was recovered from them and they claim to have buried body parts of another tiger in Pench tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the MP forest department officials said.  Those arrested include poachers, traders and sorcerers.  The sorcerers, two in number, used to charge Rs 10,000 to 20,000 from the poachers to convince people and get them to buy the body parts. ...

Sunderbans tiger death; husband and wife held

Sunderbans tiger death; husband and wife held

Two prime accused in the unnatural death of a tiger in a buffer forest of the Sunderbans on April 8th were arrested on Wednesday. The accused had been avoiding the police net for a month. Foresters claimed that it was a breakthrough in the investigation. A senior forester and four of his colleagues had been severely beaten up by some villagers during the probe.  The adult tiger was killed after being trapped in a wire snare, made of galvanised iron, in the forests of Ajmalmari I. Source ...

Tigers may not survive climate change

Tigers may not survive climate change

Climate change and rising sea levels eventually may wipe out one of the world’s last and largest tiger strongholds, scientists warned in a new study.  The cats are among nearly 500,000 land species whose survival is in question because of threats to their natural habitats, according to a report by the UN published on Monday.  
Tiger reserve seeks to ban traffic on roads during nighttime

Tiger reserve seeks to ban traffic on roads during nighttime

Koka (100sqkm) was notified as a sanctuary in 2013 owing to its scientific and ecological importance and has presence of rich wildlife, including resident tigers. It is now part of Navegaon-Nagzira.  “Despite alternative routes available, outsiders take to these forest routes, mostly to pave way for illegally trafficking of sand from Wainganga river, wildlife sightings during night, and as short-cuts. Heavy traffic has led to wild animals’ deaths in road hits,” says a re ...

Yet another tiger hit and killed by a speeding train

Yet another tiger hit and killed by a speeding train

A speeding train ran over a tigress killing it in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh late on Tuesday night. The incident came to light early on Wednesday morning.  This is the second such instance of a tiger being killed by a speeding train in Andhra Pradesh. In 2014, a tiger was found dead on the railway track near Gajulapalli village, just outside the GBM sanctuary. A leopard was also killed by a speeding train near Chelima village in Nandyal forest division last November.  Please ...

Ranthambhore March/April 2019

Ranthambhore March/April 2019

I have visited Ranthambhore many times over the past few years and was curious to see how the tiger population was fairing since my last visit. On this occasion I was able to visit most of the tourist zones within the park where I was able to see a number of different tigers and other indigenous wildlife. The highlight for me was to see a tigress known as Arrowhead (T.84) who has recently given birth to 2 cubs. On 2 separate occasions I was fortunate to see the interaction between the mot ...

Malaysia vows greater efforts to save the tiger

Malaysia vows greater efforts to save the tiger

 Speaking at the launch of the Save Our Malayan Tiger campaign, as part of events to mark the International World Wildlife Day, Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Xavier Jeyakumar said his ministry, through its wildlife enforcement agency, would work with the Malaysian armed forces and Home Ministry to increase its presence in the areas where poachers operated.   The ministry said that the Malayan tiger, a subspecies of the big cat lives in Southern Thailand and  ...

A success story of tiger relocation

A success story of tiger relocation

A decade ago Panna tiger reserve became a huge success story with the relocation of tigers from other parts of India after loosing all its tigers.  Panna National Park was the second tiger reserve in India after Sariska to loose all its native tigers. Though tigers were repopulated in Sarsika before Panna, the latter has three times the number of the tigers in the former.  It was ten years back on March 3, 2009, that T1 tigress from Bandhavgarh was brought to Panna National Park that ...

Mull-March 2019

Mull-March 2019

 I recently spent a week on the Island of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. The purpose of my visit was to photograph Otters (Lutra lutra) and other wildlife. Although the weather can be very changeable at this time of year, I was still able to spend many hours photographing these busy little musteilids as they worked their way up and down the shoreline in seach of small fish and crustaceans. It was fascinating to watch them bringing their larger catches on to the shore and then tuckin ...

36 Asiatic Lions to be reintroduced to the wild

36 Asiatic Lions to be reintroduced to the wild

The Gujarat forest department will take up the country’s biggest and most challenging effort to reintroduce big cats from captivity to the wild now that 36 Asiatic lions suspected to be infected with canine distemper virus (CDV) have been declared fit to return to their natural habitat, according to officials familiar with the development.  The 36 lions suspected to be infected with CDV were moved to the two care centres last October following deaths of over 25 lions over a month. I ...

Tiger walked over 300km in search of a home range.

Tiger walked over 300km in search of a home range.

A comparison of stripes from photographs taken during its journey prove its from MP say wildlife officials. 'This is our tiger. We have matched the images' said Ujjain chief conservator of forests, B S Annigiri. 'We were tracking it till it was out of our jurisdiction. Now it has reached Gujarat they will take care of it.  After all, animals have no borders' he added. Wildlife officers and environmentalists in MP are stunned at how the big cat crossed densely populated reg ...