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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. ...

Tiger dies after eating feral cattle.

Tiger dies after eating feral cattle.

Tiger in Kota’s MHTR sanctuary dies after preying on feral cattle.  Feral cattle are believed to be a problem in all tiger reserves across the country, which are exposed to villages and human habitation.  A tiger has died in Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) in Rajasthan’s Kota district because of preying on feral cattle that led to accumulation of fat in its vital organs, which has triggered a fresh move to relocate at least three of the 14 villages located within ...

3 tigers spend night with humans during flood

3 tigers spend night with humans during flood

Kaziranga floods | 3 wild tigers spend night with humans, domestic animals.   The tiger had strayed out from the submerged areas inside the forest to move to the higher reaches as flood in Assam has inundated nearly 95 percent of Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve. Finding no other place, the big cat took shelter beneath the fenced goat-shed with only its head sticking out of the water. After an 11-hour wait, the animal was given safe passage. More on this fascinating story by ...

India's 2018 tiger census sets new Guinness record

India's 2018 tiger census sets new Guinness record

India's 2018 tiger census sets new Guinness Record as largest camera-trap wildlife survey.  In 2018, India had as many as 2,967 tigers in the wild, with more than half of them in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, according to that year's tiger estimation report.  The paired camera traps were placed at 26,760 different locations across 139 study sites, which generated approximately 35 million photos, including 76,523 tiger and 51,337 leopard photos.  More on this tiger c ...

Jaguars following tigers for use in Chinese medicine

Jaguars following tigers for use in Chinese medicine

Jaguars are also being killed for their teeth and other body parts so as they can be used in traditional Chinese medicine. China's huge economic influence has stretched across the planet to Central and South America where it is investing enormous amounts of money in poorer countries and as an offshoot wildlife and in particular the big cats are suffering by vacuming their skins and body parts back to China.  Tigers in the wild are on their last legs throughout their remaining ranges w ...

State awaiting go ahead to release Avani's sub-adult cub back into the forest.

State awaiting go ahead to release Avani's sub-adult cub back into the forest.

Hopefully Avani's cub will shortly be released into the wild.  After failing to release the female cub (T1C2) of alleged man-eater tigress T1 or Avni last year, the Maharashtra forest department has yet again decided to go ahead with the plan this year post monsoon.  T1C2, now a sub-adult tigress, aged two-and-a-half years, has been kept in captivity in a 4.5-hectare (ha) area in Pench Tiger Reserve since December 22, 2018. She was captured around a month after Avni was shot dead ...

Beautiful Amur tigress takes her 3 cubs to a lake.

Beautiful Amur tigress takes her 3 cubs to a lake.

Beautiful Amur tigress walks with her 3 cubs to a lake in the forest.  The core population is under the protection of the Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve, established by the Russian government to seek to save the endangered species from extinction. More on this fascinating story including a video at the time can be seen by following this link below.   https://bit.ly/2NPQYoA ...

Proposed tiger translocation from Corbett to Rajaji tiger reserves.

Proposed tiger translocation from Corbett to Rajaji tiger reserves.

First tiger translocation in Uttarakhand from Corbett to Rajaji Tiger Reserve in October.  >Initially, five tigers, including two young males and three females, will be shifted in a phased manner to Rajaji’s western part that has not reported any breeding of the animals in about a decade.  >Initially, five tigers, including two young males and three females, will be shifted in a phased manner to Rajaji’s western part that has not reported any breeding of the animals ...

Tigress and cub not yet reunited.

Tigress and cub not yet reunited.

Efforts by Forest Dept. to reunite a tigress with her estranged cub are still ongoing as the most recent attempt failed probably because 3 months had elapsed since the two were together. Also the cub was in a cage when the proposed reintroduction took place. However a further attempt will shortly be made. More on the story can be read by following the link below. https://bit.ly/2BE71Dj           ...

Tigress and cubs poisoned in the Tadoba buffer area

Mahua flower collectors poison tigress, her cubs near Tadoba, 3 arrested.   After the carcasses of three tigers were found in a span of five days (June 10-14) in the buffer area of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Chandrapur, the forest department on Wednesday arrested three people that confessed to poisoning the big cats.  Meanwhile, the forest department suspects there could be a third cub of the tigress, which may have also died. “We were informed that the mother had t ...

Hopefully tigress from Odisha to return to MP.

Hopefully tigress from Odisha to return to MP.

Paving the way for re-wilding tigress Sundari, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has asked Madhya Pradesh Government to shift the big cat from Satkosia Tiger Reserve (STR) in Odisha at the earliest. The direction from NTCA came after Madhya Pradesh wildlife wing expressed its reluctance to restore Sundari back to the landscape from where it had been translocated to Odisha as part of country’s first big cat relocation project in 2018 citing difficulties in re-wilding of the tig ...