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Good news for tigers

Good news for tigers

The Nepalese Government have announced that the number of wild tigers in the country has almost doubled to 235 since 2009.  This increase in tiger numbers means that Nepal is the first 'tiger state' to double its wild tiger population that was agreed by the 'Tiger Nations' at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summitt in 2010.  The tiger census was conducted with camera traps between November 2017 and April 2018.  The previous tiger census in 2013 arrived at a population o ...

Tiger corridors remain essential for the big cat to survive.

Tiger corridors remain essential for the big cat to survive.

Tiger experts at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have indicated the need for 41 of India's tiger reserves which contain less than 20 breeding male and female tigers to be 'connected' to the remaining 9 tiger reserves in the country that contain a much higher population of the animals.  WII have set out the criteria required for the breeding value of the big cats. Only those reserves with at least 20 breeding units with a tiger and tigress comprising of 1 unit qualify whi ...

Sharpshooter interferes with tranquillising tigress

Sharpshooter interferes with tranquillising tigress

The notorious tigress T.1 was nearly caught and tranquilised yesterday by the special veterinary team from Madhya Pradesh when the controversial shooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan and his team reached and camped in the area where the tiger was expected causing her to vanish into the dense forest. It appears that this sorry state of affairs could have been brought to a sucessful conclusion had the veterinary team from Madhya Pradesh be ...

Shoot to kill order on Maharashtra tiger

Shoot to kill order on Maharashtra tiger

Sadly approval has been obtained from India's Supreme Court to shoot to kill a tigress who has 2 cubs in the western State of Maharashtra as it is condidered to be a man-eater. It is thought that tigress T.1 is responsible for the deaths of 13 people of which 3 were killed last August.  However conservationists questioned the evidence that this tigress was responsible for all the deaths which is the reason for the case being considered by the Supreme Court.  The Court decided to ...

Bandhavgarh tigress released into the wild

Bandhavgarh tigress released into the wild

A tigress that was relocated from Bandhavgarh tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh last June has finally been released into the wild at Satkosia tiger reserve to join a male tiger from Kanha tiger reserve that had also recently been released into Satkosia. It is hoped that the 2 tigers will help increase the nunber of big cats into the reserve.  Before release the tigress had been housed in a specialized enclosure within Satkosia while her health and psychological status could be monitored bef ...

The emotional thrill of seeing your first wild tiger.

The emotional thrill of seeing your first wild tiger.

Rhinoceros unicornus), the fame of Chitwan was soon usurped by the tiger’s elusive glamour, the undisputed star of the show. Even the Latin name resonates with awe and mystery:  ...

State Government of MP suspends relocating more tigers to Odisha

State Government of MP suspends relocating more tigers to Odisha

The Madhya Pradesh state government have put on hold the relocation of 4 tigers to Odisha's Satkosia Tiger Reserve.  The decision is due to reports of resentment among forest dwellers that the 2 tigers already relocated in the first phase have a history of attacking humans. In June of this year a pair of tigers from Ka ...

75 families relocated from Similipal core tiger reserve

75 families relocated from Similipal core tiger reserve

At the request of the villagers 75 families have been transported from their village within the core area of Similipal together with their household items and livestock by the authorities. Around 200 people belonging to 75 families have been relocated under the State government's voluntary relocation policy.  Each family are provided with Rs 10 lakh plus 10 decimals of land and a further RS 1.30 lakh for home construction. The move is an effort by the wildlife authorities to relocate ...

Fishermen torment tiger swimming at the Sunderbans

Fishermen torment tiger swimming at the Sunderbans

12 fishermen are arrested under the wildlife protection act.  When the fishermen were rounded up on Wednesday, they at first claimed to be trying to save the tiger rather than attacking it. "We showed them the video, which contains audio of some of the accused egging each other on to jab at the animal with bamboo poles. None of them had a satisfactory explanation for that," a police officer said.  conviction makes them liable for a jail sentence of three to seven years. Mor ...

Serious drought causing major problem for the wildlife of Pilibhit

Serious drought causing major problem for the wildlife of Pilibhit

The delay in the arrival of the monsoon is causing the Forest Department to take urgent action to fill water holes and reservoirs in the protected area so as to ensure an available water supply for tigers and other wildlife.  In addition new water holes are being considered in view of the distance between the existing water bodies and the difference in density of the wildlife population in various sections of Philibhit Tiger Reserve. To add to the problem herbivores are suffering from the ...

Tiger relocated from Kanha to Odisha

Tiger relocated from Kanha to Odisha

In the past tigers have been relocatated to reserves withinthe same State but this is the first time that a relocation has taken place between two different States. The tiger was tranquilised and then carefully transported to its new home at Satkosia reserve in Odisha's Angul district to help repopulate the State's dwindling tiger population. If all goes well then 5 more
Good news for the tiger population in Rajasthan

Good news for the tiger population in Rajasthan

It is reported that 49 tiger cubs have been born at the tiger reserves of Rajasthan in the last 6 years, where the State is now home to a total of 85 tigers. This number is broken down to 70 big cats at Ranthambhore, 14 in Sariska and a recently translocated male tiger to the Mukundara Hills tiger reserve. Of the 49 cubs that have been born 40 of these have been born to tigresses at Ranthambhore since 2013. The emphasis now has to be on creating safe forest corridors for tigers to disburse bet ...

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve looses 4 tigers in quick succession

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve looses 4 tigers in quick succession

Autopsy reports confirm that 2 of the 4 tigers died from poachers snares and at least 1 of the other 2 tigers almost certainly died from poisoning. Since May 2012 the forest division of Pilibhit has witnessed the deaths of 16 big cats which includes 15 tigers and 1 leopard. This report has brought to the fore the issue of safety of the wildlife at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. Hopefully the sad demise of these magnificent animals will help to create a wake up call to the serious dangers faced by the ...

Mining and erosion causing a severe threat to the wildlife of Kaziranga

Mining and erosion causing a severe threat to the wildlife of Kaziranga

Rampant stone mining is destroying the intervening area between Kaziranga National Park and the Karbi Anglong Hills to the south of the park which is used by elephants, tigers and other wildlife to escape the annual flooding of the park from the Brahmaputra river on the northern bounday of Kaziranga. The National Tiger Conservation Authority have requested the Assam state Government where the park is located to put an immediate stop to mining activities in this area.  Kaziranga National P ...