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Ustad gets clean bill of health and is NOT a man-eater.

The institute, a Central government-approved body reportedly did not find any human body particle in the samples sent by the forest department immediately after the incident. According to sources, the institute said that in its investigation of the samples it didn’t find human body particles, which means that the tiger didn’t eat human body after alleged killing. Hopefully the Athorities will now reconsider their position and return Ustad to his forest home at Ranthambhore. See lin ...

Ranthambhore May 2015

Ranthambhore May 2015

I arrived for my annual visit to Ranthambhore on the 10 May. This time I was concentrating my efforts on photographing tigress T19, also known as Krishna, together with her three 15 month old cubs.  I was not disappointed; on my first drive around the famous lakes area I found the tigress and cubs having fun in a muddy pool of water.  I was able to see them most days during the 2 weeks spent at the reserve which was wonderful.  Unfortunately, the sightings were tempered on the 1 ...

Activists unite against shifting Ustad into captivity

Ustad, the wild tiger was moved from the tiger reserve to Udaipur zoo in a clandestine manner, they allege. The tiger had allegedly mauled a forest guard. Animal rights supporters and wildlife photographers held a candlelight vigil at Indira Park here on Sunday, demanding that Central government investigate the alleged clandestine shifting of a tiger from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan earlier this month.Around 200 people who participated pledged their support to the country-wide pro ...

The perils of having 'Tiger farms'

Some facilities are set up like petting zoos, with visitors allowed to handle and play with tiger cubs. Some offer circus-like shows. ...

Thai temple banned from making money off tigers

Thailand's controversial "Tiger Temple" has been banned from charging tourists to visit dozens of big cats in their care, the parks department said Saturday, following a dispute between monks and officials over the welfare of the animals. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua in Thailand's western Kanchanaburi province has long proved a hit among visitors who flock there to visit the monks and be photographed next to their huge feline pets. But the temple has long had a controversial reputation ...

Tadoba-Andhari & Gir March 2015

Tadoba-Andhari & Gir March 2015

I arrived at my lodge in Tadoba during the evening of the 16 March at the outset of a severe thunderstorm that fortunately cleared in the early morning allowing no disruption of my first drive in the park.  This was to be my first visit to this tiger reserve comprising mainly of teak and bamboo. It is home to about sixty tigers.  During my stay I was able to photograph a young male leopard walking through the tall grass.  Surprisingly a few minutes later three Chital deer   ...

Norway - February 2015

Norway - February 2015

For a week this month I visited Flatanger in Norway, a three hour car journey from Trondheim. In an attempt to photograph Sea eagles with my guide, we sailed the fjords and successfully spent time with several of the eagles each having a territory of their own.  Visiting a mountain hide, I was surprised to witness Sea eagles feeding on carrion - another photographic opportunity!  The photograph is of a Seaa Eagle as it attempts to make a catch. A small number of photographs from my t ...

Orphaned tiger cub now a fearless tiger princess

The story of the orphaned cub is so entrancing, in fact, that big cat biologists are comparing it to a fairytale. In it, not only is an orphaned cub saved, but she, in turn, may save a whole forested area–filling it with the tigers who once roamed here.  ...