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Deadly canine distemper can also affect and kill big cats

Deadly canine distemper can also affect and kill big cats

A most interesting article on the concern to big cats of a dangerous virus that can kill domestic dogs and also tigers and leopards.  Canine distemper virus (CDV) has been found in tigers, leopards and lions and in most cases the animal will sadly not survive the disease. More on this excellent article written by Mr. John Goodrich Ph.D senior director of the Panthera Tiger programme can be seen by following the link below.   https://bit.ly/2HFV ...

Possible tiger reserves being considered in Goa

Possible tiger reserves being considered in Goa

Camera traps were laid in sections of wildlife sanctuaries in the year 2016 and 2017 and the presence of tigers was confirmed. This is an encouraging step forward as during the tiger census in 2013 not a single tiger was reported seen. The State forest department has decided to identify core areas within the four wildlife sanctuaries that could be declared as 'tiger reserves' and subject to approval by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).  More on this encouraging
First tiger to arrive at Mukundra

First tiger to arrive at Mukundra

> The first roar of a tiger was heard at the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) in Kota district of Rajasthan on Tuesday, with the translocation of a big cat from Ranthambhore.    A three-and-a-half-year-old tiger, RT-91, of Ranthambhore reserve (RTR) was tranquilised by a wildlife department team at Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary i ...

Serious concern expressed over the safely of tigers in MP.

Serious concern expressed over the safely of tigers in MP.

The Chief Wildlife Warden of Madhya Pradesh has issued a warning to forest staff of disciplinary action if they are found lacking of ensuring the safely of tigers in the Shahdol forest circle of the State. Both Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and Sanjay National Parks are within the forest circle.  The Shahdol forest area acts as an important corridor for the movement of tigers mainly due to the presence of the two important tiger reserves. More on this report can be found by following the link ...

Ranthambhore-March 2018

Ranthambhore-March 2018

Sadly my March two week visit to India where I was to spend time at Ranthambhore and Corbett National parks was very quickly curtailed due to an injury to my leg which caused me to book an earlier flight home. However I am pleased to say that I am now feeling very much better and hope that I might be able to return to the 'Land of the Tiger' later this year. During the first two days that I spent at Ranthambhore I enjoyed some lovely sightings of a young male tiger and also a Sloth bea ...

First tiger to be shortly relocated to the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve

First tiger to be shortly relocated to the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve

Rajasthan will soon have tigers living at the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve. Work is progressing on the infrastructure for the first tiger to arrive at the reserve by the end of this month. An initial soft release site of approximately 28 hectarers has been constructed for the tigers to help the big cats acclimatise before they are finally released into the wild. The release site is in the Darrah region of the reserve which is a contiguous fores ...

Proposed widening of NH6 is causing concern for tigers.

Proposed widening of NH6 is causing concern for tigers.

In addition to the proposed road widening takes place on Amravati Road which will pose a threat to tigers and other wild animals, there are illegal brick kilns on revenue land surrounding forest areas of 
Forest guards in Assam to receive modern weapons to protect wildlife

Forest guards in Assam to receive modern weapons to protect wildlife

In an encouraging move to protect and save wildlife including tigers and rhinos forest staff employed to protect animals from poachers are to receive modern weapons to fight poaching of their charges. Assam with 5 National Parks and 19 Wildlife Sanctuaries is home to more than 91% of the endangered One Horned Rhino plus 167 tigers, 248 leopards and many other wildlife varieties.  In addition the State have created 10 wildlife fast-track courts which have been set up to deal exclusively wi ...

6 Tigers from MP to be relocated to Odisha

6 Tigers from MP to be relocated to Odisha

Acting on a letter written by the Odisha government, the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA’s) technical committee at a recent meeting approved shifting of the tigers.  More on this story can be seen by following the link below. http://bit.ly/2EolU98 ...

Tiger count started in Kerala as part of the all India tiger census

Tiger count started in Kerala as part of the all India tiger census

The Indian State of Kerala has commenced its count of wild tigers within the state's boundaries which is taking place between the 2-9 February. The census takes place throughout India every 4 years and since 2006 when the State recorded 46 tigers the numbers have steadily increased and in 2014 approximately 134 big cats were recorded. More on methodology of the census can be found by following the link below. http://bit.ly/2FIhHNF ...

Laos still operating 'tiger farms' defying trafficking ban.

Laos still operating 'tiger farms' defying trafficking ban.

Three tigers have been discovered killed near a protected forest area in Laos. The discovery has drawn attention to the presence in the country of 3 privately owned tiger farms where tigers are kept for sale in spite of a wildlife trafficking ban. At present it is not known if the tigers came from the tiger farms or from the forest. According to a WWF report the tiger farms in Laos are holding a total of 500 tigers.  Although Laos announce ...

UK based NGO causes bad feeling in India.

UK based NGO causes bad feeling in India.

Hundreds of guides and drivers at some of India's National Parks are protesting over comments made regarding boycotting India's tiger reserves. The NGO (Survival International) is of the opinion that tribal people are being illegally evicted from their forest home.  Tourism in India's forests is a major sourse of revenue and employs over 80,000 people plus many others indirectly involved in tourism. Relocation of villages from tiger reserves is strictly controlled and adh ...

Concern for tigers in the smaller protected areas.

Concern for tigers in the smaller protected areas.

A team of researchers have expressed concern for tigers living in the smaller protected areas (PAs) due mainly to unplanned road development.  The reseachers emphasised the importance of connectivity between between PAs to preserve tiger genetic diversity and minimise extinction into the next century.  The Central Indian Landscape with a forest cover of 34% contains an estimated tiger population of 688.  The PAs in the landscape ...

Myanmar looking at India for advise in helping to increase tiger numbers

Myanmar looking at India for advise in helping to increase tiger numbers

A delegation from Myanmar is spending time in India for advice on increasing tiger numbers in their country. Myanmar has the largest tiger landscape in the world with about 20,000 sg.km.but being home to only about 30 tigers. In an effort to double its tiger population and reach the global target the delegation is seeking advice from India on the best ways forward to succeeding in increasing its tiger numbers.  Among the 13 tiger range countries India has about 60% of the worlds tiger pop ...

Solar powered pumps are being installed to quench the thirst of tigers and other forest animals in the summer.

Solar powered pumps are being installed to quench the thirst of tigers and other forest animals in the summer.

At Nagarahole and Bandipur more solar powered pumps are being installed to help fill the water tanks in an effort to help tigers and other forest dwelling wild animals find water during the very hot summer months of the year.  An existing pump at Nagarahole drew 60,000 to 70,000 litres of water to a tank drawing many wild animals including tigers to the site. More information can be found by following the link below.   http://bit.ly/2EDXpV3 ...