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Tigers in peril

Tigers in peril

The Royal Bengal Tiger is not only at the top of the food chain in the wild but constitutes a vital link in maintaining nature’s rich diversity and ecosystems. Will it become extinct?  A recent PTI report cites researchers as saying that rising sea levels, caused by climate change, could destroy the world’s biggest mangrove forest — Sunderbans — spanning more than 10,000 square kilometres in India and Bangladesh, in the next 50 years. It quotes Sharif Mukul, an ass ...

A fascinating and encouraging story on tigers living at high altitudes in India

A fascinating and encouraging story on tigers living at high altitudes in India

>Recent media coverage has reported the presence of a tiger population in the Idu Mishmi’s ancestral homeland of Dibang Valley. These tigers are unique as they reach impressive altitudes of 3,600m and feed on a unique prey assemblage composed of Mishmi takin, serow and Gongshan muntjac.  >But what makes these tigers truly unique isn’t just that they are such formidable mountaineers but the very reason for their existence in Dibang Valley – the Idu Mishmi people themselve ...

Tiger hit by vehicle on Paoni Deolapar highway

Tiger hit by vehicle on Paoni Deolapar highway

The Paoni Deolapar highway that scrapes by the Pench Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra has pulled the plug on many wild animals ever since it was constructed, with three tigers killed in the last one year on the highway, and one seriously injured on Saturday. Wildlife lovers have blamed the high median barriers on the road for this since they pose a hurdle to the animals crossing the road and hence want the height of the road dividers to be reduced.   Conservation photographer Sarosh Lodhi fro ...

India receives top marks for tiger conservation

India receives top marks for tiger conservation

The Global Tiger Forum (GTF), an international intergovernmental body, has assigned a score of 0.78 on the basis of population and habitat viability analysis, ahead of 0.71 earned by both Bhutan and Russia, 0.70 by Nepal and 0.61 by Bangladesh.  The GTF’s secretary general Rajesh Gopal presented the scores at the third stocktaking conference called to discuss the status of tiger recovery efforts in 13 tiger countries that had pledged in a 2010 conference to double their collective t ...

A win win situation for tigers and villagers

A win win situation for tigers and villagers

Villagers are generally aware of the need for tigers or other wild animals to survive in the forest, but they are not aware that the ferocious big cats can actually be their saviours. “Yes, wild boars do not venture within a radius of 10 km of a tiger,” the FDO affirmed. “After the arrival of tigers in our division, especially in Penchikalpet and Bejjur forests, the wild pig menace is under control,” Mr. Reddy claimed. “The number of cattle kills has also decrease ...

10 years on from the St Petersburg declaration

10 years on from the St Petersburg declaration

"The governments in Southeast Asia now face an urgent need to step up their commitment to protect their remaining wild tiger populations. Countries like India, Nepal and Russia have shown that tiger recovery is possible, despite challenges in poaching, funding and sustaining community livelihoods, which can be overcome with strong political commitment,” said Joseph Vattakaven, who participated in the stocktaking conference as the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) global lead ...

Encouraging news for tigers at the Sunderbans

Encouraging news for tigers at the Sunderbans

Hopefully an increase in tiger numbers in areas of the Sunderbans where they have not previously been seen. Camera traps were installed in western sections of the National Park and the Sajnekhali Range which is the second part of the of the tiger census in the mangroves. Officials in Bengal are hopeful of a rise in tiger num ...

Wild tigers may become extinct in a decade

Wild tigers may become extinct in a decade

Born Free says the dramatic demise of tigers in the wild has seen 96 per cent of their population disappear in the last hundred years. Read this concerning article that recently appeared in the Daily Mail and containing a number of photographs that I have taken of wild tigers in India. https://dailym.ai/2DjhvGx                     ...

2 Tigers found dead in Maharashtra

2 Tigers found dead in Maharashtra

Two tigers have died of suspected poisoning at the end of 2018 on the periphery of Umred-Karhandla-Paoni Wildlife Sanctuary in Nagpur taking the number of tiger deaths to 21 in the State for last year.  Spread across and area of 189.30 sqkm of dense forest the sanctuary is home to between 11-15 tigers.  More on this tragic loss of precious tigers can be read by following the link below. https://bit.ly/2AqktqX ...

New underpasses needed to stop tigers being killed

New underpasses needed to stop tigers being killed

The Chandrapur Forest Dept. has requested new underpasses and the clearing of existing blocked ones to save wild animals from being killed by trains in the Brahmapuri-Chandrapur line section. Three tiger cubs were killed in on November 15th by the speeding Chanda Fort-Gondia passenger train together with 24 wild animals including tigers, sloth bears, leopards, hyenas, bison, wild boar, nilgai and deer during the last 8 years.  More on this ...

Sadly Malayan tigers are close to extinction

Sadly Malayan tigers are close to extinction

Time is running out for the Malayan tigers in the wild.  Unless conservation efforts are stepped up these critically endangered striped predators might well go extinct in their habitats of Malaysia.  The Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jackson) is about to go extinct in the wild.   ...

95 recorded tiger deaths during 2018

95 recorded tiger deaths during 2018

According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority's  (NTCA) records to December 15, 2018, there have been 95 cases of tiger deaths in India.  Of this, 41 cases of tiger deaths outside tiger reserves have been reported. Of this number, 14 occurred in Maharashtra, which accounted for over 34% of all deaths outside tiger reserves in the country. A total of 19 tiger deaths were recorded in Maharashtra in 2018, so that tiger deaths outside of tiger reserves comprise more than 70% ...