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Possibly more tigers for Cambodia

Possibly more tigers for Cambodia

A joint effort between the Cambodian goverment and a group of non government organisations are discussing the possibilty of increasing the numbers of wild tigers in the northeastern region of Cambodia.  By increasing tiger numbers and therefore greater tourist numbers to the region local people would benefit from the income produced as can be seen from other countires that have developed tourism on the back of tiger conservation ...

The tragedy and blessing of the severe floods at Kaziranga

The tragedy and blessing of the severe floods at Kaziranga

Over 300 animals have drowned so far after the second wave of floods hit Kaziranga. Flooding each year as the the mighty Bramaputra river rises during the monsoon period brings huge benefits to the eco system of the park allowing the grass plains to thrive which in turn provides food for the large herbivore popultion. However at the same time many of its animals cannot escape the rising ...

Why forest connectivity is essential in reducing human/tiger conflict.

Why forest connectivity is essential in reducing human/tiger conflict.

In the past 3 months 6 human deaths have been reported at Pilibhit.  In 2014 Pilibhit was declared a tiger reserve and this helped create a sucess story for tiger conservation with the big cat population increasing from 28 to about 50. However at Pilibhit and a small number of other tiger reserves a common denominator can be recognised as the main causes of human injury and deaths.  As an example at Pilibhit villagers are grow ...

Tigress from Ranthambhore to be relocated to Sariska

Tigress from Ranthambhore to be relocated to Sariska

The fourteen tigers at Sariska are soon likely to be joined by a fifteenth tigress from Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.  During 2005 Sariska lost all its tigers to poaching. Since then the authorities have been working to reintoduce the big cats from neighbouring Ranthambhore that enjoys an excellent density of tigers.  At present there are two dominant male tigers at Sariska and to maintain the ideal ratio of one male tiger to thre ...

Has the carrying capacity of the Sunderbans arrived?

Has the carrying capacity of the Sunderbans arrived?

Published In a recent journal by the Society of Population Ecology the Indian section of the Sunderbans has a carrying capacity of 4.68 tigers per 100km basen on Chittal numbers and biomass within the mangoves. Given that the total habital area for the tiger amounts to about 2,325 sq km and that the latest tiger estmates for the area amount to about 90 aminals then there is concern that the carrying capacity has almost arrived.  More tigers could possibly lead to overcrowding and cause th ...

No more than 100 tigers found on the Bangladesh side of the Sunderbans

No more than 100 tigers found on the Bangladesh side of the Sunderbans

At a recent census in the Bangladesh section of the Sunderbans no more than 100 tigers were reported. During the previous census in 2004 around 400 tigers were logged but that was before the latest methology of using camera traps to photograph and record the movements of the big cats.  Previously the pug mark method was used which was renound in providing an unreliable count of wildlife.  Therefore although the latest figure is disappointing it has to be said that the 2004 figure did ...

Global Tiger Day and the tragedy of Ustad

Global Tiger Day and the tragedy of Ustad

As the 29 July arrives and known to all tiger lovers as Global Tiger Day I would particularly like to remember Ustad T.24  no longer the proud and dominant male tiger of Ranthambhore National Park but instead languishing in captivity at a zoo in Udaipur.  Slated by some as a 'man-eater' in yet within his former home range was acess to a fort and temple where thousands of pilgrims walked each year and not on one ocassion did Ustad ever show ...

Tigers of the Sunderbans

In India's Sunderbans National Park there is good news for the tiger as their numbers are holding up with a population of about 86 excluding sub-adults and cubs. In addition less human lives are being lost due mainly to the excellent work being carried out by the dedicated staff of the Forest department.  The Sunderbans which is spread over both India and Bangladesh is a UN listed World Heritage site containing the world's largest mangrove forest. In the Bangladesh area of the for ...

Brown bears of Finland

Brown bears of Finland

I arrived in Finland on the 7 July for a four day trip to photograph brown bears.    Using four different hides which were located close to the Russian/Finnish border, I was rewarded with many sightings.  I watched mother bears encouraging their cubs to climb trees to avoid danger, older male bears ...

Rising tiger deaths are causing alarm in India

India is home to 60% of the world's tigers but they face increasing habitat loss and demand for their body parts in China and other parts of Asia. Senior officials of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) confirmed to the BBC that the bodies of 58 tigers had been recovered between January and June this year, as well as body parts from nine other tiger fatalities.  Follow link below to the report by the BBC. http://bbc.in/2ul ...

Male tiger at Tadoba kills 2 tiger cubs.

Sadly it has been reported tha a male tiger has killed 2 eight month old cubs in what appeares to be a territorial dispute in an effort to bring their mother back into eosrtrus. Follow the link below to read the story in the Hindustan Times. http://bit.ly/2sLFw0k ...

Sad to learn of a possible new highway through Corbett

Conservationists have witnessed several unsettling deaths of tigers in Corbett National Park recently, one of India’s most important tiger parks. Officials are currently discussing turning portions of the highway into a flyover, allowing wildlife to pass underneath, but even this would only mitigate the impact.  See link below to read more about this distasterous plan for wildlife at Mongabay. http://bit.ly/2tXjZU5 ...