Skip to content

News

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 ...

67 Tiger deaths reported so far in 2017

An average of 11 tigers died every month in the first half of 2017 in India, a number that indicates the country could lose more of its national animals this year than it did in 2016, which saw 122 tiger deaths, the most in a decade.   Growth of illegal international trade in tiger parts is resulting in a growth in poaching in India, home to around 60% of the world’s tigers that live in the wild.   This year, a total of 67 tiger deaths have been recorded thus far. Of this, nine a ...

The tigers of Sariska 'born again'.

An interesting insight into the relocation of tigers back to Sariska after the previous population of these magnificent animals were wiped out by poachers.  See link below to read the story in the Times of India. http://bit.ly/2tjiWA8 ...

Small tiger reserve in Assam enjoys highest tiger density

Orang, the tiger reserve in Assam with the smallest core among 50 nationally protected areas, has presented wildlife scientists doing a census with a surprise: a high density of 28 big cats. Spread over Darrang and Sonitpur districts and notified in February 2016, Orang Tiger Reserve is the 49th in the country. It has the smallest core of 78.28 sq. km., and the cat density was revealed during a census done between January and March 2017. Kamlang Tiger Reserve in Arunachal is the 50th and la ...