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A glimmer of hope for the Sumatran tiger

A glimmer of hope for the Sumatran tiger

An increase in tiger numbers on the Indonesian island of Sumatra gives hope to saving this small number of island tigers from extinction. Numbers of tigers have signifigently increased over the past decade to 2015 due mainly to increased protection with regular patrolling helping to slow down illegal habitat encroachment and poaching. >Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park woul ...

The Pantanal, Brazil. October 2017

The Pantanal, Brazil. October 2017

I arrived at my lodge overlooking the Cuiaba river on the 8 October. This was my third visit to The Pantanal, Brazil, a huge wetland area approximately the size of France.  The top predator here is the Jaguar, the third largest feline in the world. During my ten days here photographing wildlife, we saw ...

17 tigers lost in Madhya Pradesh in 2017

17 tigers lost in Madhya Pradesh in 2017

Statistics produced by India's National Tiger Consevation Authority (NTCA) show that at least 17 tigers have been lost this year in the once popularly known 'tiger state' of Madhya Pradesh. According  to NTCA figures over 71 tigers have been reported lost in India from the beginning of this year up until the 29 September. However in reality the figure is probably considerably higher with many tiger losses going unreported. Sadl ...

India and Nepal are co-operating on a joint tiger census

India and Nepal are co-operating on a joint tiger census

For the first time India and Nepal are shortly to carry out a joint tiger count in their respective tiger reserves and protected areas. Camera traps will be installed in tiger habitats and buffer zones which should avoid the duplication of tigers that stray between both countries.  The last tiger census in Nepal took place in 2013 when about 200 tigers were recorded.  More on this report can be found by following this link to
Another interesting article on the importance of tiger corridors.

Another interesting article on the importance of tiger corridors.

Although in recent years we have seen a modest increase in tiger numbers within India the worry that many conservationists have put forward is the lack of connectivity beween the protected areas. A good example is Ranthambhore which arguably is the most recognised tiger reserve in India and contains an estimated population of 60 tigers.  However the lack of a contiguous forest area between the reserve and its near ...

Kazakhstan to be the first country to reintroduce tigers into the wild

Kazakhstan to be the first country to reintroduce tigers into the wild

It has been reported in The Guardian that Kazakhstan is to make ready a former tiger habitat where tigers are to be reintroduced after the last tiger was lost some 70 years ago.  Tigers will be introduced into an arra known as Ili-Balkhash which forms part of the tigers former historical range.  Much work needs to be carried out before the first tigers arrive ...

An important tiger corridor in danger of being lost to mining.

An important tiger corridor in danger of being lost to mining.

Manganese Ore India has sought diversion of 24.37 hectares of an important protected tiger reserve forest corridor at Pench-Nagzira tiger reserve for the purpose of manganese mining.  Initially the Ore company are seeking permission to drill 39 bore holes in 2.18 hectares of forest land and if the presence of ore is found then the land diversion will be sought.  The forest area conc ...

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 ...