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Good news for tigers with more reserves being created

With 30 per cent increase in its tiger population as a result of its conservation efforts, a senior Indian official states that India plans to add ten more tiger reserves to the existing 49 protected areas.  See link below to read the report in the Financial Express. http://bit.ly/2e4pEmB   ...

China only country to support tiger farms

, experts added that China's was the sole voice that was not in favour of tiger farms being controlled. The other countries agreed to put the facilities which keep and breed tigers and other Asian cats for commercial purposes under greater scrutiny agreeing that such farms were contributing to the further dwindling of the big cat population. see link below to read the article in The Times of India. http://bit.ly/2dtZCux ...

200 tiger farms in China where the animals are bred for slaughter

 across China, some 6,000 caged cats are kept in filthy conditions and will be killed for dubious medicinal uses and as home decor for the country's newly-rich elite. The sordid business is mostly legal, but hides behind carefully-worded agreements and pretensions of conservation. The issue is expected to be addressed at this week's Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Johannesburg. In my opinion its time that China took full responsibilty for the damage ...

Lao commits to shut down its commercial tiger farms

th Meeting of the Standing Committee to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Lets hope that China and other Asian countries take note of this forward thinking decision.  See link below to read the story in Mongabay. http://bit.ly/2cwz19C ...

An amazing catch by a remarkable 'fishing crow'

An amazing catch by a remarkable 'fishing crow'

Last Thursday while waiting to photograph Kingfishers at a large lake in West Sussex I was amazed to watch a Carrion Crow sucessfully catch a fish by diving into the water.  The crow flew very low over the lake before diving head first into the water and then emerge with a Roach in its beak!  The bird then flew to an overhanging branch at the edge of the lake where it put the fish out of its misery before devouring its prey.  I can only think that the clever crow had studied and ...

Good news for Tigers from the Sunderbans

The camera trap data of 2015 -the latest set of numbers thrown up by the yearly exercise -shows the presence of at least 22 tigers in the South 24-Parganas forest division, spread over an area of more than 1,500sq km, outside the 2,500sq km of the protected area. The 2016 exercise is still under way but, going by trends and field reports, the authorities seem confident that the population of the big cat is very much stable. http://bit.ly/2cjEA08 ...

Machali at almost 20 years of age sadly passes away

Machali at almost 20 years of age sadly passes away

With great sadness in my heart I learnt this morning that a few hours ago Machali-Ranthambhore's icon tigress had passed away. She will always be remembered in the hearts and minds of the thousands of people across the world that travelled many miles to see and photograph this wonderful tigress.   RIP Machali http://bit.ly/2box3gn ...

A large percentage of of tigers in Maharashtra are living outside the protected areas.

Among non-protected areas, the Chandrapur territorial area has 43 tigers, next only to Tadoba, followed by nine in the region between Bhandara and Nagpur, four in the Pandharkawada division near Tipeshwar and one each at Amravati, Kondhali- Kalmeshwar block. Thus, while tiger reserves have 139 animals — the bulk of the tiger population in Maharashtra — the non-protected areas too have a thriving tiger ecosystem with the recorded presence of 58 big cats. The wildlife sanctuaries hav ...