Leopard population has increased in Aravalis around Delhi

In the first survey of its kind on population density of wild animals in five districts of Haryana, the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has found leopards occupy a 200 square km area in these parts of the Aravali Hills. And the terrain in Gurgaon and Faridabad districts happens to be their core area. “Total … Read more Leopard population has increased in Aravalis around Delhi

Leopard numbers in Aravallis rose four-fold in last four years : Study

A survey by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, has a piece of good news for animal lovers. The survey report shows a significant surge in the population of leopards and other animals in the Aravallis. The population of leopards, in particular, has risen four-fold as per the survey. The last survey of wildlife … Read more Leopard numbers in Aravallis rose four-fold in last four years : Study

Earth is on brink of sixth mass extinction, human activity is to blame

Earth is now on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and human activity is to blame, experts have warned. They say over 360 species of large mammals in Africa, Asia and South America—most biodiverse regions of the world—at highest risk. A quarter of mammal species and 13% of birds are highly threatened. In the … Read more Earth is on brink of sixth mass extinction, human activity is to blame

Rajasthan lioness gets parenting tips from BBC, Nat Geo

Tejika, an Asiatic lioness at Nahargarh Biological Park in Rajasthan, India, that recently gave birth to five cubs, was shown documentaries of cats bringing up their cubs in forests of South Africa and Gujarat’s Gir National Park to teach her about motherhood. This was done after her sister, RT, littered two cubs in Jodhpur’s Machia … Read more Rajasthan lioness gets parenting tips from BBC, Nat Geo

Man-animal conflict in HP: 34 killed, 350 injured by leopards in last decade

The rising human population and shrinking habitat of animals has led to a conflict between the two. In the last decade, leopards have strayed into human habitation and killed 34 people in different parts of the hill state.  The prowling leopards in Himachal have certainly raised concerns for the forest department, which has now ordered … Read more Man-animal conflict in HP: 34 killed, 350 injured by leopards in last decade

Drones, thermal-imaging cameras to monitor big cats in Rajasthan soon

The Indian state of Rajasthan is setting up an advanced surveillance mechanism to ensure effective monitoring and conservation of endangered wild animals, especially tigers and leopards. The state information technology (IT) department aims to install a hi-tech mechanism comprising drones, thermal-imaging cameras, high-resolution optical and dome cameras, data centers and radio sets by March 2018. … Read more Drones, thermal-imaging cameras to monitor big cats in Rajasthan soon

Rajaji Tiger Reserve on alert over suspected poachers

High alert has been sounded in Rajaji Tiger Reserve. This was done after reports of presence of nomadic Bavariya gang were received by Rajaji authorities. Bavariya Gang has been into poaching activities in wildlife areas for long. Apart from wildlife areas, checking are also being conducted in Railway stations and bus stands in close vicinity … Read more Rajaji Tiger Reserve on alert over suspected poachers

Raids at ex-colonel’s residence reveal animal poaching & organised arms racket

In a massive crackdown on illegal poaching, wildlife hunting and weapons racket, raids carried out by officials in Uttar Pradesh’s town Meerut has exposed an organised racket run by an ex-armyman. As per information, a team of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials reached the Civil Lines residence of Colonel (retd) Devindra Kumar yesterday (30-04-2017) in the … Read more Raids at ex-colonel’s residence reveal animal poaching & organised arms racket

Uranium survey in Amrabad tiger reserve gets nod, public anger growing

In India while state of Maharastra proudly advertises increase in its tiger population, it’s neighbour Telangana’s Amrabad tiger reserve will soon be part of uranium survey and exploration. Uranium exploration in the tiger reserve has been a contentious issue for quite some time with tribals and environmentalists protesting against it. A strike last week underscored growing … Read more Uranium survey in Amrabad tiger reserve gets nod, public anger growing

Big cat sightings around India’s capital city increasing

Pugmarks of a female leopard and her two cubs have been found by the wildlife department in Mangar, a village 45km from New Delhi in the Aravalis hills, after local residents reported sighting of the trio at least twice on Tuesday (28 March 2017). The department has asked officials to immediately make drinking water arrangements in … Read more Big cat sightings around India’s capital city increasing

Does Uttarakhand Government really care for it’s wildlife ?

The recent decision by the Trivendra Singh Rawat government to build a highway right through the Corbett National Park, for better connectivity between Kumaon and Garhwal regions of Uttarakhand (India), is being met with a lot of resistance on social media. An online petition started by Dehradun-based Ashish Garg on Thursday (23-03-2017) has been signed … Read more Does Uttarakhand Government really care for it’s wildlife ?

Snow leopards ‘spotted’ frequently in Lahaul

An extremely endangered species, snow leopard (Uncia uncia or Panthera uncia) has apparently found a safe haven in Lahaul-Spiti, a district in India’s state of Himachal Pradesh. The frequent sightings of the cat in the snow-bound region suggest that the animal is breeding and thriving safely here. After a snow leopard was captured on a camera trap … Read more Snow leopards ‘spotted’ frequently in Lahaul

Western Ghats: 57,000 sq km notified as ecologically sensitive

Western Ghats has the largest tiger population outside Sunderbans After several years of discussions, the government has finally notified nearly 57,000 square km area in the Western Ghats region of India as ecologically sensitive area (ESA) where all kinds of mining activities, large constructions, thermal power plants and highly polluting industries would no longer be … Read more Western Ghats: 57,000 sq km notified as ecologically sensitive

NTCA recomends ban on BBC filming in India’s protected forests

The Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has urged the Ministry of External Affairs to revoke the visas of BBC’s South Asia correspondent Justin Rowlatt and his crew, and prevent “their further entry into India, for a period not less than five years.” An office memorandum issued by Vaibhav C. Mathur, Assistant … Read more NTCA recomends ban on BBC filming in India’s protected forests

Shoot-at-sight orders in Corbett tiger reserve

In a stringent anti-poaching measure, authorities at Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) have issued shoot-at-sight orders “to prevent killing of big cats in the reserve”. The orders were passed after movement of suspected poachers was reported near the southern boundary of the park. Officiating in-charge of CTR, Parag Madhukar Dhakate, said that the step has been … Read more Shoot-at-sight orders in Corbett tiger reserve

Tiger poaching: 30% of illegal trade export from India

India seized the highest numbers of tigers and tiger products between 2000 and 2015, indicating that the country’s national animal is the most vulnerable to poaching for international trade. With 540 tiger seizures, India accounted for 30% of the world’s 1,755 tiger seizures – an average of more than two animals per week – followed … Read more Tiger poaching: 30% of illegal trade export from India

Lionesses are ‘kings’ in Gir National Park

Unlike its counterpart in Africa, the highly protective lioness dominates prides in Gujarat’s Gir National Park in India, the only place on earth where Asiatic lions are found. “Lionesses are the ‘king’ of Gir. Unlike their African counterparts where male owns the pride, here female lions own the pride. Through promiscuity and confused paternity, lionesses … Read more Lionesses are ‘kings’ in Gir National Park