Jungle in and around Panchkula has 153 leopards

Two wildlife sanctuaries located in Panchkula, a district in the Indian state of Haryana, Bir Shakargah and Khol Hi-Raitan, has 26 leopards.  Conservator of forests and wildlife M L Rajvanshi said the wildlife reserves spread across Panchkula, Morni, Pinjore, Kalka, Sukhna and Nalagarh starting from Kalesar near Yamunanagar have a total of 153 leopards. According to … Read more Jungle in and around Panchkula has 153 leopards

India’s forest cover increases by 1%, Northeastern states cause for concern

India’s forest cover increased by 6,778 sq km over the last two years with Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha and Telangana increasing their green footprint during the period though there is a worrying decline in six northeastern states, including a shrinkage of 630 sq km in the eastern Himalayas. While overall green cover, including tree patches … Read more India’s forest cover increases by 1%, Northeastern states cause for concern

Surgeon to gift artificial limb to tiger with amputated paw

In what could be a first anywhere in the world, a top orthopaedic surgeon and leading veterinary doctors of Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University (MAFSU) have come together to implant a prosthetic limb on a male tiger whose paw was amputated in 2012 after it got caught in a steel trap laid by poachers … Read more Surgeon to gift artificial limb to tiger with amputated paw

Bombay High Court prohibits killing of Yavatmaal man-eater

Maharashtra (India) state wildlife warden AK Mishra directed the forest officials of Yavatmal to tranquilise a man-eater tigress after the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court granted a stay to shoot-at-sight order issued by him. The animal has killed 10 people over the last year. A division bench of the high court, comprising justice Vasanti … Read more Bombay High Court prohibits killing of Yavatmaal man-eater

Why cats purr ?

Purring is the most common sound cats make, yet we know very less about it. It is commonly believed that they purr when they’re content, but it is not always true. They purr to communicate other emotions and needs, too. Happy Cat Your cat looks relaxed: Perhaps she’s on her back, eyes half-closed, tail mostly still. … Read more Why cats purr ?

India, Nepal, Bangladesh to coordinate for tiger census

For the first time, India, Nepal and Bangladesh will be conducting the 2018 tiger census in close coordination in their respective territories at the same time. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which is responsible for conducting the exercise in India, has proposed major changes including uniformity in counting of big cats in all tiger … Read more India, Nepal, Bangladesh to coordinate for tiger census

Photo evidence of snow leopard isn’t yet a reason to celebrate

Less than three weeks after the conservation status of the snow leopard was downgraded from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’, WWF-India discovered, for the first time, photo evidence of the species in Arunachal Pradesh (AP). The October 5 finding is, however, not a reason to assume that this most elusive of big cats is any safer than … Read more Photo evidence of snow leopard isn’t yet a reason to celebrate

Over 140 predators, mainly leopards, declared man-eaters in Uttarakhand

Over 150 leopards and tigers have been declared man-eaters in the state of Uttrakhand in India in just 17 years, since the formation of the state in 2000 to 2017, according to the state forest officials. Officials from the forest department said that from 2000 to 2017, more than 150 animals, mostly leopards, have been … Read more Over 140 predators, mainly leopards, declared man-eaters in Uttarakhand

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