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

Panel says Madhya Pradesh is fit to translocate Gir lions

The 12-member expert committee formed to oversee the translocation of Asiatic lions from Sasan Gir in Gujarat to Kuno-Palpur in Madhya Pradesh (MP) has found the sanctuary prepared to house the big cats. The panel, formed by India’s apex court in 2013, concluded its maiden visit to Kuno-Palpur on Monday (19 December 2016).”After spending nearly five hours … Read more Panel says Madhya Pradesh is fit to translocate Gir lions

Court bans ‘maneater’ killing & display of carcasses

The Uttarakhand high court in India ordered on Monday (19 December 2016) a complete ban on the killing of wild animals like tigers, leopards and panthers that are declared maneaters. Taking note of recent instances of several leopards being termed maneaters, the division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Alok Singh prohibited “killing of all … Read more Court bans ‘maneater’ killing & display of carcasses

Feral dogs of Spiti Valley : threat to snow leopards and other wildlife

The rapidly increasing population of feral (wild) dogs in remote Spiti Valley is becoming a cause of concern for the wildlife wing of the forest department as the canines are posing threat to not just humans but also the endangered snow leopards (Uncia uncia). “Feral dogs, which generally hunt in packs, have taken a toll … Read more Feral dogs of Spiti Valley : threat to snow leopards and other wildlife

Tiger count up in Sunderbans, latest survey puts total over 85 

The number of tigers in the Indian part of Sunderbans (other part lies in Bangladesh) is healthy and rising. A recent camera-trap exercise has spotted at least 9 more tigers over last year’s figures in the entire mangroves, including the tiger reserve area and the South 24-Parganas forest division.  The assessment exercise by the ministry … Read more Tiger count up in Sunderbans, latest survey puts total over 85 

India’s tiger estimation method for five S. Asian nations

The Global Tiger Forum (GTF) will push India’s robust tiger estimation method in five Southeast Asian countries to boost the big cat population. Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar are the five countries earmarked by the GTF for pushing India’s methodology. The method will be introduced in a workshop to be held in Kuala Lumpur, … Read more India’s tiger estimation method for five S. Asian nations

“World’s most photographed tiger”, Machhali, died

Machhli, “world’s most photographed tiger” died on Thursday (18 August 2016) just the way she had lived for record 19-plus years—close to her legion of admirers. She was named Machhli, Hindi word for fish, because of striped markings on her face that resembled a fish. The famous tigress from Ranthambore National Park of Rajasthan (India) … Read more “World’s most photographed tiger”, Machhali, died

Tiger and other Big Beasts Could Be Extinct by 2100 — Study

Many of the world’s biggest and iconic animals such as the Bengal tiger could be extinct by the end of the century if drastic conservation measures are not taken, a new study has warned. The threat is particularly dire in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, where much of the world’s biodiversity resides, researchers said. “The … Read more Tiger and other Big Beasts Could Be Extinct by 2100 — Study