Humans accelerating extinction of other species : UN report

People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday. But it’s not too late to fix the problem, according to the United Nations’ first comprehensive report on biodiversity. “We have reconfigured dramatically life on … Read more Humans accelerating extinction of other species : UN report

Lions vs. porcupines—Historical records show what leads lions to hunt porcupines and what happens when they do

Not much can mess with a lion. They’re four-hundred-pound top predators, bringing down large prey like wildebeests, zebras, and even giraffes. But they’re not invincible—a new study delves into the interactions between lions and porcupines, and shows how these spiky, cocker spaniel-sized critters can come out on top. “By examining records of lions that have … Read more Lions vs. porcupines—Historical records show what leads lions to hunt porcupines and what happens when they do

India lost more than a million hectares of forest cover in 17 years

India has reportedly lost over 1.6 million hectares of forests in the last 17 years — from 2001 to 2018 — causing nearly 172 metric tons of carbon emissions in the country.  According to a recent study pushed out by a global research firm World Resource Institute (WRI) on 25 April 2019, the total forest … Read more India lost more than a million hectares of forest cover in 17 years

Snow leopards are now frequently sighted in Spiti Valley

The elusive and rarely sighted snow leopard is now being frequently spotted in snow-bound Spiti valley of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh (HP). What will delight wildlife lovers even more are the instances of the endangered cat to be seen in pairs.  With the cases of snow leopard sightings increasing Spiti is fast emerging … Read more Snow leopards are now frequently sighted in Spiti Valley

36 Gir lions to be back in jungle in India’s largest reintroduction operation

The Gujarat forest department will take up the country’s biggest and most challenging effort to reintroduce big cats from captivity to the wild now that 36 Asiatic lions suspected to be infected with canine distemper virus (CDV) have been declared fit to return to their natural habitat, according to officials familiar with the development. The … Read more 36 Gir lions to be back in jungle in India’s largest reintroduction operation

Black panther: Rare animal caught on camera in Kenya

Black Panther has been everywhere in recent years – but spotting one of the animals the famous superhero is named after in the African wilderness is a little more rare. Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas managed it – and there are even claims this is the first time anyone has captured a melanistic leopard on camera in … Read more Black panther: Rare animal caught on camera in Kenya

Surprise! India and China are greening faster than rest of the World

China and India – two economic powerhouses of Asia – are contributing significantly to the greening of the planet, a new global study released on 11 February 2019 has found. The world now has about 5.5 million square kilometers of extra green leaf area round the year compared to 2000. A bulk of this increase … Read more Surprise! India and China are greening faster than rest of the World

Bengal tiger could go extinct by 2070 because of climate change

We think of the Sundarbans, the world’s biggest mangrove forest, and we think of the Royal Bengal Tiger. However, the fierce species which is India’s pride could die out thanks to climate change as the Sundarbans will be completely wiped out within the next 50 years with the rising water levels. Spanning more than 10,000 square kilometres, … Read more Bengal tiger could go extinct by 2070 because of climate change

Leopard deaths in India at five-year high, over a third poached

India recorded its highest leopard mortality over the past four years in 2018. As many as 460 leopard deaths were recorded across the country this year, according to the Delhi-based Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI). A bulk of them – 155 (34%) – were poached while 74 (16%) died in train or road accidents. … Read more Leopard deaths in India at five-year high, over a third poached

What kills most tigers? Even experts are clueless

A study by Association of Indian Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (AIZWV), which has been compiling a database on wild mammalian species with reference to morbidity and mortality, stated that in most cases of tiger deaths reported from 2009 to 2016, the specific reason could not be ascertained.  According to the association, of the 28 tiger … Read more What kills most tigers? Even experts are clueless

Number of Indian species in endangered list going up

India is on track to meet most of its national biodiversity targets but the list of animal species from the country under the international ‘red list’ in the critically endangered, endangered and threatened categories has been increasing over the years, according to the sixth national report (NR6) submitted to the United Nations Convention on Biological … Read more Number of Indian species in endangered list going up

International golfer Jyoti Randhawa arrested for poaching

International golfer Jyoti Randhawa (full name Jyotinder Singh Randhawa) of India was arrested on 26 December 2018 on charges of poaching inside the globally famous Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (area 1,284.3 sq km or 495.9 sq mi)), a protected area in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A telescope-mounted .22 rifle fitted with silencer, 80 cartridges, a range finder, carcass … Read more International golfer Jyoti Randhawa arrested for poaching

Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of India gets Asia Environmental Enforcement Award

Nine institutions and individuals from across Asia have been recognized by the United Nations, USAID, Interpol, and the Freeland Foundation for outstanding work in preventing trans-boundary environmental crime in an annual award ceremony in Bangkok. From India, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has been awarded under the Innovation category for combating trans-boundary environmental crime. WCCB has … Read more Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of India gets Asia Environmental Enforcement Award

Tiger Spotted at 3630m in Arunachal Valley

In a significant development for conservationists in India, a three-year survey in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang Valley Wildlife Sanctuary has found photographic evidence of tigers residing 3630 metres above sea level in snow-clad peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, according to The Times of India. From 2015 to 2017, researchers at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) … Read more Tiger Spotted at 3630m in Arunachal Valley

Nature pushed to the brink by runaway consumption: WWF

Unbridled consumption has decimated global wildlife, triggered a mass extinction and exhausted Earth’s capacity to accommodate humanity’s expanding appetites, conservation group WWF warned on 30 October 2018. From 1970 to 2014, a total of 60 per cent of all animals with a backbone – fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals – were wiped out by … Read more Nature pushed to the brink by runaway consumption: WWF

Maneka Gandhi slams Maharashtra minister over tiger killing

As the controversial killing of tigress Avni (code named T1) in the Indian state of Maharashtra kicked up a row, Women and Child Development Minister of India, Maneka Gandhi on 4 November 2018 accused Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar of ordering the “ghastly murder” of a tiger and vowed legal action after the man-eating animal … Read more Maneka Gandhi slams Maharashtra minister over tiger killing

The warriors who helped save the Asiatic lions of Gir

Their enthusiasm to volunteer is spurred by lion-hearted pride; they are dogged in their devotion to Gujarat’s big cats and humbled by their responsibility to conserve the species. They are the common people of the state, members of communities whose work is vital for the survival of Asiatic lions in Gir. It is mainly their … Read more The warriors who helped save the Asiatic lions of Gir

To avoid large predators smaller carnivores adapt to hunt in moonless nights

In Assam’s Manas National Park smaller carnivores, mainly belonging to cat and civet family, have adapted to hunt in dark nights to avoid predation by larger carnivores, says an ongoing study of Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute if India (WII). The research that will conclude next year outlines how moon illumination influences mammal activity in the protected … Read more To avoid large predators smaller carnivores adapt to hunt in moonless nights

Tigress with three cubs spotted in Sariska, population reaches 17

Four months after tigress ST-14 was spotted with two cubs, there is more good news from Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) in Alwar (Rajasthan, India). Tigress ST-12 was spotted with three cubs on 31 August 2018 – a first for Sariska after it was repopulated with tigers from Ranthambore, said reserve officials. STR chief conservator of … Read more Tigress with three cubs spotted in Sariska, population reaches 17

Less than 1% of India’s mangrove cover deforested in 15 years: Global study

India has the 10th largest mangrove cover in the world and according to a recent study, less than one percent of it was deforested between 2000 and 2015. “We found that less than 1% of the Indian mangrove forests were deforested between 2000 and 2015 (4,000 ha). This rate of loss is only half the … Read more Less than 1% of India’s mangrove cover deforested in 15 years: Global study

Hundreds of snow leopards being killed every year : TRAFFIC

Hundreds of snow leopards are being killed every year across the mountains of central Asia, threatening the already endangered cat, according to a new report. There are as few as 4,000 of the solitary and elusive cat remaining and numbers have fallen by a fifth in the last 16 years. But between 220 and 450 … Read more Hundreds of snow leopards being killed every year : TRAFFIC

25 to 30 snow leopards in Kibber wildlife sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh

As the snow leopard population across the world dwindles, tribal Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh (HP) in India offers a ray of hope with a forest guard capturing images of a snow leopard having two cubs. This suggests an increase in their population. There are 25 to 30 snow leopards in Kibber wildlife sanctuary of … Read more 25 to 30 snow leopards in Kibber wildlife sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh

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