India launches first protocol to count snow leopard population

India’s forest minister Prakash Javadekar launched country’s first national protocol for enumerating the population of snow leopards, an elusive predator found in the higher reaches of the Himalayas and other mountain ranges of Asia, on 23 October 2019. “Enumeration of tigers was a difficult task 20 years ago but we made it possible. India now … Read more India launches first protocol to count snow leopard population

Different carnivores sharing space in small suburban forest patches

As growth makes neighborhoods more crowded for humans, it’s also concentrating carnivores like bobcats and coyotes into the remaining green spaces, leading them to interact with each other more frequently than they do in wild areas, according to research in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. The citizen science study looks at how carnivores interact with … Read more Different carnivores sharing space in small suburban forest patches

Snow leopard blood no better prepared for high altitude than domestic cats

Prowling through the icy Himalaya mountains, snow leopards seem unfazed by the rarefied atmosphere. Yet, according to an international team of researchers lead by Jay Storz from the University of Nebraska, USA, Jan Janecka from Duquesne University, USA, and Angela Fago from Aarhus University, Denmark, cats of all shapes and sizes are notoriously poor at … Read more Snow leopard blood no better prepared for high altitude than domestic cats

World’s most mysterious cat — snow leopard — may be more common than thought

  The snow leopard has long been one of the least studied – and therefore poorly understood – of the wild cats.   Now it is not the case. Scientists studying these cats now say they may be more common than previously thought. New estimates focused on areas described as ‘Snow Leopard Conservation Units’, covering only 44 percent … Read more World’s most mysterious cat — snow leopard — may be more common than thought

In Indian forests big cats and wild dogs get along very well : WCS study

A Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) study in India shows that three carnivores—tigers, leopards, and dholes (Asian wild dog)—seemingly in direct competition with one other, are living side by side with surprisingly little conflict. Usually, big cats and wild canids live in different locations to avoid each other. Yet in four relatively small reserves in India’s wildlife-rich … Read more In Indian forests big cats and wild dogs get along very well : WCS study

Tigers present in high altitudes in four states, says NTCA in report

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has confirmed the presence of tigers in high-altitude areas of four Indian states of Sikkim, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh, in a study submitted to the environment ministry. Camera trapping has shown tiger presence in Kedarnath (Uttarakhand) at about 3,600 metres above sea level. In Sikkim also their … Read more Tigers present in high altitudes in four states, says NTCA in report

World’s 75 per cent tigers are now in India, Number up by 33% in 4 yrs

Despite rampant urbanisation, India has scripted an exemplary story of tiger preservation. As per a survey released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29 July 2019, on Global Tiger Day, the population of the country’s national animal has increased from 2,226 four years ago to 2,967 in 2018, a rise of 33 per cent. In … Read more World’s 75 per cent tigers are now in India, Number up by 33% in 4 yrs

Invasive species are Australia’s number-one extinction threat

According to the UN report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) one eighth of the world’s species – more than a million – are threatened with extinction. This startling number is a consequence of five direct causes: changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution; and invasion … Read more Invasive species are Australia’s number-one extinction threat

Due to humans, extinction risk for 1,700 animal species to increase by 2070

As humans continue to expand our use of land across the planet, we leave other species little ground to stand on. By 2070, increased human land-use is expected to put 1,700 species of amphibians, birds, and mammals at greater extinction risk by shrinking their natural habitats, according to a study by Yale ecologists published in Nature … Read more Due to humans, extinction risk for 1,700 animal species to increase by 2070

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

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

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

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