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Posted by: Rishi - 04-14-2018, 07:23 PM - Forum: Volunteers - Replies (1)
Its about post #1,345 in Bigcat news.

Back in 2010, the India government came up with plan to reintroduce cheetahs to India from Africa. The environment ministry had cleared the $56-million project which involved moving African cheetahs from Namibia.

IIn 2013, India’s Supreme Court had halted that plan to "reintroduce" cheetahs to the country by shipping animals over from Africa after experts said the idea was “totally misconceived”.

The court-appointed adviser P.S.Narasimha said: “Studies show that African cheetahs and Asian cheetahs are completely different, both genetically and also in their characteristics.”
The apex court had noted that no detailed study had been conducted before introducing a 'foreign' species to India & adding that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) clearly warned against the introduction of alien species.

The then President of India, Smt. Pratibha Patil with a foreign cheetah.

*This image is copyright of its original author

Today, the Hon. Supreme Court of India has agreed to reconsider its 2013 order.

A plea by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is up for hearing. They've cited historical accounts stating that Cheetah was not an alien species, but locally extinct and that bringing it back would help conservation of grasslands like tiger conservation did to the forests.

However, Asiatic cheetah separated from its African relative somewhere between 32,000 and 67,000 years ago & the ones they are trying to "reintroduce" are entirely different animals from the ones that once sprinted through India's plains! 

Owing to the critical situation Asiatic cheetahs of Iran are in, bringing Saharan or Sudan cheetahs would've made most sense... 
But they have their eyes on South-African/Namibian ones, when we could if we would, choose a subspecies genetically closer to the Asiatic ones!

As per the official site of IUCN Redlist: 
"The review by Krausman and Morales (2005) included Cheetahs from the northern Sahara in venaticus. The type locality of A. j. venaticus is unknown. At a November 2006 meeting of the North African Region Cheetah Action Group (NARCAG), Belbachir (2007) recommended genetic studies to clarify whether the Cheetahs of Algeria (which probably has the largest Saharan Cheetah population) should be classified as A. j. hecki or A. j. venaticus." (Source)
Much of their range is facing political turmoil & India can promise them a better future...

A tiny population of rewilded NorthEast African cheetahs are living in Sir BaniYas island for repopulating project in UAE that as seen tremendous success in its baby steps. One of their females had even had a litter of four, while cheetahs are difficult to breed even in captivity!
They are part of a breeding project in Djibouti Cheetah Refuge, & an EEP in European zoos.

The female Sudan Cheetah "Safiya" with her cubs in Sir Bani Yas island.

*This image is copyright of its original author

Neither countries have complicated relationship with India. With some will & coordination, India could get her hands on first & second best options for reintroducing cheetahs in India, instead of bringing them from what's literally the farthest point of the world with cheetahs...

@sanjay @peter If i start a petition on with the above text & paste a link to it here, could it be arranged to display that on the yellow notice bar so that all visitors can see it? 

It might not work... But won't hurt to give it a shot.
If it does draw their attention towards the above prospect, it could be the greatest accomplishment of Wildfact.
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  How to embed a facebook videos on WildFact
Posted by: sanjay - 04-14-2018, 04:27 PM - Forum: Tips, Guides and Tutorial - Replies (2)
Ok, this is long time due tutorial for you guys.. So I am going to show you how to Embed a video from facebook

1. First go to the facebook page where video is located - example this page ``

2. Copy the last part of the url(link) which is numeric, i.e. 1058296017555355 (this is id of the video)

3. Add this numeric video id (1058296017555355) to the last of this:- ``

4. So the final url(link) will be like this:- `` . Now this is the link that we need to use in WildFact. Note that only numerical id will change for different videos.

5. Now follow this tutorial - to embed video on WildFact, instead using youtube use facebook in drop down in step3

Hope this help
Note: Facebook videos when embed does not show play button, that is why I write "Click on image to play the video" just below it, otherwise reader think it as image

Let me know if you guys are facing any problem
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  Replacing the Atlas Bear
Posted by: brotherbear - 04-10-2018, 06:34 PM - Forum: Bears - Replies (7)
Why not? The Atlas bear became extinct in North Africa most likely due to over-hunting during the nineteenth century. The last one reported was shot by a hunter in 1870. Since these bears, the only bears that were native to Africa during modern times, is extinct due to human ignorance and irresponsibility, then shouldn't we patch-up our mistake; though very late in the game? 
By far, most experts agree that the Atlas bear was most likely a subspecies of brown bear. Therefore, a breeding population of brown bears should be reintroduced into North Africa. But from what bear population should we choose from? 
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Posted by: P.T.Sondaica - 04-07-2018, 10:08 PM - Forum: Debate and Discussion about Wild Animals - Replies (16)
In some place in india tigers population is down after colonial hunt just 20 tiger but why wagdoh still have huge body with very muscular muscle neck and body..wagdoh is inbreed/incest why he have very good proportions(anatomy)?

In many case inbreed animal have small body and look verry weak....
sorry about my english
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  Panda Bear
Posted by: brotherbear - 04-07-2018, 04:31 PM - Forum: Bears - No Replies
Are the panda bears ( giant pandas ) really bears or are they giant members of the raccoon family?

Are Pandas True Bears Or Are They Raccoons?
October 13, 1985|By Jan Ziegler. United Press International.

WASHINGTON — A bear is a bear is a bear is a bear. Unless it`s a panda.

It may never have crossed your mind that Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, the famous giant pandas that charm visitors at the National Zoo, may be members of the raccoon family. But it has been an issue among scientists for more than a century.

The question is whether giant pandas should belong to either of the families, or if they should have a family of their own in the vast system of scientific classification that has a label for just about every animal in the world.

Giant pandas, according Stephen J. O`Brien, a research associate at the zoo, have been grouped with bears since their discovery by the Western world in the 1860s.

However, they have un-bearlike characteristics. Giant pandas are vegetarian, consuming mostly bamboo. Their forequarters are huge, rear quarters relatively small. In bears, although some have huge forequarters, rears are generally not as reduced.

``Finally, the giant panda does not behave like a bear,`` O`Brien and colleagues wrote in the scientific journal Nature. ``Most bears hibernate, the giant panda does not; bears roar, whereas the giant panda bleats.``

The raccoon faction has argued that because of its skull and tooth structure, markings and other characteristics, the giant panda belongs in the same family from which raccoons and the lesser or red panda, which really does look like a raccoon, diverged millions of years ago.

To put the matter to rest, the National Zoo researchers called on the powers of genetic technology. They took some cell samples from a raccoon, a giant panda, a lesser panda and a trio of Bruins: one American brown bear, a spectacled bear and a Maylayan sun bear.

Running the samples through three molecular tests that would reveal gene structure, they found the genetic similarities between bears and giant pandas far exceeded the number and extent of differences.

On the family tree, the bear group and procyonid group, to which the lesser panda belongs, probably split from a single ancestor line about 30 million to 50 million years ago.

The procyonids split into New World procyonids--represented by raccoons, coatis and kinkajous--and Old World procyonids, the aforementioned lesser pandas, 10 million years later.

Giant pandas branched off the bear family tree 15 to 25 million years ago. Judging by the molecular tests, they should be considered a sub-group of the bear family.

The ideosyncracies of giant pandas probably are the result of evolution and ancestral characteristics lost by bears after they split from the main line, the researchers wrote.
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  Anyone involved in crypto-currency or Blockchain?
Posted by: sanjay - 04-05-2018, 12:41 AM - Forum: Miscellaneous - Replies (9)
Blockchain is one of the top emerging technology along with Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Quantum computing, etc..
Have you invested in any crypto currency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and other altcoins or ICOs ..?? Or, are you associated with Blockchain in any form ?

I have invested a little amount in these cryptos and also learning tons of article about Blockchain, ICOs etc..
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  Majingilane sons
Posted by: ShakaMapogo - 03-30-2018, 03:47 AM - Forum: Lion - Replies (64)
Hi, I am relatively new to these threads. I’ve been following for a year and I’m wondering if someone could please tell me how many sons do the Majingilane have that have reached independence and formed coalitions? Thank you!
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  Girth Comparaison of Animals
Posted by: P.T.Sondaica - 03-23-2018, 06:56 PM - Forum: Debate and Discussion about Wild Animals - Replies (232)
Tiger have more muscle than in same size tiger is more strong than brown/grizly bear? (Tiger memiliki otot yang kuat dari coklat beruang dalam ukuran yang sama?)

Edit: Sanjay
This thread has been renamed and the most discussion is around Chest girth of Carnivora
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  Nice music
Posted by: Wolverine - 03-17-2018, 01:54 AM - Forum: Miscellaneous - Replies (2)
KM music is a newly created European music channel based in Thesalloniki, Greece:

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  What kind of bear are you?
Posted by: brotherbear - 03-15-2018, 08:01 PM - Forum: Miscellaneous - Replies (9)
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