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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 10-24-2014

Activist writes to PM, urges him to give go-ahead for lion transfer to MP

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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 10-24-2014

At lion rescue centre, cubs yanked out of cage by visitors

A family not only got access into the reserved forest area of Ranigala near Mahuva but also managed to take out lion cubs from the rescue cages to play with them. One of the family members posted the pictures of his family playing with the cubs on the social networking site.

The photos, which are in TOI possession, show that the cubs were brought out of the cages into the open area. Sources said that lion cubs were rescued by forest department after they were abandoned by lioness in the forest. Other photos show that a woman and a man playing with two cubs inside the animal rescue enclosures in the forest.

Asiatic Lion is protected under schedule one category under Wildlife Protection Act-1972, the highest protection given to wild animal in the country.

When contacted, deputy conservator of forests, Bhavnagar, KS Randhawa said, "If this is true, it is extremely alarming and I will look into this matter. We will take action against those persons who are found responsible for this."

Sources said that this could be among the most alarming incidents of how people have easy access to lions even in reserve forest areas. No wonder, this is the same area, from where 10-month-old lion cub had gone missing in April 2012 and forest department is yet to trace it.

In April 2011, a lion was electrocuted at Valar village in Mahuva range. When the carcass was found, the claws were missing. Four persons were arrested in the connection but forest officials have not found the claws.

Sources said that human danger is always lurking for lions in Ranigala. During holidays and sometimes weekends, large number get unauthorized access to the area and they come with SUVs and cars. Sources also said that people freely move behind the lions in their cars.

According to the last census, there were 411 lions in the sanctuary and of this, 33 were in Bhavnagar district, mostly in Mahuva range. Over a decade ago, lions from Gir forest migrated towards Mahuva and have settled here permanently.



RE: Bigcats News - tigerluver - 10-25-2014

Rare Snow Leopards Seen on Mount Everest
Posted by David Braun of National Geographic in Cat Watch on October 23, 2014

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To celebrate International Snow Leopard Day, today, October 23, National Geographic Cat Watch is publishing two images from camera traps set up to document the elusive and seldom-seen big cat on Mount Everest.

The Everest Snow Leopard Conservation Center is a partnership initiative of Vanke Foundation and Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) National Nature Reserve. The 34,000-square-kilometer (13,000-square-mile) sanctuary protects the highly unique and diverse ecosystem found along the border of China and Nepal, centered around the world’s highest mountain.

“It is home to many endangered species including the snow leopard. But very little is known about the distribution and population status of snow leopards in this area,” according to a statement released with these photos by the Everest Snow Leopard Conservation Center.

The statement added that in the early 1990s, snow leopard expert Rodney Jackson did a brief field study on the species in this area. “He estimated that there may possibly be in excess of 100 snow leopards within the reserve. Since then, no research or conservation projects on snow leopards have been carried out in this area.”

In May 2014, Vanke Foundation, a Chinese private foundation founded by China Vanke Co., Ltd, joined the Qomolangma Nature Reserve to establish the Everest Snow Leopard Conservation Center. The Center aims to promote human-snow leopard coexistence through science, conservation action, public engagement and fostering future conservation leaders. The focus of the center’s work includes studying and monitoring snow leopard status, reducing threats to snow leopards through science-led, problem-oriented, community-based actions and securing greater financial and policy support for snow leopard conservation by increasing public awareness and participation.

An expedition in May and June this year by the Everest Snow Leopard Conservation Center with scientists from the Wildlife Institute of Beijing Forestry University, South China Research Institute of Endangered Species, and Image for Biodiversity Expedition, found 293 snow leopard signs such as scrapes, pugmarks, and feces. They also installed 44 motion-sensor cameras at 4 sites in the Qomolangma area, photographing snow leopards 27 times. This is the first time that wild snow leopard was photographed in this region along the northern slopes of the Great Himalaya Range, the Center said.

“In the next step, we will conduct in-depth studies of snow leopards, their habitat and prey, as well as their interactions with local residents.” said GAO Yufang, executive director of the Everest Snow Leopard Conservation Center.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 10-28-2014

What do they expect to happen?
Environmental Investigation AgencyThailand: Tourist rushed to hospital after being mauled by tiger at wildlife park where visitors 'pet' big catsA tourist suffered stomach and leg injuries when he was mauled by a tiger at a wildlife park in Thailand after stepping inside the fearsome predator's cage to pet it.Australian Paul Goudie was dragged to safety by park attendants at Tiger Kingdom in Phuket after the ferocious attack by the big cat.The 49-year-old from Melbourne suffered stomach and leg injuries and was taken to hospital for emergency treatment, reports the Telegraph.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* Do you want to know more about captive tigers in South-East Asia and China? Read the EIA briefing 'Caged Assets: Tiger Farming and Trade' at http://eia-international.org/caged-assets-tiger-farming-and-trade-2
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Opened in August 2013, the park allows visitors to enter tiger enclosures, pose for photos and feed bottles to big cat cubs.Before entering the concrete pens, guests are required to remove all loose belongings, including shoes, wash their hands and sign a waiver absolving Tiger Kingdom of any responsibility in the event of an accident.Despite safety concerns, Thailand's tiger parks, which allow visitors to play, stroke and pet the big cats, have grown in popularity in recent years.Full story at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/tourist-rushed-hospital-after-being-4491759‪#‎tiger‬ ‪#‎Thailand‬Image: A tourist - not the man who was injured - plays with a tiger's tail at Tiger Kingdom in Mae Rim, Thailand, via The Mirror


Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary - GajananBapat - 10-28-2014

Today one sad news one of Sub Auduilt cub approx age 12 month old, was dead,  from Umred , as per my knowedge he is dead because of insufficiant feeding, His mother " CHANDI" , she is not stay with cubs .. attach one of latest snap .. 
= -- = SAVE THE TIGER = -- =



RE: Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary - Pckts - 10-29-2014

Sad news, tfs.

RE: Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary - TheLioness - 10-29-2014

Sad news, to live a year and not make it because of the mother, lots of other dangerous things out there and this is its fate, very sad. Very skinny cub, one can only hope she gets better with her cubs next time.

RE: Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary - GajananBapat - 10-29-2014

(10-29-2014, 03:54 AM)'TheLioness' Wrote: Sad news, to live a year and not make it because of the mother, lots of other dangerous things out there and this is its fate, very sad. Very skinny cub, one can only hope she gets better with her cubs next time.


Thanks, Hope so ..

RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 10-31-2014

RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 10-31-2014

Look at this guy

RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 11-01-2014

Tiger kills tribal woman in Kanha buffer zone

Three days after a tiger mauled a teacher to death in Katni district, another tiger killed a 22-year-old at Manjhipur village of Mandla district in buffer zone of Kanha National Park.

The woman went missing on Saturday and the body was found in a jungle the next day.

Rambai Dhurve, 22, a resident of Manjhipur village, went into jungle to collect wood along with other villagers, but she did not return, sources said. Next day, when villagers went to look for her into the forest, the body was found there. "It is an unfortunate incident and a natural accident. Incidents like these have rarely been reported here. The girl went to collect wood and the carnivore was in the trench. The animal attacked her. It is nothing like animal specifically attacked a human being," Kanha National Park director J S Chauhan told TOI.

"The entire area was searched using elephants on Monday to spot animal, but the big cat could not be trapped. Pugmarks were seen near river and it was quite possible that animal had escaped into the jungle. However, the area will be searched again on Tuesday," he said.



RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 11-09-2014

Rare snow leopard found in China

A rare snow leopard was spotted for the first time in China since 2006 at a nature reserve in the country's northwest.

The animal was spotted in a photo when a researcher, Hellat with the Annanba branch of the forest police bureau of Gansu was sorting pictures.The photo was taken by a ranger named Junsibieke, or Jensbek (pronunciation), on March 4 from Gansu Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The Annanba wild camel national nature reserve was founded in 2006. "This is the first time we have found the snow leopard here. It is such a pity that we didn't see the photo until today," said Hellat.

According to Junsibieke, who is from the Kazak ethnic group, the leopard was crouching in a pothole as he patrolled the nature reserve.Junsibieke recalled that the leopard was an adult about 1.5 metres long. It had a blood stain on its face.

Snow leopards, one of China's Class A protected animals, are usually found in the Himalayan ranges of central and south Asia at altitudes between 3,000 and 5,500 metres.The animal has rarely been seen in the wild since last century due to loss of habitat and poaching.

An estimated 3,500 to 7,000 snow leopards live in the wild, in addition to 600 to 700 more in zoos worldwide."In recent years, decreased rainfall, the rise of snowlines and destruction of vegetation on mountains have driven herbivorous animals to river valleys," Hellat said."That snow leopard must be following them", he said. 

The Annanba nature reserve covers 39.6 hectares and has an average altitude of about 2,000 meters.

Other rare animals such as the Lynx and Manul also live in the reserve.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 11-18-2014

After a spate of rhino deaths at the hands of AK47 assault rifle wielding gangs, this year 21 poachers have already been shot dead, when Forest Guards retaliated in Kaziranga. Sanctuary's view is that poachers don't just kill rhinos, tigers and elephants. They ruthlessly kill forest guards too. The ONLY reason that people enter Kaziranga unannounced, after dark, with guns in their hands, is to kill... and they must know that they themselves risk being killed in the process.

Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia.— with Anish Andheria.

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People don't realize that this is a war, these gaurds are completely underfunded, out weaponed and are searching through dangerous jungles on bikes at times. Its crazy to think about

RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 11-23-2014

Sundarban National Park under significant threat due to failed conservation system: IUCN

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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 11-23-2014

Indian wildlife managers use 'camera trap images' to identify conflict-prone tigers

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