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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 02-01-2015

 Tiger cub found dead
 
A six-month-old female tiger cub was found dead in the Masinagudy range of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) on Wednesday.

The death has come in just a day after reports on the tiger population in the country registering a growth.

Deputy Director, MTR, D. Chandran said that the carcass was found by anti-poaching watchers near the Moyar camp ,To a question, he said that the carnivore might have died on Tuesday. A post-mortem would be conducted on Thursday.


http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/tiger-cub-found-dead/article6810145.ece

 


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 02-01-2015

Tiger fails to roar in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

The population of tigers has dwindled in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in the last four years. Compared to the 72 tigers found in unified Andhra Pradesh in the 2010 tiger census, the 2014 count pegged the number of big cats at only 68 in the two states. However, the country wide tiger population has shown a significant jump from 1,706 in 2010 to 2,226 in 2014, indicating a 30 per cent rise.

The results of the latest tiger census conducted in early 2014 were released by Union environment and forests minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Tuesday. The 2014 census results continue to reflect the decline of the tiger in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since 2006 when 95 tigers were recorded in the unified state. According to the 'Status of Tigers in India, 2014' released by Javadekar, the number of tigers has increased in Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.

The minister, who released the report at a conference of Chief Wildlife Wardens of Tiger States and Field Directors of Tiger Reserves, said the rising numbers were a result of the conservation efforts including creation of the Special Tiger Protection Force, efforts to control poaching and initiatives to minimize human-animal conflicts. In all, the census operation involved surveys in 3,78,118 sq. km of forests and the staff involved in the census installed camera traps in 9,735 locations along forest trails normally used by the tigers.

Of the 68 tigers found in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, 65, or 99 per cent of them, were found only in one area, the Nagarjuanasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve, which prior to bifurcation of the state, was the largest tiger reserve in India spread over 3,568 sq km. After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the reserve has been divided into two, the Amrabad Tiger Reserve in Telangana spread over 2,166 sq km and the rest becoming the Srisailam (Rajiv Gandhi) Tiger Reserve in residuary Andhra Pradesh.

Field director of the Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Rahul Pandey, told from New Delhi that the reserve has recorded 48 tigers as per the latest census. He also said the reserve received a positive evaluation and was classified as 'good' in terms of conservation and tiger protection measures. With 48 tigers recorded in the AP part of the reserve, the Amrabad Tiger Reserve has 17 big cats and three tigers have been found in the Kawal Tiger Reserve in Adilabad district.

Some of the wildlife reserves in Telangana, such as Pakal and Eturunagaram in Warangal and Kinnerasani in Khammam that have been traditional homes of the tiger have no record of the presence of the animal anymore.

Incidentally, the Telangana government on Tuesday appointed directors for the two tiger reserves with the Indian Forest Service officers Vinay Kumar going to Kawal Tiger Reserve as director and Sanjeev Kumar Gupta posted as director of the Amrabad Tiger Reserve.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Tiger-fails-to-roar-in-Andhra-Pradesh-Telangana/articleshow/45960068.cms


RE: Bigcats News - TheLioness - 02-02-2015

Dont know if this was posted or not, but I cried and it is a shame what zoos overseas do, as well as these "farms" disgusting, these people that harm these animals do not deserve to be alive.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-02/tiger-melani-rescued-from-indonesian-death-zoo-in-surabaya-dies/5714522


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 02-04-2015

 Govt plans more tiger habitats as population rise
 
Buoyed by the rising number of tigers in the wild, the government has decided to create more habitats for them to ensure their long-term conservation.

Sources said the Environment Ministry has initiated steps to convert more wildlife sanctuaries -- rich in biodiversity with a wide variety of flora and fauna including tigers, co-predators, prey animals and birds -- as tiger reserves.At present, India has 47 tiger reserves. "In the near future, there will be about 50 tiger reserves in the country, an initiative which speaks volumes about India's effort towards preserving the big cat," an Environment Ministry official told.

The sources said the Environment Ministry has granted in- principle approval for notification of the Guru Ghasidas National Park in Chhattisgarh as the 48th tiger reserve. Last year, the Ministry had declared Maharashtra's Bor as the 47th tiger reserve.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has also asked the Karnataka government to declare Cauvery and M M Hills wildlife sanctuaries in the state as tiger reserves after the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) gave its green signal.

The latest tiger Census report, released last week, has shown that Karnataka is leading the big cat count in the country with 406 tigers.
While Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 102.59 sq km area in Bangalore, Mysore and Mandya districts, the Male Mahadeshwara Reserve Forest is located in southeast Karnataka, bordering Tamil Nadu.Meanwhile, the government has also initiated steps to "better protection" for the five tiger reserves located in the 'Red Corridor' (areas affected by Left Wing Extremism) in eastern part of the country.

The five tiger reserves in the Maoist-affected areas are Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, Simlipal in Odisha, Indravati and Udanti-Sitanadi in Chhattisgarh, and Palamu in Jharkhand.The move comes close on the heels of India registering 30.5 per cent rise in the tiger population since the last estimate held in 2010.

According to the data released last week, the number of tigers have increased from 1,706 in 2010 to 2,226 in the latest estimates which is, according to the government, a testimony of the success of various measures adopted by it to protect the big cat.


http://www.deccanherald.com/content/455610/govt-plans-more-tiger-habitats.html
 


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 02-04-2015

Great news, Tiger Temple has been shut down.
I remember discussing here about a woman I used to see telling me when she went there that she thought they tigers were drugged. The "monks" would be smoking cigarettes and mistreating the tigers at times. The cubs were being sold to private owners, etc.

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/tiger-temple-raided


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 02-06-2015

 
Karnataka roars again, tops with 406 tigers

Karnataka has much to roar about. The latest tiger census report, released on Tuesday, showed that the state is home to 406 tigers, the largest in the country. It also revealed the big cat's population had risen from 300 recorded in the previous census of 2010, up by 35%. This is higher than the national average of around 30% growth in tiger numbers.

The report was released by environment minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.With Karnataka maintaining its No.1 rank in tiger population, 18% per cent of the country's 2,226 big cats now live in the state. During the last count, the state was home to about 17.5% of the country's tiger population.

Sources in the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) said the rise in numbers is good across the tiger reserves in Karnataka, with Bandipur and Nagarahole alone housing around 200, which is half of the tiger population.

environmentalists attribute the rise in numbers to conservation efforts undertaken by the forest department and the role of non-government organizations as well.

"Strict patrolling in tiger reserves and stringent anti-poaching measures have nurtured the tiger population," said Naveen KS, environmentalist.

However, some experts caution that the burgeoning population is also a cause for concern with growing instances of human-animal conflicts in the state.

"Tiger census figures say that around 10% of the big cats live outside the protected area. This means, there are around 40 tigers in the said region in Karnataka at any point of time.

It's high time the government took the matter seriously and put in place proper measures to tackle the conflict situations," said a wildlife activist, on the condition of anonymity.As reported by recently, Karnataka has witnessed as many as 95 human deaths in human-animal conflicts in the last 21 months.

Forty deaths have happened since April last year. The conflict zone that was restricted some years ago to a few districts like Hassan and Kodagu has widened and is now spread over 12 of the state's 30 districts.

Ajai Misra, additional principal chief conservator of forests, said there was a need to understand conflict situations in a proper way. "Conflicts are part of evolution and they do exist in large number within the human society as well.

Focus is on creating awareness among forest fringe communities on how to react when they encounter wild animals. Also, we are undertaking capacity building programmes for staff so that their response time improves," he added.

A senior forest official said the rising tiger numbers is not a cause for worry as human-animal conflict in Karnataka is more to do with elephants.

"Looking at statistics, about 30 of the 40 humans killed since April last year were elephant victims. Instances of tigers involved in a conflict situation leading to human death have been only four," he added.

Another environmentalist said the state government should not drop the guard, just because the numbers have gone up. "As numbers grow, there are more threats looming over big cats, including poaching as there is demand for skin and other body parts in the international market," he said

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/Karnataka-roars-again-tops-with-406-tigers/articleshow/45958964.cms

 


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 02-06-2015

"Looking at statistics, about 30 of the 40 humans killed since April last year were elephant victims. Instances of tigers involved in a conflict situation leading to human death have been only four," he added.

Just goes to show that even tigers are not man eaters if given enough space and room. Of course there are exceptions, but Sumatrans are forced to be that way.


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 02-07-2015

 The restaurant with LEOPARD and TIGER on the menu

Russian diner is raided by police... who find chopped up endangered animals being prepared for meals

Russian police seized the remains of the animals and also confiscated 110lbs of meat they believe came from a rare Amur tiger and leopard

The restaurant, on the outskirts of the Russian capital Moscow, prided itself on serving 'exotic and expensive' dishes. Some of the country's elite believe tiger meat will improve performance everywhere from the 'boardroom to the bedroom'. 
 
Police suspect the restaurant made a lucrative trade in not only serving customers the dead animals to eat, but also by selling on the remains to Asian markets for use in traditional medicine

A police spokesman said: 'We are working on the assumption that the animals were hunted and killed to facilitate the restaurant offering exotic and lucrative dishes.

According to the World Wide Fund For Nature, both the Amur leopard and tiger are endangered species with the former being labelled as critically endangered. Police are now questioning a Vietnamese employee of the restaurant on suspicion of killing and trafficking the animals to Moscow. 


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Check the video on the link below

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2940058/The-restaurant-LEOPARD-TIGER-menu-Russian-diner-raided-police-chopped-endangered-animals-prepared-meals.html

 


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 02-07-2015

Thank god, glad to see these POS getting what they deserve.


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 02-10-2015

 Thirteen tiger nations from Malaysia to Russia to set up anti-poaching network



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A Royal Bengal tiger walks in Bardiya National Park in Nepal, one of 13 countries that have agreed to establish an intelligence-sharing network to fight trafficking of the animal.



Thirteen countries which are home to the world's dwindling population of wild tigers Friday agreed to establish an intelligence-sharing network to fight traffickers, concluding an anti-poaching conference in Kathmandu.

Around 100 experts, government and law enforcement officials attended the five-day summit, co-hosted by Nepal and conservation group WWF to hammer out a regional plan to fight poaching in Asia.

"We cannot allow wildlife crime to continue to wrap its tentacles deeper into the region," said Tikaram Adhikari, director general of Nepal's department of national parks and wildlife conservation.

"Our individual efforts may win us a few battles, but we can only win the war only if Asia presents a united front to stop the poaching, end the trafficking and wipe out demand," Adhikari said in a press statement.

Nepal has twice been recognised for going a full year with no poaching incidents involving tigers, while the population of the endangered cats rose almost two thirds between 2009 and 2013.

David Lawson of WWF's Tigers Alive Initiative said the network of national liaison officers would "help countries communicate better with each other, build trust and deepen cooperation which is essential to win the fight against poachers".

"Asian governments need to recognise that we are in the midst of a poaching crisis and that this theft of natural resources must be stopped," Lawson told AFP.Decades of trafficking and habitat destruction have slashed the global tiger population from 100,000 a century ago to approximately 3,000, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Poachers hunt the animal for its bones, which used to be an ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine, its pelt, which can fetch up to US$16,000 (S$20,004) on the black market, and its penis, believed to increase male sexual performance.

Countries with tiger populations - Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam - in 2010 launched a plan to double their numbers by 2022.  


http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-tiger-nations-to-set-up-anti-poaching-network-2015-2?IR=T
 


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 02-11-2015

Gir lion rescued from well

A critically endangered Asiatic lion has been rescued from a 60ft well after it slipped in during the night.

Dramatic footage shows villagers in remote Gujarat - where some of the only remaining wild prides of the lion species exist - hauling the creature to safety.

The distressed eight-year-old lion can be heard roaring as it stands on a small ledge at the side of the well - which was nearly full with water.

Using some rope tied around the lions midriff, which it is unclear who secured around the animal, the group of villagers along with forest officials manage to hoist the lion out of the well.







 


RE: Bigcats News - tigerluver - 02-11-2015

I really would like to know who or how they tied those ropes. Perhaps it was darted?


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 02-11-2015

(02-11-2015, 04:25 AM)'tigerluver' Wrote: I really would like to know who or how they tied those ropes. Perhaps it was darted?


 


Im pretty sure the animal was not darted or sedated.
My guess both the ropes were passed under the animal's body and lifted up (using long sticks or some tools) to make a knot and pulled back to get tightened around the body.

 

 


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 02-13-2015

(02-11-2015, 04:32 AM)'Apollo' Wrote:
(02-11-2015, 04:25 AM)'tigerluver' Wrote: I really would like to know who or how they tied those ropes. Perhaps it was darted?



 


Im pretty sure the animal was not darted or sedated.
My guess both the ropes were passed under the animal's body and lifted up (using long sticks or some tools) to make a knot and pulled back to get tightened around the body.

 

 

 


A little Steve Irwin "top jaw rope" action.

On a side note, that was a beautiful lioness. Well fed and seemed to be large.
 


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 02-13-2015

Nepal Achieves Huge Milestone: Zero Poaching for a Whole Year



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Very good read

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/nepal-achieves-huge-milestone-zero-poaching-for-a-whole-year.html#ixzz3RcrKMqdG