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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 10-03-2015

This leopard was seen Wednesday morning in the village of Sadulkhera, Rajasthan, India, with a water pot stuck on its head. "The male leopard is about three years old. He is being kept under observation. He has been checked by vets and seems to be fine," District Forest Officer Kapil Sharma.








RE: Bigcats News - GuateGojira - 10-04-2015

There is something fishy here, please read the article.


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What do you think?  Sad


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 10-14-2015

In a tragic development, Kaziranga Forest Department seized ‪#‎tiger‬ ‪#‎skin‬ and bones from Harmuti village near ‪#‎Kaziranga‬ NP in ‪#‎Assam‬,India,

A father-son duo has been accused of abetting a crime and killing an adult male tiger that had frequently been photographed on camera traps. While the son is still at large, the father is under custody. Most of the bones were recovered except for cervical, skull, sacrum and pelvic girdle. IFAW-WTI team was at the spot and assisted the forest department.


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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 10-20-2015

Tell Congress to Protect Tiger Habitats

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In 2008, Congress recognized the threats of degradation and deforestation to wildlife and people by amending the Lacey Act of 1900 to prohibit illegal timber and timber products from entering the US market. It's critical that we implement the Lacey amendments to the fullest extent in order to realize the benefits they can have for forests and species around the globe.

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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 10-30-2015

Centre refuses to give money for conservation of lions



The last month's flood in Gujarat killed 10 Asiatic lions in two districts at a time when the central government refused to release more money for conserving these animals.

The deaths occurred in Amreli and Bhavnagar districts, where carcasses of ten lions were recovered till July 2, says a report by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests of Gujarat, who submitted it to the Union Environment Ministry last week.

Besides, carcasses of 1,670 blue bulls, 87 spotted deer, nine black bucks and six wild boars were also found. Four lions died in Amreli district and the other six in Bhavnagar district.

As per the 2010 lion census, the total number of these big cats stood at 411 in Gujarat. Two months ago, another round of the five-yearly lion census began. The 2005 count was 359 lions.

The ongoing census will cover Amreli, Porbandar, Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Gir-Somnath and Botad districts. Apart from the 1,800 sq km sanctuary area, which includes Gir Sanctuary, Gir National Park, Paniya, Mityalaya and Girnar sanctuaries, another 23,200 sq km area outside the sanctuary will also be covered in the counting.



The loss of lions comes less than three months after the Union Environment Ministry refused to sanction Rs 135 crore to Gujarat for conserving these animals in their only home in India.


The state had submitted a Rs 150 crore plan for consolidating long term conservation of Asiatic lions and sought 90 per cent funding from theCentre. The ministry rejected the proposal on the ground that funds are not available. Two years ago, Gujarat had submitted a Rs 262 crore proposal that also received approval from the Planning Commission. But the central support was nominal.

After the flood, when forest officials visited the affected areas, lions were seen moving and fresh kills of blue bulls were also observed.

"As many as 17 lions were seen in Savarkundala area while 27 lions in Amreli district and 40 in Bhavnagar district were spotted during search and rescue operations after the flood,” said S C Pant, principal chief conservator of forest in Gujarat.




http://m.deccanherald.com/content/489093/centre-refuses-give-money-conservation.html/



RE: Bigcats News - Roflcopters - 10-30-2015

where is the Gujarati government now? lack of funds could potentially put their long term survival in jeopardy at this rate. this is horrible because even Moef cant seem to help.


RE: Bigcats News - sanjay - 10-30-2015

Modi government is trying to develop country at any cost that mean there are no place for forest and animal


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 10-30-2015

Horrible news and backwards thinking.
When will people learn......


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 11-01-2015

Botswana cheetah Legolas killed in 'unnecessary' attack


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A Botswanan cheetah called Legolas that was being studied by researchers has been killed, conservationists said.

Legolas, named after an elf in Lord of the Rings, helped researchers understand how the animals hunt together.

The body was found next to a highway along with a shotgun cartridge, in what Cheetah Conservation Botswana called an "unnecessary and unprovoked attack".

The death is being investigated as a poaching case.

It comes after another famous big cat, Cecil the Lion, was killed in Zimbabwe by a US dentist, sparking worldwide condemnation.

'Heartbreaking'

Legolas was not posing a danger to livestock because there were no cattle in the area, indicating the animal had instead been shot in an opportunistic attack, CCB said.

The group said it sympathised with farmers who have problems with predators, but described the killing as "needless and heartbreaking".

At 68.5kg in weight, Legolas was one of the biggest cheetahs ever caught.

He and two of the three other cheetahs he hunted with were fitted with collars that CCB said had "revolutionised" the study of the animals' collaborative hunting techniques, which until then had remained largely unknown.

The killing of Legolas means three of the seven cheetahs fitted with collars for the research project have been shot.
The estimated population of 10,000 wild cheetahs in Africa today is classified as 'vulnerable' in the IUCN's Red List of threatened species.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34448465


RE: Bigcats News - sanjay - 11-01-2015

A bad news from Russia Far East Date: 31-oct-2105
In the district of Lazo Khabarovsk Krai (Russia )a young male Amur tiger was found dead, with traces of violent death. The death occurred after a meeting with the hunter on Saturday.
A hunter was in park with his dog and trying to hunt (not sure what) when he suddenly mate a tiger, In this accident the tiger was killed and hunter was severely injured and wounded, and was taken to hospital. He said that he killed the Amur tiger in self defense, but the authority is not sure and this case in under investigation


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original source: http://amur-tiger.ru/ru/press_center/news/230/ Can someone translate it better ?
Credit to: amur-tiger.ru


RE: Bigcats News - jeets - 11-01-2015

(10-30-2015, 01:29 AM)Apollo Wrote: Centre refuses to give money for conservation of lions


The last month's flood in Gujarat killed 10 Asiatic lions in two districts at a time when the central government refused to release more money for conserving these animals.

As per the 2010 lion census, the total number of these big cats stood at 411 in Gujarat. Two months ago, another round of the five-yearly lion census began. The 2005 count was 359 lions.

The ongoing census will cover Amreli, Porbandar, Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Gir-Somnath and Botad districts. Apart from the 1,800 sq km sanctuary area, which includes Gir Sanctuary, Gir National Park, Paniya, Mityalaya and Girnar sanctuaries, another 23,200 sq km area outside the sanctuary will also be covered in the counting.



The loss of lions comes less than three months after the Union Environment Ministry refused to sanction Rs 135 crore to Gujarat for conserving these animals in their only home in India.


The state had submitted a Rs 150 crore plan for consolidating long term conservation of Asiatic lions and sought 90 per cent funding from the Centre. The ministry rejected the proposal on the ground that funds are not available. Two years ago, Gujarat had submitted a Rs 262 crore proposal that also received approval from the Planning Commission. But the central support was nominal.

http://m.deccanherald.com/content/489093/centre-refuses-give-money-conservation.html/
Idiot Journalist don't know census finished and numbers are given on May11 i.e, 523.

About funding,it is a minor issue if center is not given funds state may provides (or) center may assume that plan is useless and so they declined by saying 'no funds'.Gujarat Lions are safe and sound in 10+ years they may reach 900 easily then state will give-away lions to other states even without asking. Joking

Then we will see the real JUNGLE LIONS.  (as except Gujarat&Rajasthan rest of India has lush jungle's) 


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

Tiger strays into Bhopal institute, caught and shifted to national park 




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A tiger was captured from the campus of the Central Institute of Agriculture Engineering (CIAE) in Bhopal on Thursday and shifted to the Van Vihar National Park.

The incident raised concerns as Nabi Baugh is a highly-populated area.



Sitting on the roof of a quarter, the tiger jumped onto a shed and the roof caved in.

The rescue operation took hours and the big cat was tranquilised and shifted to the national park around 3 pm.

The tiger will be monitored for the next 24 hours and the decision to shift it to a tiger reserve will be taken after that, forest officer A K Singh said.

The authorities had been focusing on Kaliasot and Kerwa localities where at least two tigers have been sighted  recently.

Several people sighted the tigers in the area that connects to the Ratapani Tiger Reserve.

In fact, tigers have been seen less that 10 km from New Market, the heart of Bhopal town, over the last few years.

Following Thursday’s incident, the forest authorities were alarmed over the entry of the tiger from a totally  unexpected direction and have decided to capture the tigers in Kerwa and Kaliasot.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Narendra Kumar told The Indian Express that the forest department will begin the process from Friday itself.

“It’s a hilly area and we will have to use elephants to track and tranquilise the tigers,’’ he said.

The big cats from the outskirts of Bhopal will be shifted to other tiger reserves after they are captured. 

Wildlife experts said there are several tigers around Kerwa and Kaliasot localities. The Ratapani sanctuary has not been notified yet.

The forest authorities believe the tiger captured on Thursday came from Raisen or Vidisha and must have covered a long distance to reach the outskirts of Bhopal.




http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/bhopal-tiger-spotted-inside-engineering-institute-campus/


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

(11-01-2015, 10:31 PM)sanjay Wrote: A bad news from Russia Far East Date: 31-oct-2105
In the district of Lazo Khabarovsk Krai (Russia )a young male Amur tiger was found dead, with traces of violent death. The death occurred after a meeting with the hunter on Saturday.
A hunter was in park with his dog and trying to hunt (not sure what) when he suddenly mate a tiger, In this accident the tiger was killed and hunter was severely injured and wounded, and was taken to hospital. He said that he killed the Amur tiger in self defense, but the authority is not sure and this case in under investigation


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original source: http://amur-tiger.ru/ru/press_center/news/230/ Can someone translate it better ?
Credit to: amur-tiger.ru

Very unfortunate, I will wait for more details before passing judgement but something tells me this hunter is to blame here, but we will see. Looks like a beautiful specimen though, tragic loss.


RE: Bigcats News - GuateGojira - 11-03-2015


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Emirates’ super jumbo message against the illegal wildlife trade

3 November 2015, Dubai, UAE: Two massive Emirates A380 jets take to the skies this week, wearing special livery in support of United for Wildlife, a global collaboration that unites the efforts of the world’s leading wildlife charities in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

The beautiful livery, featuring some of the planet’s wildlife threatened by poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, aims to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and communicate the need for urgent action.

The Rt Hon The Lord Hague of Richmond, Chair of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce said: “We welcome the efforts and commitment made by Emirates airline to combat the illegal wildlife trade. This is more than just an environmental issue. The illegal wildlife trade is now recognized as a serious and organised transnational crime. It drives corruption, is linked to money laundering and can damage economic development in many of the world’s poorest countries and communities. It will take a concerted effort, involving not only effective deterrents against poaching and smuggling, and vigilance in policing and punishing these crimes, but also efforts to increase consumer education to cut demand to protect these animals for the future. ”
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Many animals, in particular African elephants, rhinos, tigers, and pangolins, are under extreme pressure because of an unprecedented spike in the illegal wildlife trade. The world is in a global poaching crisis, and everyone has to do their part to stop this, before it is too late. Emirates believes that the global transport industry, including airlines, can play a significant role to break the supply chain of illegal wildlife trade. And at Emirates, we are committing the resources to do our part.”
Consumers too, can contribute in a big way, by boycotting products made from the parts of these endangered animals and discouraging others from doing so.

Emirates’ two A380s will be operating flights this week. The first one departed for London (LHR) on 2nd November and a second will operate to Mauritius (MRU) on5th November, each wearing a different design featuring endangered wildlife. The decal on the first flight featured six endangered species, while the second flight will feature a decal with rhinos and elephants. Both designs cover the world’s largest passenger aircraft almost from nose to tail, spreading over the wings and under-belly of the plane. Approximately 40% of the surface area of the A380 will be covered by the decal. The larger of the two designs span over 42.5 metres in length and 6.2 metres in width, and weighs 70kg. Entirely designed, produced, and applied by Emirates’ in-house staff, both of these are the largest decals the airline has put on any aircraft, to date and took a team of 28 people 2.5 days to apply the decals on one A380, or approximately 900 man hours per aircraft.

In addition to its two A380s literally “flying” the flag for the cause, Emirates will run regular feature stories about wildlife protection in its inflight magazines, and showcase podcast interviews, wildlife programming and feature films on its award-winning ice inflight entertainment system. This subject was the cover story in the October edition of Emirates’ Open Skies magazine, which can be read here.
The airline is also collaborating with international organisations to train and better equip its ground and cargo staff to detect and deal with illegal wildlife products in transit. As the required paperwork for movement of some wildlife products is often forged, Emirates also made the decision to ban trophy shipments.

dnata, one of the world’s largest air services provider and a member of the Emirates Group, is also raising awareness through its dnata4good initiative. dnata4good has already been working with local charity organisations and authorities to save the Rhinos in South Africa. dnata4good has already funded an emergency response vehicle which treats poached rhinos in the field and have played a major part in educating local children on the dangers of poaching. In addition to this, they have also supported the first rhino orphanage and rehabilitation facility which is now fully operational in Hoedspruit.


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Quick facts about the threat to wildlife from poaching and illegal trade
  • There are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild. Illegal trade in their parts and products is one of the biggest threats to wild tigers. Between 2000 and 2014, the parts of at least 1,590 tigers were seized in Asia.
  • Rhino poaching in South Africa increased from 13 rhinos in 2007 to 1215 rhinos in 2014. That now equates to more than three rhinos a day. Africa-wide, 1,293 rhinos are reported to have been poached in 2014.
  • Around 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers each year. Central Africa is worst hit with a poaching rate twice the continental average. Left unaddressed, poaching could cause the extinction of elephants in Central Africa.
  • The pangolin is the world’s most-trafficked mammal. Over a million pangolins are estimated to have been poached in the last ten years.
  • Park rangers are often ill equipped and inexperienced to tackle armed and ruthless poachers. Poaching syndicates have changed the way they operate and are now using sophisticated weaponry and equipment to increase their activities and avoid detection (helicopters, veterinary drugs, night vision equipment). 1,000 rangers are estimated to have been killed in ten years while protecting wildlife.
About Emirates
Founded in 1985, Emirates is a global connector of people and places. Based in Dubai, the airline’s global network serves 147 destinations in 79 countries across six continents. Its luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.
For more information, please visit http://www.emirates.com
About United for Wildlife
United for Wildlife is an unprecedented alliance between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The collaboration between Conservation International (CI), Fauna & Flora International (FFI), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), WWF-UK, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and The Royal Foundation hopes to lead the way to substantially increase the global response to major conservation crisis.
With the support of The Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife hopes to bring attention to acute conservation problems, the most pressing of which, as agreed amongst the collaboration, is the rapid escalation of the illegal wildlife trade. This trade is having a devastating effect on wild populations of some of the largest and most iconic species: elephants, rhinos and tigers, plus lesser known animals such as the pangolin.
The President of Emirates Airline, Sir Tim Clark, has joined the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transport of Illegal Wildlife Products which is focused on stopping the shipment of illegal wildlife products. The Taskforce is chaired by The Rt Hon The Lord Hague of Richmond, former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The Taskforce has brought together senior representatives of the transport industry to make practical recommendations for the reduction of trafficking of illegal wildlife products.
To learn more, visit www.unitedforwildlife.org

Link the the article: http://jetlinemarvel.net/2015/11/03/emirates-super-jumbo-message-against-the-illegal-wildlife-trade/


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 11-03-2015

People should read this to realize just how hard it is see a Tiger, let a lone a leopard.


Akash Dharankar‎ to CLaW - Conservation Lenses & Wildlife
Yesterday at 12:01am ·

More than 80 safaris, yet no leopard sighting. Am I the only one?
‪#‎CLaWLeopardWeek‬

Sree Vardhan Garlapati Have done more than 200 safaris in Tadoba without even a glimpse leave alone a picture of the phantom..smile emoticon..you are not alone my friend..infact you are better off..wink emoticon
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Akash Dharankar And the fact everyone else with us sights it at the same time when even we are in the same park but just the different gypsy haha !! #jinx


Amol Pawar Same Her Akash Dharankar 40 + Safaris yet to see a Leopard devil emoticon
Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:32am

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Akash Dharankar Soon we should see Amol Pawa


Suraj Ravindra Das It took me 6 years being into Wildlife to sight my first Leopard and the jinx was broken with 3 Leopards in one evening at Bera wink emoticon

After that now the Leopard luck has changed wink emoticon


Siddharth Shah It took me 8 years to sight my first tiger, 6 years for my first leopard; over a dozen trips to the jungle and over 50 safari trips. You have enough company buddy!
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Akash Dharankar And then there are people who cribe if they dont sight a tiger in their first safari itself !! Haha
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Topashish Bhattacharya Its been 5 years and i am yet to see a leopard.
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Prashant Dindokar Since 1994 even I could not sight any leopard. .so dont worry im more senior in this Leopard matter. .Ha Ha ha...


Singh Raghbir 22 safaris - no leopard

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