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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 01-19-2016

A tragic story of one soviet family having 3 lions as pets

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In 1970s there was a family in Soviet Union which was keeping real lions as home pets in their small apartment in Baku city (now Azerbaijan). The head of the family - his name, ironically, was Leo (or Lion in Russian) was a normal Soviet architect, then one day he has got a lion cub from the zoo. The little lion has been rejected by his mom-lioness and people of the zoo lost a hope to bring him up. So Leo has kept a cub for himself. This was a beginning of a long happy story with a really tragic ending. And this is not what you probably think happened.

Read the full story with pics in the link below


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-21-2016

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Tiger Watch
Since the inception of the VILLAGE WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER Program 11 months ago, almost every week has seen its share of landmark days. We are constantly learning new things about the land, its tigers, and the corridors they need and about the communities that live around Ranthambore. This understanding is leading to the lessening of human wildlife conflict.

The Village Wildlife Volunteers have been actively monitoring 6 to 7 tigers outside of the protected area through camera traps as well as the tracking of pugmarks. These particular tigers are roaming areas that are densely populated with herdsmen communities (from which many of the volunteers are recruited). Before the establishment of this program it would have been close to impossible to keep watch over these animals in such challenging and populated landscapes.

Earlier this week, the camera traps set up by the VWV revealed the presence of three different male tigers in the same location during the same period of time! That would mean three full-grown male tigers with overlapping territories, well outside of the protected area! Two of these three tigers were actually being sighted in the tourist zones of Ranthambore and park regulars would recognize them instantly ( T6 aka Romeo and T72 aka Sultan). However, now they have moved well beyond the park boundaries in typical tiger fashion, but in the past that might have been the last we would have seen or heard of them.

Today these tigers are being actively monitored by herdsmen armed with nothing more than camera traps and smartphones and they in turn, pick up more and more information and clues about their movements, their behavior and the new landscapes they wander every single day.

Please stay tuned here for more news, discussion and updates!

The Village Wildlife Volunteers are supported by TOFTigers India and friends like Subhro Bhattacharya & Ishan Dhar.

Reported by Ishan Dhar

RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-21-2016

Once again the greedy desire of the gov't gets in the way of actual health of our planet and us as a whole.

EW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said conservation of tigers was important but could not be at the cost of movement of human beings from one place to another and general economic development of the country.

The court was critical of NGOs which rush to challenge development projects, in this case four-laning of the 37km stretch of NH-7 between Nagpur and Jabalpur passing through Pench tiger reserve.

The issue had led to a tug of war between the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, which had suo motu taken up the issue of widening of NH-7, and the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which claimed to have sole jurisidiction over environmental issues. Both passed orders that ran counter to each other, leaving the officials of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in a Catch-22 situation. If they obeyed one, they committed contempt of another.

The SC settled the conflict and said the HC would be the forum to deal with the road widening issue. A bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and justices AK Sikri and R Banumathi was highly critical of NGOs, including Conservation Action Forum, which had challenged the road-widening project on the ground that it would seriously impede the traditional migration routes of tigers in the reserve.

The bench said, "Tigers are important. But what happens to the movement of traffic? It is not the first time that a national highway is passing through a reserved forest. We are for protecting tigers. Tell us what are the mitigating factors that could be implemented by the project proponent so that tiger migration routes are not impeded."

The bench told the NGOs to go before the HC and inform it about the measures that needed to be taken for conservation of tigers. Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi said the HC had already asked the NHAI to construct three flyovers of a total length of 1.8 km so as to minimise disturbance of tiger migration routes.

The SC asked the NGOs why they were the first to move court challenging a development project but seldom moved court against rampant poaching which was killing more tigers than road traffic.

RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-22-2016

Turf war claims male tiger at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary,
The carcass of a male tiger, aged about eight years, was found at Kadukkakuni, inside the Muthanga forest range under the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, on Wednesday.
The carcass was found during a routine patrolling by forest personnel. The animal is believed to have been killed during a territorial fight with another wildcat as its legs were found fractured and dislocated.
Deep wound
A deep wound in the neck, believed to have been sustained during the fight, might have led to its death, P. Dhaneshkumar, warden in charge, WWS, said.
The fight might have occurred on Tuesday evening as another big cat was sighted near the carcass on Wednesday morning, Mr. Dhaneshkumar added. A team of veterinary experts performed the autopsy in the presence an expert team constituted for the purpose as per a directive of the National Tiger Conservation Authority. G. Harikumar, Chief Wildlife Warden, and Promod G. Krishnan, Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife, Palakkad) visited the site.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-26-2016

Black day for Tigers

N.K. Vasu, former Director, Kaziranga National Park peruses the tragedy of a tiger life cut short on National Highway 37, which runs along the southern border of the park. — at Kaziranga National Park.

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RIP T 30. You lived a rocking life and left behind 9 cubs from 4 different litters. Ranthambhore National Park will miss you "mango mother"

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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 01-26-2016

The face of Evil!

The most dreaded poacher Kuttu caught from Katni CBI, today absconded from Police custody while he was brought to Vadsa court from Bhandara jail.

Kuttu is very daredevil and his operation area is Bhandara, Wadsa, Bramhapuri and probably Tadoba. He last time confessed of killing 2 tigers from Bhandara division and traded them to Delhi.

Please inform at nearest forest office, police.
Please share ASAP.

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RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 01-31-2016

Malayan tiger on the brink of extinction

Dr Dionysius Sharma


WWF-Malaysia applauds the Department of Wildlife and National Parks on the successful seizure of a poached tiger in Terengganu. Acting on a tip-off, the carcass of the tiger was found in the bathroom of a house chopped up into four parts, with the internal organs already sold on the black market. This incident is reminiscent of a famous case 11 years ago in Kelantan, where a member of the public was caught having a dead tiger in his fridge, which was incidentally also chopped into four parts. Back then, there was a huge public outcry as the offender was fined a paltry RM7,000 for the offence under Peninsular Malaysia’s Protection of Wildlife Act 1972. This later brought up an astounding insight, in which a concerned individual compared it with a separate case where a member of the public was jailed five years for stealing alcoholic beverages. We had hit a new low. Our nation’s pride, the Harimau Malaya, the symbol on our Malaysian coat of arms; was apparently worth less than Tiger Beer.

We are pleased to note that much has changed since then. Most noticeably, the old act was replaced by the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 which provides for much stiffer penalties against wildlife crimes. Under this new act, people who commit offences related to tigers are imposed a mandatory jail term not exceeding five years and a fine of not less than RM100,000. This was a landmark for wildlife conservation in Peninsular Malaysia, and an increase in penalties has been something that environmental NGOs such as WWF-Malaysia had been pushing for.

Initial information from the case in Terengganu indicates that the tiger was snared and then shot, which seems to be a common modus operandi of poachers here. Back in 2009, WWF-Malaysia stumbled upon a snared tiger in Belum-Temengor which was subsequently rescued by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Sadly, it died a few days later due to infections. The following year, four Orang Asli in Tapah were charged with snaring and subsequently shooting a tiger. However, they were later acquitted

Recent evidence suggests that Malaysia only has about 250-340 tigers left in the wild, so the loss of even a single individual is a huge blow to the tiger population. Based on official figures, parts from a mind-boggling 92 tigers were seized in Peninsular Malaysia from 2000 to 2012. This remains the tip of the iceberg however, as for every successful seizure there are undoubtedly many more that go undetected.

The case in Terengganu highlights the importance of informant networks to combat the vast illegal wildlife trade network and the need for high level political will to support such an endeavour. In view of this, WWF-Malaysia calls for more funding allocations towards establishing, maintaining and enhancing such intelligence-driven enforcement efforts. WWF-Malaysia also hopes that the offenders will be dealt with to the full extent of the law, to act as a deterrent towards those who think poaching wildlife is an easy way to earn a quick buck. If we don’t, it’s just a matter of time before our tigers are wiped out.

Among the other tiger range countries, India and Nepal have shown recent successes. India’s tiger population has actually increased, whilst Nepal recently celebrated achieving Zero Poaching of tigers, elephants and rhinos for a third year. Even though these are relatively poor countries, having strong high-level political will has ensured that their forests and wildlife are well-protected.

Recognising this, WWF-Malaysia’s recent advocacy efforts revolved around engaging the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Prof Emeritus Dato’ Sri Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid, and the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Yang Berhormat Dato Sri Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar, to call for greater emphasis to be placed in saving the Malayan tiger.

Dr Dionysius Sharma is Executive Director/CEO of WWF-Malaysia.


RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 02-01-2016

What great news - the Born Free Foundation has confirmed that a previously unknown population of lions has been discovered in the Alatash national park in Sudan.

Lions rediscovered in Ethiopian national park

Local reports were confirmed when a population of previously unknown lions was caught on camera trap in the remote Alatash national park

Conservationists have announced the “amazing discovery” of a previously unknown lion population in a remote north-western region of Ethiopia, confirming local reports with camera trap photographs for the first time.

Lions were spotted in the Alatash national park on Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, lion conservation group Born Free said.

“The confirmation that lions persist in this area is exciting news,” Born Free Foundation said in a statement.

“With lion numbers in steep decline across most of the African continent, the discovery of previously unconfirmed populations is hugely important.”

Hans Bauer, a lion conservationist from Oxford University who led the tracking expedition in Ethiopia, said there could be up to 200 lions in the area.

“Considering the relative ease with which lion signs were observed, it is likely that they are resident throughout Alatash and Dinder [in Sudan],” he said.

“On a total surface area of about 10,000 square kilometres, this would mean a population of 100-200 lions for the entire ecosystem, of which 27-54 would be in Alatash,” he said. 

Lions have been put on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s “red list” of threatened species.

In the past few decades they have disappeared from much of Ethiopia. With 96 million people, it is Africa’s second most populous nation, and the number is growing by some 2 million people every year.

Ethiopia’s famous black-maned lions once represented a former emperor, “Lion of Judah” Haile Selassie, and were immortalised in a song by reggae legend Bob Marley. Today, they struggle for survival.

Lion numbers are estimated to have declined by between as much as three-quarters since 1980, and occupy less than 10% of its historic range across Africa.

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RE: Bigcats News - Spalea - 02-02-2016


Yes ! What a great news !

I remind to have reading an account about lions and hyenas battle in Ethopia almost twenty years ago. Via this account I learnt that lions always existed in this country.


RE: Bigcats News - Apollo - 02-04-2016

Tiger Strays into HD Kote, Photographer Attacked

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RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 02-09-2016

The man attacked when he was trying to hop the fence is actually a famous wildlife conservationist, Sanjay Gabbi

The male leopard was obviously scared and was lashing out at his would be captors after being shot with a dart, nets thrown on him, etc. Especially at the end when he rips sanjay from the fence and the dept. official shoots the leopard before sanjay can get behind the gate and thus unleashing the leopards rage on sanjay.

RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 02-17-2016

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Can somebody translate?

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Entirety of images here 
Just scroll through

RE: Bigcats News - sanjay - 02-20-2016

News on Jai of Umred Karhandla

This is latest update by @Vijay Rajan On Mighty Tiger Jai :-

Kindly note, since the transmitter on his Radio collar had ceased to function the last few weeks, Jai of Umred Karhandla was tranquilized & fitted with a new Radio collar in the Gai Pani area during late evening hours last weekend, after his 4 day mating ritual with Tigress T-6 had concluded.

It is to be noted that Jai was tranquilized & radio-collared on 15th September 2015 & transmitter failure within 5 months raises many questions on the reliability of radio-telemetry devices currently available in India. While another round of chemical immobilization isn't the best thing for his physical well-being, the FD had no option owing to Jai's love of cattle.

While his cattle kill tally is an astounding 140 ever since he arrived at Pauni range in late 2013, it is to be noted that he doesn't consume all of them. Jai has been observed by the Field staff on a couple of occasions whereby he has gone on a killing spree, only to move on without even bothering to have a meal.

The above info has been obtained from Mr.Roheet Karoo, the Hon.Wildlife Warden.

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Many thanks to vijay for providing this news

RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 02-21-2016

Huge Male tiger Identified

Roheet Karoo
"Male tiger found dead in Deolapar range of nagpur territorial division. It was later identified as a dispersed cub from Baghin nala female of Pench Mp last litter.
Tigers are everywhere in central indian landscape , just there is a need of better protection measures in Non Pa also. As this was found at least 10 kms away from Pench buffer boundary.
Future of tigers in India is also dependent on protection of wildlife outside Pa's also."

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Whats crazy is he had just recently left his mother, probably only 3years old or so...
Crazy to think what he could of been.

RE: Bigcats News - Pckts - 02-21-2016

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