India

Gir National Park – A Crisis?

Towards the end of 2009, Gir National Park, the last abode of the extremely endangered Asiatic lion has been in the news for most of the wrong reasons.

On October 7th a group of 11 people were caught watching a “show” when a pride of lions killed and preyed on a buffalo. The forest department recorded their statements and after it was ascertained that it was not a “planned show” they were let off with after being fined of Rs. 500/- for intrusion.

In what seems to be a gross violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, a 2.5km 10 foot wide cement concrete road has been constructed in Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary near Junagadh city. The road starts from Wellingdon dam and goes to Hatipaga on Datar Hills. When questioned about it, the deputy conservator of forests (DCF), Anita Karne said, “We are not aware of this but we will inquire into the matter and do the needful.”… Read More Gir National Park – A Crisis?

India

The 4 Faces of the Bengal Tiger

Displayed for the first time in a specially constructed studio in South Carolina, these images show the four varieties of Bengal tiger.

“There are only four distinct types of Bengal tiger in the world and they are all in this amazing photo shoot,” says Dr Bhagavan Antle of The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S), who brought these majestic animals to the studio. Dr Antle believes the images give away the characteristics of behaviour, age and personality of each tiger. “Like human photographs, you can see the difference in their age as some of them look a little more grizzled and haggard than others”… Read More The 4 Faces of the Bengal Tiger

India

Guilty As Charged?

The deplorable state of the Bengal tiger has been a matter of dispute for many years now. While the government and park authorities live in denial, it is a serious problem in India. More tigers are being lost to poaching every year and with natural deaths adding to the total, the number of tigers in the wild are at a dangerous low. At this rate, experts say, the tiger will be extinct in the next 20 years. With different figures coming from different agencies, the last known tiger population stands at 1,411 (2008).… Read More Guilty As Charged?

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A Big Thank You!

Hello Reader,

I checked the stats today and realized that in the last 12 hours, I received the 2000th unique view on the blog bringing the total to 2033 unique views and 11847 views. This in just 17 articles written over 10 months.

I am grateful to every reader who spent time on the blog going through these posts. I also promise to bring you more quality information in the future. I might not have a 1000 posts any time soon, but I can ensure that every single one of them will be a good read.… Read More A Big Thank You!

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The Last Lions of India

World

Bengal Tiger Kills Himalayan Bear

In a first recorded incident of it’s kind in Bhutan, a Himalayan black bear was killed and eaten by a Bengal tiger in the Jigme Dorji National Park. On November 7th, a team of foresters found the carcass of the bear with only the head, paws and skin remaining in Domenda, a two day walk from Dodena in Thimphu at an altitude of 4079m.

This find has thrown up a lot of questions about the tigers presence in this high altitude area that too in winter, about their relationship with the Himalayan black bear and the implications of the tiger’s presence in snow leopard territory.… Read More Bengal Tiger Kills Himalayan Bear

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WWF Annual Watch List for 2010

December 2, 2009 — World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released its annual list of some of the most threatened species around the world, saying that the long-term survival of many animals is increasingly in doubt due to a host of threats, including climate change, and calling for a step up in efforts to save some of the world’s most threatened animals.

WWF’s list of “10 to Watch in 2010” includes such well-known and beloved species as tigers, polar bears, pandas, and rhinos, as well as lesser-known species such as bluefin tuna and mountain gorillas. WWF scientists say these, and many other species, are at greater risk than ever before because of habitat loss, poaching, and climate change-related threats. This year’s watch list includes five species directly impacted by climate change, as well as the monarch butterfly, the species at the center of an endangered biological phenomenon. Tigers are at the forefront of this year’s list, with the official Year of the Tiger slated to begin in February 2010.… Read More WWF Annual Watch List for 2010

India

2009, A Bad year for Tigers

2009 so far has been a very bad year for tigers in India. According to statistics collected from all over the country, there have been 66 tiger deaths from January 1 to August 16 and 72 till September. Out of these, 23 tigers have become victim to poaching, 43 deaths have been caused by territorial fights, old age, tiger-human conflict, accidents and diseases and the other 6 are unknown. These figures come from a nationwide survey by the Delhi based NGO, Wildlife Protection Society of India.

In the last few months the majority of tiger deaths have been recorded in Uttarakhand (North) and Karnataka (South). There was another incident near the Pataur area in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve where a tigress was found dead possibly poisoned meaning that the problem exists throughout the country and not only in the North as assumed earlier. The Pataur tigress had three young cubs, of which two have been found and rescued and the search for the third is on.… Read More 2009, A Bad year for Tigers

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The War on India’s Tigers

Squeezed for space and targeted by poachers, India’s tigers have reached a tipping point. But deep in the world’s most celebrated tiger sanctuary, an unlikely hero has emerged. He’s smart. He’s driven. He’s a God-fearing vegetarian with Jack Bauer tendencies. Too bad wildlife officials hate his guts.

On the morning of his planned raid on the illegal gun maker, Dharmendra Khandal wakes well before sunrise, purifies himself with a ritual bath, and then studies several verses of the Durga Saptashati, one of Hinduism’s holiest books. Given the nature of the war Khandal is waging, it seems an appropriate text. In it, the radiant goddess Durga—“the One who can redeem in situations of utmost distress”—rides on the back of a tiger, her ten arms brandishing weapons and a lotus flower as she hunts down and destroys the demon Mahisasura.… Read More The War on India’s Tigers