World

Big Cats: Caged & Confined in the Land of the Free

The first thought that came to my mind when it read an article about “Pet Big Cats in the US” was how stupid un-educated people can be to try to keep these wild animals as pets. Then the next instant I felt sorry for them, that they couldn’t differentiate between a domestic animal and a wild beast, and in the next, my head filled with questions that if there are no laws governing the keeping of these big cats as pets, which also includes tigers, the U.S. could become the next big source for the illegal trading of tiger parts.

First reported (at least the first I found) in 2003, by National Geographic, the estimates showed that there were approximately 15,000 exotic big cats living in neighborhoods and road-side zoos in the US.… Read More Big Cats: Caged & Confined in the Land of the Free

India

A Good Read!

Moments before the crack of dawn when silence is all pervasive, the first roar of the Asiatic lion evokes unique primordial emotions of awe, deep down from the pit of stomach. As it happens on a lucky day when one or more lions reciprocate, singly or in tandem, that ensuing crescendo of lion roars is a sublime experience of once in a lifetime. Though the sound fades away but its lingering auditory resonance in the surrounding ether remain imprinted in memory forever.

There was a time when the Asiatic lion, as the name implies, was a common occurrence in Turkey, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Baluchistan, northern Pakistan and from north-west India through the Gangetic plain, up to Jharkhand and Orissa. Sadly, by 1901, all that remained of the Asiatic lion in the world was just one “pride” of less than 25 animals confined to the Gir Forests of Junagadh in Gujarat.… Read More A Good Read!

India

The Great Indian Tiger Factory

JUST how big is the illegal wildlife trading industry? Interpol says the trade in illegal wildlife products is worth about $12 billion a year. The rhino and the elephant apart, it is the big cat that pays the maximum in blood to keep this industry booming.Although tigers in captivity—about 20,000 in US ranches and another 1,500 in China’s tiger farms—often end up as trade material, the primary source of the trade has been wild tigers. Home to half of the world’s wild tiger stock, India keeps the supplyline alive.

In the international market, a tiger fetches at least $10,000, but broken into body parts, the value can soar to $50,000. Every bit of a tiger is in demand—the brain as cure to pimples and laziness, its whiskers for toothaches, the nose and eyes for epilepsy and malaria, the humerus bone for ulcers, rheumatism and typhoid.… Read More The Great Indian Tiger Factory

India

The Critically Endangered Asiatic Lion

The History

The Asiatic Lion, now more commonly known as the Indian Lion can be found only in the Gir Forest, in the state of Gujarat, India. They once ranged from the Mediterranean to India, covering most of the South-West Asia hence was once known as the Persian Lion.

Current Situation

Once covering such a large area, their population has dwindled to a few hundred and are now restricted to only one forest. The shock came after the 1936 census when there were only 234 Lions were recorded. Since then the government and other institutions have worked hard to keep the numbers strong. But with limited resources and a limited amount of land available, the race against extinction has been a tough one for these magnificent animals.… Read More The Critically Endangered Asiatic Lion

India

Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

For everyone from NGO’s to wildlife enthusiasts, if anyone needs the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972, you can download it here.

Link: Wildlife (Protection) Act.zip

Password: savewildlife… Read More Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

India

Joining The Dots….The Tiger Task Force Report

The Tiger Task Force was formulated on the 17th of March, 2003 to suggest amongst other things, ways to strengthen the Tiger conservation in the country. It consists of :

1. Ms Sunita Narain (Director, Centre for Science and Environment)

2. Shri H S Panwar (Ex-Head, Project Tiger and Ex-Head & Member Wild Life Institute of India)

3. Prof. Madhav Gadgil (Environmental Historian and member of the National Board for Wildlife)

4. Shri Valmik Thapar (Member, National Board for Wildlife)

5. Shri Samar Singh (Ex-Secretary, Govt. of India and Member of the National Board for Wildlife)

They came out with a report called “Joining The Dots” which mentioned in detail, the current scenario of Tiger Conservation in India and also in depth information about the Sariska Crisis. A copy of the report is available online, which is a lesser known fact.… Read More Joining The Dots….The Tiger Task Force Report

India

List of Endangered Species in India

Often, we hear that the Tigers of India are on the brink of extinction and all efforts are made to help in Tiger Conservation. But not many people know that there are at least fifty other species in India which are on that “Endangered Species List”. Not only are we losing animals, but also birds and reptiles, which if not conserved today, will be extinct forever. Below is the complete list of India’s Endangered Species.… Read More List of Endangered Species in India