World

China rejects call for ban on tiger farms

The UK and India have called on China and other countries to ban tiger farms because they undermine conservation efforts.

But China responded strongly at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Geneva, challenging delegates to “show us the evidence that [tiger farms] encourage poaching of wild tigers”.… Read More China rejects call for ban on tiger farms

Reports

REPORT: A 2011 Survey of Ivory Markets in China

An unprecedented surge in ivory seizures occurred in 2011. The media reported that 5,259 elephant tusks were seized worldwide in that year alone, representing the lives of at least 2,629 elephants. In spite of the government’s efforts to regulate the ivory trade, China continues to be the world’s main recipient of smuggled ivory.… Read More REPORT: A 2011 Survey of Ivory Markets in China

India

Residents of Mordoongri village in in Ranthambhore make way for tigers

Residents of Mordoongri, a strategic village located in the core of Ramthambhore National Park have been moved to Amli, some 35KM away in Tonk district. … Read More Residents of Mordoongri village in in Ranthambhore make way for tigers

India

SC tourism ban opens can of worms in reserves

The state temporarily shut the doors of Tadoba for tourists following the Supreme Court ban. However, those watching the developments feel the ruling that might build pressure on states to notify buffer zones around tiger reserves has also opened a can of worms in Maharashtra.… Read More SC tourism ban opens can of worms in reserves

World

Vietnam’s tiger farms

Nineteen tigers prowl outdoor cages the size of dormitory rooms, nibbling frayed wire fences and roaring at a caretaker who taunts them with his sandal.… Read More Vietnam’s tiger farms

India

Long Read: The Male Tiger Mom

The story of Zalim is in a class of its own. As his reputation goes, he does not particularly enjoy human presence, and is known to chase motorcycles and vehicles when “not in the mood” to have people around at all. The curious case of a tiger mothering a couple of cubs in India’s premier tiger reserve.… Read More Long Read: The Male Tiger Mom

India

The ban on tourism in tiger reserves through another perspective

With only a hard bed, a clean toilet and basic food on offer, the core will only attract those who really care for the forests and the picnic crowd will automatically move their party to the buffer.… Read More The ban on tourism in tiger reserves through another perspective

India

In Conversation With: Tiger Activist Ajay Dubey

The Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily banned tourism in important areas of tiger reserves. The move came after Ajay Dubey of the nongovernmental organizationPrayatna filed a petition with the court last year in an effort to save tigers, which are a national symbol in India.… Read More In Conversation With: Tiger Activist Ajay Dubey

India

Practical difficulties in enforcing the SC ban on tourism inside tiger reserves

Even as chief wildlife warden SWH Naqvi banned tourism in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) and Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR) from Wednesday following the Supreme Court ban on tourism in core areas of reserves, there are several impracticalities in the decision.… Read More Practical difficulties in enforcing the SC ban on tourism inside tiger reserves