Forest

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India – The New Indian Express

Women in the wild: Here are five ladies who have dedicated their lives to saving forests.

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While there are many crusaders, here are five women who have dedicated their lives in saving our forests and wild animals for a greener future.

Latika Nath: Known as India’s tiger princess, Latika is the country’s first wildlife biologist to hold a doctorate on tigers. She is just a tiger conservationist, and a wildlife photographer who, at seven, knew that she wanted to be an ecologist. Latika’s work has been featured in a documentary called The Tiger Princess and another programme called Wild Things. She has also contributed to films like Sita’s Story and A Tale of Two Tigers.

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Many people work in (tiger) conservation. But not many women.

This article gives the credits to a few of them, giving their best to save our tigers or our forests.

A big thank you!

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NTCA tiger traffic ban

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India – The New Indian Express

NTCA to support Bandipur traffic ban.

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Officials of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will submit its affidavit to the Supreme Court agreeing to the proposal to strengthen and upgrade the alternative Mysuru- Mananthwadi Road via Gonikuppa.

While the NTCA, in its affidavit, is proposing to upgrade the alternative road to national highway standards, in the next step, it will propose putting some restrictions on the movement of vehicles on this road during night hours as it passes through the buffer zone of Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

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The Indian tiger authority NTCA supports an alternative route to move traffic out of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

This case is a true Human Tiger Conflict.

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NYCA Killing Tiger Guidelines

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India – The Indian Express

NTCA bars killing of tigers by private shooters, Wildlife Act still allows it.

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The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has barred all state forest departments from engaging a private shooter to kill a tiger for which shoot orders have been issued. There is, however, no clarity if the new guideline is strictly enforceable since the Wildlife Protection Act still contains the provision to engage such persons.

The NTCA has also dropped the use of the word ‘man-eater’ for the animal for which shooting orders have been issued. It will henceforth be described as “dangerous to human life”. The NTCA has also removed the restriction on the bore size of the gun —‘not below .375 magnum’ — to be used to kill the animal.

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The Indian tiger authority (the NTCA) has issued new guidelines for Chief Wildlife Wardens on how to deal with problem tigers.

However, with the new guidelines the NTCA seems to shoot itself in the foot.

Many people, conservationists, even lawyers, object on the way the NTCA has written down the new guidelines. Some say that the NTCA now has more opportunities to have tigers killed. Others say that the Indian law doesn’t allow the new guidelines of the NTCA.

Either way, it seems that the NTCA now has work to do to recover the damage done with the new guidelines.

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Tiger crossing road

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India – Times of India

Disturbances from road affect wildlife: Study.

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Road-related disturbances can influence presence of species in adjacent forest areas, a study by Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, has found.

The study titled ‘Road effect zones of major prey species in roaded landscapes in India’ is part of a larger road ecology research project being conducted by WII. The results were presented by senior research fellow with the project Akanksha Saxena at the annual research seminar at WII recently.

The research project aims to assess ecological impact of roads on wildlife and is based in three important landscapes — Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong (Assam), Nagarhole-Bandipur (Karnataka), and Central India (Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh) tiger corridors including roads around Navegaon-Nagzira, Tadoba and Kanha-Pench tiger reserves.

According to the study carried out on road segments passing through forests, roads can reduce chance of some species inhabiting forest areas up to 500 metres from the road, an area that is ecologically called ‘road-effect zone’.

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The presence of roads near or in wildlife habitat has en effect on wildlife, shows a study in India.

The effects vary, from species inhabiting (or not) forest areas near roads to the total absence of e.i. prey of tigers (like sambar deer and chital).

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Asian tigers

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USA  – US News

Behind the Cage, Tigers Face Threats Across Asia.

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Visit the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Laos’ northwestern Bokeo province, ask about a local “tiger zoo,” and most people will deny its existence.

“It’s not here. There are no more tigers,” says the manager of a coffee shop in the zone, a region devoted to commercial development, as he silenced a junior employee who appeared to be trying to provide more information about the attraction.

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Tigers in Asia face many threats. Tiger farming is one of them.

This article gives an insight in the situation of tiger farms, being controlled by maffia.

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CTR tiger
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India – Times of India
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Tiger behind death of 2 Corbett staff caught by forest team.

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A day after a forest department team captured a tiger which is believed to have killed two Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) staff members, a seven-member team on Saturday examined the big cat and found that the animal might have resorted to killing humans as it had lost its canines and incisors and was well past its prime age.

Forest officials had on Friday captured the tiger from Dhikala zone.

 

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A tiger that allegedly killed two humans in Corbett Tiger Reserve was captured.

The tiger, with circumstantial evidence that it killed two humans, was examined. The result was that it had lost its canines and incisors.

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Pilikula tigers

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India – Daiji World

Ramdas Kamath from UAE donates Rs 15 lac for newborn tiger cubs at Pilikula.

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Abu Dhabi entrepreneur Ramdas Kamath and his wife Jayashri Kamath donated Rs15 lac to Pilikula Biological Park, for construction of animal houses for the newly born five tiger cubs.

It may be recalled, recently tigress ‘Rani’ gave birth to five cubs.

After visiting Pilikula, Ramdas promised to provide more financial help for the development of the park.

 

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Wealthy UAE business man and his wife support a zoo with paying for extra shelters after the birth of 5 (!) tiger cubs.

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La Llorona Tiger Award

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India – Outlook

La Llorona best film, Vaclav Marhoul best director at KIFF.

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Guatemalan offering “La Llorona” (The Weeping Woman) won the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger award for best film in international competition at the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival here on Friday.

The film, directed and produced by Jayro Bustamante, won the trophy and a cheque of Rs 51 lakh, which were presented by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the closing ceremony of the eight-day film festival.

Czech film maker Vaclav Marhoul was adjudged the best director for his film ”Nabarvene Ptace” (The Painted Bird), getting a prize purse of Rs 21 Lakh besides the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger trophy.

”Shpia e Ages” (Aga”s House), directed by Lendita Zeqira of Kosovo, got the special jury award in the international competition category.

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Tigers are being used in many ways. Where in other countries movies gets prizes like a BAFTA, a Golden Globe or an Oscat they give Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Awards in India.

This year La Llorona was awarded as the best film, and got a Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award.

Telluride Tiger Fundraisers

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USA – Telluride Daily planet

Fundraiser Fridays Club to the rescue.

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Great change starts with an idea. That’s exactly what Telluride Intermediate School fourth-grader Mikayla Ialeggio had in music class one day, which led to the creation of the Fundraiser Fridays Club — a group of students that aim to save endangered animals around the world through the World Wildlife Foundation.

“We were in music one day learning about slaves, and I just had an idea of how bad it was for them,” she said. “Then I thought about all the animals that are going extinct.”

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Wonderful initiative of American schoolkids in Telluride, a small town in Colorado.

With Fundraiser Friday Club diners they raise money for a.o. Vampire Bats and Amur tigers.

Their idea of having a tiger at school can be considered as an error of youth.

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Sumatra tiger

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Indonesia – Mongabay

‘Timebomb’: Fires devastate tiger and elephant habitat in Sumatra.

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Recent dry-season fires that raged across Indonesia in September and October have taken a toll on forests, even in protected areas. Fires were particularly destructive in southern Sumatra, burning around 8 percent of Sembilang National Park, according to satellite data and local observers.

The fires, along with illegal logging in the area and the conversion of secondary forest and shrub land to oil palm plantations, continue to threaten critically endangered wildlife such as the Sumatran elephant, a subspecies of the Asian elephant, and the Sumatran tiger. Endangered Malay tapir, as well as several common primate species, are also known to inhabit the park area.

Until recently no known elephant populations existed in Sembilang National Park, but a study published in May in the journal Biovalentia: Biological Research uncovered four individual elephants in the park over six days of observation early early 2019.

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Sad news from Sumatra. Due to many forest fires, provoked by humans, more and more habitat of tigers is lost.

This article gives an insight on how the situation on Sumatra is.

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Indian tiger numbers

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India – The Hindu

Experts question tiger numbers.

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India’s tiger numbers have come under the scanner as experts, including wildlife scientist Ullas Karanth, have questioned the enumeration methodology in a new paper published in a scientific journal.

India reported a 33% increase in the number of tigers in the wild in July this year, and the total tiger population was pegged at 2,967, a third more than the 2014 enumeration.

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Well-known scientists doubt the tiger numbers from the latest All India Tiger Census and call for a drastic revision of the current way of counting tigers.

Not only the current way of counting tigers is inaccurate, it is also a waste of tax payers money.

Let’s call for a national discussion.

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Pregnant tiger

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India – The New Indian Express

National Tiger Conservation Authority must frame rules for pregnant tigers: Karnataka vets.

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Just after the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) released its revised guidelines, veterinarians are now questioning why no decision was taken with regard to lactating or pregnant carnivores.

According to Karnataka Forest Department officials, NTCA needs to issue guidelines on what needs to be done if a tiger has strayed out of a defined forest area and is searching for a new territory. This has become more important after some cases of sub-adult tigers venturing outside forest areas in search of a new territory resulted in man-animal conflicts. The decision on these two subjects and many others will be taken at the NTCA meeting to be held on Thursday and Friday, where heads of all the tiger reserves will participate.

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After the new NTCA guidelines ventinarians wonder why there are still no guidelines on how to deal with pregnant tigresses, in case of problems.

Maybe the NTCA can look into this easy matter soon?

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Captive US Tigers

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USA – National Geographic

Captive tigers in the U.S. outnumber those in the wild. It's a problem.

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Their squawks echoed from inside the neat, ranch-style home, sounding more like parrots than tiger cubs. Then James Garretson carried Hulk into the living room, where the McCabe family waited on the couch. The kids giggled as he placed the squirming cub on nine-year-old Ariel’s lap and pushed a baby bottle into its mouth. “Hold the bottle, just like that. You got it?” She nodded.

Everyone beamed, fondling Hulk’s rough, striped fur as Garretson hovered nearby. The 12-week-old, cocker spaniel-size cat clutched the bottle in his oversize paws, sucking with wild enthusiasm. When the bottle was empty, the cub wandered onto the coffee table and swatted our photo gear.

Garretson lured him back with another bottle to give Ariel’s five-year-old brother, James, a turn. Then the rambunctious cub leaped off the sofa, grabbed me from behind, gripped my legs with surprising strength, and tore five-inch scratches into my thighs. He sank his claws in and held on. Garretson peeled him off, and all made light of it with nervous laughs. Playful. Just acting like a kitten.

 

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Next to China and Thailand the United States of America is displaying an absolute disrespect to tigers, an endangered animal.

This excellent article not only gives an insight of how tigers are abused but also how the black market is growing and growing, even with trade lines to Thailand and China.

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Tiger park

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USA – Inkstone News

China wants its own Yellowstone National Park.

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China plans to develop a unified national park system by 2020, after gathering inspiration from wilderness recreation areas in the United States.

Chinese officials in charge of the project have visited Yellowstone National Park and other protected areas and met with conservation experts to prepare for the task.

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China is improving in many ways when it comes to wildlife and nature conservation.

After a series of trials with 10 National Parks China wants to have a large area focused on protecting threatened plant species and animals such as the giant panda, Amur tiger and Amur leopard.

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