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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Tiger prairie

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USA – Chron

Katy students promote benefits of Tiger Prairie.

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The Tiger Prairie might be considered the living legacy of a group of Katy High School students and teachers who are seeding and weeding the one acre to make it a suitable home for deep-rooted prairie plants that mitigate flooding.

Rhonda Burrough, KHS environmental teacher, started the prairie project in 2018 with Kelly Knight, an environmental science teacher, and Susan Barker, an instructional coach-science, and partnerships with nonprofits and businesses to provide hands-on learning for students.

Gathered Nov. 12 around a conference room table, about a dozen students and educators talk of how tests have shown prairie plants increase infiltration rates and can mitigate flooding in areas. Visit http://www.tigerprairie.org/ for more information.

Still a work in progress, the Tiger Prairie still sometimes draws less-than-positive comments on social media.

But Jason Ramirez, a Katy High School junior, said “Then again what’s worse than prairie plants is a flooded city. They might look at that and say we don’t like it but we spread awareness of positivity and good effects of it.

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Flooding becomes a problem in some parts of the USA. To prevent floodings students from Katy High School are seeding and weeding one acre to make it a suitable home for deep-rooted prairie plants that mitigate flooding.

The Tiger Prairie Initiative at Katy High School is only one of four projects in Texas to win an award from the Science Teachers Association of Texas.

That $4,000 award helps to fund infiltration rings that measure infiltration rates of soil at research sites and a time-lapse photography sign with a bracket from which students and the community can take photos to document changes over time in the Tiger Prairie.

Of course, they called it a ‘Tiger Prairie’.

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Leo tiger

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India – Youth Ki Awaaz

Climate Crisis: 10 Bollywood And Hollywood Actors Doing Their Bit To Save The Planet.

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Over the last few years with the dawn of the social media age, the number of ‘celebrities’ we know of has drastically increased. ‘Celebrity’ no longer only defines movie stars and famous athletes but YouTubers and social media influencers as well. Whether we want to admit it or not, celebrities tend to have a great impact on us. In fact, a celebrity endorsement can translate to a 4% increase in sales within a short period of time according to Marketwatch, as cited by Forbes.

It is almost impossible to escape influencer culture whether you love them or hate them they impact our lives with their endorsements. “Because we look up to celebrities as our role models. They have a very powerful influence on our beliefs, attitudes, and behaviour. How much of an impact they have on us depends on their social media standings and media coverage,” said Shanti Dsouza, a psychology teacher.

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In the article you’ll find 10 examples of celebrities that ‘do their bit’ to save the planet. Of course we all know Leonardo Dicaprio but there are more that want to save our planet as well!

It also raises the question: is it enough what Hollywood/Bollywood is doing?

Or must they do more?

#tiger #tigernews

Panna tigers

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India – The Better India

0 to 54: The Untold Story of How Panna Got Her Tigers Back in Just 10 Years.

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In 2009, there were no tigers left in Panna Tiger Reserve. What happened in the next 10 years is really heartwarming at a time when the world’s tiger population is under a serious threat. #WildIndia #Respect

Set up in 1981, Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh became a tiger reserve in early 1994. Fifteen years later, in 2008, Panna’s official tiger count stood at a shocking zero.

The revelation created a public furore, with forest department officials facing a nationwide backlash. They stood dejected; the damning statistics shattered their morale. The state committee set up to probe into the matter suggested the transfer of all the existing forest officials at Panna. But IFS officer R Sreenivasa Murthy, the newly instated Director of Panna Tiger Reserve, opposed the move, stating that the current officials already possessed a hands-on knowledge of Panna and her tigers. 

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Panna Tiger Reserve in India had lost all its tigers in 2008. But due to perseverance, understanding the local tribes and conservation and cooperation with government and NGOs, the reserve is back on track. And how!

Nowadays more than 50 tigers roam in Panna Tiger Reserve.

A job well done and an example for many countries!

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Adorable tigers

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India – Republic World

Tiger Family Filmed Drinking Together At Watering Hole In Cute Video.

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Indian Forest Services officer stationed at the Pench Tiger Reserve, Susanta Nanda, on November 8, shared an adorable video of a family of tigers drinking water at a watering hole.

The video was filmed within the premises of the tiger reserve and showed a tigress having water with her three cubs. However, the IFS officer did not specify the tiger in the video. 

It appeared to be the famous Royal Bengal Tigress ‘Collarwali’, famous for giving birth to 4 cubs in the month of January and a total of 29 cubs in different litters over a span of 10 years. Nanda also mentioned the different characteristics of tigers in a video he had posted on Twitter.

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Pench is doing good as a tiger reserve. The video in the original post shows Collarwali, a 13 year old tigress that already gave birth to 29 cubs in 7 different litters.
 
A hell of a lady!
 
[see the video]
 

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Nepal tiger

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France – Sustainability Times

Villagers are helping save wild tigers in Nepal.

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The prospect of numerous species, large and small, going extinct in the wild is looming ever larger across much of the planet, with habitat loss and poaching being the primary reasons. The plight of some beleaguered iconic species has especially been gaining attention, including tigers.

The striped predators, which roamed across much of Asia only a century ago, have been falling on hard times throughout their ranges from Siberia to Sumatra. From some 100,000 in 1900 the number of wild tigers has plummeted to a mere 4,000 or so today. Outside of India, few populations of tigers are doing well. In Cambodia, for instance, wild tigers have recently been declared functionally extinct, although plans are underway to reintroduce tigers to some of the Southeast Asian nation’s jungles.

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Nepal is the example country for tiger conservation. Many people ask: how do they do so well?

One of the reasons is to engage local communities so they stay out of the core zones. Another major contribution has made by creating anti-poaching units in the buffer zones.

To give an idea. Nepal has 13 buffer zones and to monitor them a total of 611 community-based anti-poaching units have been installed.

Great work!

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tiger academician Ma Jianzhang

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China – Xinhua Net

Legend of China's "tiger academician" .

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Dubbed “tiger academician”, Ma Jianzhang, the 82-year-old academician of China Engineering Academy, had his first encounter with wild Siberian tiger in 1960s, which opened a new chapter in his career focusing on the study of the endangered species.

From 2013 to 2018, wild individual Siberian tigers have been observed a total of 57 to 62 times in China, compared to 12 to 16 tigers in 2000.

In 2017, China established its first national park for Siberian tigers and Amur leopards. Spanning an area of over 1.46 million hectares in the provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang, the park is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

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One of China’s leading tiger conservationists is the 82-year old Ma Jianzhang.

He is interviewed in this article, which gives rare insights on Chinese tiger conservation.

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Hans Dalal tiger

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India – Condé Nast Traveller

Battling demons, saving tigers: the story of Hans Dalal.

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“Spotting a tiger in the wild for the first time can leave even the most jaded of us speechless. Some grown men have even shed a tear or two,” says Hans Dalal, a man of many talents.

He’s a sound engineer, a wildlife photographer and conservationist–vocations few would naturally associate with someone born with cerebral palsy.

Far from relying on others for help, Hans is out in the wild, saving its beautiful creatures. 

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Hans Dalal was born with Cerebral Palsy and his mom was told that he may never walk in his life. But she refused to believe that.

Her strength and Hans his strength helped to overcome his handicap and to grow in life.

Hans is a sound engineer, a wildlife photographer and with his partner he runs an NGO to save tigers.

#tiger #tigernews

Bal Kumari Mahatwo tiger

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USA – Global Press Journal

In Nepal, Government, Community Collaboration Boosts Wild Tiger Population

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Bal Kumari Mahatwo, 34, sells everything from hand cream to biscuits at the general store in her village. She is also a tailor who makes bamboo handicrafts in her spare time.

But even with all of those duties, Mahatwo also finds time once a week for a potentially dangerous pursuit.

She and several other volunteers spend three to five hours patrolling an area called a buffer zone of the Chitwan National Park, a wildlife reserve and Nepal’s first national park, near Nepal’s southern border. She’s patrolling to prevent poachers from hunting wild animals, including rhinos and tigers, and to rescue wild animals that have wandered into nearby villages.

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Nepal has been an inspiration for tiger conservationists for many years already.

This example of the collaboration between the government and communities shows again why.

#tiger #tigernews

Unknown heroes

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India – Outlook

In Kaziranga, Forest Guard Shantiram Chhetri Stands Between Poacher's Bullets And Rhinos.

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Kaziranga is one park in India, which, like the African savannah, will spoil you silly. It boasts of the presence of its own big five: Rhino, Asiatic water Buffalo, Elephant, Swamp Deer and of course the Tiger. The tiger will play elusive but the others are easy to spot.

The national park is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, and it is this very fact that has now become its weakness.

Such abundance can be taken for granted only at great peril and cost.

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Forest guards are often alone, in dangerous situations and underpaid. And above all: undervalued.

Meet Shanti Ram Cchetri, forest guard in Kaziranga National Park.

#tiger #tigernews

Stars and stripes tiger

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India – The Indian Express

Stars And Stripes.

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There were two momentous news items in the media recently regarding wildlife: One, the number of tigers in the country has gone up, and two, no less than the Prime Minister was taken around Corbett National Park by the renowned survivalist, Bear Grylls. Down in Jungleland (DIJ) conducted an interview with an official spokestiger regarding both these issues and some more. Excerpts:

DIJ: Congratulations — you guys have really scored well in these last few years. It just shows that all those gloom and doom stories being peddled by the media (present company excluded, of course) were baseless.Your comment?

Tiger: Just remember, there are 1.3 billion of you — our most dangerous enemy — pitted against maybe 3,000 of us maximum. You figure the odds. Each one of us has to deal with 3,33,333.333 of you. No tiger can eat so much, even if it were born and brought up at McDonald’s.

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Funny interview with a tiger, down in jungleland.

#tiger #tigernews

Avni cub freed

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India – Hindustan Times

Avni’s Female Cub To Be Released Into The Wild After Monsoon.

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The female cub (T1C2) of tigress Avni, shot dead last year by a hunter who did not have the permission to shoot the big cat blamed for killing 13 people in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal, will be released in the wild in November. The cub will be mature enough by then to take care of herself, state forest department and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) officials said.

Officials said tiger cubs generally stay with their mothers at least till they are 18 months old and then disperse into the wild in search of new territory. T1C2 was rescued a month after Avni was killed in November 2018 and kept in the Pench Tiger Reserve.

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Finally Avni lives on again. Her cub, taken from the wild one month after Avni was illegally killed, will be released in the wild again when she will be around two years old.

Although many questions still are open (what is happening with the idiot that killed Avni, what happened with T1C1 etc), it is great to know that the NTCA has given its approval to release Avni’s (female) cub.

The big question remains: what will be her name?

Mixed emotions tiger

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USA – The Daily Beast

A Jungle Walk On Tiger Safari Is An Emotional Roller Coaster.

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Chinmay Deshpande pointed to a patch of wet brown earth. “See that?” said the naturalist with Pugdundee Safaris. He kneeled down to get a better look, and sniffed. The damp spot was urine from a tiger. He had peed right where we stood, on a leafy remote trail in India’s Satpura National Park, perhaps not an hour before. As for specifics, the tiger was almost certainly male because of his massive footprints, which were the size of dinner plates.

Judging by its fresh urine, the stealthy predator was probably still around, close by in the dense sal and teak forest.

Depending on your perspective, this was either fantastic—we might see a tiger in the wild as we crept in the jungle, as opposed to the usual perch of an open-air jeep.

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Feel good story of a writer walking in tiger territory and experiencing all kinds of emotions in Indian tiger reserves.