Sunilal Boro tiger poacher

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India – WIO News

Tiger poacher arrested in Assam.

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A tiger poacher has been arrested by Assam police with the help of the Indian Army, paramilitary forces and the forest officials.

The accused identified as Sunilal Boro was arrested on Saturday in Bilasipara area of Dhubri district.

“Sunilal Boro, who is related to a tiger poaching case under Panbari Range was apprehended by the Army and Police in Bilasipara area of Dhubri district on October 12,” Assam Police informed.

Commentary

TIGER POACHER CAPTURED!

The Assam police in cooperation with the Indian Army, paramilitary forces and forest officials have arrested Sunilal Boro, a reknown tiger poacher.

Well done!

#tiger #tigernews

Ramesh Pandy

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India – NDTV

Indian Bureaucrat To Receive Asia Environmental Enforcement Award From UN

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Senior Indian Forest Service officer Ramesh Pandey has been selected for the prestigious Asia Environmental Enforcement Award by the United Nations Environment Programme.

The 1996-batch IFS officer, posted as Chief Conservator Forests in Lucknow and Secretary, UP State Bio-diversity Board, is known for his investigation and intelligence gathering on poachers.

Ramesh Pandey will receive the award on November 13 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

Commentary

Ramesh Pandey is a Field Director (Dudhwa Tiger Reserve) and will receive a UN Award for his contributions to catching bad guys.

He is known for his investigation and intelligence gathering on poachers. He made sure that renowned golfer Jyoti Randhawa was arrested for poaching in the protected area of Katarniaghat and he busted infamous tiger poaching gang of Lambu Fariyad, who was flagged by Interpol as well.

So an award is well deserved!
We need more people like Ramesh.

#tiger #tigernews

The whip for tigers

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United Kingdom – Daily Mail

Poachers to get 100 lashes under new endangered animals rules in Indonesia's Aceh province.

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Poachers who threaten endangered animals could receive up to 100 lashes under new rules in Indonesia’s Aceh province, which usually reserves whipping for morality crimes under Islamic law.

Public flogging is a common punishment for offences including gambling, drinking alcohol and pre-marital sex in the region, which is the only area in Indonesia to impose religious law. 

But these new rules, adopted last week, mark the first time that crimes against wildlife fall under Aceh’s strict sharia code.

Commentary

Indonesia is introducing new penalties for poaching:

– up to 100 lashes for individuals that are caught for poaching
– up to 60 lashes for civil servants that are negligent in their duties

These lashes are on top of other penalties (prison sentence, fine).

What do you think?

#tiger #tigernews

CYBER TIGER

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USA – Live Mint

Wildlife Cyber Sleuths To The Rescue.

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As we speak, we have an operation under way in a major metro regarding softshell turtles which were being sold on the internet by a pet shop. It is illegal to trade in these species in India,” says Jose Louies, as we settle down for a conversation. As deputy director and chief, wildlife crime control division, at the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)—a conservation organization—Louies keeps a hawk’s eye on illegal wildlife sales.

In the past couple of years, he has had to turn his attention to cyberspace as well, owing to a mushrooming online trade facilitated by chat groups and social media sites.

Commentary

Conservation organisations are getting aware of the working ways of the Chinese mafia while fighting wildlife crime.

Now they want to fight the battle on the internet, where wildlife is traded on the darkweb.

But the Chinese mafia is way ahead of them. So tiger conservationists want to team up with IT-companies.

An advise: please team up with the Chinese, Russian and American secret services. That’s the level you need to fight the Chinese mafia.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Vietnam

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Vietnam – VN Express

Tiger Weighing 240kg Rescued From Traffickers' Claws In Northern Vietnam.

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Three men have been detained for wildlife trafficking after a 240kg live tiger they planned for cooking tiger bone glue was found in a truck.

Police said Wednesday that the live tiger was found Saturday when they inspected the truck in Cam Pha, 40km west of Ha Long in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

They have contacted the Wildlife Rescue Center in Hanoi to take care of the animal.

Nguyen Thai Chien, 27, and Nguyen Hong Nhat, 37, said Nguyen Van Minh, 49, had hired them to bring the animal to his house in Ha Long.

Commentary

The Vietnamese authorities have arrested three persons because of trafficking a 240 kg tiger.

In a subsequent raid at a house of one of the suspects the police found two tiger skeletons, 12 tiger skulls, and three tiger skin sets, along with equipment and ingredients needed to cook tiger bone glue, believed to treat bone and joint-related ailments.

#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.

Commentary

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

Tiger carcass

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India – Guwahati Plus

Guwahati: 2 Arrested With Tiger Carcass, Bones, Teeth & Skull In Lokhra.

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Two persons were arrested with tiger carcass, bones, teeth and skull in Lokhra area of the city by officials from the Assam Forest Department, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Special Task Force (STF) on Friday, September 13.

The arrested have been identified as Omar Faroque (24) and Nekibur Rahman (24) who hail from Lahorighat, Morigaon district.

Based on reports, the officials informed that the accused were trying to sell the animal remains in Guwahati as it is worth lakhs of rupees.

Commentary

Indian law enforcers have arrested 2 tiger traffickers in Indian state Assam.

Thank you for the good work – but another tiger (at least) gone – the massacre goes on.

#tiger #tigernews

UAE saved tiger cubs

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United Arab Emirates – Dubai Week

Lion And Tiger Cubs Rescued From Sharjah.

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Animal protection officers seized a white lion cub and two tiger cubs that were being illegally sold in the UAE.

Officers from the Environment and Protected Areas Authority raided a house in Sharjah after a tip-off.

Two monkeys were also discovered in the raid.

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, chair of the Environment and Natural Reserves Authority, explained that the process of confiscating dangerous and predatory animals could take two to three months, as some of the complaints that arrived were malicious.

Commentary

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a well-known offender of wildlife rights. Lots of rich people own tigers or lions and keep them as pets.

Fortunately the UAE Cabinet introduced a law in March 2019 to prevent dangerous or exotic animals as being pets.

Now the UAE steps up and confiscated at a house in Sharjah.

Of course the police needs to do and can do so much more but it is a first step.

#tiger #tigernews

Rajaji tiger

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India – Outlook

Rajaji Also Demands Special Tiger Protection Force On Lines Of Corbett.

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A day after Uttarkhand government gave its nod for raising a special tiger protection force for Corbett Tiger Reserve, Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) on Thursday demanded a similar protection force.

RTR Director P.K. Patro wrote to Uttarakhand”s Forest top brass on Thursday requesting him to take the administration”s nod for a tiger protection force on the lines of Corbett.

The tiger protection force proposed for Rajaji consists of 62 posts, Patro said.

Commentary

Following the approval of a Special Tiger Protection Force by the State of Uttarakhand to Corbett Tiger Reserve to constitute a second layer of protection for tigers, another tiger reserve wants to have to same to protect tigers more effectively.

Who follows?

#tiger #tigernews

Corbett TR tiger

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​India – The Tribune

Special Tiger Force For Corbett Reserve Set Up, Wildlife Officials Welcome Move.

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The Uttarakhand government has decided to form a Special Tiger Force for Corbett Tiger Reserve, a move which will help serve as the much needed second layer of protection for the big cat.

The decision to set up the force was taken by the state cabinet on Wednesday. The force will have 85 posts.

Chief Wildlife Warden Rajiv Bhartari said: “The STPF will be effective in checking illegal human intrusion into the reserve through villages located on its fringes and serve as a second layer of protection for tigers at the CTR”.

Commentary

Finally Corbett Tiger Reserve will get the so needed Special Tiger Protection Force – the second layer of protection – to fight illegal human intrusion.

It took too long for the decision to be made by the Uttarakhand government but now 85 extra posts will be installed to help the Corbett Tiger Reserve to protect the habitat of tigers.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger poacher

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India – Times of India

Tiger Skin Traders Sarju, Lala Convicted.

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Two notorious tiger skin and body parts traders Surajbhan alias Sarju Bagdi and Naresh alias Lala Sharma from North India have been convicted by a CBI special judge in New Delhi in a poaching case linked to Maharashtra.

While Sarju has been sentenced to five years simple imprisonment with a fine of Rs10,000, Lala has been sentenced to three years and a fine of Rs10,000. In case of default, the convicts will have to undergo additional jail of one month and 10 days respectively.

Sarju and Lala were dramatically arrested by a joint team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Maharashtra forest officials in Delhi. They seized cash Rs2.50 lakh and 18kg tiger bones from the duo. Both the convicts had links with international tiger body parts traders.

Commentary

Two notorious Indian tiger poachers are convicted – finally.

It took 3 years for the Indian court to get them convicted, which in itself raises big questions.

It also is a big question why one gets five year and the other one only three years, while they both deserve the maximum penalty (7 years).

Maybe someone can explain this?

#tiger #tigernews

Wildlife crime

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United Kindom – RUSI.org

Money Laundering And The Illegal Wildlife Trade: Financial Action At Last?

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A proposal by the incoming president of the Financial Action Task Force presents an unprecedented opportunity to tackle the illegal wildlife trade by hitting at its main driver: financial gain.

Attention to the financial dimensions of the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) has steadily increased in recent years. The London IWT Conference in October 2018 was the latest global event to call for an increase in the use of financial investigation techniques to tackle IWT. NGOs such as the Wildlife Justice Commission (this author is a member of WJC’s Council), the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and TRAFFIC have conducted specific IWT financial investigations; and research reports such as those produced by this author and his colleagues and UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering have received a higher profile.

Yet despite all this, most states across the IWT supply chain have remained slow to engage with the financial dimensions of IWT. At best, investigations and prosecutions focus on the crime of possession, rarely (if ever) undertaking related financial investigations. One major reason for this lack of activity can be ascribed to the apparent past indifference to IWT of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global standard setter for anti-money laundering.

Commentary

Finally a breakthrough in fighting wildlife crime!

The first steps are taken to hit wildlife crime syndicates and its leaders where it jurts the most: in money.

Within the environment of fighting the international wildlife crime we have organisations like TRAFFIC, EIA and Wildlife Justice Commission.

An important think tank to help fighting international wildlife crime as well is RUSI – the Royal United Services Institute.

They announce that the guardian of the integrity of the global financial system and booster of financial investigations, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), has decided to step up and make the fight against wildlife crime a higher priority.

A difficult story to explain, even if you read the article. But it is a breakthrough the (animal) world needs desperately.

#tiger #tigernews

Bangla tigers

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Bangladesh – Prothom Alo

Tigers Must Be Saved From Poachers.

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According to a survey on tigers in the Sundarbans, carried out by German tiger expert Hen Reeds in 1975, there were 350 tigers in the mangrove forest.

A study on the Sundarbans in 2017 by Kent University in the UK, said the number of tigers in the Sundarbans is 121. So the number of tigers in the Sundarbans has fallen by one third in 42 years.

According to a tiger census in 2004, the number of tigers was 440 in Bangladesh. In another tiger census in 2015, the number of tigers decreased to 106.

Commentary

Bangladesh faces many challenges when it comes to tiger conservation.

Climate change, industries and poaching to name a few.

Although the Bangladesh government increased activities to save their Bengal tiger, it has to do a lot more.

 

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger in movies

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India – The Telegraph

Films To Battle Trade In Animal Parts.

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Wildlife officials from Delhi spent the last week at the Zoological Survey of India’s headquarters in Calcutta filming animal parts such as bear gall bladder and pangolin scales to train agencies involved in fighting illegal trade in such objects.

The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is preparing short films on 20 animals whose parts are in demand in illegal wildlife trade. Specimens for shooting were provided by the ZSI, the country’s oldest taxonomic research organisation, set up in 1916.

Commentary

India starts making short movies to help non-wildlife agencies detect animal parts used in smuggling.

But…”It is yet to be decided how the agencies will access the films,” an official in the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau said.

Normally the procedure is to think about a purpose (=more seizures from non-wildlife organizations), then create a strategy (=informing, training) and at last create the means.

But it seems India is doing it the other way around.

#tiger #tigernews

Malayan tigers

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Malaysia – Free Malaysia Today

Get Boots On The Ground Quickly To Save Tigers, Says Expert.

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A wildlife conservation expert has called for speed in the deployment of enforcers against the poaching of tigers.

Mark Rayan Darmaraj, WWF Malaysia’s lead tiger researcher, told FMT he welcomed the police’s recent announcement that it would deploy 500 personnel from its Senoi Praaq unit to combat poachers, but he said the urgency of the situation required their deployment as soon as possible.

“There are certainly efforts made to get boots on the ground but this needs to be hastened,” he said, adding that efforts to gather intelligence on syndicates needed to be stepped up as well so that the poaching and the trade chain could be broken.

Commentary

WWF employee warns that Malaysia is lingering with the promised police help.

No word -again – about the enormous problems from palm oil regarding the habitats of tigers.

Trafficked tigers

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United Kingdom – The Independent

At Least Two Dead Tigers Seized Each Week From Smugglers Threatening Big Cats’ Future, Study Says.

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More than two carcasses of endangered tigers are being seized every week from smugglers who are driving the big cats towards extinction, research has found.

Officials in 32 countries discovered 2,359 dead tigers between 2000 and last year – a number described as a “conservative” estimate.

Commentary

“Year on year, it’s more bad news for tigers” says Kanitha Krishnasamy, director with TRAFFIC who did a study to trafficked tigers.

Each week 2 dead tigers are seized – only the tip of the iceberg.

Since the year 2000 until last year 2,359 dead tigers were seized, in only 32 countries.

Unclear is how many tiger seizures China had.

Losing tigers

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Singapore – Channel News Asia

More Than 2,300 Tigers Killed And Trafficked This Century.

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More than 2,300 endangered tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since the turn of the century, according to a report published on Tuesday (Aug 20), urging more action to protect the giant cats.

With an average of more than 120 illegally trafficked tigers seized each year – which amounts to over two each week – since the year 2000, conservation group Traffic warned there was little sign of respite for the species.

Report author Kanitha Krishnasamy, who heads Traffic’s Southeast Asia operations, said the numbers were deeply concerning.

“It looks like we are losing this fight,” she told AFP.

Commentary

“We are losing this fight” is the clear message of TRAFFIC, the leading organisation in monitoring wildlife crime.

A survey to tigers is that only this century more than 2,300 tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since 2000 – 120 a year.

Those are the offical numbers. Unoffically more than 1000 tigers are being slaughtered to meet the demand in tiger products, mostly in China.

What should we do?

China tiger lead

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Hong Kong – Asia Times

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Less than a decade ago, the 13 nations where tigers still lived free met in St Petersburg, Russia, and pledged to reverse this majestic cat’s long prowl toward extinction at the hands of human predators. The moment was hailed as historic – the start of an unprecedented undertaking spearheaded by the tiger-range states and supported by a number of partners that included the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, the United States, Germany and non-governmental organizations including WWF.

Their simple-sounding but ambitious goal was to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger on the Chinese lunar calendar. In 2010, it was estimated there were as few as 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild.

Commentary

WWF, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, is a leading conservation NGO and hardly speaks out against tiger farming.

One is because WWF helped China starting its farming, with delivering pure Amur tigers from US zoos (in cooperation with WCS). Another reason is that WWF can’t raise its voice against China as it is affraid to lose its permit to work there – jeopardizing all their work.

Now one of the WWF-employees speaks out against China, but still very diplomatic. It calls for China to take the lead in fighting the tiger trade.

In the article the St Petersburg conference is mentioned. An historic moment for tiger conservation. WWF was the co-organizor of the Global Tiger Initiative and everybody expected that the subject of tiger farming would be on the agenda.

But is was not. China blocked this. And WWF agreed upon it – for obvious reasons.

Now – 9 years late – WWF is making a U-turn.

What would be the reason?

Dog squads

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India – Deccan Chronicle

Wildlife Dog Squads In Telugu States Help Solve 31 Cases.

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The dog squads inducted into the forests have performed effectively in identifying crimes and tracking criminals. The German Shepherds squads have helped the forest departments of the Telugu States by solving 31 cases in which 40 criminals were arrested.

The four dogs sent to AP and TS have been deployed in tiger reserves but their services are also being used outside whenever there is a requirement. In AP, the two dogs received in October 2016 have been posted at the Atmakur forest division in Kurnool district and Dornala in Prakasam district. Both divisions are part of the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam tiger reserve.

Commentary

Good news from Indian Teluga states where dog squads help to solve more and more wildlife crimes.

Not only that, the dogs also create a daunting perspective to poachers: they don’t feel safe in villages anymore.

Keep up the good work!

History tigers

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India – Scroll

How ‘Guptaji’ Aka Ashok Kumar Helped Pull Off India’s Largest Seizure Of Tiger And Leopard Skins.

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The street inside the Tibetan settlement at New Delhi’s Majnu ka Tila wound around a cluster of small businesses. Striped Tibetan chubas and western skirts hung above the awnings of some shops. Ball. Food stalls with red plastic seats served steaming bowls of thukpa and po cha.

Walking briskly around the area, Guptaji headed to where he knew his contact was waiting. A middle-aged man of middling height, silver hair receding at the brow, clad in pants and a blue shirt, Guptaji carried a brown, scuffed duffel bag.

He found a plastic chair. A bowl of po cha appeared, followed by a man carrying a parcel wrapped in an old Hindustan Times newspaper. Guptaji opened his duffel bag and his companion briefly glanced into it. He, in turn, opened his parcel for Guptaji to inspect.

Commentary

Beautiful hommage by Vivek Menon, co-founder of the Wildlife Trust of India, to the founding father of Indian wildlife fighting, Ashok Kumar – a.k.a. Guptaji to celebrate his 84th birth anniversary.

PERHILITAN-DIRECTOR

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Malaysia – MalayMail

In Ops To Save Tigers, Johor Perhilitan Finds Signs Of Poachers From Abroad.

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Thought to number fewer than 200 in the wild, the critically endangered Malayan tiger is being threatened by foreign poachers on home ground.

In a recent Ops Belang, the government’s initiative to protect the dwindling tiger population in its natural habitat, the Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) found traps and abandoned camps in the jungle that point to poachers from Indochinese countries ― judging from the food wrappers, food cans and cigarette wrappers found.

 

“Our initial investigation showed that many of these poachers come from Indochina countries where some came into Malaysia illegally while others have work permits as they are employed in factories here.

Commentary

While Malaysia is finally stepping up to do something about the terrible state of Malayan tigers, it only points fingers to foreign poachers.

No word still about encroachment or burning down precious habitats by logging companies on behalf of the palm oil and paper and pulp industries.

Dhaka zoo tiger

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Bangladesh – Dhaka Tribune

Is Bangladesh Going To Fail In Doubling Tiger Population?

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Due to the wildlife hunting and trafficking, illegal trade of wildlife, deforestation and environmental catastrophe, not only tigers but other wild animals also became endangered in the world. Considering the situation, the tiger range countries (TRC), including Bangladesh, in 2010 at the Tiger Summit in Russia, decided to double the number of tigers in their respective countries by 2022. 

According to the forest department, the number of tigers in Bangladesh has increased by eight in the last three years, which is only 8%. At the same time, the number of tigers in India has increased by 741.

Now the question is: “Is the Bangladesh Forest Department going to fail to achieve the desired goal of increasing the tiger population within a certain period?”

Commentary

Bangladesh fails in doubling the tiger numbers, as agreed upon in 2010.

The reasons are obvious but the excuses come as the year 2022 is getting closer.

Tigers AI

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United Kingdom – BBC

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Researchers in the United States have developed AI software which can predict where poachers are operating. The PAWS programme, created by a team from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has led to around 20 times more snares being discovered in the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia. It’s hoped this could eventually make it possible for tigers to be reintroduced to the park.

The software is due to be gradually rolled out in hundreds of national parks across the globe in the coming months.

Commentary

In the coming months software with artificial intelligence (AI) will be distributed to hundreds of national parks across the globe.

This software can predict where poachers are operating.

The PAWS Programme was created by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, an elite part of USC – the University of South California.

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India – Outlook

Last Bagha Nacha.

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The mighty roar is now a mere whimper in the forests of Odisha. The Royal Bengal tiger, once lovingly described by writer-conservationist Jim Corbett as a “large- hearted gentleman”, is waging a grim battle for survival in the state.

The latest tiger census estimates the number of big cats in the state at 28, the same number reported four years earlier. In contrast, the all-India growth in tiger numbers is 33 per cent, with nearly 3,000 counted across the country in the 2018 census. States like Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra rec­orded spectacular growths of 71 per cent and 64 per cent, according to data released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on World Tiger Day, July 29.

Commentary

Odisha, once a safehaven for tigers, is now struggling. Poaching, lack of prey, respected men that quarrel about methods…

The state of Odisha and the NTCA need to get their acts together and
end the ego-wars to create the best conditions for tigers again.

Captive tigers

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USA – Mongabay

Big Cat Trade Driven By Demand For Traditional Asian Medicine, According To Report.

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Traditional Asian medicine is driving the growing international trade in big cat products and leading to the mistreatment of thousands of animals, according to a recent report.

Bones, blood, and other body parts of big cats are made into products such as balms, capsules, gels, and wines that practitioners of traditional Asian medicine believe to be able to cure ailments ranging from arthritis to meningitis, though in fact they’ve been found to have no provable health benefits. Even before the cats are killed, however, they’re treated more like products than living, breathing creatures, according to the report, released last month by the London-based NGO World Animal Protection.

Commentary

Survey of World Animal Protection shows that the big cat trade is driven by the demand for traditional Chinese medicines (TCM).

This demand from China leads to extensive poaching, tiger farming, illegal wildllife trade, extortion and even instable governments.

Tiger skin

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Indonesia – Tempo

Police Nab Tiger Skin Traders In East Java.

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The Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Directorate General of Law Enforcement (Gakkum) section II and the Forestry Police for Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara arrested a suspect identified as B (31) for allegedly trading tiger skin and dozens of parts of protected animals in East Java, August 7.

“We develop an investigation case from our two operations to examine other networks related to this crime against protected animals,” said Mohammad Nur, the Gakkum head, in a statement, Monday, August 12.

Commentary

Three suspects are arrested on East Java in Indonesia with pieces of fresh tiger skin, three pieces of tiger head skin, nine pieces of tiger head skin in the form of reog (traditional mask), a piece of tiger tail skin, and a piece of tiger skin’s part.

This crime can (and must) lead to a jail sentence of 5 years in Indonesia.

Sniffer dog for tigers

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India – The Shillong Times

Aaranyak Provides Sniffer Dog, 2 Motorcycles To Boost Security In Orang Park.

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Biodiversity conservation and research Organisation, Aaranyak provided a unit of its K9 squad of sniffer dog to Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park; and gifted two motorcycles to Darrang district police.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Secretary General of Aaranyak, Dr Bibhab Talukdar who handed over the items to respective police and forest authorities, informed that it was part of Aaranyak’s sustained efforts to boost the continuous endeavours of Assam Police and Assam Forest Department to prevent/check wildlife crimes in the area so as to protect the wildlife species including the one-horned rhino and the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger (RBT) in Orang National Park that spread over about 80 square kilometer areas in Darrang-Sonitpur districts of North Assam (Darrang-Sonitpur district).

The motorcycles have been gifted to Darrang district police at the request of the Superintendent of Police, Amrit Bhuyan for the purpose of augmenting patrolling by police personnel engaged in checking and prevention of wildlife crimes including hunting of animals in the National Park.“The two-wheelers would be handy for strengthening the networking with the Village Defence Parties which have been instrumental in checking wildlife crimes,” the SP said.

 

 

Commentary

NGOs Aaranyak and David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation provide motorbikes and a Sniffer Dog to Indian wildlife reserve Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park.

Raising the question: why is this necessary if the Indian government is earning so much money on tiger conservation?

tiger crossing highway

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India – Deccan Herald

Bandipur: Supreme Court Asks Centre To Develop New Route As National Highway.

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The Supreme Court has asked the Union government to develop the alternative route as the national highway to ensure that the roads, passing through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, is shut down permanently, since the issue related to “nothing less
than the core area of the national park”.

A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant, which ordered that the night traffic ban on the national highway 212 should remain in operation, asked the Ministry of Environment, Forest (MoEF) and Climate Change to give suggestions within four weeks as to how NH 275 and the State Highway number 90 can be made into a national highway.
 

Commentary

The Supreme Court has asked the government to develop the alternative route as the national highway to ensure that the roads, passing through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, is shut down permanently, since the issue related to “nothing less than than the core area of the national park”.

A victory for the Bandipur Tiger Reserve and a lesson for ignorant, egoistic governments and construction companies.

 

Odisha tiger

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India – Odisha Bytes

Claws Out On Big Cat Count In Odisha.

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The recent tiger census showed a sorry figure for Odisha. While tiger numbers have increased in the country to 2,967 at present from 1,411 in 2006, there has been a decrease in Odisha

In 2002, there were 192 tigers in Similipal. Today, there are 28 tigers left in Odisha, according to the Ministry of Environment and Forest. This number has sparked a debate and the state government has decided to contest the census claim by doing its own survey.

Tigers were historically counted by pug-mark method — a technique invented in Odisha. Today, it is aided by camera-trap technology for more accurate estimation, explained Dr Biswajit Mohanty, Chairman of Greenpeace India.

 

 

Commentary

The numbers of tigers in Indian state Odisha are down, leading to finger pointing.
 
One points out to the methodology: the way of counting tigers must be wrong. Another points out that the protection of tigers is just a mess.

Chhattisgarh Tiger

Law And Order Issues Leading To Drop In Tiger Numbers: Chhattisgarh Officials

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 Senior officials of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) that overlooked the tiger census in Chhattisgarh have said that they are not “surprised” at the drop in numbers of the big cats in the state’s tiger reserves, and highlighted poor protection and the need for an improvement in habitat in the state. 

Nationally, tiger numbers have increased to 2,967, as per the estimate report released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. Chhattisgarh was one state where the numbers dropped drastically – from 46 in 2014 to an estimated 19 tigers in 2018

Commentary

How is it possible that in 4 years time the number of tigers in Chhattisgarh tiger reserves drop with more than 50 per cent (from 46 to 19)?

And even more important: how come the NTCA is ‘not suprised’?

If they knew all along, why didn’t they anticipate?