Vidya Balan - Avni tigress

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India, Outlook India

Vidya Balan To Star In A Film On Maharashtra's Tigress Avni.


After Shakuntala Devi, Vidya will be seen playing a forest officer in the production house’s next venture, that will revolve around the controversial case of tigress Avni.

In November 2018, Maharashtra’s tigress Avni became a hot topic of disccusion after she was killed. The tigress had rumoured to have turned a man-eater and killed 13 people in the district’s Pandharkawda area. Her killing had caused a huge stir, leading to a national debate about her. A lot of people had different viewpoints on the issue.


The killing of Avni is one of the most controversial moments in Indian tiger conservation.

Lots of people are still not pleased with the outcomes of the investigations and demand new investigations and justice.

Now Avni is being the centre piece of a new movie, in which Indian star actress Vidya Balan will play the role of a forest officer.

The movie will undoubtedly raise new questions on the killing of Avni.

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Siegfried & Roy tiger

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Who's to blame? Siegfried & Roy address new claims over infamous tiger attack in exclusive 20/20 trailer.


It’s been almost 16 years since performer Roy Horn of the famous duo Siegfried & Roy was attacked on stage and nearly killed by a tiger during their Las Vegas magic show, on Oct. 3, 2003.

Now, for the first time in over a decade, Siegfried Fischbacher and Horn are sitting down together for an emotional primetime interview, to tell their version of events from that night.


It took 16 years to come up with a plausible story about why the tiger attacked Roy Horn of famous duo Siegfried & Roy in a Las Vegas show.

In the end it is just pointing fingers without blaming the tiger. But the tiger just did what a tiger does: being inpredictable.

Especially when they are in captivity.

#tiger #tigernews


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India – Deccan Herald

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright.


Report 2018 reporting a substantial increase in India’s tiger population — from 1,411 in 2006 to 2,967 in 2019.

What happens when an Academy-Award winning filmmaker joins forces with an Oscar-winning producer to tell the story of the striped wild cat? You get an unusual documentary that explores the fascinating lives of two passionate tiger conservationists (one Indian, another Russian), separated by half a century.

Tigerland premiered in India on Discovery Channel and Discovery World HD on International Tiger Day (July 29). And the timing couldn’t have been better, with the All India Tiger Estimation Report 2018 reporting a substantial increase in India’s tiger population — from 1,411 in 2006 to 2,967 in 2019.



Tigerland is as poor as it is promoted. Unfortunately it is not a guarantee to have an Academy Award winning filmmaker or an Oscar winning producer to create a worthwile documentary on tiger conservation.

It’s nice but should have been much better.

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Avni tigress actor

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India – Entertainment Times

'Ranger' Is Based On Avni, The Tigress, And Other Wild Animals That Made News.


Sibi Sathyaraj and Dharani Dharan have started work on Ranger, a film that’s loosely based on Avni, the tigress that was shot dead after it was believed to have killed 13 people in Maharashtra. “I play a forest officer in the film. Since I’ve interacted with forest officers whom I know personally, it was easy for me to get into the skin of the character,” says the actor.

Talking about the film, Dharani, who had earlier directed Sibi in Jackson Durai, tells us, “I read an article on Avni in 2017, and was intrigued by how so many people were searching for her like they would a smuggler or an accused.”


Interview with Sibi Sathyaraj, an Indian actor that plays the rold of a forest officer in a movie based on Avni, one of the most controversial tiger murders in Indian history.

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Growing Audience IATA Tiger News Platform Proves More And More People Want To Learn More About What Is Happening With Tigers.

Tigers are endangered animals and threatened with extinction. What is happening with them is far beyond imagination. Whenever I have the chance to talk about the causes, I take it. People I talk with just don’t believe it. Sometimes they say it, sometimes I just see it in their eyes.

Since 2012 I collect tiger news from several sources. From NGOs, from the Global Tiger Initiative (although this only lives on in memory nowadays), from governments, from scientists and from newspapers. The collected database is unique in the world and a valuable source of information for NGOs, governments and scientists.

In March of this year I decided to do something with my knowledge and all the news I was getting. After some preparation I started with the distribution of tiger news via a new initiative, which I called: I Am A Tiger Advocate.

The start was terrible. The website was not working properly, the news was not getting to to right people and there was no interaction. But after weeks of testing, adjusting and improving things got better.

Although we are just beginning, we can see that more and more people are engaged and want to learn about what is happening with tigers. After five months more than 670,000 people around the world have seen the news we distribute. We can see that the website gets more visitors and that the social media posts get more engagement.

Not only we are happy with these developments, we also have engaged in some tiger saving activities. Both with tigers in the wild as with tigers in captivity as we also care for tigers that have to spend their lives behind walls in often terrible conditions.

To wrap it up: we are pleased with how things go but our ambitions go much further. We want the whole world to really know what is happening with tigers so the right decisions will be made to save them all.

Thank you all for your ongoing engagement.

Chris Slappendel,
Founder IATA Tiger News Platform


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Tiger in movies

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India – The Telegraph

Films To Battle Trade In Animal Parts.


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.


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.

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Scary tigers

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USA – Gizmodo

Issa López On The Horrors Of Tigers Are Not Afraid, Her Haunting Festival Breakout Film.


Tigers Are Not Afraid is a fairy-tale nightmare that takes place in a world that’s all too real. As a drug war rages around them, a group of orphans band together in a part of Mexico City that’s become a ghost town—meaning empty and deserted, but yes, also haunted by angry spirits.

Since its 2017 film-festival debut, Tigers has racked up awards worldwide and writer-director Issa López has been showered with praise from high-profile admirers like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro—whose own work, particularly 2001’s The Devil’s Backbone, feels like spiritual kin to Tigers—even went out of his way to give López a shout-out at his recent Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony.



Interview with movie director Issa López that used a zoo tiger for a movie – that was originally without tigers – because the tiger was available. Nothing more and nothing less.

Despite the quality of the movie and the work of the director the way they deal with a tiger is a perfect example of how people respect endangered animals.

We believe this has to change.


Spotting tigers

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India – Business Insider

Ranked: India's Most Popular Tiger Reserves — And The Chances Of Spotting The Majestic Wild Cat.


With only 3,890 tigers left in the world, it is next to impossible to spot wild cats in their natural habitat.
Those to venture to, require a lot of time, and a bit of luck. Changing habitation, wildlife poaching, and other human activities have been too harsh to the tiger population around the world. In the past century, three out of every nine tiger subspecies became extinct. India, which is home to more than half the population of tigers in the world has been working hard to conserve them.
According to the government, their population increased from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.
Those who want to spot a tiger, can try them at over 40 sanctuaries and tiger reserves in the country.


Tigers are becoming more and more popular in India. This is good news because they always say “the more eyes, the better” – as tourists have a preventing effect on poaching.

However, the role of media (also social media) is important. Stories or messages about the exact whereabouts of a tiger can lead to activation of poachers.

So please be careful when you see a tiger and want to share your joy with your friends and family – as poachers scan social media as well.

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.


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.


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.

Google Tiger Doodle

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India – Times Now News

Google Celebrates India's 73rd Independence Day, Creates Doodle Representing The Country's Cultural Diversity.


The most improbable thing on the internet these days is a day without a Google Doodle. The tech-giant impresses netizens with a new doodle every day. Be it wishing happy birthday to a legendary personality, or highlighting a historic or social event, Google uses its creative might to produce wonderful pieces of digital art.

As India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day today, Google paid tribute to the country’s rich and diverse culture with a motif doodle.


Google made a special doodle to honor the Independence Day of India.

Narendra Modi

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India – Live Mint

PM Modi Breaks Stereotypes With Discovery Show.


In an effort to break stereotypes of a politician and reach out to the youth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday evening appeared on television series Man vs Wild that airs on Discovery TV. Modi is the first politician from India to appear on the hour-long show with Bear Grylls.

The trailer for the programme was launched on the same day that Modi released India’s tiger count. The shooting for the hour-long programme took place at the Jim Corbett National Park which is known for tiger conservation.


During a TV Show with Bear Grylls for Discovery TV Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi calls for suggestions for tiger conservation via the NAMO App.

Sanjeev Siva tiger

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India – The Hindu

On The Tiger Trail: Wildlife Photographer Ranga Rao On Techie Sanjeev Siva's Clicks.


Swetha Kumar Ranga Rao, a descendant of the Bobbili royal family, has the rare distinction of having been part of nearly 600 safaris across major tiger reserves in India. So, when the 42-year-old went around the Relief Art Gallery to catch a glimpse of some of the stand-out images of tigers in the wild as part of an exhibition, he spent quite some time admiring the imposing photo frame of popular tigress Maya by a water body in the Tadoba Tiger Reserve.

Titled ‘Wild Apart’, the exhibition by city-based lensman Sanjeev Siva (35), who quit a lucrative IT job to pursue his passion in wildlife photography, transported visitors to the wild, giving them a close peek at the various moods of the majestic national animal in its habitat.


A seasoned wildlife photographer himself, royal offspring Ranga Rao shows his support to former IT-man Sanjeev Siva at his exhibition “Wild Apart” in the Relief Art Gallery.

Proceeds of the exhibition will go to tiger conservation programs.

Machli tiger

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Text: India – Entertainment Times, Photo: Ranthambore National Park

A Film On Ranthambore Tiger Queen Wins National Award For Best Environment Film.


Machli, the legendary tiger queen of Ranthambhore National Park of Rajasthan, who won millions of hearts across the globe, is still making news. A film, which was made on the tigress, has won the Best Environment Film award at the recently concluded 66th National Film Awards.

The 60-minute documentary titled The World’s Most Famous Tiger was directed by four-time National award winner filmmaker Subbiah Nallamuthu. Nallamuthu says, “It’s my fifth National award and that is definitely making me happy. This film is my way of protecting the tigers and creating awareness about tiger conservation. It was also an attempt at pulling viewers into the world of tigers. Machli died at the record age of 20 years giving birth to nine cubs at the sanctuary and creating a gene pool for 50 tigers.”


Machli, the legendary tiger queen of Ranthambhore National Park of Rajasthan, who won millions of hearts across the globe, is still making news.

Now with a movie called “The World’s Most Famous Tiger” by Indian filmmaker Subbiah Nallamuthu. The movie won a National Film Award and tells the chronicles of Machli’s rise to power, and the extraordinary legacy she left behind.

Narendra Modi

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India – India Times

Bear Grylls Gives PM Modi Spear To Protect Himself If A Tiger Attacks, This Is What He Told Him.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s never-seen-before-avatar with Bear Grylls on Man vs Wild will be showcased on August 12 on Discovery India at 9pm. The premiere on Discovery and Discovery HD World will be available in eight languages including English, Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Marathi.


Bear Grylls, on July 29, posted on Twitter, ‘People across 180 countries will get to see the unknown side of PM @narendramodi as he ventures into Indian wilderness to create awareness about animal conservation & environmental change. Catch Man Vs Wild with PM Modi @DiscoveryIN on August 12 @ 9 pm. #PMModionDiscovery’.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being interviewed by Bear Grylls, to be released August 12 on Discovery Channel.

Photography tigers winner

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India – The Hindu

Lensman Strikes Gold With Photo Of Bandhavgarh Tiger Cubs.


Photographer Kola Venkateshwarlu has literally hit gold with his frame capturing the playful mood of famed tigress Dotty’s cubs at a waterhole in Bandhavgarh National Park.

The Kodad-based lensman, widely acknowledged as one of the best in shooting habitat pictures of tigers across reserve forests in India, will be presented the gold medal in the Nature Digital category of the India International Photography Council Awards 2019 on August 19.


Photographer Kola Venkateshwarlu wins prestigous photo award with tigers playing.

We often wonder: do photographers actually help wildlife conservation or do they make tigers more popular – for tourists and for customers, and therefor also more in demand by poachers?


World Animal Protection has completed its first ever global, multiple-country examination of the supply chain feeding the insatiable demand for big cat products, such as tiger bone wine and traditional medicines.

Such products are popular in Asia despite the fact they have no proven medical benefits, and this study highlights the grave danger that animals such as lions and tigers, face as a result.

The organization’s research exposes how big cat farms are harvesting lions in South Africa and tigers in Asia to feed demand, as well as investigating attitudes towards these products from those who consume them.

Tigerland tigers

Last weekend villagers filmed a tigress being lynched near Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh, bringing into focus the constant battle for survival between man and the wild. Oscar-winning filmmaker Ross Kaufmann’s Tigerland is also a blood-splattered, arresting exploration of how human and tiger territories overlap and collide. Named after the vast expanse of central, sub-continental and Southeast Asia where tigers once roamed, Tigerland ties the work of two passionate conservationists — Pavel Fomenko, head of Rare Species Conservation, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – Russia, and Kailash Sankhala, first director of India’s Project Tiger — across the decades.

The documentary shot by Kaufmann and Matt Porwoll goes beyond merely featuring the big cat as the muscled, beautiful hero of the jungle. Beginning with iconography of the tiger from various cultures — gladiators sparring with them to an excited Tigger from Winnie the PoohTigerland traverses the vast Russian taiga before pushing back to the sepia-toned forest reserves of central India.

One happens in the now, following the urgency-filled work that Fomenko does for the conservation of the Siberian tiger that inhabits lands that hug the Sea of Japan. The other, follows the story of Kailash, who started one of the most successful conservation projects in history and the legacy of a life in the wild followed by three generations of his family.

Tiger cub

Tigers are nothing short of spectacular.

The species is listed as endangered by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), meaning tigers as a whole are considered to face a ” very high risk of extinction in the wild.”

The WWF, which describes itself as the world’s leading conservation organization, reports that 93% of historical tiger habitats have completely disappeared because of human activity.

With habitat loss and poaching, tigers in the wild face several obstacles. Today, some 3,900 tigers live in the wild, according to estimates from the WWF. There were once eight tiger subspecies, but three are now extinct, leaving five subspecies, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Keep reading to explore the beauty of this endangered species.

Wild tiger

Tigers are unlike any other cat species. Whether it’s because their roar can be heard as far as two miles away, their stripes are as unique as every human’s fingerprint, or because they symbolize willpower and courage, tigers have fascinated humans for centuries.

But this captivation has not always resulted in the betterment of living conditions for wild tigers. In fact, humans are endangering these big cats — directly by hunting them and indirectly by causing global warming. The latter has resulted in significant natural habitat loss for some tiger species.

In 2016, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a global non-profit organization working in the area of endangered species conservation, estimated that there were about 5,000 tigers living in captivity in zoos or as pets in the United States alone, more than the wild tigers left in the world. More recent reports suggest that captive tigers may number as many as 7,000, but no one really knows for certain.


Internationally acclaimed documentary TIGERLAND tells the story of two remarkable men separated by half a century who through sheer force of will and determination dedicated their lives to altering the fate of the Tiger. Directed by Academy®-Award winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman (“Born into Brothels,”) and produced by Oscar® winner Fisher Stevens (“The Cove”), TIGERLAND is the story about our relationship with one of the world’s most revered creatures.

Shot in India and Russia, TIGERLAND spotlights the efforts of Kailash Sankhala, the ever-passionate Indian naturalist and conservationist who was also famously known as the Tiger-Man of India. From Russia’s perspective, the documentary highlights the inspirational story of Pavel Fomenko, Director of Rare Species Conservation, World Wildlife Fund and his work towards protecting tigers. Tigerland will premiere in India on Discovery Channel and Discovery World HD on 29th July 2019 at 8 pm IST.

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