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.

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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!

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Avni tiger killer

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India – The News Minute

As Search For Bandipur Tiger Continues, Row Over Tigress Avni's Hunters' Presence In Forest.

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After a ‘capture or kill’ order was issued against a tiger in Bandipur for mauling a farmer to death, protesters descended on the headquarters of the Karnataka Forest Department in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The protest was further fueled by the news that men involved in the contentious 2018 killing of the tigress Avni in Maharashtra were spotted in the forest area. 

Three men had allegedly entered the Bandipur forest region at the behest of the Forest Department — Nawab Shafath Ali Khan, his son Asghar Ali from Hyderabad and Susheel Kumar from Tamil Nadu. Out of these three, the father-son duo was involved in the death of Avni in November 2018. 

The protestors demanded that the department revoke the kill order and the animal be captured humanely. They withdrew the protest after receiving assurances that their demands would be met. 

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The Avni killer – Nawab Shafath Ali Khan – turned up in Bandipur, after controversial orders to ‘capture or kill’ an alleged man-eating tiger.

The killer was not wanted and was sent away.

It also raises questions about the investigation to the killing of Avni – when will the report be released about the braches in protocol that must lead to transparency in this case?

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Odisha tiger

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India – News Click

Odisha’s Tiger Population Static for 4 Years as Rampant Poaching and Loss of Prey Base Continues.

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Despite the availability of vast forests, the rampant poaching of prey base and tigers has taken a heavy toll on the prized feline population in Odisha. The tiger population has remained static at 28 in the last four years.

While the all India results of 2,967 tigers in 2018 compared with 2,226 tigers in 2014 have brought cheer to tiger lovers, the Odisha count remaining static at 28 has become a cause of grave concern as the coastal state has not been able to add a single tiger in four years.

Questions are being raised on what happened to the new born tigers who are more than 1 year old since the census ignores tiger cubs less than a year old as their survival is uncertain.

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Tiger numbers in Odisha are static for four years, though they should increase. That’s strange.

Especially if the field director says that it is normal for the tiger population to remain static and is hopeful of rising numbers in the future. “We have stopped poaching that is why the numbers are not declining and it is static. The numbers will grow in due course”.

“I am here for the last three months and have sighted leopards only. I have not sighted any tiger yet as the Simlipal forest is a difficult terrain,” the field director said, adding that there is no shortage of prey as the forest has adequate number of deer and sambar.

So if there is enough prey, the poaching has stopped: how come that tigers are disappearing?

Wake up NTCA and State government!

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Kerinci tiger habitat

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USA/Indonesia – Mongabay

A Tiger Refuge In Sumatra Gets A Reprieve From Road Building.

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The rainforests that once carpeted Indonesia’s Sumatra Island are among the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, home to iconic species like the Sumatran tiger, rhino and orangutan. They are also among the most imperiled; in just two decades, between 1990 and 2010, Sumatra lost 40 percent of its old-growth forest. The tigers, rhinos and orangutans that roamed those forests are now critically endangered.

Much of the intact forest that remains is protected, at least nominally, in a series of National Parks, and, since 2004, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS).

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Indonesia has to do so much more to save its top tiger reserve Kerinci Seblat.

This article gives an excellent insight on how a beautiful nature area is being wasted by agriculture, logging, mining and poaching.

Please step up Indonesia!

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Julie tiger

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India – North East now

Tiger: Not Really Out Of Danger.

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As I soaked my feet in the potash water and tried to enter the enclosure, an intimidating sound made me standstill. ‘Julie!’ – the zoo attendant, who was accompanying me, tried to calm that agonizing voice behind the iron grill. The sound did calm down the frail tigress and ‘Julie’ tried to rest her head on the floor of the cage. It was certainly not a situation to cherish, specially watching an iconic wild feline trying to cope with a captive life!

“Julie has been housed here in the State zoo for more than three months now,” said the attendant. She was brought from the Orang National Park for an infection in the eyes. But poor Julie had lost her eyesight!

Commentary

A tigress that wandered into a town was tranquilized and brought to a zoo. In the zoo the tigress was examined and it turned out she lost most of her eyesight – so she was not able to hunt, which was probably the reason to get her (easy) food at houses (like dogs).

The vets think the reason for her blindness is poisoning, one of the most common ways (with electrocution) in India to kill tigers.

This case can be considered of a symptom of the current Indian tiger culture. A culture that according to prime minister Narendra Modi needs to change.

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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”.

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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.

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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?

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tigers poaching

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India – Indiwo.com

Why We Should Fear For Tigers: A Peek Into The Dark World Of Illegal Poaching

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A new report by wildlife trade experts Traffic has put hard figures to the scale of the global trade in tigers. While still considered underestimates, 2,361 tigers, alive or dead, were seized by authorities across 32 countries and territories from 2000 to 2018.

The most seizures were conducted in India (463) which uncovered evidence of a total of 625 individual tigers being smuggled.

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Excellent infographics about wildlife trafficking, with focus on India: what is going on?

#tiger #tigernews

Post Mortem tiger

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India – Times of India

Tigress Found Dead In Chandrapur Was Poisoned.

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Post mortem findings have revealed that the tigress that was found dead in the fields of Podsa (Juna) village in Dhaba forest range, in Gondpipri tehsil of Chandrapur district, on Saturday evening was poisoned.

The tigress died after consuming poisoned carcass of a wild boar , said SV Ramarao, chief conservator of forests (CCF), Chandrapur. Podsa is close to the Maharashtra-Telangana border in Gondpipri tehsil.

Commentary

The tiger that was found dead recently in Chandrapur has been declared poisoned.

The conducted post mortem showed that the tiger died of consuming the poisoned dead body of a wild boar.

#tiger #tigernews

Bangladesh tiger

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Bangladesh – The Daily Star

Tiger Poaching On Rise.

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More than three tigers were poached in Bangladesh every year over the last four years, according to a report published by TRAFFIC, a UK-based international non-profit working on trade in wildlife and plants.

Although Bangladesh has only a few tigers in the Sundarbans, the trend of poaching for tiger skin, teeth, bones, skulls, and other parts of tiger body is increasing, said the report published on Wednesday.

It said 51 tigers were killed over the last 20 years and the average for 2015-18 is 3.1 tigers, which is a lot higher than that of 2000-2014 when it was 2.0.

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TRAFFIC, an international NGO that monitors the wildlife trade, came with a report, claiming that Bangladesh lost 3,1 tigers on average during the last 19 years – which is a lot higher than that of 2000-2014 when it was 2.0.

Officials concerned in Bangladesh, however, denied TRAFFIC’s claims and said poaching numbers and seizures of tiger body parts were reducing.

Do these officials know that Bangladesh had 440 tigers in the 2010 count and now only have 114?

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.

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“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.

Trade hub

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India  – Hindustan Times

India Remains Tiger Poaching Hub As South-East Asian Nations Form New Market: Report.

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Four out of every 10 tigers killed or poached globally since 2000 were in India with an aim to smuggle the big cat’s body parts to south-east Asian countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, according to a report released on Tuesday at a global convention on protecting flora and fauna in Geneva.

In all, 2,300 tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since the turn of the century, the report said. Around 40.5% of these were from India, said the report of conservation group, Traffic, looking at 19-years of tiger seizure data from across the globe. The group campaigns to protect endangered animals and help governments catch those who trade in their parts.

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In numbers of seized tigers or tiger parts India tops the list of countries, being an important trade hub for tigers.

However, because law enforcement in India is quite high and low in countries like China, Myanmar and Thailand the article paints not the whole picture.

Chhattisgarh TIGER RESERVE

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The Indian Express

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In the good news held out by the tiger census, one glaring black mark was Chhattisgarh, where the numbers have dropped to less than half — from 46 in 2014 to an estimated 19 in the 2018 audit. The state has three tiger reserves, Achanakmar, Udanti-Sitanadi and Indravati. While in the case of Indravati, officials can cite the reserve’s location — enumeration comes with challenges in Naxal-hit South Bastar’s Bijapur — for the low numbers, NTCA sources say the bigger reason is the lack of any core protected area in any of the three reserves, spread over 4,159 sq km.

Commentary

The Indian state of Chhattisgarh is a dark page in the recent tiger revival in India – with less than half of the tigers of the 2014 census.

Wild tiger

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India – The Statesman

Top NTCA Official In Lalgarh To Probe Death Of Big Cat.

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A senior official of the National Tiger Conservative Authority (NTCA) paid a visit in the Bagghora forest under Lalgarh forest area in West Midnapore, today, to investigate the cause of the death of a Royal Bengal Tiger, which was found with multiple injury marks around 16 months ago on 13 April, 2018.

Mr W. Langva, IG of Eastern region, NTCA, reached Midnapore yesterday and convened a meeting with the forest officials to gather information about the causes of the unnatural death of the big cat. Today, he along with forest officials reached the site where the tiger was found dead and conducted a probe into this matter.

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Only after 16 months top officials of the Indian National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) start to probe the death of tiger.

Tiger problems Malaysia

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Malay Mail

Malayan Perak State Parks Corporation: Only 23 tigers left in Royal Belum, Temenggor forest reserves.

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The Perak State Parks Corporation (PTNPk) estimates that there are only 23 tigers left in the Royal Belum and Temenggor forest reserves.

Its general manager Mohamed Shah Redza Hussein said the figure was about a 60 per cent drop from the over 60 tigers recorded in the two forest reserves seven years ago.

He said the biggest threat to the tiger population at the two habitats was poaching, believed to be done by foreigners especially from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and aided by locals.

“If we do not act now, we will have less than 10 (tigers). A population this low is not enough for breeding.

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One of the biggest protected forests in Malaysia show a decline of 60 percent in 7 years – to 23 tigers.

The responsible director points the finger to poaching – not to himself after 7 years of ignoring problems.

Census tiger

Large, solitary predators hate being seen. They owe their entire existence to being able to avoid detection by prey and sneak close before attacking.

Hence, when we want to count tigers, the tigers don’t help. But accurate population numbers are fundamental to good conservation. Every four years since 2006, the Indian government conducts a national census of tigers and other wildlife.

The efforts the project team undertakes to derive the tiger population estimate are nothing short of phenomenal: 44,000 field staff conducted almost 318,000 habitat surveys across 20 tiger-occupied states of India. Some 381,400 km² was checked for tigers and their prey.

IUCN Cambodia tigers

Six tigers will be brought into Cambodia from India and released into the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province in 2022, while wildlife protection organisations have urged all stakeholders to raise awareness of the importance of tiger conservation.

Provincial Department of Environment director Keo Sopheak told The Post on Monday that India had agreed to export six tigers and release them into the sanctuary to help restore the species to Cambodia.

According to Wildlife Alliance, the last record of a tiger in Cambodia was in November 2007 in Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sopheak said: “From 2022 to 2023, if we think that the amount of food available for tigers has sufficiently increased, we will implement the plan and release them here.

Melaka zoo tiger

The fate of the Malayan tiger hangs in the balance as poaching continues even in the tiger priority site of Belum-Temengor forest reserve, along with the decline in the number of other wildlife that the tiger relies on for food.

In an interview with Bernama, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Malaysia, Tiger Landscape Lead Dr Mark Rayan Darmaraj said the tiger population in the country today has sadly declined to fewer than 200.

Poaching activities, driven by high demand for the tiger body parts for traditional Chinese medicine and other purposes, have drawn hunters from as far as Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia into the country.

Future for tigers uncertain

An adult tiger from Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh brutally beaten to death by villagers on July 24; 12 tigers dying due to electrocution in last 2.5 years and 5 tigers being poisoned to death in last six months in Maharashtra alone.

These are just indicators about the threats tigers face and also raises doubts whether conservation is heading in right direction. Even if figures released by Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), a NGO working for wildlife law enforcement, are considered, there is spurt in tiger body parts seizures indicating rise in poaching. In 2018, of the 104 tiger deaths recorded in India, 43 were unnatural including 34 due to poaching, 4 shot dead or killed by villagers and 3 dying in accidents.

“Till July 25 this year, 76 tiger deaths have been recorded, more than 70% of the total deaths in 2018. These include 31 due to poaching,” says Tito Joseph, programme coordinator of WPSI. The figures indicate that the highest-tiger-holding status with India is itself a challenge for tiger conservation.

The county’s tiger habitats are under critical conditions facing tremendous anthropogenic as well as development pressure as a result of which tigers are killed in human attacks, poaching, human-centric acts and linear projects. “Tigers could not even adopt natural behaviour for survival or avoid internal specie competition due to loss of large natural forest cover.

Even fragmented forest patches are hardly available for their survival. This is the biggest challenge India faces to manage tiger populations,” says Prafulla Bhamburkar, coordinator of Maharashtra, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). This year, Maharashtra lost 15 tigers, of which 6 deaths were due to poisoning (3 in Chimur) and 3 due to body parts seizure after electrocution in Bhandara district. The state is second to neighbouring Madhya Pradesh which lost 17 tigers in last 7 months.

Visakhapatnam tiger

Though there is rapid growth in the tiger population in the country since 2006, poaching activities are also increasing.

Poachers have killed about 230 tigers since 2012. There have been 63 tiger deaths this year, seven of them at the hands of poachers. Many cases are still under scrutiny. Trends show that there is a rapid growth in tiger population after the Centre constituted the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in 2006.

According to the statistics, the total tiger population in the country in 2006 was 1,411. This had increased to 1,706 in 2010. By 2014, the tiger population increased to 2,226.

However, poaching activities too have increased. The total number of tiger deaths from 2012 to date is about 720 of which 369 are natural deaths, 35 unnatural deaths that don’t relate to poaching. The unnatural deaths account to conflicts with other animals or accidents. Around 144 tigers were poached and 84 were captured.

Myanmar tige swimmingr

In 1903, a tigress prowling in the vicinity of Shwedagon Pagoda was shot and killed by a British soldier – an indication that there used to be plenty of tigers in Myanmar.

However, the country’s tiger population is decreasing and there are many difficulties in preserving the species.

The difficulty in preserving tigers is that there is an illegal wildlife market, shrinking habitat, and less food for tigers in the jungle,” said U Paing Soe, project manager of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The tigers are protected under the Biodiversity and Conservation of Protected Areas Law in Myanmar. Those convicted of poaching, killing, hurting, collecting and trading tigers face three to 10 years in prison.

However, there is a thriving black market for tiger products in Asia, including Myanmar, according to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOC).

Malayan Tiger Run

The Malayan Tiger Run 2019 today saw more than 4,000 participants roaring off in support of tiger conservation in Malaysia.

The 5km obstacle fun run, jointly organised by WWF-Malaysia and Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), was flagged off by Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar.

WWF-Malaysia executive director Sophia Lim said the overwhelming response reflected the support of Malaysians to protect the Malayan tiger.

“We also launched our Malayan tiger pledge today, and we hope the people will continue to stand behind us and support us.

Malayan tiger conservation

The Perak State Park Corporation issued a call for global support to mark World Tiger Day 2019 to save the critically endangered Malayan tiger.

Once estimated at 3,000 animals in Peninsular Malaysia, recent studies have shown an alarming drop in tiger populations. Even as the Perak state works with conservation groups to create larger habitats for tigers, the greatest threat to the Malayan tiger is poaching.

WWF Malaysia had previously warned that the “influx of foreign poachers into Malaysia’s forests is alarming.” This followed an earlier warning that a “quiet invasion by poaching syndicates from Indochina” is due to the disappearance of the wild tiger in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

The current population estimate of the Malayan tiger places their numbers at less than 200 animals in all of Peninsular Malaysia.

Striped lion

When the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) was rolled out in 2010, it announced the exigency and intent in rather dramatic terms.

The programme, endorsed in the St Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation, was billed as the “last best hope for tigers”. Inaction could lead to extinction of the “world’s most magnificent species”, the programme’s executive summary had warned. Nine years into the ambitious programme, designed over the period between 2010 and 2022, the intent appears to have translated to a rise in the number of big cats in India, one of the 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) in the GTRP.

The TRCs’ shared goal of doubling the number of tigers globally by 2022 could still be viewed as unrealistic but conservationists see in these numbers a possibility to optimise ongoing efforts — in restoring a depleted prey base, reviving habitats, building new resources for site-specific strategies and more crucially, in improving protection of forests with minimal conflict.

Y V Jhala, scientist at the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, sees in the task for 2022 a “good target for politicians” to work toward and feels that the post-2010 thrust has, despite setbacks in some of the TRCs, had impressive returns. The senior scientist is working on the 2018 tiger census, a project that monitors the status of tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat in India. The report is scheduled to be released by the end of July.

Daily Star tiger

Research estimates there are fewer than 4,000 of the big cats left in the wild. A century ago there were around 80,000.

The crisis is blamed on poachers and trophy hunters. Economic development is also a major factor in their decline because it ruins their habitat.

Campaigner Martin Hughes-Games has been studying the tiger count in India, which accounts for 60% of those left.

He said: “India is a country that’s industrialising incredibly fast. There are roads and railway lines and industries everywhere you look.

Ramesh Pandey

The forest can be a dangerous place. Not only for the unfamiliar visitor but also for the vulnerable animals. In a tiger reserve as dense and vast as Dudhwa in Uttar Pradesh, the risk of illegal wildlife poaching is especially high.

Considering the complications of poaching and the high-risk jobs of forest officials, IFS officer Ramesh Pandey introduced a mobile application in his department to phenomenal results.

Within a year of its introduction, M-STrIPES, which stands for Monitoring System for Tigers-Intensive Protection and Ecological Status, has been instrumental in catching 200 poachers in a patrol field that covers 2,50,000 km!

Perak tiger

The Perak state government has pledged its full cooperation in the race to save the diminishing Malayan Tiger population.

In expressing support for the Land, Water and Natural Resources Ministry’s initiative, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said he welcomed the plan to transform Gerik, the district where Royal Belum rainforest is located, into a “Tiger Town”.

“Poaching of wildlife, including the Malayan Tiger, has been a longstanding issue there as it (Royal Belum) covers such a vast area (290,000ha).

Tiger skins

Tiger in bed

Trapped tiger