Chris Packham tiger advocate

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United Kingdom – Sunday Post

A Talk on the Wild Side: Chris Packham on tiger conservation and ecotourism ahead of Edinburgh fundraiser.

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TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham is in Edinburgh next week to host fundraising nights for a new education project in India.

Co-hosted by Paul Goldstein, photographer and expert tour guide for Exodus Travels, A Talk on the Wild Side will include a lively lecture and book signings, followed by a charity auction.

This year, the pair have travelled together in Antarctica and East Africa and will be sharing some dazzling images from these regions.

Over the past two years Packham and Goldstein have raised £100,000 for charity and this year are looking to raise a further £50,000 to help fund two new schools in India’s Bandhavgarh National Park.

Commentary

Interesting interview with UK TV presenter and naturalist about tigers.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger stress

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India – Quartz

What’s stressing out tigers in India’s central reserves? Tourists.

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Ever wondered how tigers feel in response to hordes of vehicles ferrying tourists eager for the thrill of a perfect close-up encounter?

Now, a study examining stress hormones in tiger scat collected from two popular central Indian tiger reserves has revealed that these iconic carnivores suffer from high levels of physiological stress due to wildlife tourism and a large number of vehicles entering the parks.

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Research shows that tigers get significantly higher stress levels from tourists.

This has a negative effect on growth, reproductive success, immunity, and it causes muscular atrophy.

The NTCA, the Indian tiger authority and the forest departments of all 50 tiger reserves in India have work to do!

#tiger #tigernews

Orang tiger reserve

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India – Northeast Now

Assam: Orang national park reopened.

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Assam forest and environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Saturday reopened the Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve for the tourist season 2019-20.

The Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve in Darrang district is the natural habitat of more than 100 one-horned rhino and around 24 Royal Bengal tigers besides wide range of flora and fauna.

The function was also attended by Mangaldai Lok Sabha MP Dilip Sakia and Mangaldai MLA Gurujyoti Das apart from officials and staff of the Forest Department, students and other local people.

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Orang Tiger Reserve in India was damaged badly after the floods in Assam earlier this year.

It now reopened so the tourism season can finally start.

#tiger #tigernews

South China tiger

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China – Ecns.cn

Pilot national parks make progress in ecological protection.

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All of China’s 10 pilot national parks will have finished construction next year, with some parks having made significant achievements in ecological and wildlife protection, the forestry department announced on Thursday.

Since 2015, China has approved the construction of 10 pilot national parks covering more than 20 square kilometers.

In Northeast China Tiger and Leopard National Park, the number of endangered wild animals in the park has witnessed satisfying growth in the past two years, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration said on Thursday.

Both the Siberian tiger and Amur leopard-two species listed as critically endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List-have seen a population increase, with 10 young baby Siberian tigers and six Amur leopards born during the period, according to Zhang Shanning, deputy head of the park’s management bureau.

Commentary

China is finally making progress with wildlife conservation. The country is doing a pilot with 10 national parks and is already seeing the results.

Keep on going China!

#tiger #tigernews

Narendra Modi

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India – Live Mint

PM Modi Breaks Stereotypes With Discovery Show.

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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.

Commentary

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.

Tiger census

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​India – India Today

Decoding Tiger Census 2018: WII Scientist Explains Method, Talks About The Smaller Tiger Populations Gone Extinct.

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On International Tiger Day 2019, July 29, PM Narendra Modi released the tiger estimation figures in India and said that the country had achieved its target of doubling its number of tigers an incredible four years earlier than the given deadline. Now, India has 2,967 tigers – a reported growth of 33% in the fourth cycle of the Tiger Census which has been conducted every four years since 2006.

In 2006, the census showed that the number of tigers in India was only 1,411. In the next cycle of 2010, the numbers grew to 1,706, and in 2014, the tiger numbers grew to 2,226.

As per the Tiger Census of 2018, the state of Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of tigers at 526. It is followed by Karnataka with 524 tigers and Uttarakhand at 442 tigers. However, the states of Chhattisgarh and Mizoram saw a decline in tiger numbers while Odisha maintained its population.

PM Modi said that today, India was one of the safest habits for tigers in the world. But is the picture really this rosy?

Commentary

Excellent interview with Yadvendradev Jhala , scientist with the Wildlife Institute of India, responisble for the executing of the recent tiger census in India.

It shows how the census was done (the methods used) but also that the NTCA is still failing in many areas.

Legal rights tiger

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India – India Legal Live

Relocating Tigers: Belling The Big Cat

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At Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, he was the monarch of all he surveyed. Today, Tiger T24, popularly known as Ustad, is languishing in solitary confinement at Sajjangarh Biological Park in Udaipur. Ustad attained notoriety after he killed a forest guard on May 8, 2015. Tragically, it was human interference that made Ustad a man-eater.

This is a tale which is repeated in Rajasthan’s three major tiger reserves— Ranthambore, Sariska and Mukundra Hills. They have all seen an increase in cases of poaching and tigers attacking humans which, wildlife experts say, is due to human habitation in the vicinity of the reserves. In 2007, the state government decided to relocate villages which fall within the periphery of the sanctuaries. But till now, not much progress has been made. In March 2019, the Rajasthan High Court even issued notices to the state government and authorities concerned over their failure to relocate 43 villages around Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

Commentary

Relocating tigers from tiger-full to tiger-poor reserves might be a good idea, but lots of work and problems need to be covered to get it working.

This article shows some views on the matter.

Kaziranga tiger

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India – The Telegraph

Kaziranga Scores Low As Brand Tiger Reserve.

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Kaziranga National park, the abode of one-horned rhinos and a tourist hotspot, is still not a “brand” tiger reserve, says a study carried out by the Indian Institute of Forest Management.

The study on the brand equity of six tiger reserves — Corbett, Ranthambore, Kanha, Sundarbans, Periyar and Kaziranga — found Kaziranga to score the lowest. Brand equity is the value of a brand, assessed on its high brand loyalty, name awareness, perceived quality and strong brand associations.

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The NTCA released a report that the by floodings devastated Kaziranga National Park is scoring low as a tiger brand – related to five other tiger reserves.

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