“[The march] will be held in various cities throughout the world to highlight the plight of lions caught up in the canned hunting industry,” reads the CACH website.
Canned hunting is when a hunted animal is unable to escape the hunter either through physical boundaries such as fences, or because the animal has been trained not to fear humans. Various cities, including Stockholm in Sweden, Sao Paulo in Brazil, Vancouver in Canada, Melbourne in Australia, and Cape Town are hosting the march.
The South African leg on the march intends to call on government to ban lion farming and trophy hunting, while those participating in the European Union will call on the European Commission to ban the import of trophies.
“Canned hunting only exists because of a failure of government policy, and then it is ferociously defended by wealthy vested interests,” reads the website.
Americans participating in the march are asked to write to the United States and Wildlife calling on it to raise the status of lions to ‘endangered’.
Currently there are less than 4 000 lions left in the wild, and over 8 000 living in captivity, and according to CACH, these are the lions bred for canned hunting.
“Lion farming is a real threat to wild lion prides, for many reasons,” reads the website.
In late 2013, two tiger cubs were born at Zov Tigra National Park.
The park’s staff learnt the news in early 2014 when they found traces of the babies during a route examination. In all, there are 10 tigers at the national park now.
Director of the Primorye Territory Department of Natural Resources and Environment Alexei Pochekunin said the animals’ population had increased due to the work done at the park.
“We must focus on the results, not on the paperwork,” he noted. “The number of tigers is growing, which every Primorye Territory resident can take pride in.”
Zov Tigra National Park lies in the southeast of the Primorye Territory. It spans the Chuguyevsky, Olginsky and Lazovsky districts. The national park stretches 42 km from north to south and 39 km from west to east.
Dear friends, the good news came from Bastak Nature Reserve. The camera traps installed in the protected area took photos of Cinderella and a male Amur tiger!
According to reserve’s ranger who does the tracking of the tigress with the specialist from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Cinderella recently passed through the centre of the reserve. According to the tracks she was followed by the brown bear and the male tiger.
Decline of Earth's top carnivore species damages broader ecosystems
Three quarters of the species of top carnivores – lions, wolves, polar bears among them – are steadily declining worldwide, creating a cascade of negative effects that may threaten the planet’s top predator, man, according to a panel of research scientists.
The two-year synthesis of more than 100 field studies over several decades, published online Thursday in the journal Science, shows that eliminating or decreasing the population of such megafauna damaged entire food webs, often dramatically. It comes two weeks after the 40th anniversary of the signing of the federal Endangered Species Act, on Dec. 28, 1973.
India, Nepal to jointly work for tiger conservationKATHMANDU: Encouraged by the remarkable growth of its tiger population over the past few years, Nepal is working with India for the endangered big cats.
Nepal is also collaborating with India with a view to doubling its tiger population by 2022 and plans to match the number of tigers with that of India.
On the beautiful island of Sumatra there is a beautiful province called Acer (pronounced ‘atch-ay’), where tigers, rhino, elephants and orangutangs live side-by-side in the Leuser (pronounced ‘le-sir’) National Park and Ecosystem.
Though it’s been recommended as a potential UNESCO World Heritage site by leading scientists and the International Journal of Science, it hasn’t actually been granted this status.
The fate of this area lies in the hands of Dr. Zaini Abdullah, Governor of Aceh and you! He is under immense pressure to implement a new law that will override protected forest status and allow new roads and agricultural concessions to be built. If this happens, not only will the world lose an irreplaceable area of prime forest but will threaten the status of all the critically endangered species that call it home.
This petition to the Governor of Acer demands that no new laws are implemented and that Leuser is officially made a World Heritage site. Decisions on this new law will be made in the next few weeks, and affects not only the flora and fauna of the area, but the local people of Acer too.
Working together with other NGOs we believe that we can make a difference with this petition, we do not normally ask – but we’d be very grateful if you added your voice to this campaign.
#SaveAcer sign this petition to stop protect Acer’s forests and the critically endangered species that live there!
An injured Siberian tiger and cub approached a village in Russia’s Far East in a rare and potentially dangerous incident, a local official said Tuesday.
Residents in the village of Amgu in the Primorye Territory saw the injured feline and informed the local administration. The tigers, who belong to an endangered subspecies, had apparently emerged from the nearby taiga.
On November 21, 2013, while patrolling the Land of the Leopard National Park (Primorsky krai, Russian Far East), the rangers discovered a dead male Amur tiger. The predator is believed to have been killed by poachers in late-night hunting, taking into account that a gunshot wound was found below its shoulder. A postmortem examination will be performed soon in order to determine the cause of death.
Dear readers, this week we would like to share with you some new photographs of the orphaned tiger cubs, which are getting ready for the release back into the wild at the Rehabilitation Centre for Tigers and Other Rare Species in Alekseevka village.
For the past six months, Phoenix has been continuing its fight for people’s minds trying to conserve rare animals and their habitat by educating local population. We believe that most people get their first knowledge about ecology and develop a sense of respect and caring for the natural environment during their first few years of life, then at primary school they are taught to be responsible towards nature, and shape lifelong attitudes, values, and patterns of behavior toward natural environments. And, educators play a critical role in shaping such attitudes. For many years, the Phoenix Fund has been helping educators to improve their knowledge on local nature and promote nature conservation among children. Children, in their turn, share knowledge they got at kindergartens, schools and eco-centres with their family members.
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Lion Ark The Movie is coming!!!! EVERYBODY SHOULD SEE!!!
Lion Ark follows a daring animal rescue. An undercover investigation leads to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia, but the circuses defy the law. The team return, track down the circuses and rescue every animal. 25 African lions are airlifted to Colorado.
This bill called the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act HR 1998 is the most important piece of legislation to ever be introduced to protect lions, tigers and other exotic wild cats from being kept as pets and in miserable roadside zooshttp://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=31556&pst=1396964
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Join the "Leave Me Alone campaign!!!!!" - a global campaign of education and action to protect tiger
The Leave Me Alone campaign, a joint initiative of Sanctuary Asia and Save the Tiger, underscores this essential reality: saving India’s tigers calms the climate and helps secure our future. If tigers vanish, so will their forests, leaving us with runaway climate change. With space, isolation and protection, the tiger and its forests will thrive. Echo the tiger’s plea to “Leave Me Alone.”
For more than a year a female of Amur leopard named Sophie lives in close proximity of one of the deer farms located in the Khasansky district of Primorsky province. Such neighbourhood, of course, is not pleasant to the owner of the farm as the animal uses his territory as its hunting ground. The farmer suffers constant losses from leopard’s presence. Even more, we know that Sophie had two cubs last summer and need to feed them and teach them to hunt.
Photo by A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution
To avoid conflicts between leopards and the farmer Phoenix Fund together with A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences developed special programme which helps to establish tolerant relations between farmers and rare predators. The main difference of this programme from plain compensation payment to the owner of cattle for the damage caused by a predator is that the farmer receives a fixed monthly pay-off for the fact of leopard’s presence on the territory of the farm. Now the owner of the deer doesn’t have to call experts in case of depredation to fortify the kill. The current procedure is rather simple: if the leopard lives near the deer park – the owner receives money. It means that a leopard is safe and satiated, and ecologists are satisfied with the lack of conflicts. If the predator will disappear from the farm’s territory, the guaranteed monthly payments will stop, and the experts would have to examine the reasons of rare cat disappearance.
The fact of the leopard’s presence on the territory of the deer farm is confirmed every month by the scientists who receive signals from Sophie’s radio collar, or locate her by the photos from camera-traps. And then Phoenix Fund pays for a leopard’s dinner.
Conservationists hope that such projects will help to cultivate loyalty and tolerance among locals for rare and beautiful wild cats that live on one land with people.
The physical condition of the tiger cubs is good. Cinderella’s rehabilitation process is almost finished and it awaits the release back into the wild at the end of April – the beginning of May. The cubs’ release is planned either for the August – September of this year or for the next spring.
Those were the discussion topics at the recent meeting of tiger specialists from A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, WCS, Inspection Tiger and Phoenix Fund.
The experts are considering releasing the cubs in one of the wildlife refuges in the Arkharinsky district of the Amur region if special conditions would be observed. For that purpose, on a territory of more than ten thousand hectares, a high density of ungulates – 25-30 animals per one thousand hectares – should be achieved through a complex of biotechnical arrangements. It is very important to construct a temporary enclosure with live prey at the release site to give the cubs an opportunity to adapt to a new environment and make sure they will not starve after they return to natural habitat. At the same time, the specialists would also examine and analyse other potential release sites.
The tiger cubs now live in a big enclosure in the rehabilitation centre in Alekseevka village. Although they have a neighbour – another rehabilitated tiger Zolushka, the two enclosures are rather distanced. Soon an orphaned tiger cub from Khabarovsk centre Utyos may join the residents of the rehab. Later the four tigers would be paired for better social adaptation and would be released by twos.
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The TigerTime team, keen to bring you some good news about tigers, called on old friend and wildlife biologist, Shekhar Kolipaka to update us on his work to reintroduce tigers into Panna National Park in India. In 2008, Panna hit the headlines having lost all of its tigers to poaching.
"I have tons of happy news and we are doing well with the tigers in Panna,” writes Shekhar. "The photos of cubs I shared with you some time ago have grown big and dispersed and the two male cubswere collared the day before yesterday. They are two and half years old now. T2, another tigress, gave birth to four cubs - two male and two female – the photos are from my visit to the park in December. They too are now ready to leave their mother and find their own territories.
"T4, another female, gave birth to two cubs on the 13th of December and T5 is a fifth adult male re-introduced in Panna. So things are looking very positive at the moment in Panna, which, as those who have visited know, is a perfect tiger habitat.
"We’ve put in a lot of effort and to-date, the results are very encouraging. The icing on the cake in 2011 was receiving a letter of appreciation from the minister in Delhi – it really makes a difference to know that your hard work is recognized.”
Shekhar – who is also a research student with the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa - is currently writing up the final findings from a two year research project entitled: Strategies for creating wildlife corridors and stakeholder management around Panna-Bandhavgarh-Noradehi Protected Areas in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Panna has a great history with tigers as can be seen from this cave drawing (right) of a tiger chasing langur monkeys, which dates from around 3,500 years ago.
As tiger lovers, the TigerTime team has to agree that Shekhar has one of the best jobs on the planet! We all wish him, and the tigers in Panna, continuing success.
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