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anonymous Indian News From Tiger Haven January 24, 2008 2:27 PM

India sets up anti-poaching force as tigers dwindle

NEW DELHI (AFP) — India have opened a national wildlife crime prevention bureau aimed at intensifying a difficult fight against the poaching of tigers and other endangered species, officials said.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ordered the setting-up of the federal agency in March last year after a national outcry over the large-scale slaughter of tigers.

The Indian forest ministry said Tuesday the bureau will draw experts from the police, environmental agencies and customs, and try to "reduce demand for wildlife and its products."

The government admitted in 2005 that poachers killed 122 tigers between 1999 and 2003. An earlier official count in 2001-02 estimated that there were 3,642 tigers in India, down from about 40,000 before the 1947 independence from Britain.

Wildlife protection groups say that the states of Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, which previously accounted for most of India's tiger population, may today have less than 500 animals left.

Around 8,000 leopards are also officially listed in India's 592 state-protected forests.

In November last year, India began recruiting retired soldiers to guard sanctuaries sheltering the increasingly rare Royal Bengal Tiger after a study showed their numbers were also far below previous estimates.

Tiger hunting is illegal worldwide, and the trade in tiger skins, claws and other products often wanted for use in traditional Chinese medicine is banned under a treaty binding 167 countries, including India.


Siberian tiger family doubles, four cubs born near Spokane


MEAD, Wash. -- A Siberian tiger family of four that was sent to a rescue park after the former owner of the rare cats was evicted from his home has doubled in size.

Samson, Delilah and their offspring, Romeo and Juliet, arrived last February at the nonprofit Cat Tales Zoological Park between Mead and Colbert about 10 miles north of Spokane.

On Nov. 24, Delilah gave birth to four more cubs. Cat Tales co-founder Debbie Wyche said all are doing well despite one of the snowiest winters in recent years in the Spokane area.

"They're doing great," Wyche said. "Being Siberian tigers, they don't mind the snow as much as I do."

The two males, about 18 pounds each, and the females, about 15 and 12 pounds, are being monitored around the clock in the nursery of the privately run sanctuary, Wyche said.

"Basically, in the next month they'll double in size," she said. "Dad's 700 pounds, so the boys'll probably be about the same size."

The population of Siberian tigers, the largest of the six tiger subspecies, is estimated at 350 to 450 in the animals' native range in northeastern China and Russia and is believed to have stabilized following years of precipitous decline and loss of habitat.

The rescue operation, established in 1991 by Wyche and her husband, Mike, has nearly 50 animals, including a tiger-lion cross called a liger, pumas, bears, bobcats, a pair of dogs, an iguana and a number of snakes.

Samson, Delilah, Romeo and Juliet were sent to Cat Tales in February after owner Paul Mason fell behind on his bills and was evicted from his home near Napavine, about halfway between Seattle and Portland, Ore. Lewis County sheriff's deputies said the tigers had nothing to do with the eviction, but Mason and his family couldn't afford to keep them.

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anonymous  January 21, 2008 1:59 PM

India Asks Ex-Troops to Help Save Tigers

Friday, November 02, 2007

NEW DELHI —  The Indian government wants to recruit retired soldiers to patrol tiger sanctuaries in the hopes of saving the last of the cats after an official report confirmed a drastic drop in wild tiger numbers.

Conservationists on Friday praised the decision, saying that at least Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government were finally taking the plight of the beleaguered tiger seriously.

The plan was among a series of proposals presented Thursday by the government-run Wildlife Institute of India to the National Wildlife Board, which Singh chairs, as part of a two-year survey on India's tigers.

The report confirmed initial findings that there are no more than 1,500 tigers in India's reserves and jungles _ down from about 3,600 just five years ago and an estimated 100,000 a century ago.

It called for appointing a senior police official to head the recently created Wildlife Crime Bureau, set up to halt the killings and punish poachers. The report also recommended speeding up the relocation of villages from within reserves, filling empty park ranger posts and laying out "eco-tourism" guidelines to benefit local populations.

Belinda Wright, director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, was skeptical of the plan to recruit retired soldiers to beef up forces that patrol sanctuaries. She said her group had found retired soldiers unwilling to join such a project. "They seem quite happy to enjoy their retirement and pension," she said.

Conservationists said the major breakthrough was in Singh's reaction to the report.

"The real progress is that the prime minister sat for two hours and listened to us and realized that this is a real problem," said Wright.

Valmik Thapar, an independent film maker and tiger expert, said the measures could be the "beginning of a new era in wildlife conservation where the government, non-governmental organizations and individual conservationists work together."

While these efforts could save tigers in sanctuaries, the study said prospects were bleak for those that roamed unprotected jungles and forests.

"One thing this report has found, very alarmingly, is that there are virtually no wild tiger populations outside the reserves," Wright said.

Alan Rabinowitz, executive director of the Great Cat Program of the International Wildlife Conservation Society, said he thought using retired army officers was an excellent idea.

"One of the problems which we've had, globally, in the protection of areas and against poaching, is our normal wildlife guards are not well enough trained to deal in combative situations and too often it's the guards who get killed," he said.

Rabinowitz said the Indian government needs to do something radical and fast to protect its tigers. "They have a setup that won't get better anytime soon," he said. "The best they can do is protect these areas."

The majority of tigers that disappeared were killed either by poachers supplying body parts to the lucrative traditional Chinese medicine market or by angry farmers and villagers competing with the tigers for the same habitat.

On Friday, forest rangers were forced to hunt a tigress that had apparently strayed from the Tadoba-Andhari sanctuary in the western state of Maharashtra, killing three people and mauling two others.

"Both humans and tigers are fighting for space. It's a difficult situation," said B. Majumdar, a wildlife officer who was coordinating the hunt.

Angry villagers stoned the rangers' vehicle, demanding they kill the beast.

"You must get rid of it or we will kill it," said Ganesh Deshmukh, a farmer. "We are scared to go to our fields and can't send our children to school."

Majumdar said rangers had tried several methods to drive away the tiger and were now going to try to trap or tranquilize the beast.

"Shooting is the last resort," he said.

Rabinowitz said even though the Indian government has not been doing enough for many years, he does not think the Indian tiger is doomed.

"If they're protected from being killed and food is protected from being killed," he said, "the tigers will come back in numbers."


Associated Press Writer Carley Petesch contributed to this story from New York.

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anonymous  December 26, 2007 10:37 AM


This is about Giles Clark. Miles Clark has a passion for saving these magnificent animals, he's been tracking them for the past 10 years through Asian forests with aching muscles,stifling humidity and sweat drenchedbut what he sees is well worth itug marks of a tigress. He feels he is honored to be a guest in her territory. He was on a 6 day quest with the Tiger Protection and Conservation Unit in Kerinci Seblat National Park.

Tiger Protection and Conservation Units keep track of illegal activities such as poaching ,logging and illegal settlements in and around the national park. Their main goal is to stop all illegal activity including the removal of snares.

These patrols carry heavy equipment and cover several miles a day and the territory is extremly tough.Some of these men and women put their lives at risk arresting some fo the toughest poachers in the wildlife trade, some even go under cover.

Many still were working after the great Sumatran earthquake where many of them suffered great personal loss but still managed to arrest two poachers. These men and women are try wildlife warriors.

KSNP is an enormous park about 3,000 acres it's one of the largest protected parks so vehicles must be tough,though enough to carry units and their equipment and also be able to carry injured wildlife. Wildlife Warriors and Australia Zoo has donated two brand new vehicles for 30 ranger units in the park. They also gave the patrols, global postioning units,digital cameras,veterinary drugs,uniforms and spit lights.

Many of the calls these men attend are emergency snare rescues.One rescent call involved two clouded leopards that had been caught, both recovered and re-released back into the wild. Wildlife warrior has teamed up with TRAFFIC S.E. Asia to investigate wildlife trade monitoring network.They have come together along with lawenfocement to help give a clear picture on where and how to apply resources to curb this trade.

CRICKEY magazine/DEC 2007

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anonymous  November 02, 2007 9:28 AM

Just received this from the US Ambassador in India.

Dear Tammy,

I received your message of Oct 31 today on tigers. As it happens the US Mission here in India is sponsoring a workshop at Ranthambore Tiger Park which will focus on prevention and forensic work connected with preventing poaching of tigers. The purpose is to help preserve Indias tiger population.

Thank you for your interest.

David C. Mulford

U.S. Ambassador to India

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Little known statute offers cash rewards for hunting wild animals September 02, 2007 9:09 AM

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Little-known statute offers cash rewards for hunting wild animals
By our correspondent

2 September 2007

BANGALORE — Even as the nation’s attention is riveted on legal battles the brawny film star Salman Khan is facing for killing a blackbuck in the forests of Rajasthan, the existence of a little-known statute in Karnataka that actually provides for rewards to people hunting animals has aroused the ire of wildlife activists and forest department officials.

According to a statute in the Manual of Contingent Expenditure 1958, which exists in the records of Government of Karnataka, killing of wild animals is not a crime, but a symbol of bravery, which entitles a person hunting animals to a reward money starting from Rs2 to Rs500.

The statute also allows the hunter, if he wishes, to keep the skin, nails, claws or any other body parts. Surprisingly, the statute in the Manual of Contingent Expenditure exists in contradiction to the Indian Wildlife Act 1972, which prohibits killing of wild animals.

Karnataka’s Principal Conservator of Forests A.K. Varma is planning to take up the matter seriously. “I will take suitable initiative against the Manual of Contingent Expenditure 1958,” he said. Wildlife activists and environmentalists are also planning to bring pressure on the authorities for deletion of the statute from the manual.

Former public prosecutor Bagalahalli Vishweshwara said the statute could have become part of the Manual of Contingent Expenditure to curb wild animal menace. “Unfortunately, it is an archaic rule, which interestingly continues to exist even when there is a ban on killing wild animals. This should be deleted from the Manual of Contingent Expenditure immediately,” he opined.

The manual prescribes reward money of Rs2 for killing a wild pig, Rs5 for a hyena, Rs10 for a wolf, Rs35 for a tiger and Rs500 for an elephant.

Applicants should produce untanned skin, teeth and claws of the killed animal along with his application to the tahsildar or the deputy commissioner. The deputy commissioner, on the basis of risk and bravery displayed by the hunter, will decide the exact reward money.

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New LSU Tiger arrives in Baton Rouge August 27, 2007 2:13 AM

New LSU tiger arrives in Baton Rouge*

*By JORDAN BLUM <mailto:jblum@theadvocate. com>*
/Advocate Capitol News Bureau/
Published: Aug 26, 2007 - Page: 1A

The anticipated next Mike the Tiger arrived in Baton Rouge via plane
late Saturday afternoon from Indiana, LSU officials confirmed.

"After a long ordeal, the tiger is here," said Michael Ruffner, LSU vice
chancellor of communications.

"It could not have gone better," Ruffner said of the plane trip and the
subsequent Acadian Ambulance ride. "Everything was flawless."

The 2-year-old, male Bengal tiger will now undergo a two-week quarantine
or "acclimation" process at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine before
the tiger officially becomes Mike VI.

The quarantine is a health and safety precaution.

The tiger came from Great Cats of Indiana, a nonprofit, large animal
rescue facility.

The tiger's arrival was delayed about a week because of fears that
Hurricane Dean could have hit Louisiana, Ruffner said.

That delay and the two-week quarantine could be the difference in
whether the tiger is prepared for an introduction at LSU's home football
opener against Virginia Tech in 13 days — Sept. 8.

Ruffner said Mike's veterinarian, David Baker, and his team will decide
when the tiger is ready to meet fans. The vet school will release more
information Monday, he said.

"It's an exotic animal and temperamental, so all sorts of things could
be bothersome to it," Ruffner said. "It's hard to predict how long it'll
take to get acclimated to the noise and crowds.

"We all have to be patient," he said.

LSU continues to receive complaint calls from the People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals. LSU maintains that the tiger will receive the best
care with its elaborate habitat and outstanding veterinary care, Ruffner

The tiger's predecessor, Mike V, died in May of renal failure at LSU at
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8 August 23, 2007 12:51 PM

Eight new tiger reserves to come up

New Delhi, Aug. 22 (PTI): The Government has in principle approved eight new tiger reserves spread over seven states of the country, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

"Based on proposals received and as recommended by the Steering Committee of the Project Tigers, we have in principle approved eight new tiger reserves," Environment Minister S Reghupathy said in a written reply.

The new reserves will be Anamalai-Parambikuulam Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Udanti and Sita Nadi Wildlife Sanctuaries at Chattisgarh, Satosia Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa, Kaziranga National Park in Assam and Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary in Chattisgarh.

Besides, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and Anshi National Park, Sanjay National Park and Sanjay Dubri Wild Life Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu have been named as the new tiger parks, the Minister said.

He said the states are yet to submit the plan for the development of these new tiger reserves.

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Sick tiger heads for A&M August 18, 2007 5:53 AM

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Ex soldiers to guard Rajasthan wildlife parks July 18, 2007 12:46 AM

Ex-soldiers to guard Rajasthan wildlife parks
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From correspondents in Rajasthan, India, 03:01 PM IST

Rajasthan, which has drawn severe flak for losing its tiger
population to poaching, has decided to appoint 1,000 former soldiers
to help guard wildlife sanctuaries throughout the state.

After getting a sanction from the finance department, the state
forest department has already started the appointment process.
Rajasthan has two tiger projects, a bird sanctuary and 25 wildlife
sanctuaries besides 32 closed areas.

'For the safety of wildlife and to curb the incidence of poaching, as
many as 1,000 retired army soldiers would be hired and deployed on
contract basis in various sanctuaries and national parks at a monthly
remuneration of Rs.4,000,' L.N. Dave, Rajasthan's forest minister,
told IANS.

The former army personnel would be given intensive training and would
also be provided with firearms, he said.

'We are in the process of inviting applications and the last date to
submit the application is Aug 20, while the final list would be
declared on Sep 1 after which the short-listed candidates would have
to undergo a physical test,' Dave said.

Though no official statistics have been released so far, sources in
the forest department said that 125 security personnel would be
deployed in Ranthambore, 100 in Sariska, 75 in Udaipur, 70 in
Chittorgarh and 55 in Rains hit Rajasthan wildlife census - 22 May
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Shah Rukh Khan to star in wildlife protection campaign July 17, 2007 9:48 AM

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Shah Rukh Khan to star in wildlife protection campaign

Mumbai, July 17: One of Bollywood's top actors Shah Rukh Khan has taken on a new role - as protector of India's threatened wildlife.

Khan will speak out against illegal animal trade and talk about the crucial role forest guards play in a new wildlife preservation campaign to be screened at airports and on television across the country.

“The forest guards are real life heroes because they work to save the jungles and the animals that live there,” Khan says in the ad, according to paper. “Day in and day out they are matching their wits and battling powerful enemies including wildlife poachers and timber smugglers, and they are willing to lay down their lives for this.”

Khan's representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

Poaching has savaged India's tiger population, and a thriving black market exists for animals such as leopards and rhinoceros.

Hundreds of leopards have been killed by poachers over the past two years, according to the Wildlife Protection Society of India. A recent tiger census that estimated 3,500 tigers in India is seen as too optimistic by conservationists who believe the true figure is closer to 2,000 or as little as several hundred.

Khan, 41, is one of India's biggest stars and has acted in more than 50 movies. His blockbusters include “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham”, “Kabhi Haan, Kabhi Na'” and “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna”.

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 July 14, 2007 1:23 AM

West agrees it's a confusing and complicated permit process and said the state has ongoing discussions with the USDA to simplify it.

The Croatian-born Sipek, who starred as Tarzan in a foreign remake of the film in 1970, garnered international attention in 2004 when a 600-pound Bengal tiger he owned, Bobo, escaped from his compound and into the rural residential community of the Groves. The tiger was later shot by Fish and Wildlife officials, but soon after, Sipek received another commercial license from the state for two tiger cubs, Bo and Little Bo. Those cubs are now 2 years old and weigh 400 pounds.

USDA spokesman Jim Rogers said federal licenses trump state permits, meaning that Sipek could face legal action if the agency wanted to prosecute him for illegally owning exotic cats. Rogers would not comment on Sipek's case specifically, but said "if he's operating in a way that we regulate without a license, we will pursue it."

If they do, Sipek could face fines or a court appearance. But he said he's not worried.

"Nobody could take better care of my cats than I can," Sipek said. "The health of the cats is all that matters. That's all I care about and that's all they should care about, too."

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Big Cat lover insists he will keep his tigers July 14, 2007 1:18 AM

Big cat lover in Loxahatchee insists he will keep his tigersFeeding time in Loxahatchee

Steve Sipek, who once played the role of Tarzan in past movies, feeds a Siberian Bengal tiger named "Bo" on his property in Loxahatchee Friday afternoon. Sipek is due to have his federal and state licenses renewed for having several animals on his property, including two Siberian Bengal tigers

July 14, 2007

Loxahatchee Groves Bo was in a bad mood.

The 400-pound Siberian Bengal tiger stalked angrily inside his shaded iron enclosure, finding little relief from the heat. Visitors watched him pace behind pencil-thin iron bars. Bo wanted nothing to do with them; he held them back with an irritated growl.

"It's too hot for him," owner Steve Sipek said, entering the cage with a small bucket of severed turkey legs. "He's a little cranky."

It's a mood that's spreading around the Sipek compound as the reclusive cat lover prepares for what has become a yearly battle with state and federal officials to keep his exotic felines: two Bengal tigers, an African lioness and a black leopard.

A year ago, federal inspectors denied Sipek an exotic animal permit to legally keep his cats because his five-acre ranch did not meet standards in the Animal Welfare Act. But the former B-movie actor, known around the Groves simply as "Tarzan," was granted a state permit that allowed him to keep the cats if he used them for educational or commercial purposes.

Sipek said he's reapplying for another state license, but remains defiant as ever toward federal officials and what he calls their "ridiculously high standards" for animal care. He said his cats are well cared for and challenges the authority of the federal officials to make any demands for better conditions. His last federal license inspection lasted less than an hour before Sipek ran the officials off his property.

"I told them to get the hell out of here and don't come back," Sipek said. "They have no authority to police me in my own home. Government likes to be the boss over everything. They're only in it to harass you."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health division last toured Sipek's ranch in January 2006. The inspection and licensing arm of the USDA had given Sipek failing grades on two previous inspections and found conditions had improved little this time. Inspection records note that Sipek did not have a veterinarian on site or on call and that no medical records existed for the cats.

Inspectors found a section of fence was only seven-feet high, a foot lower than the minimum standards for these types of animals. They noted vertical gaps in the fencing large enough for outside animals to pass through to gain access to the enclosed tigers and lioness. They also pointed out other potential weak points in the fence.

Records show inspectors told Sipek that he did not provide a proper diet and feeding program for the cats and that his grounds were littered with dangerous debris. As with past failed inspectors, this record concludes that Sipek is not allowed to participate in USDA "regulated activities," such as exhibiting the animals, until he obtains a federal license.

Five months later, Sipek easily passed inspection by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and received a state license.

"We're not in it for the animal's health," said John West, the commission's investigations captain. "We don't need to see shot records or veterinarian records or anything like that. If he wants to live in a trash pile, that's his issue."

Sipek admits he's frustrated by this discrepancy in state and federal standards. While the state last year said he was a good guardian for the cats, the USDA launched an investigation into his care. USDA officials would not say whether the investigation is ongoing.

"It's a lousy situation," Sipek said. "The USDA is not qualified to issue licenses."

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Tiger population declines in Dudhwa July 12, 2007 9:52 AM

Tiger population declines in Dudhwa, Katerniaghat reserves

Lucknow, July 12 (PTI): Tiger population has declined in the famous Dudhwa and Katerniaghat sanctuaries in Uttar Pradesh between 2002 and 2005 and lack of proper monitoring, protection and enforcement activities has rendered "ineffective" the project to conserve the big cats.

According to the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report for the year ended 2006, the implementation of the 'Project Tiger', a Centrally-sponsored programme, suffered as the management of land was not effective and large areas either remained unclaimed or encroached.

The report revealed that the number of tigers in Dudhwa declined from 115 in 2002 to 106 in 2005, while it went down from 50 in 2002 to 42 in 2005 in Katerniaghat.

It said that 5.78 square kilometres (sq.kms) of land in Dudhwa was under encroachment by 3725 people and their cattle since long, while in Katerniaghat 38.42 sqkms area was under unauthorised occupation.

The buffer zone was not identified in Dudhwa and Katerniaghat, exposing the core zone to biotic interference, it said, maintaining that tranquil habitat could not be provided to wildlife as rail and roads passed through the tiger reserves.

The report said that "conservation activities were not effective as weeds, creepers and monocultures were not removed and ineffective management of grassland resulted in sub-optimal growth of herbivores affecting availability of prey base for the tigers."

The CAG went on to point out that the forest department also failed to adopt accurate techniques for tiger census as the 'pug mark method' of census had an inaccuracy range of plus or minus 20 per cent.

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Cat fight over tiger importation plan July 12, 2007 9:38 AM

Cat fight over tiger importation plan

July 11, 2007 02:07pm

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ANIMAL activists have got their claws into a Tasmanian zoo as it awaits delivery of two Bengal tigers.

Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania (AACT) says it will protest the importation of the female big cats to the ZooDoo wildlife park at Richmond, northeast of Hobart.

The animals have been bred in captivity in Australia and will live in a cage currently being built.

AACT spokeswoman Yvette Watt said the tigers would be unable to perform their most basic natural behaviours and would not be suited to Tasmania's cool climate.

"This would be imprisoning these animals for their entire lives for the sake of entertainment, which is totally unacceptable and unnecessary,'' Ms Watt said.

She said the AACT has launched a public awareness campaign over the tigers and would protest the importation at the zoo within the next fortnight.

"Final approval for this has not yet been given by the state government and we will be urging the Department of Primary Industries and Primary Industries Minister David Llewellyn to reject issuing permits allowing this to happen.

"While the enclosure may exceed the most basic of requirements, it is far from being of a standard expected by the best international zoos which provide areas where tigers can escape from the public view in more natural surroundings.''

ZooDoo owner Trevor Cuttriss said every other capital city zoo in Australia had Bengal tigers and Tasmania should not miss out.

"This is a huge opportunity for people who cannot afford to get to the mainland, to see the tigers, along with a lot of other exotic animals, in their own backyard,'' he said.

Mr Cuttriss said the enclosure being built far exceeded national standards for pen sizes and areas of exhibit.

He also branded claims that Tasmania's weather was too cold for the animals as "rubbish''.

"The oldest tiger reservation in the world is in India and that is at the foothills of the Himalayas, which is covered in snow and is where they thrive.''

The Bengal tiger's primary habitat is mainly confined to India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

They weigh up to 250 kg and roam large distances for food.

It is thought only 3,000 Bengal tigers remaining in the world. They are listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
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Poacher killed in Kaziranga Park July 12, 2007 9:16 AM

Poacher killed in Kaziranga Park

Guwahati, July 11 (PTI): A poacher has been killed in the Kaziranga National Park, famed for its one-horned rhino, following an encounter inside the park.

Park officials said that during routine patrolling yesterday, forest guards heard gunshots from the Burapahar Range in the Western part of the Park and followed the sound, but the poachers managed to escape.

The forest guards, joined by police, continued with the search and late at night they were fired upon by the poachers. An encounter followed in which a poacher was killed, while the other two managed to escape.

Search operation was continuing today to trace the two poachers who managed to escape, sources said. The forest guards did not find any carcass, the sources added.

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Tiger exhibitor has history of allegations July 09, 2007 10:18 AM

Tiger exhibitor has history of allegations Posted on : 2007-07-07 | Author : General News Editor
News Category : US

DULUTH, Minn., July 7 (UPI) The operator of a traveling zoo exhibit that had four white tiger cubs die in Minnesota days after they were born has a history of alleged federal violations.

The allegations, dating from 2002 to 2007, include improper veterinary care, untreated health problems and putting animals in a position that caused injuries to the public, The Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune reported Saturday. But Marcus Cook, senior animal specialist and senior zoologist with Zoo Dynamics in Texas, contends the string of U.S. Department of Agriculture allegations against the company are "99.9 percent ... completely incorrect, unfounded or misrepresented," the newspaper said.

The Texas attorney general's office in 2003 obtained an emergency court order seeking to prevent Cook and the company he then worked with, ZooCats, from exhibiting tigers, the newspaper said. The Texas agency also alleged ZooCats lied about having associations with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and was improperly registered as a non-profit organization.

Cook denied letting the public handle tiger cubs or making any misrepresentations.

Zoo Dynamics said in a news release Friday it suspected the tiger cubs' deaths were the result of congenital defects. White tigers result from inbreeding, various experts said.

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Experts say tiger tourism revenue must help locals July 09, 2007 10:16 AM

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NEW DELHI: Field directors of 27 of the 28 tiger reserves and eight proposed tiger reserves have demanded that a part of the revenue generated from tourism activities — hotels, lodges and tour operators depending on tiger reserves — be ploughed back to the local villages, especially villages relocated from such reserves.

This and other recommendations came out of a two-day meeting of field directors with the national tiger conservation authority (NTCA) and other officials of the environment ministry. The meeting drew up an agenda that will be discussed by the National Board of Wildlife — the apex body on wildlife conservation headed by the prime minister — at the end of the month.

Drafting an agenda for the tiger reserves, endorsed by the two ministers of state present at the meeting, the officials have also suggested that special committees be set up to address the situation in the naxal-impacted tiger reserves of Simlipal in Orrisa, Indravati in Chhattisgarh and Palamau in Jharkhand. The committees will comprise two well-known and accepted leaders of the area, a local NGO of repute, a sociologist and the deputy director of the tiger reserve. The committee will facilitate dialogue with the operating groups in the region to save the situation.

Directors of the tiger reserves have also suggested that besides increasing incentives to the field staff, the government should also look at a rehabilitation package for traditional hunting communities in the vicinity of the parks and sanctuaries.

To make up for the lack of staff strength to undertake protection measures, the directors, along with the NTCA, have suggested hiring ex-servicemen and villagers from habitations around the parks.

The officials have also recommended a time-frame of two years to demarcate inviolate spaces for the tiger (with no human habitation) and to settle rights of those displaced in the process.

While these ideas had been earlier suggested in the PM's Tiger Task Force report, this is the first time senior forest officials have endorsed and moved these as firm action points.

The move comes at a point when the NTCA is on schedule to get greater independence from the mother ministry. The ministry is finalising the creation of an administrative and technical committee to support the working of the authority. Once cleared, tiger authority officials will not need to go through the ministry for clearances and daily functioning and will work along the lines of the Central Zoo Authority.
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Tigress dies from tuberculosis July 09, 2007 9:50 AM

Tigress dies due to tuberculosis at Circus Animal Rescue Centre

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COOCH BEHAR, July 8: A female Royal Bengal tiger died apparently due to tuberculosis at the Circus Animal Rescue Centre at Dakshin Khayerbari in the Dooars last Friday, officials said here today.
Confirming the death, the state forest minister Mr Ananta Roy said here today that the tigress was rescued from a circus and brought to the Circus Animal Rehabilitation Centre at Dakshin Khayerbari. It died of tuberculosis last Friday, he said.
It has been learnt that there were 18 Royal Bengal Tigers at the Circus Animal Rescue Centre at Dakshin Khayerbari. Of them, four were shifted to the Darjeeling Zoo and one died of tuberculosis in February. The tigress that died last Friday was rescued from a circus at Dunlop and shifted to the CARC at Dakshin Khayerbari.
The Circus Animal Rescue Centre was established near the Leopard Rehabilitation Centre of Dakshin Khayerbari with the sole objective of rehabilitating the animals rescued from circuses. The then forest minister, Mr Jogesh Chandra Barman inaugurated the CARC on 5 November 2005.
It may be recalled that the Supreme Court has banned the use of Royal Bengal tigers and lions in circuses.
The forest minister, Mr Roy, said that he would inform the chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee about the tigress’s death.
The minister said that the tigers rescued from circuses often contact the tuberculosis disease because the circus owners offer them inadequate diet.
He assured that the forest department would provide better medical care to the sick tigers of the CARC.

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Hunter turns guide July 09, 2007 9:33 AM

Hunter turns guide for green teams in Namdapha
- Conservation foundation turns to Lisu tribesmen to save endangered species and generate awareness ROOPAK GOSWAMI Lisu tribesmen fix a camera-trap at the park. Picture by Aparajita Dutta

Guwahati, July 8: The stealthy footsteps that once scoured forests to capture unsuspecting prey, now lead conservationists to rare species on the brink of extinction.

Akhi Nathany, a Lisu tribesman of Arunachal Pradesh, has traded his hunting gear for binoculars. The credit for the exchange goes to Nature Conservation Foundation, a Mysore-based group that aims to conserve wildlife in Arunachal Pradesh by involving tribal communities.

Nathany, now a gram panchayat member, is the main field co-ordinator of the foundation. The 55-year-old has donned the mantle of a guide, directing conservation teams with their camera-traps to even the most inaccessible of Namdapha National Park.

“People like him have unmatched knowledge of the terrain and landscape of the park. He will just find a way out of nowhere and navigate you to where you want to go. We just explain some features of the area we want to go to and show him some streams and other reference points on a map and he takes us there, without any trails or tracks. Without his help, it would have been impossible to conduct camera-trap surveys,” said Aparajita Datta, a scientist working with the foundation.

The organisation works primarily with the Lisu tribe that has settled on the fringes of the reserve forest. Several former hunters are engaged in the wildlife monitoring program which offers return benefits like medical support, training in healthcare and education, by supporting schools and teachers in the villages.

The park sprawls over an area of 1,985.23 square km on the international border between India and Myanmar, in Arunachal’s Changlang district.

Aparajita pointed out that as most of the work has to be done on foot, the teams need people to ferry rations and equipment.

“We need people to go back to get rations as they run out. Also, we place one trap in a particular location for 15 days, and then move on to new spots. But we would like to place the camera-traps simultaneously. As we have a limited number of traps at our disposal, some of the Lisus go back to retrieve the contraptions from earlier locations and bring them to the next spot,” she said.

A community protection force for the park has also been mooted. As many as 25 species of mammals, including 10 rare and endangered breeds like the clouded leopard, Asiatic black bear, Malayan sun bear and marbled cat, have been spotted here.

The organisation is also enlisting the help of the tribe to prepare an educational CD in Hindi for children in the state. “We will get a Nishi or Lisu narrator once the visuals, audio and script for the CD are put together,” she said.

Livelihood options for the Lisus have also been discussed. Leaders of the community have suggested starting a piggery to meet consumption and income needs.

“After much discussion, a plan has been worked out where beneficiaries will be identified and modalities framed accordingly. This will involve contributions from the community in the form of labour and manpower. Financial assistance for the piggery will be provided by the foundation as initial investments. Work will begin around September or October, after the monsoon,” Aparajita informed.

The foundation has also contacted organisations in Guwahati, Bangalore and New Delhi to promote indigenous Lisu handicrafts.

“Samples, pictures and product descriptions have been sent to two commercial enterprises as well as some entrepreneurs. The effort has yielded some supplementary income for a few families here. We have also granted financial support to a partner NGO near Namdapha to help set up a tribal handicrafts shop that will enable villagers to augment their income. We hope it will go a long way in generating awareness among local residents and tourists about the park. The shop is ready and will be open in time for the winter tourist traffic,” she said.

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Photo of white tigers born in Mexixo July 07, 2007 3:33 AM

Photo of white tigers born in Mexico
July 5, 2007

Five white Bengal tigers born in April were put on display at the Guadalajara Zoo in Mexico reports the Associated Press.

AP Photo/Guillermo Arias.
Four of the cubs are white. It is the sixth litter of white tigers born at the facility -- all sired to the same father, named Nino. A white tiger born at the zoo attacked Las Vegas entertainer Roy Horn of the Siegfried and Roy act in 2003. Horn, attacked on his 59th birthday at the The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, suffered serious injuries that required more than 3 years of rehabilitation.

White Bengal tigers are not albino. They are Bengal tigers with a genetic variation that causes their normally orange fur to be white in color. According to Wikipedia, white tigers are born larger, grow faster, and attain larger adult sizes than orange tigers. Stripeless or snow white tigers are also known to exist.

The gene for white fur is recessive, meaning that captive white tigers are usually inbred to retain their color between generations.


Tiger parts trade must be banned to save great cats
(6/5/2007) Trade in tiger products must be banned if tigers are to survive in the wild, reports a study published in Bioscience. The paper, The Fate of Wild Tigers, characterizes the decline in wild tiger population as ,catastrophic, and urges governments to outlaw all trade in tiger products from wild and captive-bred sources as well as step up conservation efforts.

Saving big cats depends on science, practical interventions
(5/21/2007) Big cats are some of Earth's largest and most threatened predators. Long persecuted as perceived threats to livestock and humans, hunted for their skins and purported medicinal values, and losing critical habitat to deforestation and conversion for agriculture, big cat populations have dwindled around the world for the past century. Given these trends, it should come as no surprise that big cats have become the focus of conservation efforts. Not only are large predators often the most vulnerable to human pressures and the first to disappear from ecosystems, but efforts to conserve them effectively help protect thousands of other species that share their habitat. At the forefront of these efforts in Dr. Luke Hunter, a biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WC where he heads their Great Cats Program. In a May 2007 interview with, Hunter discussed strategies for conserving carnivores and offered insight for students interested in pursuing careers in conservation science.

Orangutans and tigers become playmates
(2/28/2007) A pair of month-old Sumatran tiger twins have befriended a pair of young orangutans reports the Associated Press (AP). The animals share a room in the nursery at Taman Safari zoo in Sumatra. The AP reports that the animals, which were orphaned, 'cuddle' and play together.

Indo-Chinese tiger spotted in China for first time in years
(6/13/2007) Scientists captured a wild Indo-Chinese tiger on film in a nature reserve in China’s southeastern Yunnan Province, reports the Worldwatch Institute.
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All 4 tiger cubs die in Duluth July 07, 2007 2:55 AM

July 6, 2007, 11:23AM
All 4 tiger cubs born at traveling zoo in Duluth have died

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Animal training barred in victory for the SPCA July 07, 2007 12:30 AM

Elephant training barred in victory for the SPCA

By Dineo Matomela

IN what has been described as the “first real breakthrough for animal welfare in South Africa”, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has obtained a court order preventing an upmarket private Eastern Cape game reserve from training and exhibiting elephants and other wildlife.

The Grahamstown magistrate‘s court denied Kwantu Private Game Reserve owner Yossuf Jeeva a permit to train and exhibit six African elephants and also to train two Bengal tigers, six lions, cheetahs, African wild dogs and spotted hyenas. It is believed the elephants were to be trained for elephant-back safaris.

Magistrate J M Roberson refused the application in terms of the Performing Animals Protection Act.

The SPCA‘s attorney, Jane Marston, said yesterday the ruling was both encouraging and “was the beginning of a trend”.

“This is a first and a real breakthrough for animal welfare in South Africa,” she said.

Marston said the SPCA had opposed the application based on its concerns regarding the training of the elephants and the exhibition of tigers, cheetahs and wild dogs.

She commended Roberson for conducting a full inquiry to determine whether the safety requirements of the animals were met.

“Our concerns were to know what the training measures would be for the elephants, and nobody knew exactly which training methods would be used, and secondly there was no environmental enrichment available for the rest of the animals.

“It makes us feel encouraged that the magistrate looked at the welfare of animals, because money always wins,” she said.

The SPCA has constantly opposed elephant-back safaris. “Wild animals belong in the wild,” she said.

The ruling would benefit animals in the face of the rapidly growing elephant-back safari trade, and other activities involving wild animals in captivity.

Jeeva was not available for comment last night. – Additional reporting by Sapa

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Cubs frolic at Cougar Mountain Zoo July 03, 2007 12:38 AM

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Robyn Barfoot, left, general curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoo, and Marcie McCaffray, administrator, hold Taj and Almos, Bengal tiger cubs born in April and May at a Florida preserve. Obtaining the cubs was a coup for the Issaquah zoological park, which focuses on endangered animals and public education.

Rare Bengal tiger cubs frolic at Issaquah zoo

By Sonia Krishnan
Seattle Times Eastside bureau

The cubs tumbled around the nursery of Issaquah's Cougar Mountain Zoo, climbing into boxes and onto chairs, their oversize paws an indication of the growth to come.

The 8- and 11-week-old Bengal tigers — one a Royal White, the other a Golden — nuzzled their caretakers on a recent sunny morning, unaware of the crowd waiting to see them. Named Taj and Almos, the tigers are the only Bengal cubs in the state. Both arrived in Issaquah four weeks ago from a Florida tiger preserve to serve as "ambassadors" of the dwindling species, zoo officials say.

The younger, Almos, is 12 pounds; the older weighs in at 22. Both will grow to be 500 pounds.

"We want to educate people about the threat to this animal," said Robyn Barfoot, the zoo's general curator. "The tiger is such a magnificent creature. They're meant to talk to your heart. It would be such a shame if in 10 years we don't have any left. But that's where we're headed."

Tigers once roamed through Russia, the Himalaya Mountains and across the Indian subcontinent. But poaching and habitat destruction have driven the tiger population to record lows, researchers say. The animals are hunted for their colorful skins, and their body parts are prized in the lucrative Chinese medicine market.

At one time, eight subspecies of tigers existed. But three died out during the 20th century, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Now researchers estimate 5,000 tigers remain in the wild.

The Golden tiger, the result of a genetic quirk, is rarer still, Barfoot said.

The Cougar Mountain Zoo received Taj, the Golden, and Almos, the Royal White, 35 years after the zoo's master plan was unveiled. Saving endangered animals through education was part of this vision, Barfoot said.

The tigers came from different mothers at an undisclosed Florida preserve. Barfoot declined to say how much the zoo paid for the cubs.

She and her colleagues say they anxiously awaited the births.

Tiger gestation lasts about 100 days, and females give birth to litters of two to six cubs. In the wild, a tigress is the sole parent. She nurses her babies, teaches them how to hunt, and after two or three years, they are ready to set out on their own, according to the National Geographic Web site on endangered animals.

Almos' mother, having given birth for the first time, didn't nurse him when he was born, said Marcie McCaffray, administrator of the Cougar Mountain Zoo.

"It can happen with a first-time mom," McCaffray said. "She doesn't know what to do."

Now, McCaffray and Barfoot have taken on the role as the cubs' mothers. They spent a week with them in Florida before flying back with the tigers to Seattle.

At the zoo, they spend hours with the cubs, playing with them and feeding them four times a day. The tigers are bottle-fed a special formula, but once they get older, they will switch to an all-carnivore diet.

Once they are between 4 and 6 months old, the cubs will move to a 1-acre habitat with a pool, Barfoot said. It's designed to give them space to roam and swim — one of their favorite activities.

Although they will be trained to stand on weighing scales and sit for health checkups, the goal is to keep the tigers' instincts wild, Barfoot said.

. They may have bonded with her and McCaffray. But they are still tigers. The women rolled up their shirt sleeves to show scratches and bruises they've received in the past weeks.

"They are adorable and we love them," Barfoot said. "But they are not pets."

Sonia Krishnan: 206-515-5546 or

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Truant tiger June 29, 2007 2:07 PM

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One type of tourist who incites profound envy in me - in a teeth-gnashing way - is the person who breathlessly exclaims after a brief foray into the forest: “We encountered him within five minutes of entering the forest.

He was so close, we could almost touch him. And he didn't move for 10 whole minutes! We could get some fantastic close-ups”.

The him being referred to here is the tiger. I have spent over three hot and humid hours torturing my spine on elephant-back,
traversing across jungle terrain, in a vain attempt at glimpsing the big cat. Watching the lucky one showing off pictures of the morning sighting on his digicam to admiring fellow-tourists, one felt like the seasoned angler who returns with an empty rod after a whole day's casting and sees the Sunday fisherman from an IT company proudly displaying his big mahseer catch.

There must be something about me - perhaps a negative aura - that keeps panthera tigris in the wild eluding my gaze.

I remember, some decades ago, spending a sleepless night on a machan in Sariska (this was long before the sanctuary lost its big cats), warding off persistent mosquitoes and waiting for His Highness to come.

Sometime after midnight there was the typical cough-like roar, some langurs started whooping and our guide whispered that a tiger was approaching.

But he must have detected my aura or perhaps it was the bait's (a goat) lucky night for, after that flurry of excitement, nothing happened and Mr Stripes kept away.

My quest to see the wild cat had the benefit of expertise. Back in the seventies, the legendary Fateh Singh Rathore was my cicerone in the Ranthambore tiger reserve, of which he was the director. A forest guard had reported the death of a deer the previous night.

We roamed along the forest trails next morning in a jeep for nearly two hours. Sure enough, we came across the cat's pug marks, urine traces, faeces and even the partly consumed carcass of the deer.

But there was neither sound nor sight of Mr Tiger. Rathore was pretty nonplussed. I didn't have the heart to tell him about my aura theory.
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20 year old Bengal tiger dies June 29, 2007 1:30 PM

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BHOPAL: A 20-year-old Royal Bengal Tiger died at the Van Vihar National Park after a brief illness.

Chhotu, as he was called, died on Tuesday because of old age related complications. He was well past the average life expectancy of 14-15 years for tigers and lions, park officials said.

At present, there are 16 big cats including four lions in the park. All of them have either crossed the average life expectancy or are nearing it.

"Chhotu, born here on March 22, 1987, was not eating properly for the past few days and was undergoing treatment. The doctors treating him said his teeth and limbs were worn out due to old age," said Park Director Jasbeer Singh Chauhan.
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Crocodiles scare tiger poachers in India June 27, 2007 9:32 AM

Last updated June 26, 2007 6:24 a.m. PT

Crocodiles scare tiger poachers in India


CALCUTTA, India -- Poachers seeking to bag a Royal Bengal tiger in the Sunderbans reserve are encountering a unique new security measure to keep them away: hundreds of crocodiles that have been released in the mangrove forest.

Originally brought into the reserve in the late 1990s for breeding, the crocodiles are having the unintended beneficial effect of scaring away poachers from the forest - home to the largest wild population of Royal Bengal tigers.

"With tigers on land and the crocodile in water, the fear factor does work," divisional Forest Officer Rathin Banerjee said Tuesday.

During winter months, the crocs often come out of the cold water and lie in the jungle path of the poachers.

Nearly 400 crocodiles, bred in captivity over the years, have been released in the reserve, Banerjee said. A 2004 census said more than 270 tigers were roaming the reserve in West Bengal state, bordering Bangladesh.

"The use of crocodiles is one of the measures to save the wildlife there from poachers," said V.K. Yadav, a forest conservator.

Conservationist Ranjit Mitra said it was difficult to say how many tigers have been killed by poachers in the past five years, "but it will run into dozens."

Another conversationist called the idea of using crocs "novel."

"It is surely a novel idea, but this can be one of the measures to check poaching," said Animesh Basu of the Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation, a local non-governmental organization.

The state Forest Department was assessing the effectiveness of the new measure.

"It is not like you count how many hens you had and how many have been taken away by the jackals at night," Yadav said. "Here the idea is to ensure that there is no unusual change in the demography," Yadav said referring to major species of animals in the Sunderbans.

India's border guards also have set up camps in the area to guard against the poachers.

"We are trying our best," Yadav said.

Preliminary results of a recent exhaustive study of tiger habitats found that the population in some Indian states may be nearly 65 percent smaller than experts had thought.

Conservationists said the early results indicated the most recent tiger census - which found about 3,500 tigers - was far too optimistic. The study was conducted in the past two years by the government-run Wildlife Institute of India.

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Police clueless on tiger death June 27, 2007 9:26 AM

Police clueless on tiger death

SILIGURI, June 26: Almost a week has passed since the death of the Royal Bengal tiger near the Dolong bridge at Ghoksadanga but there is still no concrete evidence about what brought about the predator’s death on 18 June. The Railways and the state forest department, however, continue blaming each other over the tiger’s unnatural death much to the agony of wildlife.
The Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation, a voluntary organisation engaged in social activities and adventure sport has but held the Railways responsible for the tiger’s death. To mobilise public opinion against the growing wildlife deaths from alleged train hits in the Dooars of north Bengal, the HNAF would be organising a convention on the issue soon. The programme coordinator of the voluntary organisation, Mr Animesh Bose, said that environmentalists, nature lovers and the common man would join the convention and an action plan would be chalked out to combat the problem. n SNS

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LATEST INDIAN TIGER NEWS - Tigers kill three villagers in Sundarbans June 27, 2007 9:21 AM

Tigers kill three villagers in BDKHULNA, Bangladesh: Tigers straying into villages around Bangladesh’s Sundarbans mangrove forests have killed three people and some 50 cattle over the last 15 days, forest officials said on Tuesday. Police, forest guards and volunteers have been engaged to guard villages by igniting bonfires to stop the ferocious predators. Forest officials said the tigers might have strayed into villages in search of food, which is becoming scarcer in the Sundarbans because of deforestation and human encroachment. About three million people live in and around the Bangladesh part of the 6,000-sq km mangrove swamps. The Forest Ministry said after conducting a tiger census in the wetlands in 2005 that only around 400 tigers are left in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans.
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LATEST INDIAN TIGER NEWS- Tiger strays out of lair,dies June 21, 2007 1:00 AM

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Tigress with bullet injuries shows signs of recovery June 21, 2007 12:34 AM

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BHUBANESWAR: The tigress, which was rescued in an injured state from the Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary in Angul district in Orissa nearly three months ago, is showing signs of recovery, zoo officials said.

"The life of the tigress could be saved due to successful wound management. The major challenge being faced by vets and experts now is treatment of the posterior paresis due to the spinal injury it suffered when it was shot," director of the Nandankanan Zoo, Ajit Patnaik, said.

When the tigress was brought to the zoo on March 31 it was in bad shape with multiple gun injuries with magotted wounds, he said adding there was every possibility of the animal suffering from septicemia.

"With proper care by both the zoo vets and experts from the Orissa Veterinary College here, the wound management was successful," Patnaik said.

Pointing out that very rarely animals recovered from posterior paresis, he said that the zoo authorities had contacted Sujjan Murray, the expert from National Zoo at Washington who had experience in dealing with posterior paresis.

"As per his advice, the tigress is being treated for the last 15 days. We are observing that there is gradual jerky movement of both the hind legs," the director said.

The animal is kept as quiet as possible, he added.
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Expert on Big Cat arrives June 19, 2007 11:05 PM


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Expert on big cat arrives
Tuesday June 19 2007 13:22 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Dr A Telang, an expert on diseases in big cats, arrived here on Monday to advise the vet team of Nandankanan Zoo which has witnessed death of three young large cats in quick succession recently.

The zoo officials are apprehending break-out of a viral disease. Telang, who belongs to Mumbai, held discussions with zoo Director AK Patnaik. Apart from examining the overall situation, Telang will also take stock of the health of the tigress which was transferred to the zoo after being shot at by poachers at Satkosia.

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Tiger cub found dead in Ranthambore Park June 19, 2007 10:06 PM

Tiger cub found dead in Ranthambore Park

Jaipur, June 19 (IAN A tiger cub, injured last month and returned to its mother after forest officials nursed it back to health, has been found dead in Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park.

"The dead body of the cub was found around 10 a.m. Monday while forest guards were on their routine tracking exercise in Khandar range of the park," said Sudarshan Sharma, a forest official.

He said the cub was the same that along with two others had fallen into a dry 20 ft step well in the park on May 23. Forest officials had found the three cubs in the step well during a regular surveillance and tracking trip.

Two of the cubs were declared dead after a medical check-up. They were cremated after the post mortem.

The cub, which died Monday, was about three months old at the time of the step well incident and had sustained injuries. "At that time we treated the injured cub and when it looked perfectly fine we left it with its mother," said Sharma.

Forest officials said the cub was hale and hearty and are puzzled about how it died within 26 days of the incident. "We are trying to ascertain the cause and would conduct a post mortem", Sharma said.

The Ranthambore National Park, situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, over 175 km from here, covers an area of around 400 sq km. The park's abandoned fortress, lakes and above all its tigers have made it one of the finest wildlife reserves in the world.

Ranthambore was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 became part of the Project Tiger programme. It got the status of a National Park in 1981.

According to the latest census, the tiger population in Ranthambore is 32, higher than the 26 counted in the 2005 census. The latest census does not include the cubs whose population is estimated at 13. Forest officials claim that these three cubs were not part of the 13 counted.

Indo-Asian News Service

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Tiger cub found dead at Corbett Park June 17, 2007 7:32 AM

Tuskers, tiger cub found dead at Corbett Park

Posted at Saturday, 16 June 2007 19:06 IST

Dehradun, June 16: The dead bodies of two elephants and a tiger cub were found by the employees of the Corbett National Park during a search operation, Sahara Samay sources said.

According to the sources, the body of a 13-year-lod tusker was found in Kalagarh range and the body of a 50-year-old elephant was found in Jhirana range. The bodies were spotted by the employees of the park during operation monsoon.

The employees said that both the elephants died after falling off a mountain. The body of a male tiger cub was also found by the employees of the park in a river. The cub was washed away in the water of Dhela river in Jhirana range of the park. Later its carcass was recovered from the nearby area.

The deaths occurred due to heavy pre-monsoon rain, they added.

Jim Corbett National Park is India's oldest national park. Situated in the foothills of the Kumaon Himalayas, the park covers an area of 521 sq km, of which 313 sq km are in Pauri Garhwal district and the remaining 208 sq km in Nainital district of Uttarakhand.

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Tiger cubs born in Germany June 13, 2007 2:31 PM

Tiger cubs born in GermanyThe male tigers were born to Bengal tiger Mara at the Tiger Garden Ingelheim
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Newborn Bengal tiger twins are being reared by a pair of feline fanatics in Germany.

Peter Schweikhard and his partner Monika Habel from Ingelheim in Western Germany are raising the two Asian tigers in a specialist zoo.

The male tigers were born to Bengal tiger Mara at the Tiger Garden Ingelheim, which already houses five adult tigers.

Mr Schweikhard said: "One cub has a normal weight between 1200 and 1300 grams. The other one weighed in at 1800 grams, he is a very large chap".

"The mother has taken on the upbringing completely, there are no problems taking them out when we want to feed the little one". Apart from that, the mother rears them by herself.

Mr Schweikhard and Monika Habel started their stripy venture in the middle of the eighties when the local zoo went bankrupt.

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Sita the tigress struggles in Orissa Zoo June 07, 2007 1:27 PM

Sita, the tigress struggles in Orissa zoo
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Posted Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 15:59

New Delhi: In the Nandankana Zoo in Orissa a tigress is struggling to survive after she was shot by poachers more than two months back.

Sita (as she is known in the Zoo) is rapidly deteriorating. Now the Nandankana authorities made an appeal to veterinarians in the hope that an expert can save the tigress.

Sita who has been in agony ever since, is admitted in the Nandankanan Veterinary Hospital. For the seven-year-old, the hospital is now her home as she has been here since the last two months.

The Royal Bengal tigress had suffered eleven gunshots and one bullet is still stuck in her body.

Though the best vets in the state are treating her, it cannot be ascertained whether she would survive.

"Her condition is very critical. She cannot move her posterior portion and the bed sores have compounded her condition,” says Veterinary Surgeon of the Nandankanan Zoo, Dr Ranjit Samantaray.

Meanwhile, the Nandankanan authorities are getting in touch with veterinary experts in India as well as abroad. And more than a lakh of rupees have already been spent despite the fact that the tigress has not really improved.

"I want to make an appeal to all medical experts who can share their expertise to save the tiger. They may please approach us and we will accordingly precede if we find that the treatment will help her to recover,” says Director of the Nandankanan Zoo, Ajit Patnaik.

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Two tigers found dead in Bandipur June 07, 2007 1:21 PM

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The Tiger can still bounce back June 07, 2007 1:02 PM

Watch Tower: The tiger can still bounce back In the absence of a stronger and aggressive pro-tiger policy, we can only prolong its extinction temporarily and the tiger population will never reach a safer status- Rakesh Shukla

Expectedly, the results of the national tiger estimation by new method have confirmed the worst fears. Though the results are out for only six states of India, the shape of things to come is more or less clear. The tiger numbers in 16 of the 28 tiger reserves have sharply declined by more than 50 per cent as against the 2001-01 estimates, and now there are only 490 tigers in the tiger reserves of MP, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. There cannot be more than 2000 tigers, this too by any stretch of imagination, in the country as against the last official figure of around 3700.

Already tested in a pilot project, the new method certainly is robust, comprehensive, and has a potential for yielding results of well-corroborated relationships. There is, however, no point discussing about its finer intricacies. As such field exercises of wildlife population estimation, whether the old or the new, have to be conducted under absolutely uncontrolled and dynamic conditions of forest ecosystems, rather than under optimum and laboratory conditions, involving thousands of forest guards of various levels of intelligence and attitude throughout the country, no method even in the distant future will be foolproof and reliable enough for the "dissenters". The method has yielded the most essentials for reviewing the tiger conservation policy: population trends and condition of tiger habitat in the states. The excellent feature of the method is actually the courage and conviction of all those forest officers across the country that made sure that the quality of data collection in the field was as good and honest as possible. Mind you, the results from this method were, to a great extent, also based on the data collected by thousands of forest guards. These are the same forest guards who were also involved in data collection for the old method. So, there is no scope for accusations and counter-accusations.

Now, what recourse the country is left with? Waiting for every single result to come out by the year-end before soul-searching? Looking around for scapegoats for quick hangings? Or, taking stock, narcissistically, of what was done in the past to strengthen tiger conservation in the country? Let us not self-delude ourselves by taking any of the above. We must accept the home truth that saving tigers in a country like ours, with its inherent problems of politics, population, and poverty, is a herculean task.

Let us again focus on this critical figure of 2000 and act swiftly and determinedly. Given an honest chance the tiger can still bounce back, he knows how to survive. Here are some practical suggestions for consideration:

The regular staff of the tiger reserves involved in multifarious duties of management should not be expected to patrol the area very effectively. If nothing wrong is exposed, it does not mean that everything is all right inside. On the lines of the "Operation Amba", so successful in saving the Siberian tigers in the far east Russia, every tiger reserve should have several well-equipped permanent anti-poaching squads for intensive day and night patrolling. It has to be very clear that these squads should not be assigned any other job of wildlife management.

The laws dealing with the poaching of all the wildlife species, or at least of the tiger, under schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, should be made very stringent to also serve as deterrents. The judiciary should be imparted special training to understand the helplessness of forest employees in detecting wildlife offences and apprehending offenders in the forest. That too in the absence of independent witnesses! This special training will also help the judiciary not to turn philanthropic at the wretched sight of a supposedly poor accused, or become prejudiced against the prosecution. The Sansarchands themselves do not kill or poach tigers, it is generally the locals, living in and around a wildlife protected areas, which do the job for bigger fishes.

The SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act should be revoked at least for the staff of every tiger reserve in the country. The forest employees dread this Act like nothing and this considerably affects their morale. The police also lose no time in taking action against these employees and an upholder becomes an accused, or worse, a laughing stock, in the eyes of his colleagues and acquaintances. Under these circumstances, the staff starts looking the other way when an offence is committed in their areas. Foresters should be empowered suitably so that while arresting accused, seizing illegal material from them, or taking any action in good faith they may not be implicated under this act.

All the villages should be relocated outside wildlife protected areas. The oft-repeated catchword "coexistence" when observed in its "true" sense held good till a few decades back and later it gave in to the mindless sportsmanship, and the materialistic and expansionistic attitudes of the people, bringing the tiger to the verge of extinction. We must, however, ensure that our "relocated brethren" are well provided for in all possible respects in their new environment, and they do not consider themselves as "displaced" or "dumped". Past experiences tell us that villagers are afraid of laxity in after-cares rather than relocations themselves.

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Tiger cubs on the move June 05, 2007 3:10 PM

Tiger cubs on the move...

Mausam Sharma
NEW DELHI, June 5: The government is all set to increase the number of tigers after recent reports about the alarming decline in their population in the reserves. Concrete endeavours are now being undertaken by the government.
The Centre is mulling over shifting a number of tiger cubs from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve to Sariska Tiger Reserve to fill the population gap. Talking to The Statesman, Dr Rajesh Gopal, member secretary, National Tiger Conservation Authority, admitted: “Yes, we are contemplating on transporting a number of cubs from Ranthambore to Sariska.” He said three female and two male cubs would be shifted.
An official of the ministry of forests and environment said: “The cubs would be selected from different tigresses instead of just one. This will be done because immunity of tigers to fight diseases decreases if all are from the same mother and mate among themselves.”
He added: “The tigers are territorial. They fix their boundaries by leaving their impressions in any form. So, shifting of tigers from the same region could yield good results because, if the beasts do not find their own territory, they tend to become ferocious.”
Several arrangements would be made before releasing the cubs to Sariska. “The cubs would be tranquillised and then taken in a chopper to Sariska. Their release will be a soft one. At first, they will be kept in enclosures for a few days and then gradually released in the reserve. Comprehensive research would be done before their release so that the cubs do not face a territorial shock,” said the official.
On the other hand, sources in the ministry said that there were many hurdles to shifting the cubs. “Shifting of villages from the periphery of the reserve is a huge problem, which has to be dealt with great sensitivity. Also, many organisations are creating problems,” the sources said.

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High tech cameras for tiger census in Simlipal June 05, 2007 12:58 PM

High tech cameras for tiger census in Simlipal

Baripada, June 4: Highly sophisticated 'Deercam' and 'Trainmaster' cameras were used for the first time in Simlipal Tiger Reserve (STR), spread over 2,750 sq km for tiger census.

The high-tech trap of trip-wires and auto-flash cameras were fixed on the poles of trees and other selected points for self-portraiting of the tigers.

This time, the high-tech method was introduced for the stripes and spots to get their more authentic count, STR Director Debabrata Swain said.

The wildlife experts are experimenting with this unique 'camera-trap' method and a range of other simpler ways of tiger head-counting in various reserves of the country. These methods are in their quest for a better alternative to the oft-doubted pugmark technique used by the tiger reserves.

A team of four wildlife scientists from the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) recently visited the STR and fixed as many as 60 cameras at 30 points in high-density tiger areas of the tiger reserve.

The STR Field Director said since each tiger has its own distinct stripes, the high tech cameras were used by wildlife scientists to arrive at a new and arguably a more reliable methodology of tiger densities in the wild, than the hitherto-used pugmark method.

Altogether 30 points of prey areas of Simlipal were selected, where the camera traps were set and the number of tigers inhabiting the areas were recorded on films.

With the figures obtained from these cameras, it would be possible to extrapolate the tiger density in other areas of the same forest on the basis of the prey-predator density analysis, experts opined.

The points selected for the high-tech camera trap included Upper-Barhakamuda, Bhanjabasa, Tarinivilla, Patbil and Debasthali, STR sources added.

Although, the census results would be known only after a detail analysis by the scientists of the WII, which would take some time, the census team had recorded on films six Royal Bengal Tigers (RBT) and eleven leopards in the aforesaid areas.

STR sources said during their 60-day long exercise (March 26 to May 26) at least three of the RBTs were found black or melanistic tigers burning bright in Simlipal.

Of the three black RBTs, all of them were females - two of them were again a mother with her cub, and the third was an adult female.

This reflected how the melanistic tigers were proliferating in Simlipal, experts said.

As per the 2004 Pugmark-based census, Simlipal is home to 101 Royal Bengal Tigers and 126 leopards, STR sources said.

--- UNI

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Tiger count tells sorry tale June 04, 2007 10:24 AM

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Tigers and people June 04, 2007 10:16 AM

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LATEST INDIAN TIGER NEWS - Rare black tigers sighted at Similipal June 03, 2007 7:54 AM

Rare black tigers sighted at Similipal

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BHUBANESWAR: Three rare black tigers have been sighted at Similipal Orissa's only tiger reserve, by the surveying teams of Wildlife Institute of India (WII).

During the on-going enumeration through the camera-trap methodology as part of nationwide tiger census, the cameras captured images of three different melanistic tigers known as black tigers, reliable sources told this paper on Saturday.

The survey teams which are currently carrying out the census, on a sampling basis, captured images of these three black tigers near the Upper Barakamuda and Devasthali regions in the tiger reserve's core area.

The survey is now being conducted over a 120 sq km region out of the 850 sq km core area of the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR).

In fact, the cameras have so far captured images of six different tigers in the survey area of which three are melanistic suggesting that their strength could be reasonably good in STR.

Since the census work is still on, the matter is still under wraps. In fact, it would be officially released once the survey teams submit their report to the Dehradun-based WII while the Forest Department officials are tight lipped over the entire issue.

In the past, there have been reports of black or melanistic tiger inhabiting in STR but only once was it recorded. On July 21, 1993, a tribal boy killed a young melanistic tigress with traditional weapons while defending himself.

The incident occurred at Podagarh village near the Bhandan river to the west of Similipal. BC Prusty, the then Field Director of STR had videotaped it.

Elsewhere in India, the skin of the melanistic tiger was recovered from the smugglers at Tis Hazari in October 1992. Measured at eight feet and half, it is currently at National Museum of Natural History at New Delhi.

The source, however, remains uncertain.

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Confusion over tiger numbers in State June 03, 2007 6:12 AM

Confusion over tiger numbers in State
By Prabal Kr Das
 GUWAHATI, June 2 – At a time when serious concerns have been raised over the fate of the tiger in India, the status of the big cat in Assam is under a cloud. No one in the Forest department, and in conservation circles would hazard a guess about the number of tigers, which now survive in the State’s Protected Areas (PA). “It is difficult to come even to an approximate, because estimation efforts have not been very effective so far. Even the most recent effort based on a methodology developed by Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun has run into some troubles,” said a senior forest official, requesting anonymity.

Moreover, the Forest Department might be hesitant to reveal the present tiger population because there is a real apprehension that the most recent estimation, the results of which could come out later this year, is likely to reveal lesser numbers in most of the PAs than that available on record.

According to official data made available to this reporter, in 2000 there were a total of 353 tigers in nine habitats and outside Protected Areas of the State. The Eastern Assam Wildlife Division (including the Kaziranga National Park) contained the 85 tigers, the largest concentration in the State. The smallest population of two was recorded in Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary.

Habitats of sizeable concentrations included Laokhowa Sanctuary with 11, Sonai Rupai Sanctuary with 12, Orang National Park with 19, Nameri National Park with 26, Dibru Saikhowa National Park with 31 and Manas National Park with 65 tigers. Significantly, in the 2000 census 89 tigers were located in “outside Protected Areas.”

Well-placed forest officials and conservationists both view the figures with incredulity because some of them seem to be inflated either by design or default.

For instance, the 65 tigers in Manas appear to be very high considering the fact that the park witnessed massive destruction of flora and fauna just a few years earlier. In the year 2000 and in the years preceding, the prey base required to sustain such large a number of tigers was not there – admitted a forest official.

The present situation could be much worse if a recent effort to monitor tigers is considered. From December 2005 a conservation group’s project to camera trap tigers yielded images of only four animals.

Moreover, serious doubts persist over the existence of 89 tigers, which, according to the 2000 census were found outside PAs. “There is the possibility that tigers residing in Protected Areas, which were located outside were counted as separate animals,” a senior forest official revealed.

The fate of the tiger in captivity does not look bright either, as the species has not increased in numbers in the Assam State Zoo. In the period 2002-07 the zoo witnessed the birth of only two tigers. On the other hand four tigers died during the same period.

Killing by poachers is another trend that is gradually becoming a matter of concern for the Forest Department. According to official data in 2003-04 a single animal was killed, but two were killed in 2005-06, while the very next year four tigers were felled.

The number of tigers killed by poachers might look small, but they gain significance when seen in the context of their highly endangered status and the growing threats they now face in the State.
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Stamps promoting conservation June 02, 2007 4:02 AM

Stamps released on five National ParksFrom our ANI Correspondent

New Delhi, May 31: The Indian Posts on Thursday brought out a set of commemorative postage stamps on five National Parks of the country-- Mudumalai, Bandipur, Bandhavgarh, Periyar and Kaziranga-- in the denomination of rupees five each.

The Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Shakeel Ahmad, formally released the stamps in the presence of Namo Narain Meena, Minister of State for Environment and Forests in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Ahmad said that these stamps will spread the message of conservation and will educate the public about the efforts made in this direction.

"The stamps are released at a time when India Post is already running an exhibition of stamps on "Nature and Wildlife", he added.

In the past, the postal department has issued nearly 117 stamps on nature, wildlife and environment.

These include issuing of stamps on Jim Corbett's centenary on January 24, 1976, Ghana bird sanctuary on February 10, 1976, and Kanha National Park on May 30 1982 among others.

In 2006, four stamps on endangered birds of India were also released.

India has around 450 wildlife sanctuaries and 85 national parks.(ANI)
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LATEST INDIAN TIGER NEWS - Tiger associations plea to India May 30, 2007 10:11 AM

Tiger association's plea to India

Bindu Shajan Perappadan

To prevail upon China to keep its ban on tiger trade in place

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Looking for help from India — the largest range state for wild tigers in the world — the International Tiger Coalition, a group of 35 organisations from across the world, has called upon the country to ask China to keep its ban on tiger trade in place. China is now considering lifting a ban it placed on trade in tiger products in 1993.

The International Tiger Coalition is an alliance made up of environmental, zoo and animal protection organisations as well as the traditional Chinese medicine community, which have come together to ask China to keep its ban on tiger trade in place to ensure a future for wild tigers.

A Chinese Government delegation was in India last week to discuss tiger trade with Indian officials though details of the meeting have not been made public. Fearing the worst for tigers, conservationists in the country have called this latest move by China `a disaster' and have urged the Indian Government to ask China to keep the ban on tiger trade.

``We hope that the Indian Government has communicated to the Chinese delegation how important China's 14-year ban on tiger trade has been to the protection of India's treasured wild tiger populations.

The Indian Government should also stress the need for keeping this ban in place in order to secure a future for India's tigers.

There are simply too few tigers left in the wild of Asia to risk re-opening trade of any kind from any source,'' said executive director of Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) Belinda Wright. ``We dare not risk an entire species for the financial gain of a handful of investors,'' she added.

There are several tiger farms in China that collectively house about 5,000 live tigers.

Pressure to lift the ban has been building from the investors in these tiger farms, who stand to make enormous profits if China's ban is lifted.

The international coalition has recommended an immediate freeze on breeding at China's tiger farms so that the current population of captive tigers does not grow, It has also demanded eventual closure of all tiger farms.

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Soo,tigers may be bred in special farms May 29, 2007 10:08 AM

29-5-2007    Soon, tigers may be bred in special farms    Hindustan Times, By Chetan Chauhan

With its tiger population dropping at an alarming rate, India plans to breed the big cats in special farms. The idea is to replicate China ’s successful model of tiger farms, which has seen the country go from less than 50 tigers in the wild to about 5,000 in these farms.

Environment and Forest secretary Dr Prodipto Ghosh told reporters on Monday that the government is considering allowing tiger farms in India .

“They can be in zoos or forest areas but not in tiger reserves,” he said. The proposal is in its initial stage.

The Central Zoo Authority has allowed breeding centers for several endangered species like vultures but no such attempt has been made for tigers.

But there are some sceptics. Belinda Wright of the Wildlife Protection Society of India says: “ India will make a fool of itself if it promotes tiger farming. To raise a tiger in a farm costs $10,000 and to kill one in the wild only costs Rs 40. Instead, the government should work to provide food and protect tigers.”

The announcement comes days after the Wildlife Institute of India revealed the tiger count in central India had declined by about 60 per cent since 2002. As compared to 1,233 tigers in 2002, the institute estimates the number to be 490.

Ghosh said that the ministry accepted the institute’s findings as the new methodology was accurate.

“Earlier, tigers were identified only on the basis of pugmarks. The new methodology uses camera traps, sightings, pugmarks and genetic tests among others,” he said.

The secretary also raised the issue of Gujarat not allowing the rehabilitation of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary’s Asiatic lions at the Palpur Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. “The lion is the pride of India and not only of Gujarat ,” he said.

China allows tiger farming by wildlife sanctuaries and private entrepreneurs. But a recent International Fund for Animal Welfare report stated that tiger body parts from these farms were being sold to wine distilleries and restaurants that serve tiger delicacies.

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US medical opinion sought to save tigress May 26, 2007 8:45 AM

US medical opinion sought to save tigress

BHUBANESWAR, May 25: The Nandankanan zoo authorities near here have sought expert opinion from the USA to treat a tigress which was injured by poachers about two months ago. The authorities had sent an E-mail this week to Suzanne Murray, chief vet of the National Zoological Park at Washington DC, seeking advice for treating the tigress which had developed neurological problem after being injured in its spine.
She had sought details about the condition of the tigress before suggesting any course of treatment, zoo sources said today. Eminent tiger expert John Seidensticker, who is chairman of the Save The Tiger Fund Council, had also been consulted. The adult Royal Bengal Tigress had been found in an injured condition in the Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary in Angul district on 31 March.
It had nine pellets lodged in its body, mostly in the hind legs, and was virtually immobile. After being shifted to Nandankanan, it was being treated by a team of vets from the Orissa Veterinary College here but it was still unable to lift its hind leg. n PTI

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Raj HC in aid of tiger protection May 26, 2007 8:20 AM

Raj HC in aid of tiger protection
Posted Friday , May 25, 2007 at 17:02

New Delhi: Concerned over dwindling numbers of tigers, the Rajasthan High Court on Friday issued guidelines for the protection of the big cats in Ranthambore National Park.

The guidelines also included making Deputy Forest Conservator responsible for any poaching activities and banning industrial and commercial units in its vicinity.

The court said that the fall in the number of tigers was due to vested interests and authorities had failed to find fault and fix responsibility.

Issuing the guidelines, Justice Ashok Parihar said Ranthambore National Park should be closed to tourists at least twice a week, the use flash in cameras and other photography equipments should be totally prohibited and vehicles must keep a distance of at least 30 yards from wild animals and 50 yards from cubs.

"With the influx of huge amount in the projects sponsored by the Centre, World Wildlife Federation and other sources, all attention has been diverted to such funds instead of keeping a watch on the safety of the tigers and wildlife," Parihar observed.

"It was only because of creating vested interests that there has been phenomenal fall in the number of tigers and other wildlife," he added.

He also accused authorities of shifting focus from ensuring tiger safety to a number of “hugely-funded” projects.

On Wednesday, the Wildlife Institute of India released preliminary tiger census figures, which said that tiger numbers had dropped alarmingly in reserves in Central India.

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Fall in tiger population:Census May 26, 2007 8:00 AM

Fall in tiger population: census

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: There has been a drop in the tiger population in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, according to preliminary Tiger census figures released by the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun, and the National Tiger Conservation Authority here on Wednesday.

According to this census, there has been a 60 per cent reduction in the population of tigers across the four States and the decrease has been caused by poaching and loss of habitat. Reserves in Maharashtra in 2001-02 recorded 238 tigers but the number has fallen to 95. While Rajasthan registered 58 tigers in the last count, it now has only 30 tigers. Madhya Pradesh had 710 tigers in the last census and now has 265 tigers, while Chhattisgarh recorded 25 tigers.

While a countrywide complete census report is expected by year-end, this report that took two years to put together claims to have recorded a accurate reading.

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LATEST INDIAN TIGER NEWS - 2 tiger cubs die in Ranthambore Park May 26, 2007 7:47 AM

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Jaipur, May 24: Two tiger cubs died while one sustained injuries in Rajasthan's Ranthambore national park after they fell into a step well, forest department officials said Thursday.

The officials managed to take one injured cub out of the well and provided medical treatment to it late Wednesday. "The cub was soon on its feet and was playing around. Between 1.30-2.00 a.m. this morning, its mother came and took it away along with her," R.S. Shekhawat, deputy conservator of forests, told IANS Thursday.

The steep well, about 20 feet deep, is located in the Ganesh Nagar range of Ranthambore National Park, over 175 km from here.

The forest officials found the three cubs in the step well during one of the regular surveillance and tracking trips. After a medical check-up, two cubs were declared dead. They were cremated after the post mortem.

All three cubs were about three months old.

--- IANS

Two tiger cubs die in Ranthambore park

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LATEST INDIAN TIGER NEWS - Chile Zoo shows off rare white tiger May 19, 2007 1:31 PM

Chile Zoo Shows Off Rare White Tiger

(AP Photo/Santiago Llanquin) :: Pampa, a one-year-old male white tiger, yawns at the Metropolitan Zoo in Santiago, Thursday, May 17, 2007. The white tiger is one of the most endangered species in the world with an estimated of 240 in existence. Pampa arrived form the Argentina's Temaiken zoo.

Updated: 5/18/2007


A rare, one-year-old white tiger named Pampa had a coming-out party Thursday at a Chilean zoo.

Weighing 265 pounds and measuring more than 10 feet from nose to tail, he was introduced to dozens of photographers and children by at Santiago's Metropolitan Zoo.

The blue-eyed Pampa was born in Argentina and will be mated with Luna, a two-year-old female from a Mexican zoo. Officials expect cubs as soon as December.

White tigers are not a separate subspecies, but the result of both parents having a recessive gene for white coloration. They are rare in the wild because standing out in the jungle doesn't help catch prey.

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LATEST INDIAN TIGER NEWS - LSU Tiger mascot dies May 19, 2007 1:26 PM

LSU's Bengal tiger mascot dies
Seventeen-year career for 400-pound Bengal, Mike V, ends

Published on: 05/18/07

Baton Rouge, La. — The 400-pound royal Bengal tiger that has been LSU's mascot since 1990 died on Friday.

The tiger, named Mike V, often was rolled out onto the sidelines of LSU home football games in a circus style cage painted in LSU purple and gold, sometimes positioned specifically to welcome visiting teams into Tiger Stadium.

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Mike V was taken into the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for selected basketball games as well. He began his stint as mascot at a basketball game against Alabama when current NBA star Shaquille O'Neal played for LSU.

The tiger's zoo-like, open air habitat, complete with a waterfall, live oaks, an Italianate tower and a small pond sealed off by glass walls, is a popular attraction among those who visit campus during sporting events.

The habitat was expanded and redesigned in 2005 at a cost of about $3 million.

"Mike V was a noble mascot who was loved by Tiger fans young and old, and he represented all that is proud and dignified about LSU," said LSU athletic director Skip Bertman. "Mike has reigned over a magnificent era of Tiger Athletics and he is missed today by LSU fans the world over."

Mike IV was LSU's mascot from 1976-1990. Soon after, Mike V was donated to LSU by Dr. Thomas and Caroline Atchison of the Animal Zoological Park in Moulton, Ala.

He was cared for by staff, faculty, and students at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

"For nearly two decades, Mike's stately demeanor and mighty roar thrilled thousands of fans, young and old alike, as he represented the majestic spirit of LSU," Chancellor Sean O'Keefe said in a written statement. "He will be remembered fondly and greatly missed."

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