Sunday, 22 April 2018

NEWSLINK: The Asiatic lion thrives in Gujarat’s Gir Forest Reserve

Pangolin defending itself from lions (Gir Forest, Gujarat, India).jpgIn Gujarat’s Gir Forest Reserve, the last home of the Asiatic lion, the big cats have been falling into open wells, running into electrified fences, getting hit by trains, and dying in other unnatural ways.

The deaths are, in an odd way, a measure of Gir’s success at conserving the lion.

The numbers have risen to such an extent that more and more lions are venturing outside the reserve’s protected areas. Nevertheless, Guin jarat has set about trying to find a way to minimise these unnecessary deaths.


NEWSLINK: Rarest big cats in the world battle back from edge of extinction

The world’s rarest big cat, the Amur leopard, has reached a significant milestone in a battle against extinction – with 100 of the animals now living in the wild in a nature reserve in Russia.

Ten years ago, the number of wild Amur leopards had fallen to 30, and scientists feared the species was on the brink.

The species remains highly endangered, but scans by experts in Russia’s Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve in 2017 showed 100 animals, with 84 adults, living wild in the area.


Thursday, 19 April 2018

NEWSLINK: Panic in Narela school after leopard spotted inside

Flickr - Rainbirder - Sassy Lassy.jpgsuspected leopard sighting at a Kendriya Vidyalaya School at Air Force Station, Ghoga, complex in Narela, north Delhi, spooked the authorities and students on Tuesday.

The big cat was spotted by a team of patrolling security officers when it crossed their vehicle around 12 am on Monday night. Apparently, they also shot a video of it.


PHOTOS: Extra-large mystery cat spooking neighbours in East County

Images of an extra-large mystery cat have opened a lot of eyes in East San Diego County community of Descanso.

Off Viejas Grade Road, a wildlife camera on the land of Allen Walker's neighbor captured the video one evening last week. It shows a large cat walking along a trail not far from homes. Bobcats are routinely filmed by the camera, but Walker says this one appeared twice as big as the typical one.


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

NEWSLINK: Bolivia’s jaguars facing threat from Chinese fang craze

Bolivia’s once-thriving jaguar population is loping into the cross-hairs of a growing threat from poachers responding to growing Chinese demand for the animal’s teeth and skull. Researchers believe there are around 7,000 of the speckled big cats in Bolivia, out of a global population of some 64,000, stretching from North America to Argentina. But such is the appetite in China’s huge underground market that “if controls are not put in place, it can lead to a serious problem” for their survival, warned Fabiola Suarez of the Environment Ministry.


NEWSLINK: A leopard dies each week in Rajasthan, reveals survey

Dhanu Leopard.jpgLeopards, which are listed at par with tigers under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) 1972, are crying for equal protection in Rajasthan.

Since the beginning of this year, a leopard death has been recorded every week in some or the other parts of the state. A big concern is that more than half of these killings are said to be unnatural—caused by road accidents, electrocution or due to man-animal conflicts.


Thursday, 12 April 2018

ARTICLE: The time a leopard escaped on a busy Plymouth street, and it didn't end well

"ROYAL STYLE".jpgRegular readers may have seen our recent story on the late lamented Plymouth Zoo in Central Park.

Fellow local historian Gerald Barker wrote to The Herald regarding an incident involving one of the big cats from the zoo many years ago.

He wrote to the Police Headquarters for information and some time later he received a call from Edgar Horton, a former police sergeant who was on duty one fateful day in Plymouth in the mid-1970s.

He said: "I was on early shift, 6am-2pm, when I received a phone call from one of the zoo keepers telling me that a leopard had escaped from its cage.