Thursday, 27 April 2017

NEWSLINK: State’s help a 'must' to realise tiger reserve

Authorities of the forest department are busy preparing a detailed project report (DPR) in order to submit it to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) after getting approval from the State government and see that the Eturunagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is declared a tiger reserve.

However, they opine that their proposal may become a reality considering the vast tracts of the forest area, prey population and other factors, but it also needs an active political persuasion.


NEWSLINK: Bir Talab Zoo to welcome three big cats this week

From this week, Bir Talab Zoo will house three leopards. It will further help the authorities to attract visitors from neighbouring towns.

This will be the first zoo in this region that will have big cats.

“The leopards will be brought from Chhatbir Zoo near Zirakpur in the next three days,” said Sanjeev Tiwari, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Bathinda.

He said, “The leopards will be a big attraction at the zoo. The visitors will not be allowed to see the leopards for around 15 days as we have to observe the nature of animals.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

ARTICLE: Turpentine Creek refuge: Where 100 big cats roam

Keeping a tiger or a lion as a household pet may sound like a loopy idea. But hundreds or more of these large carnivores belong to families across America.

That's just one intriguing fact that genial tour guide Becky Dharmpaul passed along to visitors taking a trolley tour of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on a recent afternoon. One of the nation's leading rescue sites for big cats, Turpentine Creek celebrated its 25th anniversary Sunday.


PHOTO: Paw print proof of Austinmer panther?

An eight centimetre-long paw print left in the foothills of the Illawarra escarpment has piqued the interest of a roving big cat enthusiast, who believes it proof of panther activity.

Vaughan King, 30, has deemed Austinmer’s Sublime Point track a panther-spotting hotspot and flagged plans for organised surveillance, including a program that would see 24/7 game cameras concealed in area bushland.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

VIDEO: A Rare Glimpse of Three Snow Leopards Snuggling

There are only around 4,000 snow leopards left in the world, most of which live in China, where they maintain a reputation for being notoriously difficult to spot, much less study. But recently some scientists with the conservation group Panthera caught not one, not two, but three of the big cats lounging around in front of a camera trap. They snuggled and napped, among other chill activities.


ARTICLE: On the trail of pumas in Chile’s wild south

No one saw the actual killing but the circumstantial evidence was compelling. It was a family tragedy, a case of infanticide. And suspicion fell squarely on the babysitter.

Our guide Roberto told us the story as we sat on the ridge above the lake waiting for the puma to re-emerge. Behind us thunderheads built round the spectacular massif of Torres del Paine, after which the park was named.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

ARTICLE: Counting the Tiger, Correctly: Will the Govt Use the New Method?

Researchers at the Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have come up with a new methodology that has the potential to revolutionise the way tigers and other big animals are counted over large geographical areas.

How many tigers are there in India?

According to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, in 2006, the number was estimated at 1,411 and in 2010 it was 1,706. In 2016, the world rejoiced when India announced that it had nearly 2,500 members of this critically endangered big cat.