Thursday, 15 February 2018

NEWSLINK: Forests in and around Mumbai are home to 41 leopards

A leopard in captivity in gir forest.jpgA survey of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli, and its surrounding forest areas has confirmed the presence of 41 leopards. Camera traps were used to document wildlife during the survey, wherein 27 leopards were photographed for the first time. The researchers surveyed 140 sq km . The survey report ‘Monitoring density and movement of leopards within Sanjay Gandhi National Park and along its periphery’ was released at the SGNP, Borivli, on Tuesday.


NEWSLINK: Tiger census begins in Madhya Pradesh

DAK Panthera tigris 02.JPGAuthorities have started the official count of tigers in Madhya Pradesh, which lost 26 wild cats last year, as part of a nationwide exercise.

The first phase of All India Tiger Estimation (AITE) began yesterday in all the tiger reserves of Madhya Pradesh, a Public Relations Department official said today.

Besides tiger, the population of leopards and other wild and herbivorous animals will also be counted for the next seven days in the first phase, he said.


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

VIDEO: Rare leopard cannibalism caught on video

Ciruta 7.JPGA scientist on his honeymoon recently filmed an exceptionally rare, grisly sight: an adult male leopard cannibalising another a juvenile male leopard, mere minutes after the kill.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime event to witness, for sure,” says Tanner Harvey, a Ph.D. student studying snake venom at the University of Northern Colorado.


NEWSLINK: Tiger cub rescued from dry well

A tiger cub was rescued from a dry well in a village near Pench National Park in Seoni district on Sunday. The cub was trapped in the well - located in the buffer zone of the protected area - for almost 24 hours, before being rescued in the evening, said sources. Villagers saw the tiger cub in afternoon and informed the authorities.


NEWSLINK: As Africa’s Big Cats Face Serious Threat, There is New Hope for Lions in Tanzania

Most people around the world are not aware that lions and other predator species currently face a major crisis. The lion population worldwide has plummeted 43% in the past two decades, and only about 20,000 remain across Africa. Habitat loss, bush-meat poaching, and human-predator conflict – primarily with local herders that share their land and livestock grazing areas with the lions' habitat – are the main reasons for this sharp and worrisome trend.


PHOTOS: This Awesome Camera Setup Captured Incredible High-Def Footage Of A Cheetah Sprinting

If you’ve been following along with the BBC’s Natural History Unit, most notably for the Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II documentaries, one of your token reactions probably was, “How in the hell did they film that?” Well, in the case of the unit’s newest documentary, Big Cats, sometimes the crew uses little remote-controlled buggies that zoom across the land to catch up with cheetahs running. It’s very cool.


NEWSLINK: Mountain Lion Tracked By Scientists Is Found Dead Near Malibu Road

A mother cougar has been found dead near Malibu Canyon Road after apparently being struck by a vehicle, officials have revealed.

“Unfortunately, her life came to an end prematurely due to the challenge of navigating the complex road network in this area,” Jeff Sikich, biologist for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, said in a statement.