Thursday, 20 July 2017

NEWSLINK: Saving 2 tigers gives more value than the cost of Mangalyaan!

Comparing tigers and Mangalyaan may seem bizarre but a new bio-economic analysis throws up interesting statistics -- saving two big cats gives more value than the cost of India’s much-hyped maiden mission to Mars.

In a one-of-its-kind analysis, an Indo-Australian team of scientists has published a paper titled ‘Making the hidden visible: Economic valuation of tiger reserves in India’ in the journal Ecosystem Services.


ARTICLE: The lady and the panther: Life-changing communication with animals

What would it be like to be able to communicate with other animals on this planet? With two-thirds of all nonhuman animal life already destroyed by us, we are in need of redemption to save them and ourselves.

In order to speak to us, animals usually have to overcome a lot of trauma. Imagine being a Wisconsin woodland creature, having watched your young fawns or best friend shot in front of you. Imagine watching your mother bear run by packs of dogs and shot out of a tree, never to return to help you survive your first winter. Imagine walking along the creek in winter to find a young beaver in a trap, struggling to breathe and stay above the waterline, or a fox dying in a steel jaw trap.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

NEWSLINK: More reported cougar sightings off back of recent article

Last week’s column about a confirmed cougar sighting in southern Michigan brought us mail from readers who believe they saw one in this area about year ago.

Scott Helms of South Bend wrote:

“Last year my wife and I spotted one at Potato Creek State Park. We were driving not too far from the main gate, heading toward the nature center to go walking when we smelled a dead carcass in the air. Immediately after, we spotted a large cat-like animal run across the road in front of our vehicle. Unfortunately, it didn’t want to stand around for a photo op, otherwise we would have taken a picture. When we reported it to a DNR officer at the Nature Center, he told us they have had other reports just like ours, but until someone gets a photo, they can’t confirm it. During the past year, someone reported on Facebook a sighting west of South Bend. That person didn’t get a photo either.”


NEWSLINK: Leopard shocker for residents of Kolar

People of Arabhikottanur and forest department officials heaved a sigh of “little” relief after an eight-year-old male leopard was found trapped on Saturday night in a cage placed by the forest department at Arabhikottanur village in Kolar district. A large number of villagers thronged to see the trapped leopard in the village. The forest department staff, who arrived at the spot, shifted the feline to the Nagarahole forest.


NEWSLINK: Lynx release plans for Kielder and Scottish Borders take giant stride forward

Plans to introduce big cats back to the Borders have taken a giant stride forward.

Just over a year ago the Lynx UK Trust announced their plans to explore the possibility of bringing the Eurasian lynx back into the British ecosystem.

An international team of experts has spent the last year detailing an approach to a reintroduction, consulting with national stakeholders, studying potential release sites, and consulting with local communities and businesses.


PHOTO: Shadow of a Cub Brings More Hope for Tigers in Russia

A photograph just released by PROO Tiger Center provides further evidence that tigers are re-colonizing lost habitat in Russia.

The image shows Svetlaya, an adult Amur tigress that was orphaned in the wild, raised in captivity, and released back into the wild in 2014, walking along a trail in April 2017 with her back half caked in spring mud. But what really has scientists celebrating is that the photograph reveals the legs and shadow of at least one cub!


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ARTICLE: Beyond the barbed wire: animal-human conflict

The animal-human conflict is on the rise as evident from frequent print and visual reports of tiger and leopard straying into human habitation and attacking people and livestock. Usually these predators’ end is fatal, with a lucky few being rescued by authorities to be relocated. In the mass hysteria generated by such cases, the critical why and how of the incident is crucially missed. This is what Krishnendu Bose’s 45-minute documentary The Tiger Who Crossed The Line, winner of the National Award for Best Environment Film including Best Agricultural Film 2016, brings into sharp focus.


NEWSLINK: Beardsley Zoo Opens Viewing Area For Rare Amur Leopards

The zoo has opened its newest renovation this summer: A large viewing window and sheltered wooden platform has been added to make it easier for visitors to check out the rarest big cats in the world, the Amur leopard.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

NEWSLINK: Killing of escaped lions 'good decision'

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency says the killing of the lions that escaped from the Kruger National Park was a good decision as it was becoming risky to keep them alive.
The three big cats which escaped from the park at the weekend were killed over the past two days.


PHOTOS: Lioness nursing baby leopard captured on camera for the first time ever

A unique wildlife moment, in which a lioness nursed a baby leopard, has been captured on camera.

The image, which was taken by Joop Van Der Linde, a guest at the Ndutu Lodge in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation Area shows the five-year-old adult allowing the three-week-old cub to feed. The baby's own mother was not to be seen anywhere in the area.


VIDEO: Twin snow leopard cubs settle in at home at Twycross Zoo

Two adorable new arrivals are making themselves at home among the animals at Twycross Zoo.

Zoo bosses have announced the arrival of their latest additions in the snow leopard enclosure - two female cubs, the third pair for mum Irma and dad Suou.

Born at the start of April, the cubs and their mother Irma have spent their first months together in a den off-show to allow them to settle in to the world at their own pace. Now as they grow older, the two little girls will begin venturing further away from the den's safety.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

PHOTO: Leopard electrocuted at top of 12-foot electric pole

A 4-year old leopard was electrocuted at the top of an electric pole which is 12-feet, in Nizamabad, Telangana state.

Forest officials say, the cat climbed to an electric pole for the reason unknown, got electrocuted after it tried to bite the live wires. The power had to be switched off to bring the big cats body down.


VIDEO: Horse 'attacked by big cat' near Gympie

Incredible footage has emerged of a horse inflicted with wounds resemblant of a big cat attack on a Gympie region property where the exotic predators have reportedly been sighted.

The images, submitted to the Big Cat Research Group this week, show a number of straight, definite slices covering the rump and flank of a horse contained at Lower Wonga, The Sunshine Coast Daily reports.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

VIDEO: Jaguar dives into river to battle alligator to the death

Footage shows the spotted cat creeping through grass towards a river bank as it hungrily follows the scent of the reptile's flesh.

As it reaches the precipice of the bank, the jaguar spies its prey and prepares to pounce.

The predator then jumps towards the unsuspecting gator with its claws out.


ARTICLE: A leopard kingdom grows right in the middle of a concrete jungle

Those who don't know much about forests may not understand the real importance or uniqueness of leopards -present in almost every part of the country, including Pune. They are in abundance and every alternate day , there has been news about leopard sighting or attacks on cattle in the rural parts of Pune.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

PHOTOS/NEWSLINK: Rare white liger cubs born (via Christina Clark)

Mythical creatures have long been the subject of great fascination for many cultures. And while tales of magnificent dragons, sea serpents, and unicorns are still sometimes passed down from generation to generation, it’s usually for entertainment purposes or to spark the imagination of a child. Mythical creatures are just that: mythical.

Even though there are no unicorns in the world (that we know of anyway), thanks to Dr. Bhagvan Antle of the T.I.G.E.R.S. Sanctuary based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we now have the next best thing.

Dr. Antle recently allowed two of his most incredible sanctuary members, a white tiger named Ivory and a white lion named Saraswati, to breed. The result was four of the rarest—and cutest—creatures on the planet that just might make you do a double-take!


NEWSLINK: 80-year-old woman fights off rabid bobcat

An 80-year-old New Hampshire woman who was attacked by a bobcat is recovering and back to tending to her garden, where the rabid animal left her bloodied over the weekend.
Elsie Dabrowski was cutting the grass around her flowers Sunday night when she said a bobcat suddenly lunged at her and latched onto her face with its teeth and claws. Dabrowski grabbed a sickle and struck the massive cat about five times before her dogs scared it away.


Thursday, 6 July 2017

NEWSLINK: Leopard scare at Poomarudikuzhi village

The Poomarudikuzhi village in Pathanamthitta district is under the leopard scare for the past 4 days. Pet dogs, cats and sambar deer (mlavu) have been killed by the leopard and very recently, the big cat strayed into the village killing a dog and cat owned by Vinod from Gitabhavan in Poomarudikuzhi.


NEWSLINK: Wild lynx plan not possible under current law

Sheep farmers are growing increasingly concerned about plans to reintroduce lynx into the countryside.

It is understood that the Lynx Trust has applied for a licence from Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage to reintroduce the big cats into the countryside.

Conservationists pushing for a five-year trial reintroduction of Eurasian lynx say their preferred sites would be Kielder Forest in Northumberland and the Borders area in Scotland.


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

NEWSLINK: Tree plantation drive leaves wild cats at the mercy of poachers

Telangana is betting big on programmes like Harita Haram to increase tree cover, but it appears to be missing the bus when it comes to safety of the tiger, the national animal, and its smaller cousin, the leopard. The grisly discovery of the body of a young male leopard hanging from electric wires in Nizamabad district on Monday is only the latest incident that points to the poor status of the big cats in the state.


NEWSLINK: Big cats released into safari

Two melanistic tigers – Krishna and Subhranshu – have been released to Tiger Safari at Nadankanan Zoological Park (NZP) here Tuesday.

The tigers, born in July 2014, were released into the safari at 9.30am in the presence of NZP director Sisir Acharya. They will remain in the safari for a few months which will help them grow in their natural habitat.


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

SIGHTING, UK: Notorious Wildcat of Warwickshire on camera?

The big cat was spotted prowling fields next to a hospital in Coventry. Stunned Matt, 36, was waiting for partner Hayley to recover from giving birth when he spotted the creature outside the window on Wednesday.

He told Sun Online: “I was just glancing out and saw this thing moving across the field.

“It was absolutely huge. I’ve been around dogs and seen plenty of foxes in my time and this creature just wasn’t moving like that."


NEWSLINK: 67 tigers die in six months in India and government does not know why

In a worrying trend in the first six months this year, 11 tigers died every month, which means one tiger death reported every three days. What should concern the government more is that of 67 big cats dead, authorities have been able to find reasons behind the death in only one case.

The data for the first six months shows that 58 bodies were recovered but in nine cases only body parts were seized by the authorities. The highest number of tiger deaths was reported from Karnataka (14), Madhya Pradesh (13) and Uttarakhand (9).


Sunday, 2 July 2017

NEWSLINK: Zoo's Tiger Rocky Dies

The Cape May County Zoo has reported that Rocky the Siberian tiger died June 24.
Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, who oversees the Park and Zoo released the following: "Rocky was a rock star and held celebrity status at the zoo for many years. He was a magnificent animal that delighted visitors to the zoo from the time he arrived until his passing.
"Rocky and all the other species that are part of the AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP) are an important part of the research to learn more about the habits and behavior of endangered species and aid in the recovery. He will be missed by all."

Rocky was born at Six Flags Great Adventure, in Jackson April 6 2001. He was born small and weak and his mother, sensing a weak cub, refused to take care of him.


NEWSLINK: New cheetah cubs to debut at Wild Animal Park for 'Big Cat Week'

It's Big Cat Week at Wild Animal Park in Chittenango, and on Sunday some cheetah cubs will finally be on display.

They will be out at 10:30 a.m. The goal of the week is to promote big cat conservation. The Wild Animal Park is the only place in the state where all seven big cat species can be seen.


NEWSLINK: Red alert in Nallamala for tiger hunters

A red alert has been declared in the Nallamala forest following reports of a team of notorious tiger hunters, including a woman from Haryana entered the forest to kill the big cats.
Three strangers, including a woman were already reported to be found moving from one tribal hamlet to another in the garb of toy sellers.


VIDEO: Rare white lion celebrates 1st birthday in Baghdad zoo

A zoo in Iraq is rearing a white lion cub and officials say they’re hoping to welcome another one of the unusual big cats in the coming month. The male cub is hosted at Iraq’s Al Zawra Zoo. He’s the first lion to have been born in Iraq and his white genetic mutation make him extremely rare.


Thursday, 29 June 2017

SIGHTING, IRELAND: Warnings after possible panther sighting in Armagh and Down (via Ellie Glover)

Police in Newry and Mourne are appealing for anyone who may have seen a large black cat - possibly a panther - in the Newry area to get in touch, reports Belfast Live.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, they wrote: "On June 16, 2017 at 11am Police received a report of what has been described as a large black cat, possibly a panther, sighted in the Moneymore Road area of Newry!


NEWSLINK: Animal Reserve anticipates August opening

If all goes as planned, 30 big cats will make the trek from a facility in Brevard County to the Central Florida Animal Reserve in St. Cloud in August.

But after securing the $100,000 needed to complete the Animal Reserve, there is one more financial hurdle to clear. The Animal Reserve needs to raise $25,000 to make sure the welfare of every cat is in good standing before the move can even begin.

“We made the initial goal for the actual $100,000. So we got that whole thing matched. It was a fantastic thing.


VIDEO: 30 big cats at Brevard County facility to be moved to St. Cloud

Thirty big cats, including lions, tigers, cougars and leopards, will soon be traveling 52 miles across Central Florida.

Neighborhoods and developments near the Central Florida Animal Reserve in Cocoa forced the county to change the zoning from agricultural to residential, so the county asked that the facility be moved.

Since then, the organization has raised about $1.3 million to build a new facility in St. Cloud


NEWSLINK: Sunderbans now happy hunting ground for tigers; numbers go up

For the second year in a row, tiger population in the Indian Sunderbans has shown an increase. This year, a camera-trap exercise has captured at least six more tigers in the mangroves.
According to a forester associated with the exercise, 87 unique frames were captured by the camera traps in the mangroves, including the tiger reserve area and the South 24-Parganas forest division. The count was 81 last year. The latest exercise was conducted between December 2016 and June this year.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

NEWSLINK: Experts fear at least 150 black panthers prowl the streets of Britain

Cryptozoologist Jonathan Downes, 57, has been tracking the wild beasts for decades.

He reckons there are dozens of killer pumas, panthers, lynx and wildcats roaming the UK.
Panther filmed stalking man at zoo before pouncing

It comes after we revealed how Emma Adam was left paralysed with fear when she came face-to-face with a black panther this week.

Mr Downes believes her sighting in Leicestershire is just the tip of the iceberg. He believes there could be 150 big cats such as panthers on the loose in Britain at any one time.


NEWSLINK: Big drop in global cheetah numbers

Cheetah numbers are in steady decline; in 1975 there were 14,000 wild cheetahs, today the number hovers just over 7,000. New data suggests the numbers may fall by 53 percent over the next 15 years. This comes from Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization. Speaking with National Geographic, the head of the organization, Luke Hunter sets out what this means: "That’s a very active decline, and you have to really step in and act to address that."


Sunday, 25 June 2017

NEWSLINK: Big Cat Rescue welcomes 3 new exotic rescues

Big Cat Rescue took in three new exotic cats rescued from an illegal breeder Tuesday morning.

According to Big Cat Rescue, the two Caracals and one African Serval were owned by an illegal breeder of hybrid cats in Ohio. When the Ohio Department of Agriculture discovered the cats, the owner willingly surrendered them. But, the three exotic cats needed a home.

ODA reached out to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa to see if they would take the cats in. Big Cat Rescue happily accepted the cats and will be their permanent home.


NEWSLINK: Anjanapura residents in fear after leopard attacks dog

Residents staying in Anjanapura, off Kanakapura Road, have been complaining about leopard sightings. On Wednesday, the big cat turned up again, triggering panic among residents at BDA Layout (Ist Block) in Anjanapur off Kanakapura Road. According to residents, the leopard attacked a dog, injuring it seriously after dusk on Wednesday.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

SIGHTING, UK: Jogger reports seeing panther on Alban Way

Alistair Divall, of Old London Road, saw what he believed to be a panther while he was out jogging, at around 9.30am.

He said: “It was about 10 or 15 feet in front of me, moving slowly, and then it turned and looked at me briefly.

“It disappeared completely and there were people down at the bottom with their dogs.”
Alistair, who is employed as a TV presenter and broadcaster, has worked at Paradise Wildlife Park, where he said he learned more about big cats.


NEWSLINK: ABQ BioPark snow leopard Kachina dies

Kachina, a 14-year-old snow leopard and a resident of the ABQ BioPark Zoo since 2003, died Thursday, according to the zoo’s Facebook page.

She was diagnosed last January with a tumor that was inoperable because of its proximity to her neck and throat.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

VIDEO: 'Big cat' blamed for cougar-like attack on Queensland horse

Bizarre footage has emerged of a horse, which appears to have been attacked by a large cat in Gympie.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by Australian-based big cat research group PantherPeople, shows a horse with giant scratch marks on its back.


ARTICLE: How to Save the Jaguars? Turn the Locals From Foe to Friend

Ricardo Moreno loves cats. At 14 years old, he would follow around his pet cat and study its behavior—much to his mother’s displeasure.

Now, the Panamanian has moved onto bigger things: Saving the Americas' biggest feline, the jaguar.

The big cats once roamed over nearly nine million square kilometers, from the southern mountains of Argentina to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. But decades of deforestation and hunting have drastically shrunk its habitat and eliminated 40 percent of the historic population. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the jaguar as near threatened to extinction; the species is already gone from Uruguay and Ecuador.


NEWSLINK: Big cats increase, but not their habitat size

The steady increase in tiger population in the State yet again underlines the need to expand the tiger habitat lest it results in more tiger-human conflicts in the periphery of national parks.

This came to the fore early this year in the Nagarahole belt with a spate of tiger deaths, while five human deaths were reported from the Bandipur fringes during December-January in 2013-14.

Nagarahole park director Manikandan hinted at space crunch to accommodate the growing tiger population in Nagarahole. “The park has a boundary of 220 km of which 150 km has human habitation and there is no buffer forest on the eastern and western boundary of the national park which adjoins villages,” he added.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

ARTICLE: Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA Shows

In true feline form, cats took their time deciding whether to jump into humans’ laps.

In a new comprehensive study of the spread of domesticated cats, DNA analysis suggests that cats lived for thousands of years alongside humans before they were domesticated. During that time, their genes have changed little from those of wildcats, apart from picking up one recent tweak: the distinctive stripes and dots of the tabby cat.


ARTICLE: There's nothing more terrifying to the mountain lion than the voice of a 'super-predator'

There is one predator that sends mountain lions running, even if they are in the middle of feasting on a fresh kill.

Hearing the human voice is enough to make the cats drop what they're doing and run as fast as they can, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Humans are the only 'super-predator' to have this effect on the big cats.

Scientists set up a system with motion-sensitive cameras placed near the sites where mountain lions – also known as pumas – would drag their prey to eat them. When the cameras were triggered by one of the cats, it would play either the sound of a frog or a recording of human speech.


Sunday, 18 June 2017

NEWSLINK: Ringling’s big cats could be headed for a circus overseas

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has closed, but it still needs to find new homes for some of its animals. Ringling’s recent bid to export protected lions, tigers, and a leopard to a German circus reveals deep flaws in the way the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is being enforced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). All of these animals are imperiled in the wild and, as such, are supposed to be protected by the ESA.


NEWSLINK: Can at least this tiger be saved in Nelwai?

Another tiger has entered forests of Nelwai, may be in search of food and safe shelter. But, it has literally braved the threat of poaching as well. A three-year-old male tiger, which had migrated from Maharashtra, ended up being electrocuted in the similar wild, seven months ago. The question arises now is: “Can forest officials save this big cat, at least?”


NEWSLINK: Tiger pushes son out of reserve’s core area

It’s a turf war in the Sariska tiger reserve.

Twelve years ago, poachers had wiped Sariska clean of the big cats. Now, a total of 14 tigers mean that the national park with an overall area of about 800 sq km and a core area of approximately 500 sq km may be turning into a bit of a squeeze for the striped cats.

In the latest territorial fight in Sariska, tiger ST-6 has made sure that his son ST-13 has not entered his territory for the last eight months.


NEWSLINK: Tiger population set to increase in Kaziranga National Park

Latest estimates show that there are 104 tigers in the Kaziranga National Park and Burachapori, about 250 km from here. In 2014, there were 83 tigers in Kaziranga.

Both the parks are located within the sprawling Kaziranga Tiger Reserve, spread over an area of 860sq km.The Kaziranga Park is 430 sq km.While 95 adult tigers were found in Kaziranga, two adult big cats were found in Burchapori along with cubs.

With 104 tigers, the big cat density in Kaziranga has been found to be 21 tigers per 100 sq km.


Thursday, 15 June 2017

NEWSLINK: Hamerton Zoo killer big cat 'was rare Malayan tiger'

Zoo bosses say a big cat that killed its keeper was a rare male Malayan tiger.

Rosa King, 33, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire on 29 May when she and the tiger, which the zoo said was called Cicip, entered an enclosure.

The zoo, which has been shut since the attack, is due to reopen on Friday.

It comes after it passed a licence and public safety inspection by Huntingdonshire Council.

The park's director Andrew Swales said the decision to reopen had been taken "in consultation with the police, our staff and Rosa's family".


SIGHTING, UK: Muscular big cat spotted bounding across road near St Albans

Another witness has come forward to report glimpsing a bounding big cat just outside St Albans.

Valerie Rodrigues was on her way back from Redbourn at about 8.30pm on June 6 when she spotted an animal dart out into the road in front of her car.

At first she dismissed it as a fox - it was a “gingery, sandy colour” she said, a similar size, and trotting - but as the car got closer it started to bound away.

She is now “absolutely sure” it was feline: “It was definitely a cat in the way it moved, in its well-defined muscles in its legs.

“Cats don’t run like dogs or foxes, they are more arched in their backs. I don’t doubt it was the cat.

“If it hadn’t run I might not have quite realised what it was.”


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

NEWSLINK: In a first, SGNP installs CCTV in animal enclosure

To ensure monitoring of the big cats kept in captivity at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), forest department for the first time has decided to install CCTV camera's inside the animal enclosures. Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) and Director of SGNP, Anwar Ahmed informed that the idea behind this was to ensure that not only the activities of animals can be watched from any location but also prior recorded footages can be accessed in case any animal is sick or found dead.


VIDEO: Using just a smartphone to track endangered species

Drones and smartphones are being used to monitor — and hopefully save — endangered species. Through a project called ConservationFIT, a team of wildlife conservationists from Duke University and the nonprofit WildTrack, are developing algorithms and utilizing drones to analyze footprints and monitor animal movements from the air.


SIGHTING, UK: The Norfolk Puma spotted at Congham

Norfolk boasts the UK record for big cat sightings with more people than anywhere else in the country reporting seeing cats as large as leopards, panthers and jaguars loping through the county’s countryside, villages, towns and even the city centre of Norwich.

It would be easy, though, to take the sighting of a big cat by customers and staff at a Congham watering hole The Anvil with a pinch of salt and a slice of lemon.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

PHOTOS: Indonesian man has been friends with tiger for 10 years

About 10 years ago, a Muslim School in Malang, Indonesia, received a special donation. It was a three-month-old tigress that its owner had given up on. The school gladly accepted the cub and assigned one of the students to look after her. Abdullah Sholeh became the cat’s nanny, and then best friends. “Sometimes when I am not home, she will always look for me. It is because of this reason that I stick around her a lot. At times I sleep with her in the cage,” says Sholeh, now 25-years-old.


ARTICLE/VIDEO: The “Lion Whisperer” Thinks Safari Parks Are Doing More Harm Than Good

Kevin Richardson, the man who is considered the Lion Whisperer has harsh words for safari parks that condone interactions with big cats and tourists.

His words sting especially after the tragic death of a tiger handler at Hamerton Zoo this past week. He claims that Safari parks are merely contributing to the illegal capture of big cats and not doing much for conservation.

“Today’s lion cub becomes tomorrow’s trophy, and the unsuspecting tourists have blood on their hands. The tourists have been hoodwinked into believing that their contribution of funds is going into lion conservation,” he told the Daily Mail.


Thursday, 8 June 2017

NEWSLINK: City youngsters fight for the big cat’s survival

What can be more ironical than the fact that eight tigers have died around the Tiger Capital of India in the last five months. Two of them lost their lives thanks to unscrupulous poachers and rest of them died due to illness, dehydration or territorial fights. Authorities have promised to take action, but city youngsters are not ready to wait and watch, sitting at the sidelines and allow more precious animals to die.


NEWSLINK: India to get new tiger hubs, rise in big cat population expected

For many tiger lovers wandering across India's 50-odd national parks to get a glimpse of the majestic big cats without success, there is good news. Next opening of the park gates may bring to you a louder roar of the felines.

If the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the apex body formulating policies for the conservation of big cats, is to be believed, then the next tiger census due in 2018 is set to show a "significant rise".


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

NEWSLINK: Tiny Orang roars on tiger density

Orang, the tiger reserve in Assam with the smallest core among 50 nationally protected areas, has presented wildlife scientists doing a census with a surprise: a high density of 28 big cats.

The count was revealed during phase IV of the all-India tiger estimation programme of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).


NEWSLINK: Tiger images thrill surveyors

The Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) management is thrilled with the overwhelming results of the recent exercise to count the big cat through camera traps (remote controlled cameras).

The exercise has yielded a rich haul of photographs, indicating a surge inthe park’s tiger population, spread across Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri districts of Uttarakhand.

The RTR authorities carried out an internal tiger census in February this year. A total of 290 cameras were installed in different parts of the park.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

NEWSLINK: Lions rescued from circuses found mutilated in big cat sanctuary

The bodies of two lions have been found brutally mutilated at a sanctuary in South Africa's northern Limpopo province. The animals, which reportedly had their heads, skin, tails and feet removed in the attack had been rescued from circuses in South America last year.
It is suspected that the lions’ limbs were taken for use in witchcraft ceremonies.

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ARTICLE: Kamloops Conservation Officers use dogs to limit cougar-human interactions

In British Columbia, Cougars are considered an apex predator, and certainly have the strength to take down prey as big as elk, and moose. Quite often, the big cats are maligned when it comes to interaction with people, and the domestic animals and livestock we keep; one local Conservation Officer is hoping to chance the perception of cougars in the wild, as well as show CFJC Today one of the many tools the service has when it comes to dealing with big cats.


Monday, 5 June 2017

NEWSLINK: Reports of 'big cat' sightings in Australia are mounting

A hunter of 35 years has reported a sighting of a large black cat while hunting at night in Langshaw.

Yesterday, a professional hunter with decades of experience hunting in Australia and New Zealand reported to The Gympie Times he had definitively seen the large cat five months ago.

The man, who has chosen not to be named, carries out professional animal control.

He said he spotted a large black cat while hunting at night.

"I was out between Langshaw and Amamoor Creek," he said.


NEWSLINK: Animal census surprises Forest Department officials

It may sound awkward, but it is true. This is one tiger resort that doesn’t have the big cat prowling around. The Phase-IV census of wild animals which concluded on Wednesday did not record the movement of a single tiger in Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR) of Jannaram.

This has astonished many, particularly environmental activists. However, officials of the Forest Department said that the animal could be living somewhere in the facility spread over Adilabad, Nirmal, Mancherial and Kumram Bheem Asifabad districts.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

NEWSLINK: Undercover tourists capture footage of big cats being tortured for 'selfies'

Endlessly jabbed with metal sticks as visitors pose with them for pictures - for some of these tigers, this is the grim reality of everyday life.

Undercover tourists have secretly filmed two controversial parks in Thailand for a new BBC documentary that lifts the lid on animal exploitation abroad.


NEWSLINK: State ready to translocate tigers to western half of Rajaji Tiger Reserve

After months of deliberation and careful planning, the state forest department is all set to translocate tigers to the western part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) which is home to two lone tigresses. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has granted permission for five tigers for the translocation project.

The western part of RTR is separated from the eastern half by a narrow corridor that is threatened by the perpetual construction of flyovers, widening highways and new townships.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

ARTICLE: South Africa's 'lion whisperer' gets up close with big cats

The male lion brushes through the tall grass and strides into a clearing in a South African wildlife sanctuary. A man beckons the big cat with purring sounds. The lion, Bayetsi, responds with a gentle 
growl and caresses Kevin Richardson, popularly known as the "lion whisperer," with its mane.

Richardson hopes his hands-on stunts with lions will highlight the plight of the African predator, whose numbers have dwindled. It also thrusts him into a sensitive debate about human interaction with lions; some conservationists say Richardson's message is sound and sincere, but note the limits of what he can do to address big-picture problems facing the vulnerable species.


PHOTOS: Full Speed Cheetahs at Animal Ark Sanctuary

The Animal Ark Cheetah 500 offers guests the opportunity to see the sanctuary’s two cheetahs running at full speed and off leash. It was hosted Sunday, May 28 at the wildlife sanctuary.

The event kicked off with a short educational session about cheetahs. Rachel Smith, an animal keeper and educator, talked about the sanctuary’s cheetahs. She first explained that while most big cats will fight to defend their food, cheetahs, with their light frame, will run from a threat. A rake smacking the ground or loud stomp could be all it takes to stop a cheetah from misbehaving.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

PHOTOS: Leopard walks into Gurgaon village, six of a family trapped for hours

A leopard was caught after five-hour drama at Durga Colony of Sohna locality, 25km from Gurgaon. Locals said the leopard had been around the locality since 3am and entered the residential area at 9am. The big cat was tranquillised and caught at 2.30pm by forest officials. The animal had attacked a youth and a child before entering a house where it was caught later.

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NEWSLINK: Tiger mauls British zookeeper to death in ‘freak accident’

By the time the other zookeepers got to the tiger enclosure, screaming and throwing pieces of meat as a distraction, it was too late.

Rosa King, a zookeeper at Hamerton Zoo Park, 80 miles north of London, had gotten trapped in the “Land of the Tiger” enclosure with at least one of the zoo’s big cats, according to local police and the zoo.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

NEWSLINK: 11 Captive Big Cats Killed Instead of Transferred to Sanctuary

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates there to be between 5,000 and 7,000 tigers in the United States, even though they’re endemic to Eurasia, not North America. Meanwhile, tigers are endangered, and there are only around 1,500 to 3,500 remaining in the wild. 

That’s right, there are more tigers living in American’s backyards than exist in the wild because a lofty 95 percent of big cats – which include lions, leopards, bobcats, and lynxes, in addition to tigers – aren’t found at the nation’s public zoos, but instead are privately owned. And sadder still, Federal and state laws that govern how these big cats must be treated and cared for are extremely lax. As a result, their well-being isn’t often a huge priority for their owners, and a recent incident in Elbert County, Colorado is just the latest in a string of events that shows how true this unfortunately is.


NEWSLINK: Camera traps to track leopards at IIT

Over the new few months, a wildlife researcher will conduct the first-ever camera-trapping survey of the Indian Institute of Technology at Powai to capture images of leopards on campus.

Nikit Surve of the Wildlife Conservation Society-India is currently carrying out a similar exercise at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) for monitoring the density of leopards. This is the second phase of the initial study conducted between December 2014 and April 2015 to estimate the density of the leopard population as well as its wild and domestic prey. and to determine the big cats' food habits. The study will track the diet of leopards in the campus to check if it is the stray dogs that are attracting the big cats.


NEWSLINK: New wild home for Vladik, the Siberian tiger who got lost in Vladivostok

Last autumn, a male Siberian tiger was spotted wandering the streets just a few miles away from downtown Vladivostok. Several other sightings followed, making residents in the Russian port city more than a little nervous. The big cat was eventually captured, and now, many months later, he's been re-released into the wild, well away from civilisation.


ARTICLE: Is the snow leopard actually 3 distinct subspecies?

New research published in the Journal of Heredity suggests that there are three subspecies of snow leopard, which researchers say could create new conservation opportunities for the elusive species that inhabits remote, high-altitude habitat across Central and South Asia.

All snow leopards were believed to belong to one monotypic species, Panthera uncia, prior to the present study. Though the cats’ range is immense, extending across 1.6 million square kilometers (more than 600,000 square miles) and 12 Asian countries, while also being largely inaccessible to humans, as it includes some of the highest and coldest mountain ranges in the world, hunting and poaching still pose such a serious threat to snow leopards that an estimated population of just 3,500 to 7,000 individuals remains in the wild today.


Friday, 26 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Forest dept studying leopards in, around SGNP

The Forest Department, in order to know the exact locations of leopards in and around Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), and to know their population, is doing a study on the movements of leopards. The study is being done in order to reduce the chances of a human-animal conflict in the area surrounding the SGNP.

While the study is currently being conducted in IIT Bombay and Aarey, the fieldwork will end on June 4 and be concluded by July this year.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

VIDEO: Jaguar slips into stealth mode to take down giant crocodile

Footage shows the large, spotted cat swims through the murky water towards a river bank, looking for prey.

The adult male then spies a giant alligator sitting on a tiny sandy island and slips into stealth mode.

The huge cat carefully steps through the river towards it, treading its paws quietly as not to alert its potential dinner.

Once it has reached a perfect position behind the croc, the jaguar then crawls back into the water and rapidly paddles towards it.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

ARTICLE: Protein rich diet kills 10 tigers, 5 lions in Bannerghatta Park. Why?

More than 10 tigers and five lion deaths in the Bannerghatta Biological Park had vets worried. For the past few months, zoo veterinarians noticed that a number of big cats passed away as a result of kidney-related problems. But now, zoo officials seem to have understood what’s causing the deaths.

A protein rich diet caused a number of complications for the wild animals. According to zoo officials, the diet led to renal failure among many of the big cats, resulting in their death. For months, veterinarians studied the visceral samples of tigers and lions and found that the animals’ liver was unable to process the waste products of protein synthesis and this put further pressure on their kidneys.


ARTICLE: Threat to Big Cat: 7 tigers, 36 leopards died in just 4 months

Despite the tall claims of Maharashtra government for tiger and wild life conservation, there has been a significant rise in the number of deaths of big cat species. At least 6 tigers have died during last 4 months and 36 leopards lost their lives within 3 months.

On May 18 a tiger cub was found in Nagbhid tehsil in Gadchiroli district, taking the total number of deaths of tigers to 7 in just a span of 4 months.

Ironically about 80 per cent of these deaths were reported in Vidarbha region. The alarming trend has exposed the ignorant take of state government towards tiger conservation.


ARTICLE: After four years, Mukundra reserve awaits its first tiger

Four years after its creation, the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR), still awaits relocation of tigers.

Ranthambore National Park (RTR) in Swai Madhopur and Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) in Alwar were the only two reserves in Rajasthan when in 2013 the state government announced a third tiger reserve — the Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve.

The reserve was formed to cater to the spillover tiger population from RTR, which at present is reported to be around 65 tigers.


SIGHTING, UK: Big cat spotted creeping through St Albans field

Sharon Smith, 53, was stuck in Hatfield Road traffic on Friday evening at about 6.30pm, when she glanced out the window and saw something moving in the field by the thoroughfare.

She said it was big, sleek, cream, and moving towards the car.

Doing a double-take, Sharon tried to alert her partner - but he was driving and concentrating on the road.

She said: “I could see its back and it was creeping along and I thought, ‘that doesn’t look like anything I have seen before’.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Pugmarks near Amoni create panic among villagers

Pugmarks of tigers near Amoni village in the vicinity of Sukhi Sewaniya close to the State capital created panic among the villagers. They are of the view that the big cat might have moved near to human habitat in search of water as there are possibilities that due to intensive summer conditions water bodies in the forests might have shrieked or dried up.

Bhopal District Forest Officer (DFO) SP Tiwari while talking to The Pioneer said, "There are 28 tigers in the Ratapani Sanctuary besides about a dozen more striped felines move around the sanctuary in the forests of Kerwa, Kathotiya and Mandora while there are two big cats in the forests of Amoni."

"The population of tigers in the stretch between Ratapani Sanctuary and Kerwa dam has risen to around 28 from 19 in 2013. There were only 9 tigers in the area in 2006," said Tiwari.


NEWSLINK: Rajasthan lioness that gave birth to 5 cubs gets parenting tips from BBC, Nat Geo

Tejika, an Asiatic lioness at Nahargarh Biological Park who recently gave birth to five cubs, was shown documentaries of cats bringing up their cubs in forests of South Africa and Gujarat’s Gir National Park to teach her about motherhood.

This was done after her sister, RT, littered two cubs in Jodhpur’s Machia biological park and accidentally killed one of them earlier this month. RT had picked up the cubs in her mouth and pierced the body of one, killing him instantly. The other was seriously injured.