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Development ups tiger extinction risk by over 50 per cent in protected areas

The study, Maintaining Tiger Connectivity and Minimising Extinction into the Next Century: Insights from Landscape Genetics and Spatially-Explicit Simulations, published in the February 2018 issue of the Biological Conservation journal, examined the population connectivity of tigers across nine reserves, and used genetic data to infer the impact of changing landscapes on the species and simulate their extinction probability in different scenarios.

An Amazing 103 Wild Tigers Counted in Bhutan

The 'Land of the Thunder Dragon' completes its first wild tiger survey

Bhutan is home to an amazing 103 wild tigers—an increase from a previous estimate of 75 that was not based on actual field surveys—according to the country’s first-ever tiger survey released on Global Tiger Day.

Forest Department Using Drone To Track Wild Tiger

Assam forest department is taking the help of an Army drone to track the route of a tiger which created panic Tezpur in Sonitpur district. The Misamari Army base used the drone to find out the probable location of the tiger which was missing after its pug mark was found at Kolibari Tapu on Wednesday night, chief Conservator of Forest, Northern Range, P Shiv Kumar told PTI.

The man who knew winter was coming: environmentalist Bittu Sahgal and the journey of ‘Sanctuary Asia’

The man who knew winter was coming: environmentalist Bittu Sahgal and the journey of ‘Sanctuary Asia’

We are because of nature, nature isn’t because of us. We currently live with a false sense of superiority over it, as we desecrate ecosystems with merciless urbanisation and crooked production practices. But over the din of destruction, one tenet alone shall ring true – A war against nature is futile. Jo kudrat se takaryega mitti mein mil gayega.


TANA TAPI, TAKUM NABUM AND THE GHORA AABHE SOCIETY  Recipient of Habitat Conservation Awards, 2014 - Arunachal Pradesh

The Ghora Aabhe Society consists of reformed hunters and conservationists living in and around Pakke Tiger Reserve, who have become the guardians of wildlife in this landscape. Situated in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, members of the society are known for carrying out ground-level conservation work with communities and governing agencies towards the awareness and conservation of biodiversity. Two of the key people from the society are Tana Tapi and Takum Nabum.

My first good photograph of a wild tiger

May 1971 was exceedingly hot in the plains of Tamil Nadu and some of us were holidaying in a cardamom estate in the Kalakad hills (now part of Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve), nearly at the southern end of the Western Ghats. It turned out to be the turning point in my life as I met Mr. J.C. Daniel of the Bombay Natural History Society and Mr. Romulus Whitaker from the Madras Snake Park. They had come to these hills on a wildlife survey. Mr. Daniel, on learning that I was a post-graduate in Zoology and was teaching in a college, encouraged me to take up wildlife studies. 

Extra area to aid conservation - Manas National Park territory increased to 850 sq km

Manas National Park

The Assam forest department has increased the Manas National Park area, making it almost equal to Kaziranga National Park, three years after the proposal was mooted by the Bodoland Territorial Council.

This is the first addition to Manas, adding 350 square km to the present 500 square km park area, which makes it a total of 850 square km. The total area of Kaziranga is 882 square km after six additions.

Tigers, greed: The modern Thai temple


Among the most notorious of the influential monks, it's Luang Ta Chan, otherwise known as Phra Archan Phusit Khantitharo, the abbot of the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, who amazes me the most.

In quick time, his temple which had painstakingly built a reputation as a sanctuary for homeless tigers has turned out to be a wildlife trafficking site and a tiger talisman factory.

This whole saga has become an international scandal since the seizure of 149 tigers, some of which were not registered. As officials scoured the temple, the shocks built.


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