Wednesday, 21 February 2018

NEWSLINK: Poacher 'hunting big cats' mauled to death by lions

Police are investigating if a man killed and eaten by a pride of lions at a private game reserve in South Africa was a poacher who had been hunting big cats.

His screams for help raised the alarm but the lions quickly killed the man and devoured most of his body before being chased off.

The head was left untouched and is the only means available to police of identifying the man who was carrying no documents.


NEWSLINK: Another tiger found dead in Bandipur

Male Tiger Ranthambhore.jpgYet another tiger was found dead at Maddur forest range limits in Bandipur Tiger Reserve (BTR) on Monday morning. According to forest officials, the age of this male big cat is around four years and it had died two to three days ago.

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ARTICLE: National Geographic explorer uses stories to save lions

It was 2013 when Dr. Andrew Stein noticed that something was wrong in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.

Stein was a carnivore conservationist working in the region at the time when a colleague brought a long, drawn-out fight between the region’s lions and local people to his attention. In 2013 alone, more than 50 percent of the region’s lions had been killed — most by poison.

“We find the carcasses because they’re normally surrounded by 18 to 20 dead vultures,” Stein told a crowd Monday night at the Center for the Environment at Catawba.

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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.