Sunday, 20 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Tiger count goes up in Nallamala forest

Thanks to the conservation efforts by forest officials in the State by roping in the Chenchu tribals, the number of big cats in the Nallamala tracts had gone up to 45, including 31 tigresses, Markapur Division Forest Officer B. Jayachandra Reddy said here on Saturday.


The local community was fully involved in thwarting any misadventure by poachers, Mr. Reddy said.

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ARTICLE: Beauty and terror in the jungle

“GRRR....kerr...eooowww“ “Grrr....kerr...eooowww" The men in the Gurkha patrol stop dead in their tracks. No one dared to move even a muscle. They begin to wonder whether what they‘re hearing is an enemy signal warning them of an imminent ambush. Thankfully, their fear proves to be unfounded when the sounds persist. No communist terrorist would keep on calling out like that as it would be a dead giveaway!


Choosing to remain vigilant and constantly pepared for a communist attack, the captain signals to his best tracker to check out the source of the commotion while the rest of the troops seek cover behind a clump of tall trees. They‘d be ready to provide backup to their comrade should things start to go south.


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NEWSLINK: Celebrity launches a new fund to save the lions

Lions are in trouble – there are just 20,000 today, down from 200,000 around 100 years ago. But everyone’s favorite eco-warrior, Leonardo DiCaprio, isn’t going to sit by while big cat populations plummet. His foundation has teamed up with the Wildlife Conservation Network to launch the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF), a nonprofit that seeks to double the amount of lions by 2050.

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ARTICLE: When a Rare Jaguar Attack Becomes a Conservation Opportunity

Outside his outpost, a Colombian Navy guardsman wakes from a quick nap to see a jaguar inches from his face. A scrap ensues. The cat bites the guardsman’s thigh, but the man defends himself with the butt of his rifle. In seconds, the jaguar disappears into the night. The man lives to tell the tale.


His story mentions how the big cat tried to eat him. But an expert called in to review the case, which took place at the end of 2012 on the Uraba Coast, where the Colombia jungle gives way to a gnarled mass of saltwater mangroves, isn’t so sure about that.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

NEWSLINK: What Pilibhit Tiger Reserve can learn from its Bengal counterpart

Disquiet has given way to clamour in the fields around Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Uttar Pradesh. At the heart of this clamour is an unfolding tragedy, as one or more tigers continue to claim human lives. Fifteen people have lost their lives since last November. Villagers have blocked highways and traded charges with forest managers. But the solutions considered thus far to mitigate the human-animal conflict in Pilibhit have been mostly poorly thought out.

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NEWSLINK: National tiger conservation authority asks state to tame jungle traffic

Karnataka’s popular tiger safaris will now operate under stricter guidelines aimed at creating minimum disturbance and human interference while watching the big cats in the wild. National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the apex body on tiger conservation in India, has directed the chief wildlife wardens of all states to crack down on unruly traffic and chaos inside the forest during safaris.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

NEWSLINK: Limpopo lions being killed for muti that gives ‘power in business’

Chests were cut open and organs, such as the heart and adrenal glands were removed.

Four lions were killed in Limpopo over the weekend, driving speculation that body parts of the big cats are being used to make muti that reportedly gives users greater power in business and over people.


Police in Limpopo reported yesterday that two lions were killed in the Kwaggadans lion enclosure in Vaalwater, near Lephalale, on Friday night. Another pair was killed near Bushfellows Game Lodge in the Marble Hall area on Saturday.

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