Monday, June 28, 2010

ANGELICA the BOBCAT

Angelica the BOBCAT was rescued by Big Cat Rescue after her owner was in foreclosure and unable to keep her any longer. NO wild cat species will ever make a suitable "pet" ... ignorant or uneducated people often find this out the hard way and the cats are always the ones that suffer!



Saturday, June 26, 2010

Conservationists outraged by tiger killing in Malaysia

Conservationists outraged by tiger killing in Malaysia

Agence France-Presse June 25, 2010

Conservationists on Thursday condemned the killing of a young tiger in Malaysia by a member of a police volunteer force, as the country seeks to reverse a sharp decline in its tiger population.

The killing comes as Malaysia is trying to double its tiger population to 1,000 by 2020. There are only 500 wild tigers left in Peninsular Malaysia, a sharp decline from an estimated 3,000 in the 1950s.

Friends of the Earth Malaysia urged the authorities to punish the offender for shooting the three-year-old endangered Malayan Tiger and to adopt strict gun control policies.

"Immediate and drastic action must be taken against the offender to ensure that this incident is not repeated," the group said. "The government should review its stand on the issuing of gun licences and control the use of firearms by volunteer police force members."

Tiger skins and body parts are in demand across Asia where they are used in traditional medicines.

Under Malaysian law, poachers face up to five years in jail

http://www.theprovince.com/life/Conservationists+outraged+tiger+killing+Malaysia/3199132/story.html

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Malaysia: Shooting of rare tiger defended

Malaysia: Shooting of rare tiger defended

By Julia Zappei 4:00 AM Saturday Jun 26, 2010

The head of Malaysia's volunteer security corps said Friday one of his men shot an endangered tiger to protect villagers and he would have done the same, despite criticism by wildlife activists.

Mohamad Sulong Che Ros shot the 3-year-old Malayan tiger after it was found foraging for food in his village in northern Perak state Tuesday. He is part of Malaysia's security corps, known by its Malay acronym RELA, whose members are allowed to carry firearms.

Conservationists have condemned the killing, and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks is investigating.

RELA Director General Zaidon Asmuni said Mohamad Sulong had shot the animal to protect residents, the stated mandate of RELA.

"I will do the same ... say you don't do this, the tiger may attack you and the villagers. Tigers can attack people at any time," he told The Associated Press. "He is not hunting for a tiger in the jungle ... In this case here, the life of a human is more important that that animal."

Zaidon said it was perhaps "too late" for Mohamad Sulong to have alerted the wildlife department since the tiger was already in the village.

Department deputy director Misliah Mohamed Basir said tigers usually don't attack humans, and urged the public to call the department instead of taking matters in their own hands.

"Normally we will set up traps because our intention is always to capture the animals alive," she said, adding the tiger could have been relocated deeper into the jungle.

The carnivorous mammals instinctively avoid human beings and will only attack people if they are provoked, injured or unable to hunt for their usual food.

Officials estimate the wild population of Malayan tigers, the only species in the country, has fallen from 3000 to 500 in the last half-century, largely due to illegal hunting, human encroachment and the destruction of jungle habitat.

In 2008, the government announced a plan to have 1000 tigers roaming in the wild by 2020 through increased protection of jungle corridors. Anyone charged and found guilty of killing a tiger can be jailed for up to five years, but perpetrators are rarely punished.

Police have not commented on whether they are investigating Mohamad Sulong.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10654462

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No takers for rising tourism in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

No takers for rising tourism in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Neeta Kolhatkar / DNASunday, June 27, 2010 0:01 IST

The sudden surge in tourists at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Chandrapur, 150 kms from Nagpur, has left forest officials helpless and compelled them to limit the number of vehicles and tourists to TATR. They are now proposing the introduction of new schemes to help accommodate the rising demand for ecotourism.

“We cannot cope with the limited infrastructure. There is no forester. We have proposed the addition of a forest range officer and one more official. Also, due to the higher number of tourists, we’ve proposed new open-air buses, as in Kanha,” said Sanjay Thakre, field officer, TATR.

Forest officials claim they had sent a proposal to the chief minister to rope in the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). However, according to them, MTDC wasn’t keen on developing the concept. “Tourism growth is being debated and can evolve over a period of time. Right now, we are concentrating on protecting the animals. However, the fact is we sent a proposal to the government but the MTDC doesn’t seem interested. The infrastructure is not keeping pace with the rising tourism demand,” said an official in the forest department.

MTDC officials, however, claim that they’re currently working with the Nagpur branch of the Forest Development Corporation Of Maharashtra Ltd (FDCM), although they would rather deal with the forest department directly. MTDC has refuted allegations that it is taking no steps to enhance infrastructure.

“I have sent the MoU draft to the chief minister, but we have raised objections. We’d rather have a direct tie-up with the forest department than deal with the FDCM. We will also present the proposal to the central government. We are already giving funds received from the central government directly to the forest department. We have also begun new plans to develop nature trails in Tadoba,” said Ashok Dhakne, managing director, MTDC.

Dhakne said that MTDC is enhancing its services. However, he alleged that despite a tourism policy favouring private players, none have come forward. “We are augmenting the services on our properties and have planned to increase building capacity too. We need more private players, but we don’t see it happening in the Tadoba forest area, despite incentives like tax exemption and stamp duty discount,” he said.

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_no-takers-for-rising-tourism-in-tadoba-andhari-tiger-reserve_1401748

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hungry tiger shot dead by Rela member

Hungry tiger shot dead by Rela member

SYLVIA LOOI
Wed, Jun 23, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

SELAMA: A three-year-old male tiger was shot dead by a Rela member at Kampung Ulu Damaq in Sungai Bayor here yesterday.

Selama acting OCPD Asst Superintendent Ramli Mohammad said the tiger had been spotted several times in the village and that it had apparently killed poultry belonging to a villager.

He said in the 12.05pm incident, the tiger, weighing some 120kg, was believed to have strayed into the village, some 10km from the Bintang Hijau Forest Reserve to forage for food.

Spotting the tiger, the villager sought help from a friend, who is a Rela member, said ASP Ramli.

Armed with a shotgun, the Rela member killed the animal.

Perak Wildlife Protection and National Parks Department director Shabrina Mohd Shariff said a team had been sent to the village to investigate the incident.

"The villager claimed the tiger had killed his poultry," she said.

She added that the carcass had been sent to the Wildlife Conservation Centre in Sungkai for preservation.

Shabrina said the villager should have called the department to set a a trap to catch the animal.

"We will not hesitate to recommend that the Rela member be charged if investigations find any wrongdoing," she added.

This is the second tiger that was reportedly killed in the state this year.

In February, a tiger was caught in a wire snare and was killed by an orang asli at the Bukit Tapah Forest Reserve.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20100623-223535.html

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Now, solar lamps near tiger reserve

Now, solar lamps near tiger reserve

Sanjeev Kumar Verma, TNN, Jun 23, 2010, 04.02am IST

PATNA: Residents of Khairahni and Majuraha villages located near Harnatar range of Bihar’s Valmiki Tiger Reserve are set to enjoy brighter evenings. Courtesy, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), these villagers would soon have access to solar lanterns which they can hire at nominal rates.

TERI under its ‘Lighting a billion lives’ has decided to set up solar charging points in the said villages with each point to have 60 solar lanterns which villagers could hire.

One from among villagers would be given the responsibility of running the charging points which would also provide facility for mobile charging. While part of the income from these points would be used for maintenance work, the remaining work would be given to the person who would run these charging points, TERI research associate Jarnail Singh, who is looking after the project being implemented in many tiger reserves across the country, told TOI over phone on Tuesday.

TERI has entered into agreement with different organisations working in these tiger reserves, for implementing the project, and in case of Valmiki, it has roped in services of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) for implementing the project.

“This project is going to be very helpful in reducing incidents of man-animal conflict as the bright light of solar lanterns, which would be used by the villagers, would work as deterrent for wild animals as these animals avoid coming close to bright light,” WTI assistant manager Samir Kumar Sinha said.

He said provision of light during evening hours would also allow villagers to use their evening hours in productive work, which in turn, would help reduce their dependence on forest.

TERI also plans to use this project as a means of awareness generation for conserving flora and fauna among residents living in and around tiger reserves. Those manning the solar charging points, who would be called ‘Prakash Dut’, would be trained for this purpose, Singh said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Now-solar-lamps-near-tiger-reserve/articleshow/6080571.cms

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Proved: Siblings sent to mate in Sariska

Proved: Siblings sent to mate in Sariska

Jay Mazoomdaar, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 22, 2010
First Published: 01:57 IST(22/6/2010)
Last Updated: 03:02 IST(22/6/2010)

Almost a year after the Hindustan Times expose (Rajasthan govt sent tiger siblings to repopulate Sariska, June 29, 2009), a National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) report has finally admitted that DNA tests conducted by Bangalore-based National Centre of Biological Sciences (NCBS) found the big cats to be siblings.

The HT investigation exposed how, between June 2008 and February 2009, two sisters and their half-brother were picked up arbitrarily from Ranthambore and sent to Sariska. Siblings often find it difficult to breed and when they do, it leads to acute inbreeding depression. In spite of regular mating, the Sariska tigers have so far failed to breed.

This January, the NTCA ordered DNA tests on tigers of Ranthambore and Sariska, to ascertain breeding compatibility before shifting any more of them and commissioned a field study by Aparajita Datta, member, NTCA, and AJT Johnsingh, former professor, Wildlife Institute of India.

Referring to the Hindustan Times investigation in their report submitted earlier this month, Datta and Johnsingh observed: "The media report is correct in saying the genetic analysis should have been conducted prior translocation to assess the relatedness of the animals when establishing a new population."

The report further noted: "From the three scat samples meant to be of the three different individual tigers now in Sariska…male and female have been found to be highly related suggesting that they are…siblings."

Rajasthan forest department has all along claimed that the two Sariska tigresses were half-siblings born to the same mother but the male tiger sent to Sariska was unrelated to them.

Meanwhile, though NCBS received scat sample for DNA tests from Ranthambhore only last week, the NTCA has decided to translocate two big cats that have moved out of the national park to adjoining under-protected forests.

“The scientific studies will continue but we need to urgently shift these two tigers -- a male in Kela Devi sanctuary and a female near Kota. Their future is anyway uncertain in these disturbed forests and they will get a second chance in Sariska," said Dr Rajesh Gopal, member-secretary, NTCA.

However, as Sariska is scheduled to receive its fourth tiger on July 4, after a 15 month moratorium, the state forest officials are again looking to take the easy way out.

"The NTCA plan is commendable. But the field officers have been trying to tranquilize those two tigers for quite some time without success. Wary, now they are seeking to widen their options by randomly targeting easy tigers from inside the national park," said Fateh Singh Rathore, ex-conservator, Ranthambhore.

An agency report on Sunday quoted a senior state forest official as saying that NTCA-appointed experts Datta and Johnsingh had submitted a list of 10 probable tigers in Ranthambore, of which two would be picked for translocation. "As only two tigers have to be shifted, the wide choice of ten tigers would prevent a delay in executing the big cat relocation plan," the official was quoted anonymously.

However, the report submitted by Datta and Johnsingh noted that the state forest officials themselves furnished a list of 9-12 tigers they deemed fit for relocation. The experts explicitly pointed out that they were "unable to comment on the suitability of most of these animals" and that there was "limited scientific information available…to make decisions based on objective scientific criteria".

Their report, therefore, recommended capturing only the two animals outside the national park and warned against selecting any other individual without determining their (genetic) relatedness.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Proved-Siblings-sent-to-mate-in-Sariska/Article1-561269.aspx

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Haul raises spectre of tiger poaching

Haul raises spectre of tiger poaching

ROOPAK GOSWAMI

Guwahati, June 21: Forest officials in the Northeast are keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that the upcoming tiger census will throw up a larger count of the big cats.

The 2005-08 estimate had pegged the tiger population in Assam at 70.

Sources said though there was no confirmed case of poaching of tigers in Assam, the situation in the Northeast’s other tiger reserves was not that too rosy.

Three tiger reserves in the region have been graded as “poor”. These are the ones at Manas in Assam, Dampa in Mizoram and Namdapha in Arunachal Pradesh.

Tiger reserves at Kaziranga in Assam and Pakke in Arunachal Pradesh have earned “good” status tag while the one in Nameri in Assam has been graded “satisfactory”.

The grading is done by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The latest haul of tiger bones by the customs has aggravated fear that the tigers are being hunted. Guwahati customs recently seized 10.2kg skulls and bones of full-grown tigers.

“There is some network and support in the protected area but once out, the tigers are at risk,” Rajesh Gopal, a member secretary of the National Tiger Conservation Authority, told this correspondent.

“Once they stray out from Kaziranga to Karbi Anglong, all animals face threats,” Firoz Ahmed of Aaranyak, an NGO, said. During floods, many animals seek refuge in the highlands in Karbi Anglong and adjacent reserve forests like Panbari, Bagser and Kukurakata close to the park’s boundary.

Chief wildlife warden, Assam, Suresh Chand, said there had not been any instance of confirmed tiger poaching in the state.

The executive director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, Belinda Wright, said there was admiration for the authorities of Kaziranga for the protection measures initiated by them, but little could be done when the animals venture out of the safe zones.

“Tiger poaching is done surreptitiously and it is difficult to track the people who are in this trade,” Wright says, adding that one must not forget Sariska and Panna national parks. In a recent incident of straying, a tiger was spotted in Upper Assam after killing two persons. It was later rehabilitated in Manas National Park.

An official of Kaziranga National Park said: “It is not easy for the poachers to target tigers here unlike the rhinos. The thick grasses of the national park are a deterrent.”

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100622/jsp/northeast/story_12590476.jsp

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Assam's international airport a hub for smuggling wildlife products?

Assam's international airport a hub for smuggling wildlife products?

IANS, Jun 21, 2010, 08.15pm IST

SHILLONG: Assam's Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport appears to have become one of the main transit points for smugglers to transport wildlife products to China and Far East Asia.

In less than a week, customs seized tiger skeletons and pangolin scales worth more than Rs.5 crore (over a million dollars) from the airport.

"From the frequent seizures, Guwahati has become the main hub for smugglers to tranship endangered wildlife products to China and the Far East via Myanmar," North East Customs Commissioner S.R. Baruah said.

India shares a 1,600-km unfenced border with Myanmar.

The modus operandi used by the smugglers has made the customs authorities rethink their strategy afresh.

For example, the address of the consigner and consignee are vague. The address of the consigner is simply Peter, Dimapur, while that of the consignee is K. Singh, Imphal, making it difficult to get to the poachers.

Customs sleuths Sunday seized from the airport another Royal Bengal Tiger skeleton and 271 kg of pangolin scales - 146 kg from Berhampur in Orissa and 125 kg from Dimapur (Nagaland).

The consignments were booked in Dimapur and Berhampur and sent through the railway mail service to Guwahati. It was meant to be airlifted to Imphal (in Manipur) by an airline.

This is the third seizure by customs officials in less than a week of endangered animal products intercepted at the Guwahati international airport.

"Transhipments of wildlife products through Guwahati airport to Imphal has been going on for quite some time. They (smugglers) take advantage of the airports scanners as they cannot detect biological objects," Baruah said.

It appears Dimapur (in Nagaland) has become a collection centre of wildlife products due to its close proximity with Assam's Karbi Anglong district and the Kaziranga National Park, the customs officials said.

"They (smugglers) have opted to tranship the wildlife products by flights rather than using the Dimapur-Imphal road (National Highway No.39) mainly to evade military checkpoints," Baruah said.

Not only wildlife products but red sanders, a moderate-sized deciduous tree, bound for China and the Far East too have been smuggled out from Andhra Pradesh via New Delhi to Guwahati airport through domestic airlines.

Red Sanders, an endangered tree species, is smuggled out of India mainly through Manipur and Mizoram and a smuggling racket is active in the region, Baruah said.

On Wednesday and Thursday, customs sleuths seized a full-grown Royal Bengal Tiger skeleton from Guwahati airport along with 320 kg of pangolin scales.

A kilo of pangolin scales is worth about Rs.60,000 while a gram of crushed tiger bone costs almost Rs.1,000 in the international market.

"This is a huge concern. India's tiger population simply cannot sustain such pressure. Every enforcement agency, government officer, politician, and every civilian should do whatever they can to stop this crime against India's wild tigers," Belinda Wright of the Wildlife Protection Society of India said over telephone from New Delhi.

"Tiger bones are largely smuggled to China for use in traditional medicines, fashion and high-end products," Wright said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Home/Environment/Flora-Fauna/Assams-international-airport-a-hub-for-smuggling-wildlife-products-/articleshow/6075814.cms

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Monday, June 21, 2010

400 families to be relocated from tiger reserve

400 families to be relocated from tiger reserve

Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI, June 22, 2010

The government has granted Rs. 25 crore for relocating 181 Gujjar families from the core regions of the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

Over a period of time, a total of 400 families would be relocated to avoid man-animal conflicts in the reserve, a release by the Ministry of Environment and Forests said.

The government also planned to set up an Indira Gandhi Interpretation and Learning Centre near the reserve at a cost of Rs. 5 crore by the end of next year, it said.


http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article477855.ece

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Windsong the Bobcat Founder of Big Cat Rescue Dies, Sanctuary Mourns

The AdvoCat is a free monthly big cat magazine about the daily operations of a world class sanctuary for lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and many other exotic wild cats.  This June 2010 issue brings the sad news of the death of the "founder."



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

CANADIAN LYNX Species Spotlight

http://www.bigcatrescue.org/cats/captive/canadalynxdanceswithwolves.htmDances With Wolves is the resident Canadian Lynx at Big Cat Rescue. Listen to Master Keeper Barbara Frank talk about Dances and Canadian Lynx in the wild.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Uneven prey base behind straying: Officials

Uneven prey base behind straying: Officials

Krishnendu Bandyopadhyay & Monotosh Chakraborty, TNN, Jun 10, 2010, 04.40am IST

KOLKATA: In 2001, tiger straying in the Sunderbans broke all records with 26 incidents. In 2010, less than half a year gone by, the number has crossed the 26 mark. Last month, as many as five tigers raided several villages over just two days. The trigger, apparently, is Cyclone Aila.

Uneven distribution of prey base and depletion of the vegetation favoured by tigers are the biggest reasons behind straying in the Sunderbans, say experts. "Post-Aila disturbance is a crucial factor," the state's chief wild life warden S B Mondal said.

Analysis of recent radio-collar inputs says that the prey base has not dwindled. It is the uneven distribution that is leading tigers to drift in search of prey, say forest officials. The study, carried out Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve (SBR), also shows a steady decline in the tiger's favourite vegetation, the vanishing mangrove species of Hetal (phoenix paludosa).

On an average, 12 to 18 tigers stray in a year in the Sunderbans. "We first weed out the common factors a tiger strays if it is old and cannot hunt, if it's the mating season when the big cats look for easy prey, or of it's a tigress with cubs," said SBR director P K Vyas.

No other tiger habitat in the world, says Vyas, is impenetrable by cattle like cow and goat. In the Sunderbans, the only prey available to tiger are deer and wild boar. "There is no absence of prey, but there certainly is an imbalance in the distribution of prey base in the tiger-islands. In Dobanki, we got deer five years ago. The third generation deer were released in the forest after being completely acclimatised with the food and ecology of the mangroves. Since our first experience was a success, we want to replicate it on other islands too," said Vyas.

Senior forest officials suggest radical changes, like restricting tourism or shifting tourism hubs on the basis of new tiger zones. Animesh Sinha of Sundarbans Environment and Eco Development Society (SEEDS), who has been working in the islands for a long time, vouched that there has been a steady increase in the tiger population. "With this growth, each tiger now has a smaller territory. So straying is on the rise."

Wildlife expert Pranabesh Sanyal said: "Rivers and creeks in the sea facing islands have witnessed an alarming rise of salinity, specially after Aila. This is forcing tigers into the southern core area, with declining prey density in the northern zone."

Botanical Survey of India (BSI) officials feel global warming and increasing salinity of Sunderbans rivers is triggering a major change in the habitat vegetation of the mangroves. "We have studied the phenomenon. Now we will have an in-depth study how the vegetation is undergoing rapid changes in the Sunderbans, one of the most sensitive biodiversity zones in the world," said Dr H K Debnath, principal investigator of Lead Institute of BSI.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata-/Uneven-prey-base-behind-straying-Officials-/articleshow/6030110.cms

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Two tigers trapped in Sunderbans reserve

Two tigers trapped in Sunderbans reserve

Ananya Dutta
KOLKATA, June 10, 2010

Two tigers were trapped in quick succession by the authorities of the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve on Tuesday to mitigate man-animal conflict on the estuarine islands, officials of the West Bengal Forest Department said on Wednesday.

The tigers had strayed into the inhabited areas in Samshernagar and Kalitala, which has a high density of human and cattle population, said Subrat Mukherjee, field director of the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve.

On Tuesday evening, a tigress was caught on the fringes of the Arbesi forest; not long after, another tiger was trapped in the same area. The forested area is separated from an inhabited island by a narrow river that nearly dries up during the low tide.

Ensuring that tigers do not frequent villages is as important as preventing humans from entering the forest areas illegally, Pradeep Vyas, director of the Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve, said.

“Both these captured animals are agile and healthy and were found fit for release. However, we often come across tigers frequently straying into inhabited areas, which are old or, in some way, handicapped or injured,” Mr. Vyas said.

To provide treatment to such injured animals within the unique environment of the Sunderbans, the Tiger Rescue Centre at Jharkhali should begin operations in a month, he said.

Currently, if an injured tiger is trapped, it has to be rushed to a zoo. Once the Tiger Rescue Centre becomes operational, they will be spared the time they have to spend in the artificial environment of a zoo, besides the arduous journey to Kolkata.

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article451063.ece

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Elephants go the tiger way in Simlipal Reserve

Elephants go the tiger way in Simlipal Reserve

Debabrata Mohanty
Posted: Fri Jun 04 2010, 23:32 hrs

A two-member expert committee of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has started its investigation into the biggest ever poaching of elephants inside Orissa's famous Simlipal Tiger Reserve after two wildlife activists of Mayurbhanj district took off the lid on the incident.

Following petitions by wildlife activists to Forest and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, NTCA member secretary Rajesh Gopal last week constituted a two-member independent team comprising prominent wildlife activists Belinda Wright and Biswajit Mohanty who are now touring the reserve and assessing the ground situation vis-a-vis the elephant poaching cases. The team would submit its report within a fortnight. Since the deaths happened inside the tiger reserve, NTCA has the right to order such a probe.

The poaching of 12 elephants came to light in mid-April this year when Mayurbhanj wildlife activist Vanoo Mitra Acharya and honorary wildlife warden of Mayurbhanj Sanjukta Basa got to know of the elephant killings. A local forest staff reported the death of only one elephant in April. But subsequent visits and investigations by Basa and Acharya found that six more have been killed. The activist duo have information that five more have been killed.

An attempt by independent persons to enter the Park to verify the reports was frustrated by the Range Officer of Pithabata Range. He refused entry to Basa when she wanted to visit the core area on April 30 though she had an official order issued by a senior officer. The fact-finding team found remains of burnt bones of one elephant at Dudhurchampa. Similarly, remains of two carcasses including bones were found buried at Mondama hills under Kandadhanu section. Another burnt elephant carcass was discovered at Jodapal Chhak.

“During our field investigation inside the tiger reserve, we found bones and other evidence of the killed elephants. The carcasses were stinking. There were definite attempts to hide the bones as we found the same concealed under huge rocks,” said Acharya. The fact-finding team also found remains of two carcasses, including bones, buried at Mondama hills under Kandadhanu section.

Officials at the Simlipal Tiger Reserve admitted the elephant deaths, but its director H S Upadhyay and Regional Chief Conservator of Forests Ajit Bhartuar refused to confirm whether the elephants have been killed by poachers. A team from the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has also visited the reserve to inquire into the poaching cases. The State government also ordered an inquiry into the killing of elephants by poachers.

Simlipal has been classified by the NTCA as a Tiger Reserve in poor condition with low density of tigers. The camera trapping census of tiger carried out by WII, Dehradun, put the tiger numbers at 20. Elephants are gradually disappearing from the Park. Officials from the regional office of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau visited one of the spots in the Similipal tiger reserve to conduct an on-the-spot check of the reports of elephant killing.

Member of National Board of Wildlife, Biswajit Mohanty has written to Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh demanding a CBI investigation into mass killings of elephants in Simlipal Tiger Reserve. “A CBI investigation is required to uncover the role of field forest officers as to whether they connived with the poachers. In at least four cases, there was an effort to destroy evidence by burning or burying the bones ,” he said.

Eminent wildlife conservationist Ashok Kumar of the Wildlife Trust of India said the incident had eerie similarities with that of tiger disappearance from Sariska.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/elephants-go-the-tiger-way-in-simlipal-reserve/631711/0

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Beautiful, Wild and Free.

Ligers, Sand Cats, Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Lynx, Bobcats.....Big Cat Rescue's Theme Song is Beautiful, Wild and Free.

Terez Hartmann, is a seasoned entertainer, speaker, forward-thinking pioneer, entrepreneur and business professional with a background in marketing and psychology.

Because she was so deeply touched by her experience with the magnificent cats of Big Cat Rescue, she chose to write a song to honor these amazing creatures AND for a limited time, offer a portion of the proceeds of this download purchase to benefit the cats!



Saturday, June 05, 2010

BOBCAT KITTENS! "Play Time"

The cute bobcat kittens are really growing fast! This video introduces the viewer to the purrsonalities of the individual kittens! Follow the progress of the kittens here LIVE! http://www.bigcatrescue.org/video/00352.htm



Friday, June 04, 2010

Dangerous Trade: About the Show Dealing in Tigers

Don't miss Dangerous Trade on Planet Green (which features International Tiger Coalition and Global Tiger Initiative members)!

 
Tune into Planet Green at 10 pm on June 6th (in the USA) to follow the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) as they protect the natural world from environmental crime and abuse.

Working undercover to expose international environmental crime—illegal wildlife trading, illegal logging and trade in timber species, and the worldwide trade in ozone depleting substances—EIA has directly brought about changes in international laws and the policies of governments, saving the lives of millions of rare and endangered animals and putting a stop to the devastating effects of environmental criminals. The work they with their Indian colleagues at the Wildlife Protection Society of India, for example, helped to piece together the tiger skin trail in 2004 and 2005—which contributed to major changes in the patterns of consumption.

As the tiger team leader Debbie Banks puts it, the primary message of the show is: "this isn’t rocket science... it would be very straightforward to break the back of this illegal trade. If a small NGO with limited resources can uncover such a vast amount of information in a short space of time, then why can’t the Chinese authorities? If only they would apply the resources, they could make a serious dent in the criminal networks that control this trade."

At the start of Dangerous Trade and the tiger trade investigation, the Environmental Investigation Agency finds that people were being forced by Chinese officials to wear skins at traditional festivals to undermine the Dalai Lama’s appeal in 2006 to respect the tiger, which led to Tibetans burning all their big cat skins. Additional information indicated that people were still trading skins... Find out what EIA?s learns about who is trafficking skins into China and how. Cameras follow the surveillance team as it tracks the EIA undercover operatives—watch the show and you'll learn in suspense!

Check out the tv schedule for listings.

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tv/dangerous-trade-about-the-show.html