Sunday, October 31, 2010


Big Cat Rescue is home to over 100 Lions, Tigers & Leopards, we are also home to Banjo the Binturong or Bearcat! Watch Banjo enjoy his Halloween treat a pumpkin complete with a banana mouth, plum nose, Fig Newton eyes and grape hair!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Big Cat Halloween

Tigers, Lions, Leopards...the Big Cats like to carve pumpkins too! Take a look at halloween at Big Cat Rescue!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wild Tigers Could Face Extinction In Just 12 Years

FILE- Two South China tiger cubs of the Gonggong breed, Hope, left, and Cathay, right, are seen in the zoo at Pretoria, South Africa, in this photo dated Sept. 2, 2003. Environmental experts who are meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday Oct. 22, 2010, have warned that the world's tiger population in the wild, could be extinct within 12-years because of illegal trophy hunting, deteriorating habitats and the use of tiger parts in eastern medicine, according to World Wildlife spokeswoman Marie von Zeipel.

FILE- A caged South China tiger seen behind bars in Johannesburg in this file photo dated Tuesday, April 24, 2007.

by The Associated Press
STOCKHOLM October 22, 2010, 01:11 pm ET

The world's tiger population could soon be extinct because of poaching, shrinking habitats and the use of tiger parts in Eastern medicine, environmental experts warned Friday.

World Wildlife spokeswoman Marie von Zeipel said the world's biggest wild cat is one of the most threatened species and could face extinction within 12 years. The organization estimates there are only 3,200 tigers in the wild — with von Zeipel noting that the wild tiger population has shrunk 97 percent in 100 years.

"If nothing drastic happens, the (population) curve is heading straight for disaster," she said.

Her comments came after the wildlife organization hosted a seminar in Stockholm about the plight of wild tigers.

WWF is currently running a campaign to double the wild tiger population by 2022. It is urging nations to help protect tigers' habitats and to prevent poaching of tigers and their prey.

Russia, which has its own Amur tiger population, is holding a global tiger summit next month. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will host the four-day meeting in the city of St. Petersburg, attended by wildlife experts and delegates from the 13 countries where tigers are still found in the wild.

From CNN: U.S. urged to regulate ‘backyard tigers’

The WWF and TRAFFIC say that there are yawning gaps in U.S. regulation of tiger ownership which could fuel illegal trade.

By Matthew Knight for CNN
October 21, 2010 — Updated 2110 GMT (0510 HKT)

(CNN) — Rising numbers of captive tigers in the United States are putting citizens at risk and could be fueling illegal trade in animal parts, which threatens their survival in the wild, conservationists have warned.

“Tigers Among US,” published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network estimates that there are more than 5,000 tigers in captivity in the U.S. compared with around 3,200 that remain wild across Asia.

While some tigers are housed in zoos, many more are privately owned, often free to roam backyards, urban apartments and are generally kept in “deplorable conditions,” the report says.

Leigh Henry, WWF senior policy officer for Species Conservation told CNN: “We’ve seen photos and there’s a video on our website showing tigers walking around muddy wet cages.”

But its the size of the enclosures that is most distressing, Henry says, “when you know tigers are supposed to be ranging over hundreds and hundreds of acres.”

Current U.S. regulation on tiger ownership is “a patchwork of federal laws” full of “exceptions, exemptions and loopholes,” the report says.

A majority of U.S. states (28) don’t allow citizens to keep tigers as pets, while 17 have laws which regulate their ownership.

But in some states there are no regulations at all, making it easier to own a tiger than to adopt a dog, with sometimes tragic consequences.

In 2003, a 10-year-old boy was killed by his aunt’s pet tiger in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

In the same year, celebrity tiger handler Roy Horn (of Siegfried and Roy fame) was mauled during a performance at Las Vegas’s Mirage Hotel.

Nevada and North Carolina are two of eight U.S. states (Alabama, Idaho, Ohio, South Carolina West Virginia and Wisconsin are the others) which currently have no laws regulating private ownership of tigers.

These yawning gaps in regulation could be resolved by implementing “a central reporting system and database run by the federal government and that would be required for all tigers in the U.S. without exception,” Henry says.

“We want to know where all these animals are, who owns them, when they’re sold and transferred, when they are born, when they die, so we have a better grasp on what going on with this immense population of tigers to ensure they are not filtering into illegal trade,” Henry said.

It is hard to put an exact figure on just how lucrative the black market is, Henry says, but she estimates that a tiger broken up and sold in parts could fetch anywhere between $30,000 to $100,000.

Find out more about captive tigers in the U.S.

Some states, like Iowa, are leading the way. They recently implemented a ban on private ownership, Henry says.

“They put in this great regulatory system which requires DNA identification, photo identification and very strict deporting and registration systems for the tigers already in the state,” Henry told CNN.

The U.S. is one of the world leaders in the promotion of tiger conservation but the U.S. also has a responsibility to manage tigers in its own backyard, Henry says.

“By clamping down on this issue, we can better cooperate with other nations holding large numbers of captive tigers to prevent trade in these animals from threatening their wild counterparts,” Henry said.

This latest assessment updates a 2008 TRAFFIC report “Paper Tigers? The Role of the U.S. Captive Tiger Population in the Trade in Tiger Parts.”

World leaders will gather in St Petersburg, Russia at the end of November for a Global Tiger Summit to discuss proposals which will further protect breeding populations, habitats and inhibit poaching and international trade.

Their long term goal is to double the worldwide tiger population in the wild by the time the Chinese celebrate the Year of the Tiger again in 2022.

From WWF: Tigers Among US

Note: Please see the report at: for an interactive map of the United States to learn more about “ Tigers Among US”

Did you know that there are more tigers in American backyards than there are in the wild around the world? The United States has one of the largest populations of captive tigers in the world − estimated at perhaps 5,000 tigers, compared to as few as 3,200 in the wild. They are found in backyards, urban apartments, sideshows, truck stops and private breeding facilities.

In many jurisdictions, people can legally keep a tiger on their property without reporting it to local officials or neighbors. In some states, it is easier to buy a tiger than to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter. Rarely can officials determine how many tigers there are in captivity within state borders − or where they are, who owns them, or what happens to their body parts (highly prized on the black market) when they die.

It’s critical that the United States better regulate the captivity of tigers. When tiger ownership and breeding aren’t monitored, captive tigers become easy targets for black market sales, and those sales end up threatening wild populations. Here’s how that happens: The illegal trade in products derived from captive tigers stimulates demand, especially for wild tigers. The more demand there is, the more wild tigers are poached.

The lack of regulation of captive tigers is also a major threat to public safety. Lax oversight means tigers can be held in areas that may not be adequately secured. Let’s not wait for another tragedy to occur before taking action.

There has never been a better time to make it right. In 2010 − the Year of the Tiger − WWF is working to close loopholes in regulations for tiger ownership set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We also play an active role in supporting tiger range countries’ commitment to Tx2, WWF’s ambitious goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022.

In November, world leaders will gather at a Tiger Summit in Russia to discuss the plight of wild tigers and agree upon a range-wide recovery plan for these big cats. Take action today by encouraging Secretary Clinton to attend the summit and ensure strong U.S. commitment to global tiger conservation.

External resources

  • Sanctuary: Florida-based Big Cat Rescue serves as a sanctuary for abandoned and abused tigers

  • Report: Know of a captive tiger in distress? Take it to Animal Abuse 911

  • Success: An undercover operation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that netted great results Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

  • Watch: The Tiger Next Door, the acclaimed documentary by Camilla Calamandrei

Press Release:

WWF and TRAFFIC Highlight Dangers of America’s 5,000-Plus Backyard Tigers
Weak U.S. Regulations Make Captive Tigers a Target for Illegal Trade

For Release: Oct 20, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC, October 20, 2010 – With more tigers in captivity in the U.S. than survive in the wild, the United States needs a centralized federal database to monitor the big cats, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said today. Weak U.S. regulations could be helping to fuel the multimillion dollar international black market for tiger parts, according to a new review released today by WWF and TRAFFIC, the world’s largest wildlife trade monitoring network.

Additionally, WWF released a new online tool that allows users to learn about their states’ captive tiger regulations and how weak oversight puts wild tigers and human safety at risk.

As few as 3,200 tigers are left in the wild across Asia, down from 100,000 a hundred years ago. America’s 5,000-plus captive tigers are mostly kept by private individuals, not zoos. The tigers are often in deplorable conditions and in states that do not have laws or regulations that require close monitoring or regulatory oversight. Lack of sufficient state or federal regulation makes it effectively impossible to determine the number of tigers in the U.S. at any given time, where they are kept and what happens to their body parts – highly prized on the black market in Asia – when they die.

“In addition to being a threat to communities, captive tigers in the U.S. are a ticking time bomb for the illegal wildlife trade,” said Leigh Henry, WWF senior policy officer for Species Conservation. “Demand for tiger parts and products is one of the leading threats to the continued survival of the species in the wild. A nationwide database is essential to ensure that captive cats don’t end up in traditional folk medicine, tiger wine, or as somebody’s hearth rug or wall hanging.”

Among the findings in the review “Tigers Among US”:

  • A patchwork of federal laws governs the possession, sale and exhibition of captive tigers. However, due to a host of exceptions exemptions, and loopholes, federal agencies charged with implementing these laws have no mandate to maintain a current inventory of how many tigers are in the country, where they are, who possesses them, when they die or how they are disposed of.

  • 17 states allow the keeping of tigers by individuals with a state permit or registration (Iowa, Oregon and Washington recently banned tiger possession but have systems in place to regulate tigers that were grandfathered in prior to enactment of the bans).

  • 8 states have no laws on captive tigers.

  • 28 states have laws banning the possession of tigers in private collections.

Among the report’s recommendations:

  • A central reporting system and database for all captive tigers held within U.S. borders should be created under new or existing law. There should be no exemptions or exceptions.

  • Any person or facility owning a tiger should report on the number of tigers held, births, deaths, mortality and transfer or sale.

  • All tiger deaths should be reported immediately and the carcasses disposed of through cremation by a licensed facility.

  • State and federal law enforcement should be provided with resources to conduct undercover investigations to eliminate markets for tiger parts and detect international smuggling attempts.

In November, world leaders will gather at a Global Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia – the world’s first global summit focused on saving a single species from extinction. They will discuss a range-wide recovery plan for tigers that includes how to protect breeding populations, tiger landscapes and address poaching and international trade. The goal of the Summit is to double the number of wild tigers by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022.

“The United States government has been a global leader in promoting the conservation of tigers, but it also has a responsibility to manage the tigers in its own backyard to prevent them from entering illegal trade,” Henry said. “By clamping down on this issue, we can better cooperate with other nations holding large numbers of captive tigers to prevent trade in these animals from threatening their wild counterparts.”

Notes to Editors:

  • Tigers Among US is an updated review of the 2008 TRAFFIC report Paper Tigers?: The Role of the U.S. Captive Tiger Population in the Trade in Tiger Parts. For a copy of the full report, go to:

  • High-resolution images and video to accompany this report are available by request

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lion + White Tiger = Cameron & Zabu!

Say hello to Big Cat Rescue's "odd couple" Cameron and Zabu (Male African Lion & Female White Tiger) were rescued from a roadside zoo and circus in New Hampshire in 2004.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

BIG CAT RESCUE - Fur Ball 2010

Big Cat Rescue's 11th annual Fur Ball was a roaring success! Thank you to everybody who attended, donated and volunteered, together we are helping to make a difference in the lives of big cats around the world!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Big Cats GO GREEN! How Tigers Recycle!

Tigers, Lions, Leopards ... we recycle a little differently at Big Cat Rescue! With 45 acres and over 100 big cats to care for we have lots of landscaping projects as well as lots of cats to keep enriched, so we do both at the same time!

Year of the Tiger Celebrated During Animal Action Week

Leonardo DiCaprio joined with IFAW for this year's theme, "Born to be Wild."

Posted: October 8, 2010, 3 a.m. EDT

Animal Action Week honored The Year Of The Tiger

This week marks Animal Action Week, an annual global initiative to educate and empower children around the world to stand up, speak out and help save animals. Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio joined with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for the week's theme "Born to be Wild," which ends Oct. 10.

Now in its 18th year, Animal Action Week activities and educational opportunities have focused on the plight of tigers, which are on the brink of extinction in the wild. Habitat loss and poaching have reduced worldwide wild tiger populations from about 100,000 in 1900 to as few as 3,000 today.

"Tigers are dangerously close to vanishing forever," said DiCaprio, an IFAW honorary board member. "If we don't want our children to grow up in a world where tigers are extinct, the time for action is now."

Animal Action Week kicked off an international education and youth outreach program that reaches more than five million children worldwide. This year's tiger theme coincided with the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese lunar calendar, and was aligned with the U.N. International Year for Youth (August 2010-2011), which calls on the world community to give young people a chance to actively participate in decision-making on local, national and global issues.In conjunction with the U.N. initiative, the Animal Action program earlier this year launched a global campaign to ensure that the voices of the world's children are heard when world leaders gather in St. Petersburg, Russia in November at the Global Tiger Summit, where they hope to agree on a joint strategy to save wild tigers from extinction.

The campaign centers around a website that gave young people around the world the opportunity to send in various types of multimedia messages about tigers and why they should be saved: calls to action, questions, thoughts, poems, songs, paintings or even simple but passionate growls of support for protecting the last wild tigers. The messages were used to create a video that melds these young global voices into one collective Roar! for action to save tigers. It will be shown to world leaders at an event in St. Petersburg during the Global Tiger Summit.

"We are proud to join forces with Leonardo DiCaprio once again in our global mission to safeguard animals in crisis, like tigers, and to protect the habitat we all share," said Fred O'Regan, IFAW president. "His steadfast commitment is vital in our efforts to educate and empower the conservation leaders of tomorrow around the globe."

For more than 17 years, IFAW's Animal Action program has taught children worldwide about the value of animal welfare and conservation. The program provides free education packs in seven languages on a different animal welfare and conservation theme each year, including lessons, activities, video and multimedia activities. In the United States, the packs are aligned with national curriculum standards and distributed to more than 80,000 classrooms nationwide.

More information can be found here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Arunachal to constitute special tiger protection force

PTI, Oct 8, 2010, 03.47pm IST

ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh government has proposed to set up a 112-member special tiger protection force (TPF) for Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR) to protect the big cat's declining population.

"The TPF would immensely help in protecting the big cats and containing poaching," conservator of forest (wildlife and biodiversity) M K Palit said.

The declining tiger population of 14 in 2006 against 61 as shown by the 2001-02 census was disputed as the census carried out by the Wildlife Institute of India was done in selected areas of the tiger reserve, he said.

The next census is due this month, he added. The Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district, home to a sizable number of tigers, has been appreciated by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, he said.

The state forest department, which has signed an MoU with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), is expecting funds soon for the conservation of tigers, Palit said.

Campaign in Goa: Buy a cow, save the tiger

2010-10-08 12:20:00
Last Updated: 2010-10-08 14:04:39

Panaji: Grassroots wildlife activists who have been fighting for notification of Goa's rich, but mining-threatened, forests as a tiger reserve have found a unique way to compensate a 51-year-old widow whose cow was killed by a big cat in September.

The milk-yielding cow was a lifeline for Sai Pingle, 55, a dhangar tribal and a mother of two boys living in a thatched hut in the remote village of Ponsuli on the fringe of the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary.

'We decided to collect money and compensate her with another cow. The local population should not turn against the tiger. It is imperative that they realise how important the animal is for the sustenance of this forest in the long run,' renowned wildlife activist Rajendra Kerkar said.

His Vivekanand Environment Awareness Brigade (VEAB) has taken the lead for collecting donations for the cow. 'A desi variety cow, the kind which was killed by the tiger, costs Rs.15,000, but a tiger is priceless,' Kerkar said.

Kerkar's anxiety stems from extremely practical reasons.

Last year, a tiger was snared and poached in the very same Mhadei wildlife sanctuary by members of a local hunting tribe called the 'Majiks'. Interestingly, both top forest department officials and the local administration first tried to cover up the poaching incident. The chief conservator of forests, Shashi Kumar, even went to the extent of calling Kerkar, who exposed the poaching episode, an abettor.

'The sensitisation of the local population towards the tiger is extremely essential to ensure the preservation of the animal. If the tiger is to frequent the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary, the local residents cannot have animosity towards it,' Kerkar said.

He said people like Sai Pingle who live near wildlife sanctuaries should not begin to curse the king of the jungle.

Pingle's cow is not the only kill by carnivores in recent times. Increasing mining activity near Goa's wildlife sanctuaries has resulted in the displacement of the fauna near settlement areas, surrounding the protected habitat.

'Pingle and others like her cannot be compensated officially by the forest department because cattle are not allowed to graze in the wildlife sanctuary territory. So this is our effort to ensure that the kill does not affect her feelings for the tiger,' said Kerkar.

His VEAB has managed to create a small army of green-minded youngsters in the northern back-of-beyonds of Goa, 70 km from Panaji.

Kerkar said if the 'Cow for Pingle' formula works, then similar efforts would be made to collect donations for those economically backward folk whose bovines were lost to tiger kills.

Eco Treks Goa (ETG) has aligned itself along with the VEAB in the campaign. A very popular trekking group, ETG has also been at the forefront of the state's green brigade.

'A poor woman in the Chorla region lost her cow to a tiger some time back. It was a source of income to her. VEAB has initiated a campaign to buy a cow for her so that people do not turn against the tiger. The cost of the cow is Rs.15,000,' is ETG promoter Olympio Almeida's appeal to Facebookers online.

Wildlife activists claim that the grudging reluctance of the forest department and the state administration to admit to the presence of the tiger in Goa's numerous wildlife sanctuaries stems from the fact that notification of a tiger reserve in the area would severely impede the Rs.6,000 crore mining industry, which threatens to rip into Goa's green cover.

Environmentalist Claude Alvares said: 'Look at the many places in Goa named after tigers. The official census doesn't show any tigers from Goa when this is a tiger place - the tiger poaching incident itself reflects that. It means the national count of 1,411 tigers goes up.

'The forest department seems to be more concerned with conserving mining in the area than conserving wildlife,' Alvares alleged.

Canary Hill tiger safari project gets state nod

TNN, Oct 10, 2010, 12.31am IST

HAZARIBAG: People will soon enjoy tiger safari at Canary Hill zone reserve forest on the outskirts of the Hazaribag town.

The decision which state forest department officials term "historic" was taken by the State Wildlife Advisory Board at its meeting headed by chief minister Arjun Munda on October 7.

With this project, Canary Hill will be one of the most sought-after tourist spots in the state, said local MLA Sourav Narayan Singh, who is also a member of the State Wildlife Advisory Board.

RCCF (Hazaribag) B R Ralhan and PCCF (wildlife) C R Sahay also participated at the meeting.

The project was mooted about 10 years ago on receipt of a Rs 6-crore fund provided by the Indian Railways for beautification of Hazaribag. It was sent to the Central Zoo Authority of India for clearance but did not get clearance, as it was not approved by the State Wildlife Advisory Board and the proposal was sent back to the state government to come up with a report for the Central Zoo Authority of India.

The State Wildlife Advisory Board, reconstituted about two years ago, was virtually defunct and it never met to approve projects, including the tiger safari, before its first meeting on October 7. The project report will be now sent to the Central Zoo Authority of India where it is expected to get the final clearance.

Conservator of forests (Bokaro circle) A K Patra, under whose jurisdiction the Hazaribag east division falls, said about 30 hectares of land has already been preserved just below Canary Hill where tigers from other areas will be brought and kept in special enclosures where tourists can watch tigers from outside the fencing areas.

He said details of the project are still being worked out.

MLA Singh said in the same meeting a deer park project at Canary Hill was also cleared where around 100 deer from other forests and zoos would be shifted so that it can serve dual purpose for attracting tourists and also give exposure to deer living in jungles where they will get protection.

Another project cleared at the meeting was to allow the transmission line for the Katkumsandi block to pass through the national park area without felling trees. It will help provide power to hundreds of villages in this block where construction of a power sub-station was taken up under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Programme, said Singh.

Tiger park in name row

Monday , October 11 , 2010

Lucknow, Oct. 10: Dudhwa National Park is set to be renamed Ambedkar National Park by the Mayavati government, sparking outrage among wildlife enthusiasts who had wanted it to be named after legendary tiger conservationist Billy Arjan Singh.

“The state wildlife department has theoretically accepted a proposal to name it after Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar in the last meeting of the wildlife board,” a senior officer of the department said.

The park is spread over 680sqkm with a buffer area of almost 190sqkm in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh. It is located in Lakhimpur Kheri district, 175km north of Lucknow.

Its present name might have come either from the word dudh — a huge milk market operated in the neighbourhood in the early 1920s — or the word dudhi — a plant that grows along with sal trees in the area. The Tharu tribals who reside in some parts of the forest have traditionally used the dudhi plant as medicine for fever.

“I believe Dudhwa might have originated from the dudhi plant which was a medicinal plant to the Tharu tribes,” said P.P. Singh, former director of the park.

The name change was proposed because members of the wildlife board argued that the “present name, deriving from a neighbourhood that used to be a huge wholesale milk market, does not go well with its national and international reputation as a forest reserve”.

“By associating it with Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, the state government wants to give it its proper status and at the same time pay a tribute to Dr Ambedkar,” the wildlife department officer said.

But nature lovers are asking why the park must be named after the Dalit icon who has never been associated with wildlife conservation.

“Ambedkar, a great leader who we all respect, need not be dragged to name a wildlife zone. Without Billy Arjan Singh, the park would never have been born. Politics has weighed heavily for this decision,” said S.C. Mishra, a former wildlife warden in Uttar Pradesh.

V.P. Singh, chief of the wildlife protection group Terai Nature Conservation Society and a member of the state wildlife board, said he had said at a board meeting two weeks ago that the park should be named after Billy. “I am shocked that this is going to be named after Ambedkar as the state government has already named one park at Pratapgarh after him,” he said.

Marching orders for humans in tiger territory


Three core villages in Palamau reserve to be relocated in phases, talks on

Ranchi, Oct. 9: Pugmarks are rare, if at all, but signs of human habitation — from livestock to landmines — are everywhere.

That could change soon as the over 1,000sq km Palamau Tiger Reserve is planning to get its act together by relocating in phases three villages in its core area.

“Three tribal villages — Ramandag, Latoo and Kujrum — lie within our core area. According to the National Tiger Conservatory Authority of India (NTCA) mandate, there should be no human habitation in the core regions of the reserve,” said Palamau Tiger Reserve director Paritosh Upadhyay.

The reserve, 180km from the state capital, once the pride of the region for its thriving big cat population, has long been reduced to a cluster of villagers, a rebel hideout and grazing grounds for cattle.

Though relocation is a prickly topic, reserve authorities left with no other recourse have already started taking steps towards it. “We will not identify land for them but try and facilitate their rehabilitation in the buffer zones. We have already initiated talks with villagers, soliciting their co-operation,” said Upadhyay, adding that a report would be sent to departments concerned by the end of the financial year.

Of the 1026sq km area of the reserve, 414sq km is earmarked as core area. According to officials, human population has grown manifold. Around 94 households with 700 people live on the core region, while the buffer zone has 120 villages. The 5km radius alone has 113 villages.

According to NTCA provisions, every household will be granted a lump sum of Rs 10 lakh for relocation.

“The total human population has been projected at over 1,16,549, of which 39,000 live within the reserve,” said Upadhyay, adding that cattle compounded problems.

There are 70,000 cattle heads in villages in and around the reserve, with 1,200 cattle grazing every day in the core area that nibble away the green cover, reducing food for the reserve’s wild herbivores. There is also a danger of disease transfer from cattle to wild animals.

“Although we try and ensure vaccination for all animals, including cattle, their numbers are so high that it is tough to keep tabs on all heads,” he said.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Global Police Swoop Traps Tiger Traders

Oct 08,2010 - CAMPAIGNERS at the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) welcome the news that INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organisation, has joined the fight to end the tiger trade.

An international law enforcement operation coordinated by INTERPOL against the illegal trade in tigers has led to the arrest of 25 individuals suspected of taking part in the illicit trade of one of the world’s most endangered species.

The two-month operation (August-September 2010) involved national enforcement agencies in six tiger-range countries (China, India, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam) and was coordinated by INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France. It worked in close collaboration with its participating member countries to provide a single platform to National Central Bureaus for the exchange and co-ordination of intelligence via INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure police communications system.

Direct enforcement action during the operation included the arrest by Indian authorities of ten suspected wildlife criminals, while in Thailand the Royal Thai Police arrested a number of alleged tiger smugglers connected to cross-border trade, including at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. In a single raid in Hanoi, Vietnamese police seized six whole tiger skeletons and six tiger skulls, while in a separate case two tiger carcasses were seized along with 50kg of tiger bone. In Russia, criminal intelligence obtained by national authorities revealed key smuggling routes.

“The national agencies involved in this international operation supported by INTERPOL have shown unscrupulous criminals who target threatened species that action will be taken to combat their illegal activities,” said INTERPOL Environmental Crime Programme Manager David Higgins.

With as few as 3,200 wild tigers remaining, time is running out to stop the dealers who profit from the international illegal trade in tiger skin and bone. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will be hosting world leaders at a summit in St Petersburg, Russia, in November, to decide on future global actions to save the last tigers.

“It’s great to see news of arrests of criminals rather than seizures alone. Organised crime needs an organised response and Operation Tigre is a step in the right direction, but must be sustained” said Debbie Banks, Head of EIA’s Tiger Campaign.

“Increased resources for slick, professional policing operations to bust the criminal networks controlling the tiger trade should be at the top of the agenda for the St Petersburg tiger forum.”


1. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is a UK-based Non Governmental Organisation that investigates and campaigns against a wide range of environmental crimes, including illegal wildlife trade, illegal logging, hazardous waste, and trade in climate and ozone-altering chemicals.

2. INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 188 member countries. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime.

3. Current estimates suggest there may be as few as 3,200 tigers left worldwide. Three sub-species of tiger have become extinct in the past 100 years.

4. EIA is working to support the international community’s objective of doubling the wild tiger population by the next Year of the Tiger, 2022. Read more about EIA’s tiger trade investigations here

5. The International Tiger Forum will be hosted by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg, Russia, November 21-24.

For further information about Operation Tigre, please contact David Higgins, Manager, Environmental Crime Programme at:

I.P.C.O. – INTERPOL, General Secretariat
200, Quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon – France
Tel: +33 (0) 472 44 76 23
Fax: +33 (0) 472 44 71 63

For further information about EIA, please contact Debbie Banks, EIA Head of Tiger
Campaign, at or telephone 020 7354 7960.

Environmental Investigation Agency
62-63 Upper Street
London N1 0NY
Tel: +44 207 354 7960
Fax: +44 207 354 7961

Friday, October 08, 2010

Tiger on the prowl creates panic in Mathura

Juhi Chaudhary , CNN-IBN
Posted on Oct 07, 2010 at 10:30 Updated Oct 07, 2010 at 10:57

Mathura: A tiger outside Mathura attacked six people, causing panic. However, the attacking carnivore, as experts claim, is not a man-eater and hoping that live bait and tranquiliser guns do the trick.

A young male tiger has been on the run on the outskirts of the city of Mathura for three days now eluding forest officials and causing panic amongst people who live there.

Tension has been running high near the Mathura refinery in Uttar Pradesh as an unlikely inhabitant - a tiger has taken refuge here over the last three days and attacked at least six people causing panic among locals. An angry mob came out with sticks and batons agitating the big cat.

“It injured four people at once. Then at 7 O'clock, it injured a child. After that it injured the child's father or his relative,” said a panic-stricken local Chetan Singh.

And now experts are concerned that because of pressure from local people the animal has been labeled a man-eater, and will therefore be shot dead. But the question remains – whether the tiger is at all a man-eater?

“The tiger is not a man-eater. It hasn’t killed and consumed any human part. It attacked people only when they came close to him and disturbed him,” said Kartick Satyanarayan, Wildlife SOS.

Another question - where did the big cat come from?

“Looks like it has come from Ranthambore, which has nearly 40 tigers. So where will the excess tigers go? Either they will go to the Keladevi sanctuary or reach Mathura via Chambal,” said Joseph Vattakaven, tiger expert, WWF-India.

With live baits and tranquiliser guns at the spot, hopes are high that the stray tiger will be caught safely and returned to the wild.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Tony the Truck Stop Tiger: UPDATE

UPDATE: Tony is still "living" at the tiger truck stop in Louisiana, it's very important that we the public keep the pressure on the government agency which decides the fate of Tony.