Monday, June 27, 2011

Sariska to get 3 more tigresses

ALWAR: The Sariska tiger reserve will soon host atleast three more tigeress from Ranthambore. Currently, the reserve has two tigers and three tigeress.

This was stated by Union forest minister Jairam Ramesh during his visit to the reserve. The minister spotted a tiger at the reserve for the first time in his life. "I have been visiting reserves in the country since 1984 but this is for the first time that I have spotted a tiger," the minister said.

Sources revealed that the minister spotted the tiger ST-6. This is the same tiger that had attacked ranger Daulat Singh Shaktawat and had fled to Bharatpur from where it was eventually brought to Sariska.

"In the next two or three months, we will be shifting three more females from Ranthambore," he said. However, Ramesh made it clear that the next male to set foot in the reserve would be from Madhya Pradesh. The minister was worried as no cubs were being born in Sariska for the past four years since the first tiger was relocated.

"It is just not Sariska but there are 13 tigresses out of a total 20 females in Ranthambore which, too, have not littered since the past five to six years. We are worried and have sent scat samples of these tigresses and from some in Sariska to Hyderabad for a hormonal test," he said. .

The ministry has recently sanctioned Rs 2 crore for the purchase of ten 35-seater buses for ferrying passengers from the gates of the sanctuary to Pandupole. A research centre, Kailash Sankhla research centre, would also be set up. The Centre will give various information on wildlife and will serve as a museum too.

Kawal in Adilabad to be new tiger reserve

Vijay PinjarkarVijay Pinjarkar, TNN Jun 27, 2011, 12.52am IST

NAGPUR: The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has in-principle agreed to recognise Kawal wildlife sanctuary near Jannaram in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh as the new tiger reserve.

The 892 sq km Kawal forest is located in northern Andhra Pradesh adjoining Chandrapur and Gadchiroli forest areas in Maharashtra. This would become the second tiger reserve in Andhra Pradesh after Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam.

The area was first surveyed jointly by a team comprising Kishor Rithe of Satpuda Foundation, Ashish Fernandez of Sanctuary Asia and Imran and Asif Siddiqui of Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society (HYTICOS), Hyderabad in 2003.

The corridor mapping was done from Maharashtra to Andhra Pradesh along with documentation of the wildlife and tiger potential of the area.

HYTICOS, with the help of Nallamalai Foundation, later spent more time on wildlife corridors along the northern boundaries of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The HYTICOS team travelled 1,800 km from Yavatmal to Adilabad, touching Chandrapur border and completed its search at Gadhchiroli border. The Satpuda and Sanctuary teams focused on Maharashtra corridors with Andhra Pradesh.

The proposal was under consideration of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) since then. The sanctuary was under threat from illegal encroachments after Forest Rights Act (FRA) 2006 came into force. In May 2011, environment minister Jairam Ramesh and a team too had visited Kawal.

If Kawal formally becomes a tiger reserve, one more reserve will be added to the existing reserves in 300 km vicinity from tiger capital Nagpur. It will include Kanha, Tadoba-Andhari, Pench (MP), Pench, Indravati, Melghat and Satpura-Bori. The MoEF has already agreed to declare Bor and Nagzira-Navegaon as tiger reserves.

"Kawal will help reduce man-animal conflict in Chandrapur-Gadchiroli districts as our spill-over tiger population will find place in Kawal," stated Kishor Rithe, president of Satpuda Foundation and member of National Board for Wild Life (NBWL).

Friday, June 24, 2011

Meet Canyon the SAND CAT!


Canyon the Sand Cat is one of the smallest residents at Big Cat Rescue, he's often mistaken for a domestic cat or kitten by tour guests! Listen to our junior volunteers as they introduce viewers to the cutest cat at BCR!?


Sunday, June 19, 2011


It's Summer time at Big Cat Rescue, check out all the cool enrichment we hand out to the tigers, lions, leopards and more!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Liger Physical

Freckles is an 18 year old liger we rescued in 2008. She was in bad shape when she came to Big Cat Rescue, listen to what we have done to make her more comfortable while living at the sanctuary...

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Vote Big Cat Rescue in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good

Big Cat Rescue has been selected as one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five non-profit organizations each day for 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook page



Sleepy Tigers....

TIGERS SNORE TOO!! Check out our Tigers, Lions, Leopards and more doing what cats do best.....SLEEP! Big Cat Rescue is thankful to all our donors and supporters than enable us to rescue these cats and provide them with sanctuary so they can sleep in peace for the rest of their lives.