B2 (1997-2011)

B2 (1997-2011)

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Camera Trap Pictures of Wild Tigers

From the report "Ecological Status and Conservation of Tigers in India. - Karanth K. U. and Nichols J. D.(2000)"

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Pench Tiger Reserve

Kaziranga Tiger Reserve

Nagarhole Tiger Reserve

Bhadra Tiger Reserve

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Wild Tiger Videos

Star Male

Bamera Male

Friday, 25 February 2011

Wild Tiger Pictures

Mating Pair T-24 and T-39 (from Ranthambore reserve)

Star Male from Ranthambore

Bamera Male


Old tigress Machli(Feb, 2010),

28 Tiger Cubs born in Tadoba in 2010

CHANDRAPUR: As many as 28 tiger cubs were born in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in 2010. But since many tigers also move out of TATR, protection in core area as well as corridors in imperative. This was one of the main issues highlighted at a workshop 'Vision Tadoba' to mark the 16th foundation day of TATR on Wednesday.

During the workshop, wildlife activists expressed concern over protection of tigers and constriction of corridors in Tadoba landscape, and gave valuable suggestions over sustainable development of buffer area of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).

The state forest department, under the banner of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Conservation Foundation, had organised the workshop with the objective of seeking, suggesting and roping in the support of NGOs in chalking out the development plan for 79 villages in buffer area and its implementation in coming days, said CF and field director, TATR, Vinaykumar Sinha. Regional manager, North FDCM, SH Patil, who is former field director of TATR, pointed out issues hindering better management of wildlife in Tadoba landscape.

Key issues like steps needed for protection of ecology, regulation for conservation and protection of wildlife, and socioeconomic measures for development of TATR and its buffer area were discussed during the programme.

NGO activist Yogesh Doodhpachare strongly opposed the move of tourism ministry to open three more entrance gates in TATR, while Sachin Wazalwar demanded regular updating of checklist of flora and fauna and satellite mapping of landscape and maintaining standard records to analyse the shifting perception of landscape.

Ex-wildlife warden (honorary) Uday Patel voiced concern over constricting tiger corridors and pressed for active involvement of NGOs in protection and conservation of wildlife. He also stressed for effective control of forest fires and prohibition of illegal plucking of tendu leaves and bamboo felling to prevent habitat degradation.

"As many as 28 tiger cubs were born in TATR during 2010, but the spill over rate of tiger from TATR too is high. Around 8-10 tigers move out of core area into buffer and forest ahead. Hence, conservation of speedily degrading corridors is necessary," said Patel.

Wildlife activist Bandu Dhotre expressed concern over the blockage passages out of tiger reserve for wildlife due to mushrooming tourist resorts and demanded shifting all resorts out of buffer area. He gave suggestions for economical development of villagers living in buffer area.

Around 50 wildlife activists connected to different NGOs along with the representative of tourist resorts, tourist vehicle operators and guides took part in the workshop. CF, Chandrapur circle, GRK Rao, DCF Madan Kulkarni, DCF Ravi Govekar along with senior NGOs activists like Sanjay Karkare, Harshawardhan Dhanwatey and others guided the attendees.

Forest authorities assured to document the valuable suggestions of NGO activists given in the workshop and forward it to higher authorities and government for consideration.

The forest officials assured to consider demands such as Promotion of village oriented ecotourism, checking of mushrooming of tourist resorts around TATR and better residential facility and additional incentive for staff.

However, forest officers responded in negative to some suggestions such as shifting core area of TATR to minimise human pressure on forestand building boundary wall to prevent movement of wildlife in non-forest areas from TATR.


Thursday, 24 February 2011

Tigers from Sariska Tiger Reserve

After notorious tiger poacher Sanchar Chand wiped out every tiger from Sariksa tiger reserve, 2 male tigers(ST-1, ST-4) and 3 female tigers(ST-2, ST-3, ST-5) were relocated from Ranthambore park. ST-1 was poisoned and killed by local villagers few months ago. ST-4 is the only male surviving in the park now.


Elusive Bharatpur tiger netted

(CAUGHT: A tranquillised young male tiger T-7 at the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur shortly before its relocation to the Sariska Tiger Reserve.)

Truant T-7 lured by the recorded call of female tigers; taken to Sariska

The elusive T-7 which was ruling the roost in the Keoladeo National Park (KNP) bird sanctuary near Bharatpur for the past four months has been captured by the wildlife authorities.

The tiger, tranquillised by a team of experts from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), the Sariska Tiger Reserve and the KNP around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, was taken to Sariska by road an hour later.

Now T-7, a habitual wanderer who left his original home at the Ranthambore National Park for the Kaila Devi Sanctuary in the neighbourhood and later to Dholpur and Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, is heading for Sariska as per the announcement made last month by Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh during a visit to Keoladeo.
Difficult customer

Curiously, T-7, which proved a difficult customer for the experts during the past eight days, was finally caught after it was lured by the recorded call of female tigers.

“We have been after the tiger since February 14, but it proved very elusive. Then we thought of trying this technique,” Keoladeo field director Anoop K.R., who was travelling with the caravan headed for Sariska, told The Hindu on Thursday evening.

“We requisitioned recorded calls of the female, and once I received them through e-mail, we played it on Wednesday inside the park at four different places on loudspeakers. To our surprise, the tiger responded and appeared from the thicket of juliflora some 100 metres away,” Mr. Anoop said.

WII's P.K. Malik shot the tranquillising dart and the animal immediately plunged into the thickly wooded area. “It was a great relief to find him unconscious across the road,” Mr. Anoop said.

The team on the spot, which comprised Sariska field director R.S. Shekhawat, forester Narain Singh and researcher Shubheep besides Mr. Anoop and Dr. Mallick, soon transferred T-7 into a wooden cage. The cage has been used earlier to shift big cats —five till date — from Ranthambore to Sariska as part of the now well-known rehabilitation plan for tigers.

Except for one, all other tigers from Ranthambore were airlifted by Air Force helicopters to Sariska. T-7 is the first tiger caught outside Ranthambore to be moved to Sarika, which lost a tiger CP-1, last year.

“Now T-7 will be referred to as ST-6 or CP-6, the sixth tiger to be introduced to Sariska,” said Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Rajasthan P.S. Somasekhar.

“We may keep the animal in one of the enclosures in Sariska for two or three days before releasing it in the park,” he said. “We hope it soon gets a real call from the three females there.”


Sunday, 20 February 2011

With tiger protection, poachers eye leopards

February 20th, 2011

With the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) working overtime to protect the tiger population, poachers have now shifted their attention to killing leopards and selling their body parts as tiger parts.

The states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are the epicentre of this illicit trade and the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) confirms that over 291 leopard deaths were reported in India in 2010. Another 235 and 201 leopards were killed in 2009 and 2008 respectively.

Conservationists conclude that for every tiger killed, there are 10 leopard deaths. The scale of the killing can be estimated from the fact that recently the skins of over 1,200 dead leopard were captured in Ghaziabad.

A senior researcher in WPSI believes this is just the tip of the iceberg and with the illicit international demand for big cat skins and body parts on the rise, the leopard could soon be extinct like the cheetah.

He expressed surprise that while the government has been pursuing a tiger census with great seriousness, while no effort has been made to conduct a leopard census to arrive at the exact number existing within and outside protected areas.
Figures released by the MoEF in 2008 show that there are not more than 11,000 leopards left in the country.

“Leopards live on the periphery of the forests and that makes them more vulnerable,” a senior forest official in the MoEF pointed out. With a declining prey base, leopards are being forced to move to places of high human density where they feed on domestic animals and dogs.

When it attacks livestock, it faces a backlash with communities in and around forest areas supporting poaching and the poisoning of leopards.


Saturday, 19 February 2011

Wild Tiger Pictures

Subadult male tiger Kalua

Challenger - The tiger who challenged dominant male B2 during 2005

Male Tigers from Bandipur Reserve

Young Tigress from Bandhavgarh

1 year old Tiger cub trying to cross the fence. According the photographer, the tiger finally jumped on to the other side.

Tiger mauled to death by another in fierce battle in Corbett Reserve

Dehradun, February 19, 2011

A fierce battle for supremacy between two tigers shook the Kalagarh range of Uttarkhand’s Corbett Tiger Reserve today and resulted in the death of one of the rival big cats.

The victorious tiger badly mauled the hind part of the rival and was hovering around the carcass till late tonight, the Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve, Dr Ranjan Mishra, said here.

The victorious tiger was still roaring and roaming near the spot, which had made it difficult to collect the body of the killed tiger. The fight was believed to be over the supremacy of the area, Dr Mishra added.


A tiger was killed in a territorial fight with another wild cat in Khadd Sot south of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, a park official said on Saturday.

Part of the carcass was also eaten by the victorious tiger, Park Director R.K. Mishra said.

A team of forest officials has reached the spot and the carcass will be sent for post-mortem, he said. — PTI


Increase of Tiger population in Corbett Tiger Reserve

Tiger population in Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve that accounts for a sizeable number of tigers in the country, is set to grow significantly. Preliminary data on tigers in the habitat reveals an increase of over 15 per cent in numbers in the overall landscape of the Corbett reserve, Vice-Chairman of the Environment and Forest Advisory Committee, Uttarakhand, Anil Baluni told Deccan Herald.

The census work, nearing completion got delayed because of incessant rains in the area. Over 150 CCTV camera recordings and pugmarks show a sizeable increase in tiger population”, he says.

The Corbett Tiger Reserve, which has 164 tigers, has the highest density of 20 tigers per hundred sq km. There are another estimated 30 tigers in the reserve landscape zone.
As per the last census, India, which accounts for half the world tiger population, had just 1,411 tigers in forests. Even for a State like Uttarakhand, which promises safe habitat for these big cats, poaching is a cause of concern. To secure its tigers in the Corbett reserve, the protection force engaged in the task will now soon be given powers to open fire against poachers in case any such activity is noticed. “The power to open fire at poachers will deter any such unlawful activity,” Baluni says.

The State Government has also approved setting up of a Special Tiger Protection Force, with 112 strong youngmen, who will be equipped with the latest INSAS rifles. to guard the tigers in the Corbett Tiger Reserve. The latest figures posted by the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) show six tiger deaths, including two on account of poaching, in January this year. In 2010, as many as 58 tiger deaths were reported and 30 of them because of poaching, WSPI said.

“The initiatives by the Uttarakhand government is to minimise the threat to tigers in the area. While the tiger numbers are plunging elsewhere, we are sure that the tiger population in Corbett reserve will increase considerably. These measures are being adopted to avoid even remote risk to the tigers,” says Baluni. The special force is being set up following guidelines from the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Funded by the Centre, The project will cost Rs 5.7 core and involve a recurring annual cost of Rs 2.75 crore.

Local intelligence could be of vital significance for protection of these big cats. The Uttarakhand Government will rope in at least three dozen local tribal youth who are well versed with the jungle terrain, Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said. Special training will be imparted to personnel of this new proposed force to minimise response time and maximise impact, he said. For better administrative functioning of the Corbett reserve, the state recently set up a Corbett Foundation. “This will have a governing body with the forest minister as its head and representatives from the public, NGOs, wildlife experts as members,” Anil Baluni said.

The government hopes the number of these big cats will go up further in case the habitat area sees an increase. At a meeting held a fortnight ago with the member secretary of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), New Delhi, it was decided in principal that the area of Corbett Tiger Reserve will go up by another 250 square kilometres, Baluni said.


Conservation Through Cameras

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Wild Tiger Pictures

Bamera male (Feb,11)


Tiger from Kanha

Tigress from Rantambore

Injured tigress from Bandhavgarh

Tiger & Jackal

Kanha Tiger