B2 (1997-2011)

B2 (1997-2011)

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Wild Tiger Pictures

Wagdoh Male, the huge male Tiger from Tadoba.

Raja, Dominant male from Bandipur

Bamera Male

T24 from Ranthambore

Tigress from Nagzira Wildlife Santuary

First Camera Trap Photo of Tiger from Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve

Tiger population increases in Sathyamangalam forest

Erode (TN), Jun 29 (PTI) Population of tigers in the Sathyamangalam forest in the district has risen to 28 in 2011 as against 18 in 2009, a census by forest officials stated.

Forest officials said in 2007, there were only eight tigers. The number declined to seven in 2008 but increased to 10 in 2009 and at the end of that year there were 18 big cats in the area. In 2011, the number increased by 10.

"Camera trapping technique was followed in detecting the number of tigers," they said.

The number of elephants has increased from 815 in 2007 to a little over 900 in four years.

Officials said it was proposed to dig 75 km long trenches in Erode and Sathyamangalam forest divisions following complaints from farmers that elephants were entering their lands and damaging standing crops like banana, coconut and other fruits.

Strict vigil is being maintained to prevent poaching, they added.


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.


Thursday, 23 June 2011

Wild Tiger Pictures

Raja, Dominant male tiger from Bandipur National Park.

Video of Raja:

Bamera Male(Bandhavgarh)


Bhola (Corbett National Park)

Machli, Tigress from Ranthambore (2009)

T39, tigress from Ranthambore

Manas National Park no longer ‘in danger’

Manas National Park, a World Heritage Site in Assam, has received a fresh lease of life with Unesco removing the “in-danger” tag from it. The decision was taken at the 35th session of Unesco’s World Heritage Committee in Paris that began on Monday. 

The decision to remove the “in-danger” tag, that was suffixed to the World Heritage Site status of the park in 1992, was taken after it was ravaged due to insurgency and political unrest in the preceding years, was taken after all the countries of the 22-member committee unanimously voted in favour of Manas. 

It is indeed a huge achievement, and a recognition to the hard work put in by the government and the people, to restore the lost glory of Manas,” said Kampa Borgoyari, deputy chief of the Bodoland Territorial Council.

A biodiversity hotspot in Northeast India, Manas has a number of additional epithets, including a national park, a tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, it is home to a large variety of wildlife.


UNESCO lauds Manas’ revival story, removes danger tag

Acknowledging the great revival story, UNESCO has removed the ‘danger tag’ imposed on the famous Manas National Park of Assam 19 years ago, following significant improvement in wildlife conservation. 

The decision to remove the ‘danger tag’ was announced during the ongoing 35th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Paris. 

The outstanding universal value, for which Manas was inscribed in the World Heritage list, has recovered from damages sustained during ethnic unrest in the site.
Photo: Ritu Raj KonwarSignificant improvements in the preservation of Manas Wildlife Sanctuary have allowed for its withdrawal from the World Heritage List in Danger,” the Committee said.

Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, the Manas sanctuary, home to a great variety of wildlife, including many endangered species, such as tiger, pygmy hog, one-horn rhinoceros and elephant, was inscribed in the List of Danger in 1992, seven years after it had entered UNESCO’s World Heritage List. 

The Committee noted that the outstanding universal value, for which Manas was inscribed in the World Heritage list, was “recovering from damages sustained during ethnic unrest” in the site. 

It had decided to include this site in the danger when the park became a safe haven for militants and there was rampant poaching inside it, with damages estimated over USD two million. 

India scores a winning goal for Manas,” said Jagdish Kishwan, Additional Director General (Wildlife), who led the Indian delegation at the session. 

Inscription of a site in the List of World Heritage in Danger has two sides to it. One, it draws global attention to the problems faced by the site, which is beneficial; the second, it indicates a pending threat that the site could be deleted as a World Heritage completely if appropriate measures are not taken to restore it,” said Vivek Menon, executive director of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), and another member of the delegation. 

The turnaround in Manas’ fate came about in early 2000s. 

The political situation in the area began improving and culminated in the creation of the Autonomous Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) under the Bodo Accord (February 2003). 

Since then, there have been concerted efforts by the government and locals assisted by committed NGOs and individuals to revive Manas. 

Under the ‘Bringing Back Manas’ initiative of the BTC and the Assam forest department in collaboration with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and WTI, Greater Manas was declared, tripling its area. 

The protection and management of Manas was enhanced through training of front line staff, provision of equipment and facilitating and encouraging involvement of local communities in conservation. 

“Assam has been setting examples in wildlife conservation for the entire world to follow. 

First, the biggest conservation success story of the century in Kaziranga National Park and now it is the revival of Manas,” said Assam’s Chief Wildlife Warden Suresh Chand who was also a member of the Indian delegation. 

The decision on the World Heritage status of Manas was an outcome of voting by 22 member countries to the World Heritage Committee. 

An independent review on the status was done by the IUCN to apprise the Committee on the present situation in Manas. 

We have seen Manas change over the past several years, and now the world knows it.
This will get better, but only if the local people actively help authorities in conservation.
Without the continued support of the people, this could not have been possible and without their support this cannot be sustained,” said Kampa Borgoyari, deputy chief of BTC. 

Kudremukh, Kawal Gets Tiger Reserve Status

Centre gives nod to Kudremukh tiger reserve
Ajith Athrady,NEW DELHI, June 19, DHNS:

There has been no reply from Karnataka government: Jairam

A view of the Kudremukh National ParkAmid stiff opposition from the State government against including ten sites of Western Ghats for natural heritage property tag from Unesco, the Centre has given in-principle approval to declare Kudremukh National Park (KNP) as the fifth tiger reserve in Karnataka.

The KNP, is one among the 10 sties in Western Ghats in Karnataka, which was recommended to the world body seeking heritage status.  Kudremukh, spread across  Chikmagalur (110 sq km), Hassan  (130 sq km),  Dakshina Kannada (70 sq km) and Udupi  (50 sq km) districts, will be the 41st tiger reserve in the country.

Disclosing the government decision, Union Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh told Deccan Herald that “though since last one and half months I have been asking the Karnataka government to submit a detailed report to enable the ministry to release required financial assistance, I have not received any reply from other end.  I hope the state government will not oppose the tiger reserve status and submit a detailed project report to take advantage of the scheme to protect wildlife treasure,” he said.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), an organisation working under the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF),  had decided to give in-principle approval for tiger reserve to a total of six national parks, including KNP and the same has been communicated to the states. After getting a detailed report about the areas and required infrastructure, the ministry will issue a formal notification to this effect.

According to the minister, the declaration of Kudremukh as a tiger reserve would help the state get Central aid under the Project Tiger to facilitate relocation of families. Nearly 450 families in the vicinity have requested the state government to relocate them and  12    families were shifted last year, the minister said.

Earlier while seeking the tiger reserve tag, the Karnataka Forest Department had informed the MoEF that an area of around 600.32 sq km can be brought under the ambit of the project. The MoEF has already declared Bandipur, Bhadra, Dandeli-Anasi, Nagarhole and Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary as tiger reserves in the State.

Kudremukh reserve has unique tropical evergreen forests and high altitude grasslands with highly endangered and wildlife species, including tigers, leopards and wild dogs. This apart, the park is home for more than 169 species of birds of which eight are endemic to the Western Ghats. It also houses around 50 species of reptiles and 34 species of amphibians.

According to the last all-India tiger census, the Kudremukh-Bhadra landscape has one of the three distinct tiger populations existing in Karnataka which extends up to the Bhimsankar area of Maharashtra, the minister said.


Kawal is tiger reserve no. 42
The government has declared an important wildlife corridor for tigers between Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra as the 42nd tiger reserve in India. With this, the government has provided another exclusive zone for the big cats.  India’s tiger population has increased from 1,411 in 2006 to 1,706 in 2010 but their habitat area shrunk by about 22%.  

In the last two years, the environment ministry added about 13 new tiger reserves ensuring their better protection. Each tiger reserve has a core area where no development activity is allowed and the buffer zone also has restrictions on the developmental works.

The latest addition in the list of protected areas for tiger is the 893 sq km Kawal wildlife sanctuary in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh, adjacent to Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.

Apart from being a tiger habitat, it is an important west-south tiger corridor… its protection is required for providing space to the tiger movement,” environment minister Jairam Ramesh said.

The tiger census report in March, 2011, had citied huge degradation of forest corridors between tiger reserves as a major hindrance for increase in tiger population.

By declaring Kawal a wildlife area, the government expects an increase in number of tigers, especially in central Indian landscape for tigers. The sanctuary has about 20 tigers as per unofficial count.

A decision to declare Kanwal as tiger reserve was taken on June 15 after examining a proposal from the state government.

South India, which is turning out to be a hub for new tiger habitats, recently got another two new tiger reserves —Kudremukh and BR Temple Hills, both in Karnataka. One of the best maintained tiger reserves in India is Bandipur in Karnataka.

Another forest area, Satyamanglam in Tamil Nadu, once a hub of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, is also in the pipeline to get approval. “Once we receive a proposal from the Tamil Nadu government on core and buffer areas, the decision will be taken,” Ramesh said.

The government expects to increase the number of tiger reserves to 46 by end of 2011 by declaring Nagzira-Navegaon and Bor wildlife areas in Maharashtra and Suhelwa in Uttar Pradesh.


Two tiger cubs born in Orang National Park

The recent birth of two Royal Bengal tiger cubs has taken the total big cat population in Assam's Orang National Park to sixteen (16).

Divisional forest officer of Orang National Park S Daila said on Monday that the villagers had informed them last week that they had spotted two tiger cubs and this was later confirmed when the park authorities spotted the cubs playing with their mother near the Kachumari anti-poaching camp.

The cubs -a male and a female- were probably born in May and the pregnant tigress was spotted last in March.

Daila said that the park authorities were constantly monitoring the movement of the two cubs and they both looked healthy.

Fourteen tigers were detected in this national park during a census conducted last year.

Orang National Park, spread over 78.80 square km on the northern bank of Brahmaputra, is a rich wildlife habitat with several species of animals.

Besides these two cubs, the Park has also witnessed the birth of at least 10 rhino calves during the past few months which is 'indeed a positive development', Daila added.


5 convicted, punished for killing tigress in Sariska

Alwar, Jun 17 : A local court today convicted five poachers for killing a tigress in Akbarpur range of Sariska tiger sanctuary seven years ago and slapped them with seven-year imprisonment.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (no 1) Himankani Gaur convicted Zuharu, Ramzan, Taiyyab and Nooru of Khareda village near Malakheda town and Jiwandas of Panipat(Haryana) for killing the tigress in Akbarpur range in 2004.

The Magistrate awarded each of them seven years imprisonment for the crime, As per the prosecution, the accused had killed the big cat by trapping it into a noose.

It is believed that it is Jiwandas who had taught poachers the style of poaching by trapping the animal in a noose.

Tiger population was wipe-out by poachers about seven years ago.

The Accused in more than 15 cases of tiger killings had been convicted and punished by courts during past six to seven years in the district.



Saturday, 18 June 2011

Wild Tiger Pictures

Raja, male tiger from Bandipur

"Naak Kata". The biggest male in Tourism Zone of Kanha tiger reserve. (I mistakenly called him as "Munna" in one of my previous post. But, That is the name of another tiger named "Langda Munna").

Video of "Naak Kata"

"Langda Munna"

Bamera male

Mating pair from Ranthambore



From Corbett tiger reserve

Shivaji from Tadoba

Mirchani male cub from Bandhavgarh

Baby boom at Ranthambore: 18 Tiger cubs in a year

JAIPUR: It's an all-time record for Ranthambore National Park. Within an year, 18 cubs were born in the park to various tigresses. Officials say that the figure is a magical one and that such a mark has been set for the first time.

The latest tigress to add to the celebrations was T-19, which was spotted taking a stroll in the Nalghati area of the park with three of its cubs. This is the first litter of the tigress in the park.

Speculations have been rife on the motherhood of T-19 after tourism minister Bina Kak during one of her visits to the park spotted the tigress with an enlarged mammary gland. The signs were indicative of her having littered though officially it is only after a sighting of cubs that a confirmation of their birth is given. On last Wednesday, the tigress was seen with three cubs.

So far, tigress T-5, which eventually died, has given birth to two cubs along with tigresses T-13, T-31 and T-8. Tigresses T-11, T-19 and T-26 have three cubs each.

"T-19 is the offspring of one of the most famous tigress of the park, Machli or the Jhalra tigress. T-19 is from one of her litters that saw three cubs and all were females. The cubs eventually grew up to T-17, T-18 and T-19. While T-17 occupies the Rajbagh and Padam Talab areas, T-18 has been relocated to Sariska while T-19 occupies the Nalghati area," said an official.

Officials are excited on the development. "T-19 is from a non-tourism zone. The sighting of her three cubs not only takes the total number of births at the park in the past year to magical figures of 18 cubs but this would increase the chances of tourism at the zone," he added. The cubs are about two-and-a-half to three months old. Tigresses do not bring out their cubs in the open till they are about 3 to 4 months old and it is only after this that they venture out with their mother.

Officials felt that the baby boom at the park serve a perfect answer to those conservationists who have been crying foul on the move of relocating tigers from a breeding population to Sariska. They claimed this had hampered the chances of breeding among tigers at Ranthambore. Last year, the park failed to see any cubs being born.

"It just so happened that there was a year where no births took place. But the very fact that we have so many newborns this year suggest that the population of tigers have not been disturbed despite the fact that some of the tigers were relocated to Sariska," said an official.


Sunday, 12 June 2011

Alarming rise in Tiger deaths in India

According to tigerwalah.blogspot.com, the actual tiger death count this year is 28. But, that doesn't include 3 tiger skins confiscated from poachers gang in Varanasi and male tiger cub died in Bandhavgarh last week. So, tally is 32 tigers perished this year so far. Leopards are in even more worst situation.

Wild Tiger Pictures ("Wagdoh male")

Wagdoh male - The giant tiger from Tadoba with his mating partner.