From Asian elephants to a sawfish called zijsron, get to know interesting facts about Indian endangered species from A to Z!
The year that went by could have been remembered for being the year that Western Ghats became a world heritage site or the year when Asiatic Lions were no more considered Critically Endangered. But ruining the joys of all the positive is one scar constantly surfacing as a conservationist’s worst nightmare. 2012 recorded the largest number of killings of endangered animals in India making it the worst poaching year in the last decade.
They were just three months old when the twin tigresses lost their mother. Raised by their unusually caring father, the ladies have come a long way quite literally by leaving their birth place Ranthambore and now beginning a new life in the jungles of Sariska after the forest department trans-located the two this week.
“It’s a tiger!” someone shouted and soon the whole village of Nidugumba was wide awake alerted by the predator’s presence.
Poachers’ task to wipe away wildlife in Asia and Africa, has just been made tougher by Google. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today received a major grant from Google to use state-of-the-art technology to help protect endangered species like elephants, rhinos and tigers from poachers and wildlife traffickers.
I wish someone told me, every tiger has nine lives.
Forget popular reserves like Corbett and Ranthambore and take a weekend break to a lesser known destination called Phansad Wildlife sanctuary. It is the same dose of wilderness without the tourist crowd.
In a decision many are calling too harsh, the Supreme Court of India banned tourists to enter the core area of all tiger reserves in the country. With India being home to half of the global population of tigers, this means, India will be facing a major setback in number of travelers coming to the country to particularly see the tigers.
We asked our readers if saving a tiger can eventually help save an endangered frog species. The answer is yes and it is heartening to know that almost 70 percent of our readers know the fact.
Nothing is simpler than planting a tree and yet not many really pick up the spade to toil under the sun and nurture a plant. That is why what Jadav Payeng has been doing for the past 30 years is incredible. He has not only made tree plantation a life time hobby but converted a barren land into a lush green 550 hectare forest in Assam which is now home to five tigers
It’s war in Maharashtra. The state government has sanctioned forest department officials to shoot on sight, poachers who are prowling in the tiger reserves, mainly to kill tigers. The strong move came after Maharashtra lost yet another tiger last week with the body of the animal chopped off and vital organs looted by poachers.
The Royal Bengal Tiger’s name itself dispels an aura of aristocratic charm & elegance and the animal has proven itself worthy of its name time and again. But sadly the Royal Bengal Tiger of West Begnal is literally losing its sheen because of the increasing salinity of the water of Sunderbans.
In a shocking incident, the mutilated body of a tiger has been found outside the Tadoba Tiger Reserve near Nagpur in Maharashtra. Poachers took away the head, paws and vital organs of the tiger, leaving behind a chopped off tail and other body parts stuffed in gunny bags dumped on a highway.
Old habits die hard. This was found to be true after forest department officials in Karnataka found at least 80 snares in the protected forest covers of Bandipur and Nagarhole national parks in the last 3 months. It seems that poachers of the area have shunned firearms and started re-using the traditional snares and traps to injure and kill tigers.
Elevating the number of protected areas in the country and giving the national animal a little more space to roam freely, Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh has been officially named as the 42nd Tiger Reserve of the country. The area will not have a core area, a buffer zone and will get funding from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to ensure the tigers have a safe new home.