Bhopal: Wildlife expert Belinda Wright has praised the Panna Reintroduction Project taken up in Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh after the entire tiger population had vanished from this habitat by 2009.
Participating in the Madhya Pradesh wildlife Board meeting in the state capital on Tuesday Ms. Wright said that Panna’s tiger conservation is a talk of the town even in Kazakhstan and Cambodia. Panna has now attained status of an international level wildlife conservation school.
Declaring Panna National Park as winner for year 2015, American company Trippadvisor has conferred a certificate of excellence to it. Similarly, Travel Operators for Tigers have given status of best wildlife destination to Satpura tiger reserve.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who chaired the meeting said that along with wildlife protection, livelihoods of forest dwellers is also necessary. The Chief Minister said better wildlife management has led to rise in the numbers of different wildlife species. The government is totally committed to protecting wildlife and their habitats, he said adding views and suggestion of wildlife experts will be included in framing policies and issuing directives.
The meeting was informed that the population of Barasingh (swamp deer) had dwindled to just 60 in recent past but due to better management, their number has risen to 600. During current year, 7 barasingha have been relocated from Kanha Tiger Reserve to Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal. Similarly, a tiger and tigress from Bandhavgarh were relocated to Satpura tiger reserve. Experts described increase in number of tigers in Panna from 0 to 30 as unprecedented.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister released a colourful illustrated book on vulture conservation in Panna National Park. It has been authored by renowned photographer Bhalu Monde and senior journalist Abhilash Khandekar.
CREW, a not for profit organisation, had released two reports Vanishing Stripes(1999) and Vanishing Stripes-II (2000). These are investigated, documented reports authored by Lalit Shastri. They issued the firm warning that Tiger’s survival is threatened by poaching and loss of prey-base.
These reports reveal the gravity of the problem and point out how gravely the tiger is threatened in one of its most fantastic habitats.
The second of the two reports (Vanishing Stripes II) released by CREW in the year 2000 also issued the firm warning that Tiger’s survival is threatened by poaching, loss of prey base, rapidly depleting forests, and destruction of forest corridors due to human pressure.
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Global Tiger Day is held annually on July 29 to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers. It is both an awareness day and celebrated for every Tiger that is born and cheered as their Population increases. It was founded at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010. This was done because at that moment wild tigers were too close to Extinction. The 13 Tiger Range Countries and many animal welfare organisations pledged to help these wonderful creatures and are still helping to raise funds to reach this goal. The goal of International Tiger Day is to promote the protection and expansion of the wild tiger’s habitats in the 13 range countries and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation…
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Only some 100 tigers currently roam the Sundarban forests of Bangladesh, a new survey has discovered, indicating far fewer big cats than previously thought in one of their largest global habitats.
The year-long survey that ended in April was based on footage from hidden cameras and found the true number of tigers to be between 83 and 130.
“So plus or minus we have around 106 tigers in our parts of the Sundarbans,” Tapan Kumar Dey, the Bangladesh government’s wildlife conservator, said . “It’s a more accurate figure.”
The number represents a precipitous drop from the 440 figure included in the last tiger census in 2004, although experts say in hindsight the earlier calculation may have been inaccurate since it was based on a study of the animals’ paw prints or pugmarks.
The news from Bangladesh is in contrast to South Asian neighbor India — home to about 70% of the global tiger population — where the environment ministry said in January that the number of tigers had risen to 2,226 from 1,411 in 2008. There are apparently 74 tigers on the Indian side of the Sundarbans, the mangrove forest that stretches for nearly 4,000 miles across both countries.
Monirul Khan, a zoology professor at Bangladesh’s Jahagirnagar University and the country’s foremost expert on tigers, stressed that the government needs to intervene in order to protect the animals from poaching and their habitat from destruction through development. —Save The Tiger
These pictures are from 28th June on Temple Road at Ranthambhore. This is what you call a ” Tiger Mela”. People on road, safari vehicles from all zones, forest officials at least 1000 + people surrounding a single tigress ” Noor ” whose partner is now in jail. The traffic in this so called National Park will put any metro to shame. Imagine how irritating it is, even if one person keeps staring at you … imagine thousands staring at you. Eventually these animals will get irritated and they will attack, then some expert will say.. ” The tiger has lost its fear for humans “-Nishant Chandrarao CLaW – Conservation Lenses & Wildlife
Bobbie Jamwal, Managing Director Quest, New Delhi, India, is a front ranking consultant in areas like InfoTech, Infrastructure, Eco-Technologies, Health Care, Aviation and Wildlife Conservation. He is an avid wildlife photographer and is deeply concerned about the fate of tigers.
On a social networking site, Bobbie Jamwal writes: “The Politician-Mafia combine has finished this country and it’s rich resources. Our forests, lands and rivers have been completely destroyed by their insatiable greed.This is Bobbie’s response to a facebook remark on a photo of a tiger shot by him. The FB comment on his photo reads: “Homo sapiens have played havoc with the tiger territory. But for a handful of concerned human beings this magnificent specie would have got wiped out completely.”