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Thu, Jun 23, 2011 6:38 PM
Some nice news guys, especially the trafficker getting caught with that beautiful tiger.Good progress on isolating generic-cross breds, for educational purposes only.http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/AZA/FelidTAG/Newsletter/2010February.pdf...As of June 2009, when the Tiger SSP held its annualmeeting, there were 396 tigers in AZA-accredited zoos: 130 Amur, 73 Sumatran, 54 Malayan, and 139 generic tigers. AZA recently mandated that the substantial population of generic tigers be managed as part of the SSP. At the annual meeting, the Tiger SSP management committee unanimously approved a new set of recommendations re-garding generic tigers:.."AZA-accredited institutions should not breed, acquire, or transfer generic tigers unless otherwise approved by the Tiger SSP‟s man-agement committee.http://www.felineconservation.org/legislative_information/generic_tiger_ruling.htm...Generic or crossed tigers cannot be used for enhancement of propagation of the species, however they can be used in a manner that should enhance survival of the species in the wild. Examples include exhibition in a manner designed to educate the public about the ecological role and conservation needs of the species and satisfaction of demand for tigers so that wild specimens or captive purebred subspecies are not used.Handsome Tiger
A Man and a Lion were companions on a journey, and in the course of conversation they began to boast about their prowess, and each claimed to be superior to the other in strength and courage. They were still arguing with some heat when they came to a cross-road where there was a statue of a Man strangling a Lion. "There!" said the Man triumphantly, "look at that! Doesn't that prove to you that we are stronger than you?" "Not so fast, my friend," said the Lion: "that is only your view of the case. If we Lions could make statues, you may be sure that in most of them you would see the Man underneath."
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 7:32 AM
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 1:27 PM
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 1:34 PM
I was confused -what was going on? Was this a female with her dead young one? Did the lions kill this leopard (3 lions were in the area the previous night) and another leopard found it and was dragging it away? Or did this leopard actually kill this other one?
It became clear that this was indeed a male leopard and not a female one. A few hours later we returned with the scouts from the conservancy and went into the bushes on foot. The scouts spotted the dead leopard hidden deep in the Salvadora thicket. It was a younger male leopard and it had been clearly suffocated by the older leopard. The killer had eaten a large chunk of the stomach but left the rest.
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 1:47 PM
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 8:13 PM
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 8:23 PM
KingOfEurope wrote:410 and 430 lbs? Both look in the 350 - 370 lbs range for me.
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 9:08 PM
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 9:35 PM
Incidentally, the zoo world underwent a concerted effort a few years ago to get the Siberian tiger P. tigris altaica re-branded with one of its alternative names, Amur tiger. This hasn't been too successful, and 'Siberian tiger' is still used more widely (at least, it is in the English-speaking world). Wild Siberian tiger exhibit low genetic variability and seem to be bottlenecked (Russello et al. 2005). This was thought to be the result of human persecution (during the 1940s, the wild population was down to 30-40 individuals. It's now somewhere round about 200 animals according to WWF, though pre-2000 estimates were as high as c. 500). The global captive population (of about 250 individuals) is, rather unusually, more diverse genetically, so it might be that the founders of the captive population were captured before bottlenecking occurred. However, recent work indicates that the Siberian tiger is a very young subspecies anyway (less than 10,000 years old) and that it only recently evolved from wandering populations of the almost certainly extinct Caspian tiger P. t. virgata (Driscoll et al. 2009) [captive Caspian tiger show below. This individual photographed at Berlin Zoo in 1899]. If this is valid, then the Siberian tiger may not have had much genetic variation to begin with. More importantly, perhaps, is that Caspian and Siberian tigers previously had a continuous range, were very similar in terms of habitat and natural history, and were extremely similar genetically: given this data, it might be argued that they should be regarded as synonymous. If this becomes accepted (see Driscoll et al. 2009), then (1) P. t. virgata is the correct name for the Caspian + Siberian tiger population (because P. t. virgata Illiger, 1815 predates P. tigris altaica Temminck, 1884) and (2) P. t. virgata is not extinct after all, just locally extinct across much of its former range (you may know that alleged sightings of P. t. virgata continue across its former range, despite its supposed extinction during the 1950s 1970s).PS - Driscoll et al. (2009) did not support the view of Mazák & Groves (2006) that the Sumatran tiger P. sumatrae and Javan tiger P. sondaica should be regarded as distinct species relative to P. tigris.http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2009/02/siberian_tiger_revision_2009.php
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 10:18 PM
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Fri, Jun 24, 2011 10:40 PM
For the first time ever, tiger numbers in the Russian Far East were estimated using remote cameras set in the forest to “capture” tigers automatically on film. Because the stripes of each tiger are unique, it is possible to differentiate and count tigers based on photographic evidence. Camera-trapping studies conducted in Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Zapovednik (SABZ) from 2006 to 2008 provided the basis for providing the most statistically robust estimates of tiger densities ever derived for the Amur tiger.
Further studies will help determine the relationship of track surveys and camera-trap surveys, but for now, we are considering new survey approaches that would combine camera trapping in core areas combined with wider track counts. Such a combined approach may reconcile the needs for precise estimates, and the need to cover vast areas of the Russian Far East. In the end, we are looking for the most accurate, cost-efficient method to count tigers in the remote reaches of the Russian Far East.http://www.wcsrussia.org/AboutUs/NewsArchive/tabid/2041/ID/67/language/en-US/Results-of-Camera-trapping-Studies-conducted-in-Sikhote-Alin-Biosphere-Zapovednik.aspxTake a look at these guys, no way other sub-species are bigger.Tiger cubs pause for camera trap so cute.http://www.wcsrussia.org/AboutUs/NewsArchive/tabid/2041/ID/198/language/en-US/THREE-TIGER-CUBS-PAUSE-FOR-A-CAMERA-TRAP-IN-SOUTHWEST-PRIMORYE.aspxIt turned out to be a large male, nearly 200 kilograms in weight, about 4 years old, in good physical condition, with perfect teethhttp://www.wcsrussia.org/AboutUs/NewsArchive/tabid/2041/ID/163/language/en-US/A-LONG-AWAITED-FORTUNE.aspxSome not so great news.Shocking live cow fed to five hungry siberian tigers in front of tourist.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1248719/Lunch-run-Shocking-moment-LIVE-cow-fed-hungry-tigers-tourists.htmlSiberian muscle,
The shocked visitors watched from the safety of their buses as the fearsome beasts launched into a feeding frenzy.
The cow had been dumped from the back of a truck and made a brave attempt to escape before being overcome by the powerful tigers.
Amateur photographer Chris Geddes, 31, captured the images on a trip to the Siberian Tiger Park, in Harbin, China.
He said: 'I had heard that the Siberian Tiger Park was a famous tourist attraction in the area and I jumped at the chance to go.
'After a brief walk through the traditional zoo-like cages and some more spacious enclosures, we were loaded on to one of six buses for the guided tour of the park.
'The park was spread across several square kilometres of land with a meandering dirt road.
Sat, Jun 25, 2011 7:35 PM
Sun, Jun 26, 2011 7:15 AM
A five-year-old lion was found dead in an open well in a farm on Tuesday at Dasada village in Bhesan taluka of Junagadh district. Range forest officer Dipak Pandya said the lion's carcass has been fished out and sent for postmortem. The incident occurred at least 25 km from Junagadh when two lions came to the area on Saturday night, according to forest department sources. The lions had also attacked some animals in the area. It seems one of the lions fell into the well while jumping over the well, according to beat guards. Pandya said there was no parapet wall around the well.
Villagers informed the forest department on finding a lion in the well. Forest department rushed a team to the spot. A campaign is on for the past four years in the region aski-ng people to build parapet walls around the open wells. They ha-ve been advised to at least have a wired border around it. The campaign had achieved some success in this regard, forest department sources said.
Sun, Jun 26, 2011 7:20 AM
Sun, Jun 26, 2011 2:24 PM
Nepal's Tiger Numbers Remain Constant Census Reveals
Population of 121 is Still Vulnerable to Poaching, Habitat Loss and Encroachment, WWF Says
For Release: Jul 29, 2009
Say cheese! The survey team used camera traps - a non-invasive way to study wildlife. These innovative conservation tools are everyday cameras, equipped with infrared sensors that take a picture whenever they sense movement in the forest. © WWF-Nepal
WWF stressed the need to renew tiger conservation efforts in response to the government of Nepal’s announcement of an estimated 121 breeding tigers in four protected areas in the Terai Arc Landscape of Nepal.
“What we have today is a snapshot of tiger populations in one corner of the Eastern Himalayas, one of the last bastions of this endangered species,” said Shubash Lohani of the Eastern Himalayas Program of WWF. “In the bigger picture, the numbers from this survey are not strong enough to withstand an ever increasing demand for tiger parts and derivatives.”
The results represent a nine-month research project that surveyed tiger abundance and distribution in all of the protected areas concurrently for the first time in the Terai Arc Landscape-Nepal. The study was jointly implemented by the government of Nepal, WWF and National Trust for Nature Conservation with support from Save the Tiger Fund and US Fish and Wildlife Service. The survey employed camera trapping inside protected areas and habitat occupancy both inside and outside the protected areas to derive information on both.
“We were encouraged to learn that wild tiger populations remain relatively robust in Chitwan National Park despite the toll taken by conflict and the increasing threat of illegal wildlife trade,” said Dr Rinjan Shrestha of WWF Nepal, who was part of the national survey team. “Unfortunately, a closer look at the data from three other primary protected areas reveals declining numbers that will require concerted conservation efforts to these vulnerable populations.”
Parsa Wildlife Reserve has an estimate of four tigers, Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve is likely to have eight tigers and Bardia National Park has 18 according to Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. Chitwan national park is still a stronghold for tigers with an estimated population of 91, thanks to intensive anti-poaching operations supported by WWF.
WWF has committed to support the government of Nepal’s Tiger Conservation Action Plan 2008-2012, which plans to increase the population of tigers by 10 percent within the first 5-year period.
Bengal tigers represent the largest number of the magnificent big cat in the wild. Their numbers are plummeting due to an onslaught of illegal wildlife trade, habitat loss and degradation, and human-tiger conflict. The Eastern Himalayas, stretches across key tiger protected areas in north and northeast India, the Terai belt of Nepal and parts of Bhutan. WWF has worked on tiger conservation in the Eastern Himalayas since the 1960s.
Sun, Jun 26, 2011 11:35 PM
Mon, Jun 27, 2011 7:56 PM
A leopard, which injured at least seven persons in Sivasagar district, was captured by a forest department team on Wednesday evening.
Before it was captured, the leopard had created panic in Sonari town and an adjacent tea garden before entering a school campus in the district.
After prowling from one location to another, the animal got trapped in an empty classroom of Rajadhap Middle English School at ward no. 13 under Sonari Municipal Board where the forest department team had placed the cage.
Local sources said earlier, the leopard was spotted in Teok tea estate, which is adjacent to Sonari town, and attacked some workers in the area of the estate.
“The leopard injured six workers when they tried to chase it away. The condition of all the injured is stable and they have been administered first aid,” a tea worker of the estate said.
The injured workers are Rajen Bonik Das, 22, Gobinda Bonia, 20, Sujit Gowala, 30, Nripen Bonik Das, 30, Angad Bonik Das, 30 and Tufan Bonik Das, 22.
After attacking the tea garden workers, the leopard entered the Rajadhap area around 12.30pm.
“The students and teachers of Rajadhap Middle English School were coming out of their respective classes for the lunch break, when the animal entered an empty classroom,” the source said.
While entering the classroom the leopard attacked another onlooker, Dablu Gowala. .
Some people mustered enough courage to go near the classroom and closed all the doors and windows of the room.
The forest department team placed the cage in front of one of the doors of the classroom and it had to wait for long before the animal got trapped in the cage at 6.30pm.
Tue, Jun 28, 2011 1:08 PM
Assistant conservator of forests M M Jaya, Bantwal range forest officer Subbayya Naik, and mobile range forest officer S Raja, arrived at the location to rescue the leopard. Vittal police sub inspector Rakshit A K and policemen provided security.
Pilikula Nisargadhama officer Jayaraj, veterinary officer Dr Jitesh, scientific officer Vikram Lobo, supervisor Roshan Menezes and assistant arrived at the location on Thursday afternoon.
The leopard was administered anaesthesia and taken to Pilikula Nisargadhama.
M M Jaya informed media persons that the leopard had injured its hind legs as it tried to escape from the trap. It will be under treatment and observation for a few days, and if it fully recovers it will be released in Kalanjamale Reserve Forest since Pilikula Nisargadhama has many leopards already.
Thu, Jun 30, 2011 7:18 AM
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.
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