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Disappearing fast

Source: The Pioneer

The National Tiger Conservation Authority’s inability to make its good work better is threatening the population of big cats and pushing them to the brink of extinction each passing day. Even as the Government prepares to release the new tiger population figure, tiger conservationists are apprehensive that the number could be lower than the current official figure of 1,411 tigers.

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Egg on face for BBC over tigers in Bhutan

Source: Hindustan Times

The BBC describing its filming of tigers at an altitude of 4,000 meters in Bhutan as a rare discovery has shocked experts, who say presence of big cats in the Himalayan kingdom is a known fact. «Nothing new,» said Charles McDougal, a scientist who has worked for tiger conservation in Nepal and Bhutan and had filmed tigers in Bhutan in 1998, in an email to conservationists in South Asia.

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One last chance: can we save the tiger?

Source: The Guardian (UK)

When a British colonel called Jim Corbett was summoned to the thickly forested ravines of the Himalayas, he found people living in abject terror. Without guns, they were powerless to protect themselves from a small number of tigers that had developed a taste for human flesh. To live " and have one’ s being under the shadow of a man-eater" was not so different from prehistoric times, Corbett reflected, when early humans cowered in caves to escape the sabre-toothed tiger.

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Boost to global efforts to save tigers

Source: Times of India

PUNE: For conservation of tigers worldwide, an aide memoire was signed between the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) and the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) in New Delhi recently. This collaboration would cover both scientific monitoring of populations and habitats as well as monitoring national processes to create a better environment for conservation of tiger habitat.

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Indians have harmed tigers more than the colonialists: Goa governor

Source: SIFY News

Panaji, Nov 13 (IANS) Indians, not the colonialists, have let down the tiger, Goa’s governor S. S. Sidhu said Saturday, adding that contrary to forest department’s claims, there was evidence to suggest that tigers exist in Goa’s forests.

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The year of the tiger

Source: The Economic Voice

In a sad indictment of the way that we humans treat wildlife on this planet, the tiger as a species may well be extinct by 2022, which is the next Chinese ‘year of the tiger’.

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Nepal´s tiger conservation effort makes gains

Source: American Chronicle

The International Tiger Conservation Summit held at the beautiful and historic city of St. Petersburg in Russia serves as a testimony to urgent measures required to halt the tiger species from going completely extinct. Nepal´s Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal along with Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Deepak Bohora have made a strong pledge to halt the depletion of Nepal´s tiger stock, in fact trying to redouble the population within the next decade.

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Education and Outreach

Darwin’s kin spurs Mumbai
youth to take up conservation efforts

Source: DNA (Daily News and Analysis)

For Ruth Padel, poet, novelist and campaigner for tiger conservation, poetry and animal conservation go hand-in-hand. Padel, who is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin, English naturalist, regarded as the father of evolution, is in the city to spread the message of forest conservation through sustainable development.

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Corporate conservation — Saving the tiger

Source: The Economic Times

The rapid fall in the number of tigers may have alarmed the government and wildlife conservationists alike though in spite of their best efforts, the two have not been able to reverse the trend—whatever be the reasons. Joining the team now are the corporate world and art fraternity, through a unique public initiative called Artiger, to spread awareness on tiger conservation.

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Anusha Shankar, Devanshu
Sood to be Youth Tiger Ambassadors

Source: NetIndian

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-India has selected Anusha Shankar, a student of M. Sc. Ecology and Environmental Science at Pondicherry University, and Devanshu Sood, a class XI student of Shriram School in Gurgaon near here, as Youth Tiger Ambassadors of the country.

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Field Notes

Kaziranga National Park loses another tiger

Source: The Hindu

The Kaziranga National Park has lost another tiger. The authorities recovered the carcass of an adult tigress in the Agaratoli range of the park on Friday.

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Cat fight: Tiger kills another, eats up parts

Source: Times of India

LUCKNOW: The ferocious infighting between big cats turned even bloodier when an adult tiger was killed and partially eaten away by another in Pilibhit forest. The tiger’s mauled body was recovered late on Thursday from the forest area. The ’killer’ tiger dragged the carcass deep into the forest and bit off some flesh from the thigh. The viscera of the dead animal has been sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, and a post-mortem report is awaited.

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Human-Tiger Conflict

Tiger Mauls Two, Is Shot Dead

Source: Sanctuary Asia

The day Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao joined other world leaders in St Petersburg to work out a deal to save the remaining 3200 tigers in the wild, Indian security personnel and forest officials botched a rescue operation and ended up gunning down a healthy eight-feet male member of the endangered species.

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Meetings and Conferences

Hope for Wild Tigers Rises on Political, Financial Pledges

Source: Environment News Service

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, November 26, 2010 (ENS) — At the International Tiger Conservation Forum this week in St. Petersburg, government leaders and ministerial officials of the 13 countries where wild tigers remain endorsed a wide-ranging plan to double the number of wild tigers by 2022.

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After the roar

Source: Deccan Herald

The first ever international summit on saving tigers from extinction has concluded at St Petersburg with solemn pledges and plans. The 13 participating countries — all with tiger populations — have promised to double the numbers of the endangered species by 2022. They have signed on to an action plan to strengthen tiger reserves, crack down on poachers and provide financial incentives to local communities to participate in protecting the big cat.

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Russian summit strives to protect
endangered tiger population

Source: NECN

(NECN/CNN) — It could be the last chance to save this majestic predator. Despite decades of conservation efforts, environmentalists say the global population of tigers has plummeted to dangerous lows. Just over 3,000 of the big cats are now left in the wild, down from 100,000 a century ago.

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