CHINA REOPENS TRADE IN TIGER AND LEOPARD SKINS
‘Loophole’ defies the spirit of big cat conservation pledge
LONDON: Despite Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s promise to the world that his country would “vigorously combat poaching, trade and smuggling of tiger products”, China appears to have quietly reopened the trade in tiger and leopard skins.
Ahead of next week’s meeting of the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Standing Committee in Geneva, the London-based Environmental Investigation Read More
By Diane Sullivan, Holly Vietzke, and Rose Church/Guest columnists
Posted Sep 15, 2011 @ 01:57 PM
Last update Sep 15, 2011 @ 03:08 PM
Parents in Massachusetts bring their children to the zoo to see tigers. Parents in Maine need only bring them to their neighbor's house, where it is legal to keep a tiger as a pet. In fact, the Bangor city code prohibits a resident from having more than three dogs as pets, but a tiger - or any wild animal -is perfectly fine.
States regulate the keeping of tigers within state lines, and the laws vary state Read More
Kavacha is no Casanova in Goldy's eyes. So after nearly a decade of unsuccessful courtship, two Siberian tigers at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines will get an assist in the reproduction department that could greatly aid the species' survival.
Goldy will undergo surgery to be artificially inseminated on Jan. 25. If successful, it would mark the first time this particular insemination method — advanced by scientists from the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens — has helped Read More
In the eye of India's tigers
It's just after dawn, our jeep is skidding down a rocky track in the semidarkness, and we're hanging on for dear life. Suddenly we brake to...
By Stephen Brookes
The Washington Post
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A Royal Bengal Tiger yawns as it rests in Ranthambore National Park in northern India.
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A path-breaking experiment on tiger conservation involving breeding of a translocated tigress raised in captivity has seen its first success of rehabilitation of orphaned tiger cubs in the Panna Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh.
A tigress (T4) was released in Panna in March as a part of the experiment. She had been hand-reared after being rescued at the age of three weeks from Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh. While adapting herself to the ways of the wild, she has recently given birth to cubs.
Panna Reserve field director R Srinivasa Read More
CHANDRAPUR/NAGPUR: In yet another shock for wildlife buffs, a four-year-old tiger was found dead in an open well near Ratnapur village in Sindewahi forest on Sunday.
This is the fifth tiger death in Maharashtra since January 2011, and third in Brahmapuri forest division adjoining Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).
Sanjay Thavre, deputy conservator of forests (DyCF), Brahmapuri division, said it is suspected that the tiger accidentally fell into the well while chasing a prey.
The carcass was first seen by farm owner Wasudeo Kohle Read More
HEFEI, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- A female Siberian tiger escaped from a zoo and entered a public park in an east China city late Monday, but she was immediately put down by police on safety concerns, local officials said Tuesday.
The nine-year-old animal made her way out of the zoo after a zookeeper came to feed her but forgot to properly lock the cage. After the escape, the tiger roamed a public park in downtown Wuhu, a city in Anhui province, and occasionally met with frightened residents.
More than a dozen armed police came and shot the giant Read More
A leopard mauled at least three people in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati on Saturday after the ferocious feline ran into a house and attacked the residents.
"We were simply shocked and stunned to find the leopard inside the house and soon the cat started attacking," eyewitness Nipu Das told The Asian Age. "One person was badly injured when the cat mauled his head and face."
One local caught the horrifying scene on camera.
Wildlife rescue personnel in Guwahati later tranquilized the cat and took it to a nearby zoo for observation. Read More
A mountain lion walked up the front driveway of a Burbank home and into the backyard Tuesday afternoon before fleeing into the foothills, police said.
Police said Wednesday that a resident of the home in the 1200 block of Verdugo Spring Lane, near the Glendale border, took photographs that animal control officials used to confirm the identity of the big cat, according to the Burbank Leader.
The mountain lion apparently walked up a hillside slope and disappeared after strolling through the yard at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, according to a notice Read More
A Mt. lion and a deer are reported to have struck a car on Highway 68 and Skyline Forest Drive in Monterey this morning, according to a CHP incident report.
The person who notified law enforcement, whose name was not given, said the deer bounced off of their vehicle and shattered the windshield and the Mt. lion also struck the vehicle.
Those involved in the incident were concerned that the Mt. lion had been injured, the incident report said.
California Department of Fish and Game Warden Jeff Heitzenrater said he had Read More