Save the Critically Endangered Indochinese Tiger

Save the Critically Endangered Indochinese Tiger

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IUCN Conservation Centre, Rue Mauverney 28, 1196, Gland, Switzerland  Phone:+41 22 9990000 Fax:+41 22 9990002


Asia Regional Office

63, Soi Prompong, Sukhumvit Soi 39, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand  Phone: +66 2 6624032  Fax: +66 2 6624387  Fax: +66 2 6624388


Dead Indochinese Tigers

International Union for Conservation of Nature Headquarters, Asian Regional Office

The Indochinese tiger is a tiger subspecies found in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and southwestern China. This tiger is disappearing faster than any other tiger sub-species with at least one tiger being killed each week by poachers.

All existing populations are at extreme risk from habitat loss, prey depletion, inbreeding, hunting for trophies, poaching by farmers, and the growing demand for tiger bones in Asian medicine. According to some reports, almost three-quarters of the Indochinese tigers killed end up in Chinese pharmacies for Chinese Traditional Medicines.

In Myanmar, a designated Protected Tiger Area was clear-cut for sugar and tapioca plantations. Cambodia continues illegal logging in tiger habitat. Fewer than 30 tigers are believed to be left in Vietnam, and one has not been seen in China since 2007 when the last surviving individual was eaten.

I ask to you move the status of the Indonesian Tiger to “Critically Endangered” and make more strenuous efforts to stop poaching and habitat loss for these apex predators, which will also benefit other animals in the region.

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Lawmakers Thwart Effort to Kill Endangered Species Protection

Lawmakers Thwart Effort to Kill Endangered Species Protection

Close the Generic Tiger Loophole to Save Me

Close the Generic Tiger Loophole to Save Me

Lawmakers Thwart Effort to Kill Endangered Species Protection

On July 27, 2011 with a vote of 224-202 the U.S House of Representatives rejected the “extinction rider,” which would have prohibited species listings and habitat conservation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Defeating the “extinction rider” is great news for America’s most vulnerable species and their habitat.

A big Thank You to all of Big Wildlife’s supporters who took action and contacted their Representative!!  Together, we’re all making a difference for wildlife and wild places!

First reported Florida panther death of 2010

Florida panther found dead in Lee County; first reported death of year

* Posted January 19, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.

Florida wildlife officials reported this morning the first death of an endangered Florida panther in 2010.

The male panther, between two and three years old, was found last night west of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, about a mile south of Corkscrew Road in Lee County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The panther was found by a citizen who saw vultures feeding and thought they might have found a dead calf, according to this morning’s report.

A preliminary investigation has determined the cause of death to be another panther because of puncture wounds on the dead panther’s forearms and hind legs and hair embedded in the claws on the rear legs.

Last year was a record year for roadkill deaths of wild panthers, which scientists estimate number between 100 and 120 in South Florida.


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Victory for jaguars in U.S. – N.Y. Times

January 13, 2010

In Reversal, Jaguar Habitat Will Be Protected

After more than a decade of resistance, the Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that it would reverse previous decisions and protect the habitat of the jaguar.

The sleek, ferocious cats have been listed since 1997 as endangered, the highest level of peril for a wild species. Still, the government has never designated critical habitat for the jaguar or come up with a formal recovery plan, steps that are commonly taken under the Endangered Species Act.

The federal government has given varying reasons for its refusal to act. In 1997, the Fish and Wildlife Service said that to protect the jaguar’s habitat, it would have to make public maps of its range. That would make the animals vulnerable to more poaching, already a primary cause of deaths, it said.

In 2006, the service argued that jaguars were primarily native to South and Central America and that their range in the United States was largely incidental to its survival.

Wildlife advocates sued to protest those findings, pointing out that jaguars were thought to have once ranged from Louisiana to California, although they had rarely been seen in recent decades.

Last March, the Federal District Court in Tucson told the government that it would have to come back with a decision that was soundly based in science.

In theory, the service could have sought again to rule out habitat conservation. But this time the government said it would move to protect critical habitat and would publish a description of the land proposed for the designation.

It also agreed to develop a formal recovery plan, which will envision how the jaguar might make a recovery.

The Fish and Wildlife Service says there are no known jaguars in the United States today. The last jaguar known to exist within the nation’s borders died last March.

However, there are nearly 5,000 in Mexico, and more ranging as far south as Argentina and Paraguay.

The notion behind a critical habitat designation is to enable the jaguar to survive if it ranges north again.

Protecting the jaguar’s habitat will be a complicated challenge. The cats can range over hundreds of square miles to hunt prey, and ranchers have fiercely opposed protection.

Conservationists were exultant on Tuesday, with some predicting that the protection of such a far-ranging species could have a broader impact.

“It will reorient land conservation in the Southwest,” said Michael J. Robinson, conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based group that brought the lawsuit.

When the government weighs a plan to allow tree cutting or mining on public lands, for example, he said, it will have to ensure that it will not harm the jaguar’s critical habitat.

“We will see planning to ensure jaguars can reach each other,” he said.


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Middle schoolers explore Florida panther habitat while learning science lessons

Collier middle schoolers explore panther habitat while learning science lessons

Contributed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Posted November 30, 2009 at 5:38 p.m.

Talk about getting your feet wet. Hundreds of Collier County middle school students got the chance to experience the outdoors up close and personal thanks to a state environment program.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) Program partnered with Collier County public schools, the Florida Panther Refuge (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, South Florida Water Management District, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge to expose more Florida students to outdoor learning experiences on public lands.

As part of the 14th LIFE program in Florida, nearly 500 middle school students from Immokalee, Manatee and Golden Gate middle schools recently learned science concepts, methods and skills through hands-on labs at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and two other sites in Collier County in October and November.

“This unique learning experience engages students in their own scientific investigations and gives them an opportunity to meet real scientists who protect, study and manage refuges and wildlife management areas,” said Greg Ira, director of DEP’s Environmental Education. “During the labs, students … explore and measure non-living components of the environment such as temperature, humidity, light intensity and soil moisture, and learn about the threats, biology and protection of the endangered Florida panther.”

As part of the science lessons, students used Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to participate in a scavenger hunt where they learned more about the Florida panther in its natural habitat. One location in the activity led students to a pen that is sometimes used to introduce panthers to the area before they are eventually released.

“Florida Panther Refuge is pleased to host a LIFE program for Collier County students who might not otherwise visit panther habitat,” said Ben Nottingham, acting project leader of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex, Florida Panther and Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Another aspect of the labs required the students from each middle school to explore a service learning topic that is related to a local environmental issue impacting their school. Golden Gate Middle School students studied water quality in local canals, Manatee Middle School students explored local invasive and exotic species and Immokalee Middle School students examined common non-point sources of pollution such as oil from old cars and agricultural chemicals.

Since 2004, more than 6,300 future scientists and environmental stewards have participated in the LIFE program. The LIFE initiative established a systematic and statewide network of field-based, environmental-science programs that brings students out to public lands to learn science.

The goals of the LIFE program are increased student achievement, teacher professional development in science, increased participation of underserved and under-represented populations and increased stewardship of public lands. LIFE program activities are consistent with the new Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards program and the field experiences that students participate in are examples of using the natural environment to green the curriculum.

For more information about DEP’s LIFE and other Office of Environmental Education programs, visit For more information on sponsoring a LIFE site or volunteering for the LIFE program, contact Greg Ira at (850) 245-2132.


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