WILDLIFE

  • Who packed giraffes on a military plane for delivery to Qatar? Interpol releases a wildlife trafficking Most Wanted list 6 hours 32 minutes ago

    Nairobi, Kenya: Have you seen a man who loaded live giraffes into a Tanzanian military plane for delivery to Qatar? If so Interpol would like to speak with you. The international police agency Interpol recently began a Most Wanted campaign of suspects who have carried out such environmental crimes as wildlife...
  • Watch: Leaders busy brainstorming at G20 summit, spouses have a day out at wildlife sanctuary 1 week ago

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a very Australian welcome at the G-20 summit as he was greeted by a Koala bear. While he and other leaders were busy brainstorming at the summit, their spouses had a day out at a wildlife sanctuary. ...
  • Ahead of President's visit, Vrindavan authorities grapple to deal with monkey menace November 14, 2014

    Mathura: To keep monkeys at bay during President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Banke Behari temple in Vrindavan on November 16, the district administration had decided to deploy langurs but it had to abort the plan following outcry from wildlife activists. "We have decided to withdraw services of langurs as it...
  • On India's forest fringes, widening animal-human clashes November 11, 2014

    Bengaluru: It's the harvest season, and on the fringes of a south Karnataka forest, Muthamma (she uses one name) prepares for the raids on her fields of jowar, or sorghum, an ancient, nutritious grass that is raised as grain. The raiders are wild herds of Asian elephants from the Nagarhole...
  • Deadly virus pushing tigers towards extinction November 7, 2014

    New York: Adding to the existing pressures of habitat loss, poaching and depletion of prey species, a new threat to tiger populations in the wild has surfaced in the form of a deadly virus. According to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), canine distemper virus (CDV) has the...
  • India to start destroying stockpile of illegal wildlife items November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: India will on Sunday start destroying its stockpile of seized illegal wildlife articles, including tiger pelts and ivory, to demonstrate the country's commitment towards protection of its flora and fauna. The illegal wildlife products to be pulverised and burned by the Ministry of Environment...
  • Greenpeace hopes for draft plan to protect wildlife, forests October 7, 2014

    Raipur: Greenpeace India expressed hopes on Tuesday that the central government would draft a comprehensive plan to protect wildlife and dense forests from mining, while auctioning new blocks in future, after the recent Supreme Court decision to cancel coal blocks across several states. "We hope that the new government at...
  • Send students for wildlife week celebrations requests forest department September 24, 2014

    Coimbatore: The Forest Department has requested educational institutions to send students in large numbers for the proposed painting, quiz competitions, scheduled on September 28 as part of the Wildlife Week celebrations from the first week of October. The competitions are planned for students studying form LKG to College level and...
  • Kerala: Peacock feathers worth Rs 7.39 lakh seized from passenger September 16, 2014

    Kochi: Peacock feathers weighing 29.8 kg and valued at Rs 7.39 lakh in the international market were seized on Tuesday by customs officials from a Singapore bound passenger at the airport. The feathers were found concealed inside towels in the checked in baggage of the man, hailing from Chennai, just as...
  • Exclusive: How India is managing its tiger reserves September 16, 2014

    There are 47 tiger reserves in India that are key to the survival of the beautiful beast, who continues to face threats from poachers and loss of habitat in the name of development. In those reserves lives not just the tiger but the world's hope as India, where 60 per cent...
  • Exclusive: If the tiger can survive, it's in India September 11, 2014

    To many, in fact most, tiger estimation or census is about knowing a number the final count of a majestic beast, the sight of which inspires awe in unlimited measure but the existence of which lies in the hands of the Homo Sapiens. However, very little does the society...
  • South Asian countries join together to combat wildlife crime August 31, 2014

    Kathmandu: South Asian countries, including India, have endorsed a statute to develop an action plan for the next six years for working collaboratively to fight wildlife crimes. The Second Annual Meeting of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) concluded in Kathmandu on Friday finalising and endorsing the SAWEN Statute and...
  • Two tigresses die in MP's wildlife reserves in separate incidents August 7, 2014

    Two tigresses, including an eightyearold, died in the state in separate incidents, officials said. In the first incident, the carcass of an eightyearold tigress, 'Kankati', was found on Wednesday in the overflowing Charanganga canal in Tala range of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Umaria district, said C H Murlikrishnan, director of the...
  • Two tigers at an average are killed per week: WWF July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Global conservation organisation WWF on Tuesday sounded an alarm over poaching of tigers and said that at an average, two wild cats are killed per week due to high demand of their body parts in Asian countries. It also said wild tigers were facing the risk of extinction in...
  • Two men arrested for killing Chinkara June 22, 2014

    Two youths were arrested for allegedly killing a Chinkara, a protected animal, at Loharki village here, police said today. The accused, identified as Hazoor and Birbal, were caught and arrested yesterday for killing the endangered deer, while an accomplice, Yarookhan, managed to escape. The accused chased the deer, about 4 years...
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan meets South African officials to explore scope for trade June 10, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday met Premier Ace Magashule of the Free State province of South Africa to explore areas of cooperation and trade. The two leaders agreed to build strong links between Madhya Pradesh and Free State, according to an official release. Chouhan is on a...
  • Water crisis hits Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary June 9, 2014

    The death of at least 10 panthers in Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary over last six months has again raised the problem of scarce water in Rajasthan's wildlife parks and sanctuaries. Rajasthan is one of the few states that can boast of two tiger projects, a bird sanctuary and 25 wildlife sanctuaries. These protected...
  • MP, Chhattisgarh lock horns over shifting of tigers June 8, 2014

    Chhattisgarh's efforts to get tigers for its Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary from Madhya Pradesh has come to a halt with the latter asking it to get a viability study done before a decision on handing over the big cats could be taken. Chhattisgarh, where the tiger population is just about 26, has...
  • 21 year old tigress 'Sita' dies of old age in Van Vihar National Park June 1, 2014

    An ailing tigress has died of old age in Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal, a forest official said on Sunday. "The big cat, named 'Sita', was 21 years old. She was suffering from an injury in her hind leg over a month, which had restricted her movements. She died last...
  • Fouryearold tigress found dead, poachers suspected May 26, 2014

    A fouryearold tigress was killed allegedly by poachers near Baruha Nulla under Dhamakher range in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh. The animal's body was found this morning. The tigress was electrocuted and her teeth, nails and the radio collar around the neck were missing. The tigress, who was born in an enclosure,...
  • Leopard cub dies of suffocation in Tata Steel Zoological Society May 23, 2014

    In a tragic incident, a male leopard cub, Bobby, died on Friday due to suffocation in Tata Steel Zoological Society in Jamshedpuron Friday, a Zoo official said. Bobby breathed his last around 4 PM because of sudden choking of throat due to a piece of meat, said Rajnish Kumar, a member...
  • 20yearold female elephant found dead at Corbett Tiger Reserve May 1, 2014

    A young elephant was found dead in the Corbett Tiger Reserve on Thursday, Park Warden SC Upadhyay said. The 20yearold female pachyderm was found dead by forest staff in the core area of the reserve known as Jamuna Gwaad, Upadhyay said. Though an autopsy is still under way, he ruled out any...
  • Highlevel panel suggests scrapping of 24 power projects in Uttarakhand April 29, 2014

    At least 24 power projects should be scrapped in Uttarakhand, a highlevel committee of the Environment Ministry has recommended while partly blaming hydropower plants for the devastation caused by floods there last year. "After considerable discussions and analysis, the Expert Body concluded that of the 24 proposed hydropower projects (HEPs) that...
  • The first time ever: 6 captive-bred gharial released after satellite-tagging April 25, 2014

    Six captive-bred gharials have satellite-tagged for the first time and released in the river Gandak near Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar to protect the critically-endangered reptiles from extinction. "This is just the beginning; we look forward to expand this project if current restocking is successful. We will also research if we...
  • Wildlife activists demand action against ashram for violating Wildlife Protection Act April 22, 2014

    Wildlife activists on Tuesday demanded action against an ashram in Gokul-Mahavan for keeping 400 blackbucks and an elephant captive in violation of the Wildlife Protection Act. On April 18, Naresh Kadyan, Representative of OIPA (International Organization for Animal Protection) in India, Master Trainer, AWBI (Animal Welfare Board of India) and Member...
  • Eight-year-old girl killed by a leopard in Bahraich April 21, 2014

    An eight-year-old girl was killed in an attack by a leopard near Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary in Bahraich, forest department officials said on Monday. Reshma was attacked by a leopard while she was sleeping in the courtyard of her house on Sunday located on the outskirts of the Katarniaghat sanctuary, 85 kilometres from...
  • School children find body of man mauled to death by Leopard April 3, 2014

    A man was mauled to death by a leopard in Dungri village of Pauri district, forest department officials said in Dehradun on Thursday. The man was missing from his village since last Tuesday, they said. The matter came to light on Wednesday when some school children saw a body bearing deep...
  • Three deer found dead in forests of Nandadevi National Park near Joshimath March 31, 2014

    Three deer were found dead on Monday in the forests of Nandadevi National Park near Joshimath during a search in the wake of reports that they were dying one after another of some infectious disease in the area. "Three deer have been found dead so far in the park area near...
  • Holy cities of Varanasi, Gaya used for smuggling rare tortoises, turtles March 30, 2014

    The holy cities of Varanasi and Gaya are being increasingly used for smuggling of rare tortoises and freshwater turtles, according to the wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC. TRAFFIC officials said the final destination for these turtles, smuggled via Bangkok, is Hong Kong. The officials pointed out at the recent arrest of suspected...
  • STF arrests man involved in smuggling of forest goods March 23, 2014

    A man, who is part of a gang involved in smuggling of forest goods and wildlife, was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) from Bahraich district, official sources said in Lucknow. Tejpal Maurya was arrested on a tip off on Saturday by the team of STF and a forest officer...