Wildlife

  • Kerala: Peacock feathers worth Rs 7.39 lakh seized from passenger 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 eight-year-old, died in the state in separate incidents, officials said. In the first incident, the carcass of an eight-year-old 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 co-operation 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...
  • Four-year-old tigress found dead, poachers suspected May 26, 2014

    A four-year-old 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 Jamshedpur on 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...
  • 20-year-old female elephant found dead at Corbett Tiger Reserve May 2, 2014

    A young elephant was found dead in the Corbett Tiger Reserve on Thursday, Park Warden SC Upadhyay said. The 20-year-old 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...
  • High-level panel suggests scrapping of 24 power projects in Uttarakhand April 29, 2014

    At least 24 power projects should be scrapped in Uttarakhand, a high-level committee of the Environment Ministry has recommended while partly blaming hydro-power 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...
  • 40-year-old man attacked by tiger March 22, 2014

    A 40-year-old man was seriously injured in a tiger attack in north Kheri forest division in Lakhimpur, a forest department official said on Saturday. The incident took place on Friday evening when Ramesh along with his fellow villagers was grazing his cattle near Chanpura forests under south Nighasan range, Divisional...
  • George Clooney takes girlfriend Amal Alamuddin, who is also WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyer, on a wildlife safari March 20, 2014

    Los Angeles: George Clooney has reportedly taken his new girlfriend, British lawyer Amal Alamuddin, to Tanzania for a wildlife safari. The couple were photographed out and about during their first trip together to the country amid rumours that they were dating, reported People magazine. They were first spotted together in October but...
  • Three injured in leopard attack in Haridwar's Roshnabad March 1, 2014

    Three persons were injured today after being attacked by a leopard in a factory in Roshnabad area of the city. The leopard sneaked into the premises of a thread manufacturing factory located in SIDCUL area at about 11 in the morning, prompting those on duty to scamper for cover. Three factory...
  • Three elephants die after being hit by a train in Assam February 27, 2014

    Guwahati: Three elephants were killed when they were hit by a local passenger train in upper Assam's Jorhat district. The elephants were killed when the Guwahati-Tinsukia Intercity Express hit them as they were crossing the railway track at Venuguri village near Moriani railway station in a herd. The elephants were...
  • Desist from spreading rumours about the leopard, appeals District authorities February 26, 2014

    Mathura district authorities on Tuesday asked people to desist from spreading rumours regarding the sighting of the leopard which has run amok in the area. Officials concerned have been asked to get in touch with the people and impress upon them the need to avoid spreading rumours about the leopard. Senior district...
  • Meerut normal after leopard attack February 25, 2014

    Schools and market places reopened on Tuesday after being closed since Sunday as a precautionary measure after a leopard entered the city and attacked several people, officials said. "Although precautionary measures are being taken, I am sure the big cat has left the city," said Sushant Sharma, divisional forest officer, Meerut. On...
  • Alert sounded as leopard slips into Meerut February 24, 2014

    An alert was sounded in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut city after a leopard entered into it on Sunday and attacked several people, officials said on Monday. As a precautionary measure, all schools and colleges have been closed and people were told to stay indoors. The big cat was first spotted at a shop...
  • Giant pandas get a celebrity welcome in Belgium February 24, 2014

    Two giant pandas arrived in Belgium on a 15-year loan on Sunday, and they got the kind of welcome usually reserved for visiting dignitaries or celebrities. The male and female pair, Xing Hui and Hao Hao, showed no signs of stress from a journey of more than 12 hours as their...