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Bihar developing grasslands in VTR to conserve tigers and prey

    What a camouflage: why tigers love grasslands According to reports, Bihar is developing India’s biggest grassland of over 800 acres in its only tiger reserve in the state’s northeast to provide a wildlife friendly environment for the big cats whose numbers have doubled in the last three years. “We have decided to turn 800 hectares of forest in the tiger reserve into the biggest grassland in the country. The work has already begun to clean the bushes of unwanted species like mikenia, eupatorium and phoenix – which are the main cause of fires – to convert it into... 

Patna zoo blessed with birth of four tiger cubs

  Tiger cubs: Patna zoo[illustration only]Patna: according to reports, Patna zoo has been blessed with a bonanza as their  conservation programme for tigers has led to the birth of four cubs at one go. Swarna, a white Royal Bengal Tigress at Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, gave birth to the quadruplets on Tuesday evening. Two of the newborn cubs are white like their mother while the others are normal coloured. There are eight tigers at Patna zoo now. The tigress was brought from Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad in 2011. Before this, the she had given birth to three cubs but all of them died... 

Money from Black rhino hunting permits will help conserve the animal: what logic!

    Black: conservation through killing? Dallas, USA: The opportunity to hunt an endangered African black rhino in Namibia went to the highest bidder over the weekend. Wealthy U.S. and foreign hunters gathered at a Dallas convention center on Saturday, or joined by phone, to participate in the Dallas Safari Club’s auctioning off of a permit to kill a black rhino, something the club has maintained was done in the name of “conservation.” According to multiple sources, the permit sold for $350,000, although the club previously stated the permit could go for as much as $1 million. The... 

Good news on wildlife: Asiatic cheetahs sighted and filmed in Iran

    Hunting with Cheeta: Gujarat Asiatic cheetahs, a subspecies  are extinct everywhere except in Iran, where they are considered to be critically endangered. But marking a rare success, conservationists at the Persian wildlife heritage foundation (PWHF) have spotted a group of five Asiatic cheetahs (also known as Iranian cheetahs) – a mother with four cubs. Four wildlife experts from the PWHF saw the family group at the weekend as they were returning from a field trip in Iran’s Turan national park, home to some of the largest populations of Asiatic cheetahs in the world. “They... 

Number of tigers in Bihar’s tiger reserve more than doubles in last three years

    Tigers doing well for themselves! Patna: The number of tigers in Bihar’s only tiger reserve has more than doubled in the last three years, an official said on Monday. “We have counted 22 tigers in the reserve at present on the basis of camera trap census,” Santosh Tiwari, director-cum-conservator of the Valmiki Tiger Reserve in West Champaran district said. He said census was conducted by the VTR management in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-India. Tiwari said the number of tiger was only 10 till 2010. “In last three years, the population of... 

Come rains and storks are back in Danapur Cantonment

  Asian Open Bill Stork ;Ghonghil Patna: The monsoon is in full bloom, with Bihar recording over five per cent surplus rainfall till June 30. While the normal rainfall is 169mm, Bihar has already got 177mm rainfall. Patna Met director A K Sen said, “We now have surplus rain and though the monsoon activity will weaken in the next two days, it will again revive by July 5-6.” He added, “In the next three-four days, the monsoon formation trough will again cross through Jharkhand, central Bihar and eastern UP bringing more rainfall to the state.” The rain has made the... 

Three tiger cubs born in Valmikinagar Tiger Reserve

  New born Tiger babies Patna, May 1: Valmikinagar Tiger Reserve in Bihar has reasons to cheer. According to latest reports, a tigress gave birth to three cubs in Bihar’s only tiger reserve — the second such development in the area in one-and-half years, an official said Wednesday. “It is a positive development for us as a tigress has given birth to three cubs in Muradpur forest range in the (Valmiki) tiger reserve,” said Santosh Tiwari, director-cum-conservator of the Valmiki Tiger Reserve in West Champaran district. He said reserve officials would maintain a strict... 

What do animals do when sick: take medicines, of course!

  Grass eating lion: stupid? No way! What do animals do when they get sick? They can’t go to the doctor. But a surprising number of wild creatures have figured out ways to use herbs, resins, and even alcohol and nicotine for health’s sake. Scientists the ranks of animal pharmacists in the latest issue of Science. First on the list: primates, who are particularly good at exploiting the medicinal properties of plants. Chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas have all that swallowing rough leaves can purge their intestines of parasites. And chimps plagued by roundworm infections have been... 

Bharatpur bird sanctuary revived after 10 years: how?

  Bateman Crane in Bharatpur Bharatpur: After battling water shortages for 10 long years, Bharatpur is again ready to host winged visitors in numbers not seen in the bird sanctuary since the 1990s. Water from the Goverdhan drain reached the park last week, promising a permanent solution to the water woes of Keoladeo Ghana National Park. The Goverdhan project, which became functional last Friday, uses a 17.4km pipeline to pump Yamuna flood waters from a reservoir on the Haryana-Rajasthan border to the park. The Rs 56-crore project was expected to kick off in 2009 but was delayed due to re-tendering... 

‘Do not disturb sign’ for sanctuaries: Tiger tourism to be restricted!

‘Do not disturb sign’ for sanctuaries: Tiger tourism to be restricted!   New Delhi: India’s top court has suspended tourism in core areas of tiger reserves as the country struggles to stem the dwindling numbers of the endangered wild cats, a lawyer said. The order Tuesday by the Supreme Court in New Delhi came in response to a public interest complaint from wildlife activist Ajay Dubey, who urged tourism be restricted to a buffer zone on the edge of reserves to protect the animals. Dubey, saying he sought a balance between conservation and the tourist industry, claimed various state... 
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