Thursday, March 18, 2010
SGNP animals up for adoptionSimit Bhagat, TNN, Mar 14, 2010, 02.38am IST
Forest officials at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) will soon put up the animals in the park for adoption by individuals and corporates. The scheme is being introduced for a period of one year.
SGNP director and conservator of forest P N Munde said: “We will put up 46 animals in captivity for adoption. The idea is to reduce the financial burden of maintenance of the animals on the forest department.’’
Among the animals that can be adopted are four tigers, two white tigers, three lions, 24 leopards including two cubs, six rusty spotted cats, two nilgais, four spotted deer and a barking deer. Every year, the forest department spends more than Rs 50 lakh on the upkeep of cages and maintenance of the animals.
Rising cost of maintenance is forcing the Sanjay Gandhi National Park to put up its animals in captivity for adoption. The most expensive animal in the park is, understandably, turning out to be the white tiger. They can be adopted for Rs 3.15 lakh annually. Lion can be adopted for Rs 2.5 lakh, a leopard for Rs 1.15 lakh and the cheapest would be the barking deer at the cost of Rs 10,000 per annum.
Deepak Sawant, superintendent of the Lion & Tiger Safari at SGNP, said: “The person who adopts an animal will be allowed to enter the park free of cost and visit the animal once a week for one year. Also, the name of the person, who has adopted the animal, will be put up on the cage as a token of appreciation.’’
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Locals poison 2 tiger cubs in RanthamboreAnindo Dey, TNN, Mar 8, 2010, 04.29am IST
Forest officials said it could have been revenge by the villagers, upset over the killing of their livestock by tigers. Officials say that such incidents may happen again, as straying of tigers from the over-populated reserve was expected. The tiger population in Ranthambore reserve has now come down to 39, which has capacity for only 30.
With the death of the cubs, the worst fears over the growing tiger population and their shrinking habitat leading to their killings have come true. According to forest officials, the two cubs had strayed from the park about two months back and were seen roaming in its outskirts ever since.
''It's not a case of poaching as the body parts were intact. It appears to be a case of revenge killing,'' said Rajasthan's chief wildlife warden R N Mehrotra. Local MLA Allauddin Azad has called for an inquiry.
Forest officials said they found carcasses of two goats from the place where the dead cubs were found.
''The tigers have been attacking livestock in villages. But on Sunday, they were poisoned by the villagers near the Talawara village, about 15 km from the park, on the banks of the Banas river,'' the official added. Officials recovered their carcasses and conducted a post mortem. The viscera has been sent for forensic test and the bodies have been burnt.
''The two adult cubs were from the same litter of the Chirolee tigress and were roaming on the outskirts. When their bodies were traced they were together. They seemed to have been lying for two days and had developed maggots. However, their mother is within the park limits and is safe,'' the official added.
''Had we relocated some of the tigers to Sariska, we would not have seen this day. We could have relocated five tigers to Sariska by now and there would have been space for these cubs in Ranthambore,'' said Rajpal Singh, former member of the empowered committee.
The good news is: Sumitha's mother and friends will now be able to track her movement and her well-being even when she is thousands of kilometres away in the sea. She now has a transmitter attached to her carapace yes, Sumitha is an Olive Ridley turtle that will send signals through satellite and help conservationists gather data that will go a long way in protecting her species.
"As sea turtles are air-breathing reptiles, they come up to the ocean surface every 40 minutes. The antenna on the satellite tag will transmit signals during this time to the satellite and by mapping these points, her path of migration can be determined. The tagging will help in studying the turtle's migratory route and areas of foraging," said Dr Supraja Dharini of TREE Foundation, who tagged Sumitha. This is the first time a sea turtle has been tagged outside Orissa, where the project was undertaken by the Wildlife Insititute of India in association with the petroleum ministry.
The satellite was switched on by chief wildlife warden R Sundararaju, former chief wildlife warden C K Sreedharan, joint fisheries director A Satyamurthy and US consul general Andrew T Simkin. Satellite tags are radio transmitters with GPS that transmit a signal that can be detected by polar orbiting satellites. "Since data collected can be recovered by satellite even if the turtle swims hundreds or thousands of kilometres away from where it was released, the technique holds great potential for unlocking many secrets of marine turtle behaviour and ecology. The outcome of the study will be shared with the ministry of environment and forest and fisheries," said Dr Dharini.
Sumitha can be tracked on the following link http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/?project_id=477. Another turtle will be tagged by the Tree Foundation during the early hours of March 14. Details on treefoundationindia.org.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Shimla, Feb 26 : Four people were arrested in Friday after police seized four leopard skins from them.
The men, who belonged to the state's Sirmaur district, were arrested from Solan town, a police official told IANS.
The seized skins were of adult animals, the official said.
The leopard falls under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act and its hunting is banned.
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"He has put in papers at Citi to pursue personal interests to increase awareness about India's wildlife, forests and tribal population," the source said.
The resignation came shortly after Citi Group expanded its India Equities team by hiring atleast nine top executives.
These include Keshav Sanghi (MD and Deputy Head of Equities), Richard Macfarlane (MD and Head of Execution Services) and Vandana Luthra (MD of Equity Sales).
Nagle will be actively involved in the sustainable development of the villages and tribal settlements of these villages, the source said.
A leading underwriter of Indian equities, Citi has led key IPOs and other equity offerings during 2009 that helped raise over $5 billion for Indian issuers.