Friday, January 28, 2011

Sumatran Tigers : A brief

Sumatran tigers are the smallest of all tiger species and are only found in Indonesia..A survey in 1998 showed that there were only 400 -500 of them remaining wild..But now, their real numbers are not revealed and are believed to be below 200. A fully grown male Sumatran can weigh around 136kg(300lbs) and measure 204cms(6feet, 9 inches). Similarly a female may weigh up to 91kgs (200lbs)and 198cms(6 feet, 2 inches).

Their smaller size makes them very swift and agile in moving through the thick dense Indonesian forests. They also have a unique webbing in between their toes helping them swim faster. Their prey ranges from wild boar, monkeys, Deers, Malayan Tapirs, fish, fowls and Orangutans..They sometimes prey on wild mice and other small animals when the larger prey is scarce.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

List of all the 27 tiger reserves in India

The Royal Bengal tiger scientifically Panthera tigris tigris was previously known as Panthera tigris bengalensis. It is a subspecies of tiger, found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. According to WWF, there are about 2,100 Royal Bengal tigers in the wild today, including 1,411 in India, 200 in Bangladesh, 150 in Nepal and 100 in Bhutan.

Given below is the list of tiger reserves in India..
Bandipur National Park (1973-74)
Jim Corbett National Park (1973-74)
Kanha National Park (1973-74)
Manas National Park (1973-74)
Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary (1973-74)
Palamau National Park (1973-74)
Ranthambore National Park (1973-74)
Simlipal National Park (1973-74)
Sunderbans National Park (1973-74)
Periyar National Park (1978-79)
Sariska National Park (1978-79)
Buxa National Park (1982-83)
Indravati National Park (1982-83)
Nagarjunsagar National Park (1982-83)
Namdapha National Park (1982-83)
Dudhwa National Park (1987-88)
Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (1988-89)
Valmiki National Park (1989-90)
Pench National Park - Madhya Pradesh (1992-93)
Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (1993-94)
Bandhavgarh National Park (1993-94)
Panna National Park (1994-95)
Dampha Tiger Reserve (1994-95)
Bhadra National Park (1998-99)
Pench National Park - Maharashtra (1998-99)
Pakhui-Nameri Tiger Reserve (1999-2000)
Bori, Satpura & Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuaries (1999-2000)
Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary Extension (1999-2000)
Nagarhole National Park Extension (1999-2000)

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

10,000 zoo visitors flee after tiger escape

Two Royal Bengal Tigers sneaked out of an off-exhibit enclosure in the Assam State Zoo here around 10.30 a.m. on Saturday. They roamed in the open, triggering panic among visitors, for nearly three hours.

They were subsequently tranquillised by the zoo veterinarian and put back in their enclosures.

Tigress Divya and her cub, born in the zoo on May 8, 2008, escaped from the enclosure through a door which was kept open by the animal keepers while disinfecting it.

Terming the incident “unfortunate,” Divisional Forest Officer Narayan Mahanta said the door was kept open due to lack of coordination among the three animal keepers who were cleaning the enclosure. “We will carry out an investigation to find out how it happened and take all measures to ensure that such incidents do not recur,” he added.

On December 19, 2007, Divya and her male partner mauled a visitor to death. His wife, sons and dozens of horrified visitors watched helplessly as the victim tried to free himself from the biting grip of the big cats. He later died of injuries.

Divya was born in the Shimoga zoo-cum-safari, Mysore, on February 19, 2002, and brought here on February 19, 2005.

Seeing the two big cats walking lazily in the open, horrified visitors ran helter-skelter. Zoo officials and staff, led by Mr. Mahanta swung into action and evacuated visitors quickly. Then, they started trailing the tigers in the undulating areas of the zoo.

They also alerted residents of adjacent localities as there was a possibility of the tigers crossing the boundary wall. Police officials also rushed to the zoo to assist the authorities.

The cub was tranquillised with a single shot from the dart gun, while Divya continued to roam about even after the first shot and had to be given a second. The zoo was reopened to visitors after the nearly three-hour-long drama. It being a government holiday, there was a rush of visitors since morning.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sundarbans, Tigers and People

Sundarbans is the worlds largest mangrove forest which stretches across West Bengal ( India ) & Bangladesh. It is also the home to around (450 - 500) Bengal tigers which is the highest concentration in the world. It was taken over by the East Indian Company and later declared a reserve forest by 1875. Now, Its under the control of the Indian Forest Department. The mangrove forest is full of water channels, creeks, rivers through which water navigation went on.

The tigers in Sundarbans are used to getting wet often due to the variation of tidal water levels. Most of the time, the tigers drink the salt sea water when there is scarcity of fresh water streams and rainfall. Researchers also raise a conspiracy saying that the saline nature of the water the tigers drink make them more aggressive. The scarcity of natural prey adds to this.

This made the tigers enter the surrounding villages and prey on the cattle. Its really hard to believe that the number of people killed by these tigers range from (50 - 150) / year. Most of the attacks happen when local villagers venture deep into the mangroves to collect honey.

Not just on land, these tigers have been reported to attack from deep waters. A tiger which sees a boat passing by jumps into the water, swims towards the boat, uses its hind legs to leaps on the boat and unleashes its powerful claws and fearless jaws and attacks. It all happens within minutes.

Villagers have been given face masks to wear it behind their head making the tiger loose interest assuming that it has been already spotted.

" I don't know if to hate the tiger to hunt innocent poor villagers, their lively hood, children (or) to be shell shocked by its supremacy."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tiger Temple in Thailand (Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua)

The Tiger temple in Thailand is well known for tigers to be well behaved as house cats and the visitors are allowed to take photos and closely interact with the tigers. To prove that discipline of these tigers, one of the big cats accompanied by a monk walked through the busy market street paying less (or) no attention to the tempting meat shops in the market place.

The temple authorities claim that the tigers in this temple are rescued cubs from poachers and illegal pet trading. But other wild life organizations say that most of the tigers here are brought through pet trade and by other illegal means. No one has solid evidence.

The fun part is that visitors are allowed to play with the grown up adult tigers & are also allowed to take photos and videos.

Local Map to tiger temple ( Watpa Luangta Bua ) :

Photo Gallery of Tiger temple :

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Tiger Territory

Tiger population has decreased by about 95 percent since 1900 and its range has decreased by 93 percent.

Panthera Tigris

Tiger Specification ( Characteristics )

1. Scientific Name : Panthera tigris

2. Total Length : 4 meters ( 13 feet )

3. Weight : 300 Kg ( 660 pounds )

4. Habitat : siberian taiga, Open Grass landa, tropical mangrove swamps.

5. Life Span : 10 to 15 years out in the wild and 16 to 20 years in captivity.

6. Sexual Maturity : Female ( 3 -4 years ); Male ( 4-5 years )

7. Gestation : (93 - 111 Days )

8. Diet : Deer ( sambar, chital, sika deer, swamp deer, and hog deer ), Wild Boar, antelope, buffalo, domestic livestock, peafowl, monkeys.

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