Wild Life

Periyar Tiger Reserve continues to face ecological disruption, claims CAG

The recently tabled CAG report has alleged the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), an autonomous body that manages 1,248 temples including the Sabarimala Ayappa Temple, of violating the Master plan for Sabrimala over a decade. “This is affecting the ecology of the Periyar Tiger Reserve”, stated the report staunchly...

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Finally ‘Romeo’ found his Juliet; World's loneliest frog finds a mate

The famous “Loneliest Frog in World”, Romeo, is Bolivian aquatic frog was believed to be the last remaining frog of his species...

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Intl tourists on India’s tour: Around 5000 migratory birds flock in J&K's Gharana wetland

Jammu and Kashmir has led red carpets for its international tourists who are on India's tour as around 5,000 migratory birds have arrived at Gharana Wetland Conservation Reserve along the International border in the outskirts of Jammu...

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Courage, valor and integrity honored with full grit! India’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau gets Asia Environment Enforcement Award

The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has been selected among the winners of the Asia Environment Enforcement Awards for its work in combating trans-boundary environmental crime. Courage, bravery and valour have answered all the questions as the Indian Wildlife team have enormously helped and performed their best in saving the environment from any crime. ..

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New home for Gir Lions: Porbandar

Pride of Gir, its lions will be now shifted to Barda Dunga Sanctuary Porbandar due to the death of 23 Asiatic lions in their only abode in Gujarat’s Gir national park since September 20, some because of the canine distemper virus (CDV)...

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A unique scenario at Kanha National Park where elephants enjoying week-long picnic

We often go for picnics to relax our minds and in another way to refresh ourselves, this is often seen in human but have you heard picnic for animals? If not then visit the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh where elephants are on a week-long picnic. This picnic, which is arranged every year, includes massaging for the elephants and a delicious menu...

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Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh mark impressive increase in tiger population in the states

In Tamil Nadu, the tiger population in the reputed Mudumalai Tiger reserve has doubled to 60 from 30, due to intensive conservation efforts. Awareness programmes regarding the importance of preserving the tiger population in the country, were held in various schools throughout this week, in view of International Tiger Day on Sunday...

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Horse is friend for life: Recognizes emotions and facial expressions like us

We have seen many times either in movies or in reality that people talk with their pet horses. It is not much possible in urban areas but in rural areas where still horses are been nursed and kept as their pets. And also the horses do respond well to their masters. Now one of the studies has said that horses can read and remember emotional expressions of humans...

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First phase of National Tiger Census begins in Madhya Pradesh

The first phase of All India Tiger Estimation (AITE) began on Monday in all tiger reserves of the state. For the next seven days in this phase, the direct counting of pug marks of tigers, leopards and other wild animals and herbivorous animals will be conducted...

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Recording recurrent deaths of wild animals due to electrocution Maharashtra to adopt ‘solar fencing’

Taking note of recurring deaths of wild animals coming in contact with electric fences, Maharashtra Forest Department is planning to supply low-intensity solar energy at night to 1000-odd villages near forest areas so that fewer animals are killed...

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Polar bears need more foods to survive; climate change is pushing their survival to edge

Our man-made disaster of climate change is not only wreaking havoc on us but other species too. The sweetest Polar-bears who are on the verge of extinction is now even facing crisis to collect food to for their energy need due to melting ice in Arctic region...

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Surrounded by forests, dams, water bodies Maharashtra to come up with new Wildlife Sanctuary

Mumbai already rests amidst beautiful necklace of mangroves, forests. To utilize this Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife gave a nod to bringing up new Ghodazari wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra. The state has approved Ghodazari in Chandrapur district as a new wildlife sanctuary...

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Not only parrots are “copy cat”; know the killer whale that can mimic human words including “hello”

Whales, the species which is abler top create good communication with human, might become a better companion of the human race. A killer whale for the first time ever has uttered human words like “hello”, “bye bye”...

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U’Khand to use Ultrasound method to detect pregnancy in wild animals

Uttarakhand has introduced for the first time in the country, ultrasound will be performed on wild animals to detect pregnancy before administering reproduction control method on them...

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Enchant yourself with gaudy flappy wings: ‘Butterfly Parks’ to soothe out your walks in Kerala

Kerala soon to invite people with beautiful butterflies. There are numerous species and subspecies of butterflies in India. However, many of them like the Andaman crow, the Malabar tree nymph, the Tamil lacewing and the aristocratic Emperor of India, are becoming rarer by the day...

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Goa’s Bird Festival welcomes you to fancy birding and discover natural beauty

Due to its rich natural blend, Goa is home for diverse bird species. Goa is set to host its second edition of the Bird Festival between January 12-14 at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and Galjibag beach in Canacona in South Goa...

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Bengal gets first Nature Interpretation Centre of its kind

With the rise of New Year, Bengal gets Nature Interpretation Centre, first one of its kind in the state. This is a part of West Bengal government’s initiative to attract more tourists in North Bengal. The wildlife tourism center is located in the periphery of famous Gorumara National Park, a famous habitation of Indian rhinoceros...

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NGT sends notices on virus giving ‘Bloody tears’ to Blue sheep in U’khand

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday sent a notice to the Central and Uttarakhand governments, seeking details of an unknown virus or disease reportedly spreading across the Gangotri National Park and infecting the wildlife...

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For the first time, UP set to come up with Tiger Rescue Centre

Uttar Pradesh soon to come up with Tiger Rescue Centre for the first time at at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve due to increasing number of incidence between tigers and humans. The main aim of this Rescue Centre would be to catch tigers and leopards before they enter villages and keep them at the centre for rehabilitation before setting them free in Tiger Reserve again...

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India wins award for putting high effort to combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

While in every corner of the world, the balance of wildlife is threatened by some greedy human it is definitely positive that India has been awarded the Certificate of Commendation for its effort to combat illegal wildlife trade...

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Digital eye for national animal; 450 cameras in Dudhwa National Park to do tiger census

Dwindling population of Tigers in the nation is the matter of concern. So to count the numbers of tigers in the reserve, Dudhwa National Park will install 450 cameras in the premises. This will keep a check on tiger movements for its biennial census...

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Especially for Bird watchers! Odisha set to host National Bird Festival in January 2018

Odisha set to host ‘National Bird Festival’ at Chilika in January-2018. Chilika is one of the largest salty water lakes of Asia. If you want to know more about the migratory birds, then do not miss to attend the National Bird Festival to be held at Chilika next year. The festival is expected to attract tourists, bird watchers, wildlife photographers, painters and researchers from across the globe...

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Elephant poaching rate in East Africa declines for the 5th year in a row

Whereas the whole world is worried about wildlife conservation, Conservationists, and environment activities can be happy as Elephant poaching in East Africa declined for the fifth year in a row. The number of illegal activity in Africa also decreased significantly. Even the rate of elephant poaching has dropped in the African continent. The latest data from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) provides this statistics...

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India to host next UN global wildlife conference

With the acceleration in development human race has almost forgotten how much important wildlife is. For the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, a conference was held in Manila. India to be the host of the next CMS Conference of the Parties, was announced n Manila...

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Aquatic biodiversity to be protected by setting up Turtle Sanctuary in Allahabad

Under Namami Gange Programme, the development of Turtle Sanctuary is undertaken by the government to protect the aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga sanctuary in Allahabad along with a River Biodiversity Park at Sangam...

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India, Nepal to hold join tiger census in November

India and Nepal will undertake a joint tiger census next month in their national parks, forests and protected areas. The census will use a globally-recognized method to check tiger count in both the countries...

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Rhino Horn turned into jewelry: new ways of smugglers operating in South Africa

Greed is one of worst evil disease of the human race. The will to have more and more harms not only other humans but also other animals, species. The wildlife trade monitoring network has revealed a report that says some criminal networks of Chinese origin operating in South Africa have innovated new ways of rhino horn smuggling. They are turning the horns into jewelry to evade its detection in airports...

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Nature never stops to surprise us! Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya

Whenever we see a picture of the animal Giraffe we usually see an animal of bright orange brown color. But can you imagine of a white Giraffe? Yes, it seems impossible yet two white giraffes have been spotted in Kenya. Basically, the Reticulated Giraffes have a genetic condition called leucism. The giraffes have also been filmed and as claimed only the third known sighting of a white giraffe. The genetic condition prevents pigmentation in skin cells and results in a white, pale color...

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Uttarakhand’s tiger reserves see big cats everywhere; numbers increased significantly in 2 years

The hilly snow-capped mountain with ash-grey clouds passing in the dawn is something to look at in Uttarakhand. The tourist state offers more than travelling, food, weather, shopping etc and i.e. tiger watching. A few years back, the number in the tiger population had receded due to poaching and other weather issues. However, the situation has turned upside-down this year when Uttarakhand recorded a significant increase in the number of tigers and elephants. ..

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To balance ecosystem for sustainable environment, Odisha set to enhance its tiger population

Odisha in a bid to increase the numbers of ‘Tigers’, for its Satkosia Tiger Reserves the Odisha government along with National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) planning to revive the tiger population. : In a bid to revive the large cat population in Satkosia, tiger supplementation in the habitat is proposed to be carried out soon, the State Government informed the NTCA. ..

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'Gaj Yatra' kicks off to raise awareness about wild elephants

The 'Gaj Yatra' campaign aims to raise awareness about the shrinking space for wild elephants in the country. The campaign was launched by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), at the Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi area and the function was presided over by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Mumbai...

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‘Gaja Yatra’ campaign aims to protect each and every elephant corridor of India

In order to secure our elephants, massive awareness-cum-action campaign titled ‘Gaja Yatra’ that focuses on securing degraded elephant corridors and improving elephant habitat will be launched across the country on World Elephant Day on August 12...

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Owing to its diverse flora and fauna, Meghalaya earns the tag ‘Cradle of Flowery Plants’

Owing to its diverse and unique flora and fauna, Meghalaya retained its title “Cradle of Flowery Plants”. Today Meghalaya Minister Ronnie V Lyngdoh said that the state is an important part of the Indo-Burman biodiversity hotspot and reiterated on the need to conserve and protect the varied species of flowers...

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Happy Birthday Day ‘Vijay’, a white tiger turns 10 who mauled a man to death in 2014

With an aim to create awareness about the tiger and the importance of food chain in our ecosystem, the New Delhi National Zoological Park on Thursday called upon the students and the teaching staff of Ramjas School to mark the 10th Birthday of the white tiger ‘Vijay’...

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Protecting ‘Wildlife’, India firmly stands to punish those ‘cruel’ to fight wildlife crimes

Wildlife articles trading is the third largest trade in the world. India won’t spare criminals who do the illegal trade of animal parts and other wildlife crimes. Serious action will be taken against such criminals. It is now accepted that India will be free from such criminals soon...

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Himachal Pradesh consists of 45% of county’s bird species

About 45 percent of county’s bird species are found in Himachal Pradesh because nature flourishes here. The climatic conditions of Himachal Pradesh easily attract hundreds of bird species to survive easily. Several types of research have also proved that India’s Himachal Pradesh is one of the best places where anyone can get hundreds of bird species easily...

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Overwhelmed with sorrow, elephant calf refuses to part with mom’s body

Emotions are most visible not only among the humans but animals also express their feelings. A case of an elephant calf in Assam’s Sonitpur district will suffice to drive the point home...

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Overwhelmed with sorrow, elephant calf refuses to part with mom’s body

Emotions are most visible not only among the humans but animals also express their feelings. A case of an elephant calf in Assam’s Sonitpur district will suffice to drive the point home...

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Nepal assures Hanoi meet on wildlife to double number of tigers by 2018  

Nepal’s Environment Minister Shankar Bhandari assured the Hanoi deliberations on wildlife that his country will take necessary steps to increase the number of tigers by 2018 in his country...

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Oldest Living Panda ‘Jia Jia’ dies in Hong Kong

Jia Jia, the female giant panda who secured her name in the record books as the world’s Oldest living panda in captivity, passed away at the incredible age of 38 on Monday. Guinness World Records adjudicator Blythe Fitzwiliam visited Hong Kong to present a certificate to Ocean Park recognising Jia Jia’s record back in 2015, when the animal was still in good health...

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Government initiates various steps for conservation of national aquatic animal ‘Dolphin’

Government took a serious note of the national aquatic animal Dolphin. Dolphins are animals of aquatic ecosystems. They are found in the sea, brackish water and fresh water. A total of 15 species of marine and harbour dolphins have been reported from Indian waters and coasts.State/UT-wise population details of dolphins in the country are not collated in the Ministry. However, the latest population assessment of the Gangetic dolphins carried out in Uttar Pradesh, in Ganges and its tributaries during ..

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Anil Dave flags off event ‘Walk for the Tiger’, says tourists must visit India to see Tiger

Minister of State of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave on Friday exhorted tourists from across the world to come to India to see the Tiger. Speaking at a function to celebrate the International Tiger Day, the Minister urged upon the students to conserve tigers...

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NTCA asks to halt mushrooming of resorts and fences in Pench Tiger Reserve

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) warned the Pench Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh in regards of mushrooming of resorts and chain link fences. This apex body which looks after conservation of tigers, opined that they play as the death traps to this endangered animal. After the recent reports of the death of the tigers in the reserve, NTCA suggested that the construction of the work for tiger safari initiated by the Madhya Pradesh government should be halted for the safety purposes of ..

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Meghalaya govt identifies six elephant corridors to facilitate free movement of wildlife

To ensure safeguarding of lives and property and to check the rising instances of man-elephant conflict in Meghalaya, the state Forest and Environment department has identified six elephant corridors for the elephants to pass through. The State Board for Wildlife, which met earlier this year under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, had called for the need to restore and recreate wildlife corridors, particularly elephant corridors that existed in the state to facilitate free movement ..

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Cabinet approves MoU between USA and India to enhance cooperation in wildlife conservation

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between United States of America and India to enhance cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking. India and the United States of America are endowed with rich biodiversity and natural heritage and have established a network of Protected Areas in their respective territories...

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United Nations launches ‘#Wildforlife’ campaign for global wildlife protection

United Nations on Wednesday launched ‘Wild for Life’ (#Wildforlife) campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife to safeguard the interest of wild animals across the world. The illegal wildlife trade is an international concern which is responsible for pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks. “Each year, thousands of wild animals are illegally killed, often by organized criminal networks motivated by profit ..

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Twenty four pilot whales die after beaching at Mexico; authorities save three

Twenty four pilot whales died while three were rescued by Mexicon authorities, after the over two dozen mammals beached themselves on Saturday in a beach near San Felipe in Mexico’s Baja California region. In all 27 whales came ashore on a beach known as Playa Bufeo, near Ensenada on the western shore of Mexico's Gulf of California...

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India joins ‘South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network’ to combat trans-boundary wildlife crime

As a step towards wildlife conservation, Government on Tuesday gave its approval for adopting the Statute of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN). Thereby, India will be becoming its formal member in order to strengthen ties with the member countries in controlling the trans-boundary wildlife crime through communication, coordination, collaboration, capacity building and cooperation in the region. SAWEN, a Regional network is comprised of eight countries in South Asia which are Afghanistan..

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India has a long standing and successful track record of protecting its tigers says PM Modi

While inaugurating the third Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation at New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India has a long standing and successful track record of protecting its tigers. The meeting of tiger range governments at the conference on Tiger conservation this week is the latest step in the Global Tiger Initiative process that began with the 2010 Tiger Summit in Russia. Governments at that meeting agreed to the ‘Tx2’ goal to double wild tiger numbers by ..

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NIDM playing pivotal role during disasters in India and neighbouring nations, says Radha Mohan

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the two-day workshop on ‘Management of Animals in Emergencies’ organized by National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) on Thursday and said that the NIDM is playing pivotal role not only in disasters occurring in the country but also in our neighbouring countries like Nepal where massive earthquake struck impacting adjoining States in our country as well...

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Agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh launches disaster management plan for animals

Union agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Thursday launched National Livestock disaster management plan during the two-day workshop on ‘Management of Animals in Emergencies’ organised by National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) at New Delhi. The plan for the first time ensures that animals will be included in disaster preparations, potentially saving millions of animals' lives and building the resilience of the communities that depend on them. The National Workshop on Management of ..

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Monkey meets painful death after suffering acid attack by unindentified men in Mumbai

Due to facing an acid attack by unidentified people in Bhandup area of Mumbai, a monkey died a painful death on Saturday after week of suffering. Deep injuries emerged on his face and chest and the attack is dubbed as ‘Shame of Bhandup’ on social networking sites. Animal rights activists and residents of Tusletpada also blamed the Forest Department officials' delayed response for the attack on the monkey. They said that they had been calling up the Forest Department for more than a month, asking ..

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NHAI propose using space technology for conservation and protection of wildlife

With a view to mainstream Sustainable Development and Environmental Management into highway development projects, National Highways Authority (NHAI) of India has taken the lead in creating a platform for dialogue where development goals and conservation needs can be resolved across the table by all stakeholders. Chairman NHAI initiated the dialogue with the representatives from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), ..

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13 Peacocks killed by a gang of poachers in Bansi forest of Rajasthan

Bundi (Rajasthan), January 17: As many as 13 peacocks have been reportedly killed by a gang of poachers in a span of three days in Bansi forest check post under Nainwa range of the district. While seven peacocks were poisoned to death in Bansi forest check post on Saturday, six others were killed on Thursday in the same forest range taking the toll of the national bird to 13, said locals. A forest official, however, said that only one peacock was found dead on Saturday while six others were killed ..

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Dead whales found lying ashore off beach in Tamil Nadu, reasons still unknown

Around 45 baleen dead whales were found washed ashore off Manapad near the Tiruchendur beach at Tamil Nadu early Tuesday. Carcasses of 45 baleen whales were found washed ashore near the Tiruchendur beach in this district early Tuesday while 250 of the same species have been stranded in shallow waters, officials said. Efforts are on to push the stranded sea mammals into deep waters even as a team of top officials of the fisheries department have rushed to the spot to conduct a probe. Fifty-two whales ..

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Kolkata zoo against keeping kangaroos in the near future

Kolkata, January 6: The Kolkata Zoo authorities have decided not to keep kangaroos in the near future following the death of the lone red kangaroo in captivity in India. "We have decided that we won't bring anymore kangaroos in the near future," a West Bengal Zoo Authority official stated."Henceforth, our focus will be on species found in eastern India and not exotic species", he said. In case of exotic species which are not found in India or in a neighbouring state, the environment, he said, may ..

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Govt gives its nod to sign 'Raptor MOU' to conserve migratory birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia, also called the 'Raptor MOU' with the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS)...

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In an heinous act two elephants died of suspected electrocution in Odisha's reserve forest

A day after two elephants died of suspected electrocution at Tithipali reserve forest in Odisha’s Sonepur district, two forest officials were today placed under suspension for dereliction of duty. The Sonepur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) suspended a Forester and a Forest guard for dereliction of duty. Besides, four employees of the elephant squad and an elephant tracker have also been sacked..

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Government to curb wildlife trade, says strict action would be taken against poachers

Stating that trading of animal products is illegal and should not be promoted, Union Wildlife Minister Prakash Javdekar said that strict action has been taken against poachers and confiscated wildlife products are being burned and will be burned every year to send a strong message...

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Big B’s new follower: The ‘Big Cat’

Batting for the preservation of the endangered Tiger species, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan today was in a company of a Big Cat in the heart of Mumbai. It was, however an unsual incident that the Big Cat chased Big B for 4 kms. Big B was at the reserve for the official launch of the Maharashtra government's tiger preservation campaign, of which he is the ambassador...

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We need to save them for our future generations

Remember the thrill when you first saw elephant? Or the joy on your Child’s face in his first visit to some Zoo? But perhaps you have never given a thought whether our next generations are going to enjoy the same thrill...

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Big B becomes ambassador for Maha’s ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign

After being the Brand Ambassador for Gujarat Tourism, Bollywood legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan on Tuesday has agreed to become the state ambassador for the ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign and promote tiger tourism in Maharashtra...

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New beauty added to Arunachal’s green forests

A new species of small butterfly species known as Banded Tit (Hypolycaena Narada) discovered within the green forests of the Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh...

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U.S. grants new protections for captive chimpanzees

The U.S. government has reclassified captive chimpanzees as endangered, a move that's expected to curb the use of these intelligent apes in entertainment, biomedical research and the pet trade...

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Manipur's 'Sangai deer' to get new home near Pumlen lake

Saving wildlife from extinction, the North Eastern region of Manipur plans translocationof the brow-antlered deer ‘Sangai’, which is a critically-endangered species from getting extinct...

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Sania Mirza lends support to PETA campaign for homeless animals

India's tennis star Sania Mirza has lent her support to the cause of animal welfare, calling for adoption of homeless dogs and cats in a new ad campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)...

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UN warns on rhino poaching as it could lead to its local extinction 30 years in Manas

Great One-Horned Rhinos in Assam's Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is faced with threat of extinction within 30 years if the authorities fail to crack down on poaching with all the powers at their disposal, warns a UN body. UNESCO World Heritage Centre says continued reintroduction of rhinos in Manas sanctuary --a UNESCO World Heritage Site-- will not yield result unless poaching is eradicated...

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Nagaland: Two satellite tagged Amur Falcon birds set to complete second migration

On November 7, 2013, three Amur Falcon birds were satellite tagged and released from Nagaland. The birds were named Naga, Wokha and Pangti. While the bird named Wokha remains inactive, Naga has completed its second round of migration, flying a distance of 44,000 km, with Pangti following closely...

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Gujarat HC orders shutting down of 67 sand mines in Gir Forest Sanctuary

Gujarat High Court has ordered shutting down of 67 sand mining units in the Gir Forest Sanctuary, the only abode of Asiatic lions...

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E-surveillance by drone to monitor Tigers population

Monitoring the tiger population with E-surveillance by unmanned drone, Minister of Environment, Forests & Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has said that India which was home to more than 60 % of the total global tiger population needed a systematic approach to preserve the wild species, he said this while speaking at the Meeting of Chief Wildlife Wardens of Tiger Range States and Field Directors of Tiger Reserves on Wednesday...

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Zoologists take interest in rare bat species of Arunachal

The report of discovery of small sized colourful bat species at Ralung village in East Siang district recently drew special attention of the State Forest Research Institute (SFRI)...

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Rhino protection force to be raised in Assam

A Rhino Protection Force with more than twelve hundred personnel would be raised for protection of rhinos in the state, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said...

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India's Tiger population reached 2,226, increased by 30% since 2010

The population of Tigers in India has increased significantly to total figure of 2,226. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests& Climate Change on Tuesday said that Government initiatives to streamline Tiger Conservation along with effective Forest Management and Community participation had led to increase in the number of tigers. In 2010, there were 1,706 big cats in India and now it has reached 2,226 with an increase 30.5 % since the last estimate...

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Endangered Ridley's begin annual nesting in Odisha

During January-February each year, Olive Ridley turtles turn up in millions for laying eggs along the Gahirmatha beach in the district...

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Victorian council bans circuses with wild animals

A Victorian council has banned circuses with caged wild animals from performing on its land and abandoned Christian prayers at its meetings...

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Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan's 'Cove'

 A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen, according to a campaign group staging a protest against the sale or slaughter of the creatures...

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India's 10 famous bird habitats in serious danger

Unsustainable developmental policies and rising insensitivity towards nature have put "in serious danger" at least 10 of the country's famous bird habitats, revealed a new study...

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Bihar's Sonepur cattle fair to begin on November 5

The world-famous cattle fair will kick off at Sonepur in Bihar's Saran district on Wednesday, a day ahead of Kartik Purnima on which lakhs of devotees from across the country congregate at the confluence of the rivers Ganga and Gandak to take a bath on the auspicious occasion...

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Taiwan presents award to wildlife conservationist Jane Goodal

World renowned conservationist Jane Goodall received an award Thursday in Taiwan from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in recognition of her lifelong contributions to wildlife protection...

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Assam HC directs scrutiny of Kaziranga encroachers

In a landmark judgement, the Gauhati High Court today asked the Central and State governments to verify the citizenship credentials of the encroachers in and around Kaziranga National Park...

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Charge-sheet can't be withheld on grounds of impeding probe: CIC

The disclosure of charge-sheets filed by an investigation agency cannot be withheld on the ground it will impede the probe, the Central Information Commission has ordered...

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Nagaland to protect world's longest-distance migratory falcons

India's northeastern state of Nagaland is determined to provide sanctuary to Amar falcons, known to be one of the world's longest-distance migratory birds as they travel up to a staggering 22,000 km a year...

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Telangana forest dept to develop 10 nature parks around Hyderabad

Telangana Forest Department plans to develop around ten forest areas around the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad as nature parks over the next few years, a senior official said here Wednesday...

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Himachal conserving biodiversity in cold desert

Himachal Pradesh has begun an exercise with Central assistance to conserve the rare biodiversity spread over 7,000 sq km in the cold desert of the picturesque Spiti Valley...

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Konkan Railway plans to draw migratory birds to Goa

Konkan Railway traversing 741-km long western coast from Mumbai to Karnataka has initiated a project to increase the flora and fauna around the Carambolim Lake in Goa, an official said on Friday...

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Whale tourism affecting marine animals' behaviour

Boat trips to watch whales and dolphins may increasingly put the survival of marine mammals at risk, conservationists have warned. The jaunts can affect cetacean behaviour and stress levels in addition to causing deaths from collisions..

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Elephants may have a specific alarm call for 'human!'

New research on African elephants suggests the highly intelligent animals use a specific 'word' — a low, distinct rumbling noise — to warn their friends and families about the presence of people...

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Humboldt penguins all set to come to Byculla zoo

The BMC Wednesday finally approved a Rs 2.57-crore proposal to acquire Humboldt penguins, a promise made by the the Shiv Sena during the 2012 civic elections...

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100,000 elephants killed in Africa from 2010 to 2012

Despite the huge death numbers, experts believe elephants can survive if countries are willing to invest in wildlife security..

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Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha opens for visitors

The Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha which was closed for three months to facilitate crocodile breeding and nesting reopened for visitors Friday, an official said...

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The nature calls: Only 3,200 tigers left in the wild

Of the 100,000 tigers that once roamed in the wild a century ago, only 3,200 are left behind, the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature has revealed in a report...

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Maharashtra gets 6th tiger sanctuary at Bor

Spelling cheer for tiger lovers, the union environment and forests ministry on Tuesday notified the Bor Sanctuary, New Bor Sanctuary and the New Bor Extended Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra as a critical tiger reserve, the sixth tiger sanctuary in the state...

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New lizard species named after Mumbai scientist

A Mumbai scientist has earned a rare distinction of getting a new species of gecko - discovered last year from the Western Ghats in Maharashtra - named after him...

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Hailstones take a heavy toll on Maharashtra’s wildlife

In a BNHS report, a total of 26 species of birds and the nine species of mammals were reported to be killed by a series of hailstorms occurred in Marathwada and Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India...

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Animal adoption in Vandalur zoo regaining popularity

The animal adoption programme at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park popularly known as Vandalur Zoo is regaining its popularity amongst animal lovers, officials said on Friday...

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Water crisis hits Rajasthan wildlife sanctuary

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...

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Water-birds sound wake up call for Mumbaikars

Water birds, which are an essential part of the ecosystem, are on the verge of extinction due to rampant growth and developmental activities across the city. ..

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Water-birds sound wake up call for Mumbaikars

Water birds, which are an essential part of the ecosystem, are on the verge of extinction due to rampant growth and developmental activities across the city. ..

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After Gyps vulture, the Steppe Eagle becomes another victim of diclofenac

It was known so far that diclofenac had it’s ill-effects on vultures, but a shocking revelation states that the drug ¬¬seems to prey upon eagles too...

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Assam issues white paper on wildlife conservation

Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain Sunday issued a white paper on wildlife conservation in Assam, saying his department has been working seriously to stop the menace of rhino poaching...

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