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Budget cut threatens Pilibhit Tiger Reserve’s 44 tigers

Budget cut threatens Pilibhit Tiger Reserve’s 44 tigers

Nov 5, 2015

PILIBHIT: The security of 44 tigers in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) is at stake, as there is a cut in the budget allocation for the reserve under the National Tiger Conservation Authority, and a reduction also in state government funding. There is likelihood that about 150 contract workers engaged in guarding the reserve will be told to go. Kailash Prakash, DFO, PTR, told TOI, “There is a significant decrease of 27% in the budget allocated to tiger reserves from the...

Vulture, rare francolin spotted in Pilibhit tiger reserve forests

Vulture, rare francolin spotted in Pilibhit tiger reserve forests

Oct 14, 2015

Pilibhit: Wildlife experts were filled with joy after spotting endangered vultures in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in the past fortnight. Another vulnerable bird species, the largely terrestrial but not flightless swamp francolin, which is quite rare these days, has also been sighted in the reserve’s grasslands. The francolin population has been hit by the rapid shrinkage of the tall and wet natural grasslands and conversion of its habitat to other uses....

No. of tigers rise to 44 from 28 in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

No. of tigers rise to 44 from 28 in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

Oct 8, 2015

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve has seen an increase in the number of tigers from 28 in 2014 to 44 now, according to the recent tiger census conducted between June and September. There are 35 adults, three sub-adults and six cubs. A total of 208 cameras were installed by the WWF team for a period of 60 days and extensive research was done to find the near-accurate figure. The tiger census was confirmed by chief guest M P Singh, chief conservator of forests, Rohilkhand division, during the...

Tigers lose 41% turf in India, World’s maximum

Tigers lose 41% turf in India, World’s maximum

Oct 5, 2015

India has lost nearly 41 per cent of its tiger habitat. As per the latest report of the International Union of Conservation Network (IUCN), India suffered the most range contraction among the tiger-range countries. Tiger-range countries, where tigers still roam free,  are Bhutan, China, Nepal, Thailand, Russia, to name a few. The report pointed out that range decline is considered a strong indicator of population decline. It said that since an average of 55 per cent of...

US Offers Technology to Track and Protect Indian Tigers

US Offers Technology to Track and Protect Indian Tigers

Oct 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES:  United States has offered to help India in the country’s efforts to track and protect Bengal tigers, as the two countries seek to strengthen collaboration in wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking. The two sides have finalised the text of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this direction. Details of the finalised agreement were also reflected in the joint statement issued after the India US Strategic and...

Bengal Bustard spotted in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

Bengal Bustard spotted in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

Sep 26, 2015

PILIBHIT: Critically endangered bird, Bengal Florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis), also called Bengal Bustard, has been sighted in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. The bird is listed as critically endangered species on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list because less than 1,500 of these birds were estimated to be alive in 2013. It is the only member of the genus Houbaropsis. Bengal Florican belongs to the bustard species and is a native of the Indian...