Poachers Empty Indian Wildlife Park of Tigers

Protected areas are too small and unconnected in most of the World to provide long-term permanent protection for their species – particulary wide ranging predators (other than humans). Protected areas must be expanded from 10% to 50% of most land masses to maintain viable populations of all species and ecosystem services that make all life possible. Anything less is museum-like and prone to episodes such as poaching of an entire species' population – as happened below to Indian tigers in one particular park.
Poachers empty Indian wildlife park of tigers
One of India's most prestigious national parks has been emptied of tigers by poachers, prompting international wildlife conservation experts to order an emergency census of the country's tiger population. All 18 tigers in the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan were taken between July and December last year. The scandal has led to allegations of government corruption and negligence over the tigers' protection.

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8 Responses

  1. Danb says:

    The atrocities of Human Nature. I can't apologize enough for the acts of my own kind. I'm a wildlife and nature photographer that gives thanks and apologies to those beings that deserve my attention, every single day. To the rest, you will someday have to answer to your maker, as you have left this great planet with yet another void.

  2. Deepak Naik says:

    Read your comments regarding nature conservation, and felt very happy that there are peopels like u in this selfish and nature degrading world, I want to do something for this beuatiful nature, what can I do ? Can u direct me ?

  3. Puja says:

    Hi,
    I am totally agree with with you. I would also like to ask something through this blog.
    Are we responsible for ?Annihilation of Tiger??
    If ?No?, then how its population has drooped over the past 100 years from an estimated 100,000 in 1900 to 5000 ? 7500 tigers at present?
    If ?Yes?, then why?
    Why don?t we protect Tiger, the most potent symbol of Asia?
    Let your answer come out & Share your concern with merinews.
    Merinews, a participatory media platform have recently started a special coverage on the Tiger Conservation, in which we have a discussion going on regarding tigers? future in India. I?m sure you have something interesting on the subject to share with our readers.
    You can voice your concern and share your experiences and insights on this subject by registering on our site and posting your articles here.
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    Puja

  4. Puja says:

    I am really appreciating your comments for tigers. Today I felt that yes! We can do something for tigers which are in trouble.
    I belong to merinews, which is a participatory media platform. We have recently started a special coverage on the Tiger Conservation, in which we have a discussion going on regarding tigers? future in India. I?m sure you have something interesting on the subject to share with our readers.
    You can voice your concern and share your experiences and insights on this subject by registering on our site and posting your articles here.
    Post your article here
    To read more articles, click here

  5. Adam says:

    here is a web site with some information regarding tiger conservation
    http://www.sundarbanstigerproject.info

  6. Samudra Gupta says:

    WILD LIFE
    HAZARDS AND CHALLENGES
    One advantage of rivalry in the media, particularly television, is the extent these channels go to, trying to score over another. The reality stories can take you to the core of any issue. Poaching, for example. I was witness to a marriage in a village in Uttar Pradesh, where it is still the convention to feed the invited a generous serving of deer meat. Shocked? Welcome to wildlife preservation in India!
    The incident I referred to is in Bundelkhand. The same story prevails in Alabama, Zambezi, Cougar, Norway or Nigeria. Man is yet to come to terms with the basic actuality that the world is supposed to be shared. There are creatures, literally millions of species that inhabit the planet. The most imposing of them all, man, should have undertaken the responsibility to protect and preserve the rest. Instead, he has hunted, massacred, desecrated and annihilated every other animal. Sometimes it has been for survival but mostly it has been a pleasure hunt. What sadistic glee does man derives from the carnage of the feeble and the defenseless, only his intrinsic animal instinct can answer that. In certain countries and cultures, it has assumed hideous proportions. To feed on live creatures of the sea in Japan, dogs in Mombassa, live snakes in Thailand or baby seals in the Scandinavia or to kill tigers for pure pleasure in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia are all manifestations of this loathsomeness. The sharks are threatened, as are the creatures that have to battle a myth of terror associated with them. On land, snakes are slaughtered merely out of fear. Man eats the rest anyway. Cows, horses, sheep, goats and almost all kinds of birds are palatable to man’s insatiable gastronomic experimentation. Sometimes, our pressure on the land and our penchant for expansion has led to the disappearance of habitat and forests have turned into metros. The pitiable creatures have been confined to manicured parks and sanctuaries. Less space, less food has led to more competition and fast extinction. In other places, animals have served as prizes; a part of the décor in drawing rooms where taxidermists had a whale of a time. Killing of lions in Masaimara is a sign of coming of age. Slaughtering tigers in India was a regal passion and cause of pride. Animal appendages serve as voodoo cures and aphrodisiacs in many parts of the globe.
    Individual efforts have produced some heartening results. In India, Mrs. Maneka Gandhi has done wonders leading a lone crusade against a populace that is essentially ignorant and indifferent. There are many organizations worldwide that have raised the general awareness of the masses regarding animals that were feared without reason. Ignorance is often the commonest culprit behind killings. With leading awareness, the bald eagle is off the endangered species list. The number of tigers has dramatically multiplied worldwide. The whales have returned. A million acres of rainforest has been saved, forever. The global trend has shifted towards vegetarianism. The pet societies are doing brisk business. Television channels catering to wild life top the popularity charts. The place to view wild life is not the zoo. It’s in the wild. Respect for other species can alone salvage the situation. It does not take the capture of a famous personality to prove a crime. In Bundelkhand, will it take a Salman Khan or a Pataudi to implicate the butchers? Every species has a role to play. The sooner we realize that, the better for us. And them!
    Samudra.g@rediffmail.com

  7. Celeste says:

    I am 13 and im horrified by the ruthless way people are treating tigers! It is an act that needs to be stopped if we want to have any existing tigers left! Most of the people who are posting comments might be much older than me and think i am too young or not wise enough to know about paoching and illegally trading tigers, but i do know! People NEED to STOP KILLING AND EVEN BUYING TIGERS! thank you for your kindness. =]

  8. Vikas Jaswal says:

    i want to tell you all about an animal preservation center where a number of bears and leopords are kept. I have been watching the animals since several years, they are in a desperate condition. They are being kept in very small steel cages where there is no proper system to protect them from the hot sun and the monsoons. During forest fires the animals find themselves helpless and there is seldom any help for them. I also enquired the concerned officials, but they say this is the govt's policy to preserve the animals. But i don't find any reason to keep them in small cages as they are kept. Instead they could be shifted to a big zoo or should be set free. There are a lot of zoos in the town where there is enough space for the animals. I stay in shimla (H.P.) and the preservation centre is located in tutikandi. Earlier it was a zoo but a few years ago most of the animals were shifted to different zoos. The animals are caught on complaints and are never set free, instead they are kept in small steel cages here in tutikandi till they die. I know it might not be possible for the authorities to set the animals free but something can be done about their living conditions. They must be shifted to more spacious and clean areas where it would be possible to take a good care of them. The life out here for them is like hell!!! I strongly believe that you have done much more that anybody else for these poor animals. I hope that you would definitely look up the matter personally.

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