Cee4life notified me last night that the Indian authorities have decided to continue to care for Machli until she dies. I have to give a lot of credit to Sybelle, the director of Cee4life, for her resilience in this matter as she faced a lot of criticism and even got death threats for going against the petition to let Machli die. Sybelle cancelled her trip to India, however, everyone who donated to this cause was contacted and given a chance to have their donations refunded.
For those of you who don’t know, Cee4life is currently doing work at the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia, providing healthcare and resources as well as an International Education program. You can read more about that or donate here.
There is currently a debate going on about whether or not the forestry department in Ranthambhore should stop providing food for Machli. Apparently, they were ordered to stop in March by the NTCA, and that Machli has been surviving on her own ever since. For those of you who don’t know, Machli is nearly 18 years old, and has lost all of her canine teeth. Despite her ability to still hunt small animals, lizards and birds, she has, for the past four years, occasionally been provided with carcasses.
I agree that they should never have started feeding her in the first place, but that is in the past and not the problem at hand. In saying that, I don’t blame them for what they did, Machli is not an animal I could’ve just left for dead either. It’s now being argued that she’s taking up space, and that it’s inhumane to put her through old age. Whilst she does still live in Ranthambhore, she no longer holds prime territory and has been confined to the very outskirts of the park by males and breeding females. Food is still able to sustain and nourish her, to the point where she can still hunt for herself. Obviously we can’t keep on feeding her forever, but cutting her off completely and leaving her to die does seem a bit drastic.
Machli will die one day, but it absolutely cannot be by our own doing. I’m very open about this subject, but I think exceptions are needed because of her history. Machli does not always feed on the food she is supplemented with, which still suggests stable independence on her part. I know the park is becoming increasingly productive with the populations beginning to rise, but Machli will never become redundant, especially to those who love and admire her.
Valkmik is being opposed by a non-profit organisation called Cee4life. They’re heading over to India in a week’s time, and you can donate via PayPal to their cause if you agree with them. I really do hope that all the pros and cons are weighed and that they can come to a decision that serves her best interests. Machli is a national icon, and is dubbed as one of the greatest tigers to ever walk the planet. Her resilience, unique power and beauty has generated over 500 million dollars to India’s tourism, and she’s provided the park with numerous lineages for the continuation of her species. Towards the end of their lives, B2 and Charger of Bandhavgarh National Park, were cared for in different ways by the forestry department, so Machli should also be given the same kind of chances to live out the rest of her life peacefully.
Three orphaned Amur tigers, two males and one female were successfully released to the wild in the Russian Far East last week, in further attempts to save the species and to reclaim tiger habitat. Underlining the importance of the event, Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin also attended the release. Two more tigers, a male and female, are scheduled for release in early June, making it the largest release of rehabilitated Amur tigers ever.
"The tigers were prepared to go back to the wild; they are in good physical shape, successfully stalking and hunting their natural prey and avoid human beings," explains Dr. Viatcheslav Rozhnov, Deputy-Director of the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution.
During the rehabilitation process, all contact with humans was eliminated. Monitoring the tigers was done through remotely-operated video cameras.
Nepal’s Himalayas host as many as one-fifth of the world’s total snow leopard population. According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are only 12 countries, including Nepal, where the last remaining 5,000 snow leopards are surviving. Studies show that these wild cats are disappearing rapidly from the planet.
As part of the action plan, the governments have shared a common goal to intensify conservation efforts in the large landscapes required for snow leopard survival by identifying and designating critical habitats of key snow leopard populations as no-go areas for destructive land uses, maintaining their integrity and connectivity through natural corridors, and strengthening their protection on the ground. The global action plan also aims to control illegal trade of wildlife body parts.
SIGNAL BOOST - HELP GIVE THIS COUGAR A NEW HOME !!
As my followers know, I volunteer at a big cat sanctuary called South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Homestead, Florida. Or I did - until it got shut down last month when the owner fell ill with terminal sickness.
SFWRC was a non-profit, no breeding, selling, buying, or trading sanctuary dedicated to providing forever, loving homes to abused animals confiscated by the government that were once kept as “house pets.” However, since the sanctuary is no longer running, the “forever” part is kind of in question. Right now, the Florida Wildlife Commission is looking for new forever homes where these animals can receive the best possible care and enrichment.
That’s where Reise comes in. You see, Reise is an 18 year old Texan cougar who was confiscated in New York from a drug dealer. She was kept in a small apartment having been fed domestic cat food and extremely undernourished with worms. Thankfully, the New York government got word of this, and she was promptly flown to SFWRC where she began her long recovery to becoming a “normal” Texan cougar (at least, as normal as any captive apex predator can get). After spending the last 15 years of her life at SFWRC, fate would show that it’s time her journey takes her elsewhere, to a new sanctuary here in Florida. But she needs your help.
Big Cat Rescue, an extremely well-run, respected big cat sanctuary in Tampa, Florida, has offered to take in Reise from the Florida Wildlife Commission. But doing this requires money. As being one of Reise’s former caretakers, there is no place I trust more to give her the love she needs than Big Cat Rescue.
I’ve seen what the power of Tumblr can do. And so I ask you all to kindly consider donating to help send Reise to BCR. You can note in the comment section that your generosity is intended for Reise’s cause. Even a couple of dollars goes a long way. If you are unable to donate, I urge you to reblog this post and pass the message on. The more funds we can raise, the better change Reise has to live out the rest of her life in a loving sanctuary…and against being put to sleep.
This girl is such a loving cat. She’s gone through so much. I hate to say goodbye but I’d love to see her go to a home she deserves, especially after all she’s gone through.
I know what you guys are capable of. Please help- she, along with all the other animals at SFWRC, were very near and dear to our hearts. One cat was already put to sleep and I hate to see any others go. Even a $1 donation helps.
PLEASE HELP THEM OUT GUYS! DONATE OR SPREAD THE WORD.
Nepal says it will present a seven-point plan on better conservation of snow leopards at an upcoming Global Snow Leopard Conservation conference in Kyrgyzstan. The conference in October will focus on increasing the number of snow leopards in the 12 countries where the big cat is found.
Nepal’s involvement in the conference will center on reforming its existing policies on conservation of the animal, improving its habitat, reducing poaching and conflicts with human beings, and providing proper training to people involved in conservation efforts.
Of the 12 countries participating in the conference, China has the largest number of snow leopards, with an estimated 2,500. India has around 600, while Mongolia has 100.
Very pleased to announce that Kaitlyn, a Sumatran tiger at Australia Zoo is pregnant! This is the first litter for the five year old, and she’s expected to give birth in late August.
Kaitlyn is considered one of the most genetically valuable individuals in the world, as she was born to a wild mother and captive father. With less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, the pregnancy is a significant win for the future of the species.
Investigations have begun by forest rangers, in Corbett Tiger Reserve after three dead tigers were found over a week. Officials suspect the tigers had been poisoned by poachers, however, this is yet to be confirmed via autopsy.
Shrinking habitats due to the growth of urban areas in India and increasing deforestation have brought the cats into conflict with farmers who live near tiger reserves.
Despite conservation efforts, tiger numbers in India have declined due to rampant poaching of the cats for their valuable pelts and body parts that are highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine.
The population of the Amur leopard has grown by half since 2007 and the cats have expanded their habitat as far as North Korea, the WWF said.
Environmentalists were unable to take a census of the big cats for several years, because the population is counted by their paw prints in the snow. No lasting snow was seen since 2011 in their habitat, an area 5,000 square kilometre in Russia’s far eastern Primorye region.
The previous census in 2007 put the number of Amur leopards at between 27 and 34, which many experts said at the time is not enough to ensure continued reproduction of the subspecies. However, a conservation drive spearheaded by the WWF and supported by the Kremlin improved the situation.
Environmentalists hope to increase the population to 70 to 100 cats, which would ensure its stability
Zambia has become the latest country to ban the hunting of lions and other endangered wild cats as the continent tries to arrest the predators’ plummeting population. UK charity LionAid chief executive and biologist Dr Pieter Kat says the number of lions across Africa has dropped dramatically in recent decades, with lions extinct in 25 African countries.
"About 50 years ago we had about 200,000 lions living in Africa. I’d estimate from our own research that perhaps today we have about 15,000 left. Now 15,000 still sounds like a relatively large number but, you know, you can’t put more than 15,000 into even a small space." he said.
"What’s happening in western Africa is very, very sad because, you know, Senegal, all the way in the west, probably has about 40 lions left," he said. "Then we move over a couple of countries and we find that there’s, you know, maybe 50 or 60 lions left. And then we go to Cameroon, they maybe have 110 lions left. And then we come to Nigeria that has less than 34, 35 lions left. And there are a lot of these national parks in these countries, but the problem is nobody goes there."
Dr Kat said because west Africa is not a popular tourist destination, the national parks are starved of funds to maintain the parks and staff.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that it will consider adding African lions to the endangered-species list, a move that organizations seeking the listing say would help reverse the decline of the species. Lions are a powerful worldwide symbol of Africa, and adding them to the U.S. list would make it even more difficult to import hides or trophies and would give the conservation effort more credibility in the international community. It also could help African nations pay for conservation work, research and management programs.
"Today’s decision is an important first step as we work to protect the African lion — a species confronted with mounting threats and a steep population decline," said Jeff Flocken, the Washington director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, an advocacy group. "The Endangered Species Act is the most powerful law we have to safeguard the African lion against the unnecessary threat of U.S. trophy hunters."
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that African lions have declined by more than 50 percent in the past three decades. Fewer than 35,000 may remain today in 27 African countries.
The massive environmental destruction inflicted on the Hukaung Valley by large scale logging, gold mining and plantations has very likely killed off all the existing tigers in the area, warns land rights activist and environmentalist Bawk Jar. Located in northwestern Kachin State, the entire valley consisting of 21,890 square kilometers is officially home to what Burma’s government says is the world’s largest tiger reserve.
In mid-2010, less than a year before fighting erupted throughout Kachin State, Bawk Jar conducted an extensive field trip to remote parts of the valley where tigers were known to live. What she saw was considerably different from previous trips to the area. Despite being the heart of the tiger reserve most of the trees had been chopped down, and a once-vibrant ecosystem destroyed. “The hunters have told me there are no more tigers left,” she said.
WCS and its partner organization Panthera, a tiger-focused conservation group, have reported that the biggest threat to the region’s tigers was from local villagers and hunters.“The tiger is still valuable and the indigenous people there such as the Lisu and the Kachin are very much tied into the Chinese trade, and they’ve been killing off tigers,”said Rabinowitz, who is now CEO of Panthera.
The Ranthambhore National Park is facing the problem of plenty. In a bid to save tigers and avoid man-animal conflict, the forest department officials plan to relocate two tigers - Bina I and Bina II - to the Sariska Tiger Reserve. The two orphaned cubs, of T5 of Kachida, created history by being taken care of by their father T 28.
The tigers are growing and need their own territory. At the moment they are living on the periphery and often stray into the villages and urban areas. At the moment there are 27 adult tigers and 26 cubs in the 600 sq km area of the park. Six to seven tigers can easily be re-located either to Kaila Devi Sanctuary or SNP to ease out the situation in the park.
According to experts, if Kaila Devi is developed properly, this would make it easier for the tigers to stray out of RNP to the forest areas. What plagues the park is immense human intervention and poor prey base. “There is a natural movement of tigers to Kaila Devi, but it’s difficult for them to stay there. To help ease out stress in RNP, the government needs to look at reducing human disturbance and introducing certain prey species in Kaila Devi,” said Balendu Singh, honorary wildlife warden.
Hi! I’m a relatively new follower and I have a huge favor to ask you. I love big cats and I am an animal care worker for Carolina Tiger Preserve, you may have heard of it. We have an annual ball that we use to raise funding for our facility though donations, auctions, and volunteering. Could you please post a link to it on your blog? If any of your followers would be interested in helping out or have questions, tell them to message me. Thank you <3