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2008: india come back?   Read more

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Tigers rediscovered in india   Read more

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Amur tiger festival   Read more

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New indian elements and thapar despair   Read more

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Captivity weakens tigers   Read more

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Indians want to believe that it is still possible to save wild tigers   Read more

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Indonesians hide diversity richness to destroy forests without any opposition   Read more

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Europa in the heart of tiger trade   Read more

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New threats and reactions   Read more

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A decisive victory for rewilding process   Read more

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Tremendous frozen chambers   Read more

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Galhano alves exposition   Read more

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Tigers in freezer   Read more

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Decisions of indian government   Read more

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Li quan against mafia tigers protection   Read more

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Empty panna !   Read more

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Tigers: new formula to secure future instead of fruitless trade controversy   Read more

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An open letter of nirmal ghosh to barun mitra   Read more

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Less than 1500 tigers in india   Read more

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Rewilding captive tigers   Read more

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Wang wei hopes a lifting of the trade ban.   Read more

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Tiger farms workshop   Read more

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Marine crocodiles against tiger poaching   Read more

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Barun mitra controversy   Read more

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Tiger trade and tiger farms forbidden   Read more

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2008: India come back?

 

V.Thapar hopes again.
By Gavin Rabinowitz
Nov 2, 2007
The Indian government wants to recruit retired soldiers to patrol tiger sanctuaries in the hopes of saving the last of the cats after an official report confirmed a drastic drop in wild tiger numbers.
Conservationists on Friday praised the decision, saying that at least Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government were finally taking the plight of the beleaguered tiger seriously.
The plan was among a series of proposals presented Thursday by the government-run Wildlife Institute of India to the National Wildlife Board, which Singh chairs, as part of a two-year survey on India's tigers.
The report confirmed initial findings that there are no more than 1,500 tigers in India's reserves and jungles - down from about 3,600 just five years ago and an estimated 100,000 a century ago.
It called for appointing a senior police official to head the recently created Wildlife Crime Bureau, set up to halt the killings and punish poachers.
The report also recommended speeding up the relocation of villages from within reserves, filling empty park ranger posts and laying out "eco-tourism" guidelines to benefit local populations.
Belinda Wright, director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, was skeptical of the plan to recruit retired soldiers to beef up forces that patrol sanctuaries. She said her group had found retired soldiers unwilling to join such a project. "They seem quite happy to enjoy their retirement and pension," she said.
Conservationists said the major breakthrough was in Singh's reaction to the report.
"The real progress is that the prime minister sat for two hours and listened to us and realized that this is a real problem," said Wright.
Valmik Thapar, an independent film maker and tiger expert, said the measures could be the "beginning of a new era in wildlife conservation where the government, non-governmental organizations and individual conservationists work together."
While these efforts could save tigers in sanctuaries, the study said prospects were bleak for those that roamed unprotected jungles and forests.

"One thing this report has found, very alarmingly, is that there are virtually no wild tiger populations outside the reserves," Wright said.
Alan Rabinowitz, executive director of the Great Cat Program of the International Wildlife Conservation Society, said he thought using retired army officers was an excellent idea.
"One of the problems which we've had, globally, in the protection of areas and against poaching, is our normal wildlife guards are not well enough trained to deal in combative situations and too often it's the guards who get killed," he said.
Rabinowitz said the Indian government needs to do something radical and fast to protect its tigers. "They have a setup that won't get better anytime soon," he said. "The best they can do is protect these areas."
The majority of tigers that disappeared were killed either by poachers supplying body parts to the lucrative traditional Chinese medicine market or by angry farmers and villagers competing with the tigers for the same habitat.

On Friday, forest rangers were forced to hunt a tigress that had apparently strayed from the Tadoba-Andhari sanctuary in the western state of Maharashtra, killing three people and mauling two others.

"Both humans and tigers are fighting for space. It's a difficult situation," said B. Majumdar, a wildlife officer who was coordinating the hunt.
Angry villagers stoned the rangers' vehicle, demanding they kill the beast.
"You must get rid of it or we will kill it," said Ganesh Deshmukh, a farmer. "We are scared to go to our fields and can't send our children to school."
Majumdar said rangers had tried several methods to drive away the tiger and were now going to try to trap or tranquilize the beast.
"Shooting is the last resort," he said.
Rabinowitz said even though the Indian government has not been doing enough for many years, he does not think the Indian tiger is doomed.
"If they're protected from being killed and food" he said, "the tigers will come back in numbers."

Additional report : Indian ex-army to help save Bengal tigers
By Peter Foster in New Delhi
02/11/2007

India is to engage retired army personnel in a last-ditch attempt to save the Bengal tiger from poaching gangs who have reduced its numbers to as few as 1,300 animals in the wild.
The plan, which will see pensioned soldiers who have returned to their villages being paid to guard wildlife sanctuaries, is part of series of measures to rescue the Indian tiger from the edge of extinction.
Earlier this week the emergency survey - commissioned after it emerged in 2005 that Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan had been completely emptied of tigers by poachers - was presented to India's prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.
"It was an extremely productive and positive meeting," reported Belinda Wright, a leading conservationist who was present.
"The prime minister left us in no doubt that he was fully behind these measures to save India's national animal."
The plan to tap into the experience of retired soldiers with knowledge of tracking, weapons and enforcement comes after reports that plummeting staffing levels in India's Forest Service had opened to door to organised poaching gangs.
However recruiting for the 'Tiger Protection Force' has already run into difficulties.
Many retired soldiers who have returned to their villages are happy to live off their pensions rather than go back to potentially dangerous work in the jungles.
"It is not a 'magic bullet'," added Ms Wright.
"But we believe the former soldiers can make a valuable contribution to protecting the most charismatic mammal on the planet.
"The entire world is now watching India to see how we deal with this crisis."
But what do Europa and USA, meanwhile ?

Alain Sennepin