Tiger population booms in India’s Terai region

Projecting a bright picture of tiger conservation, the number of big cats in the Terai region has grown significantly with at least 71 new adults roaring, says the latest report, The Tribune reported last week from New Delhi. The highest rise so far has been recorded in Uttarakhand’s Western Circle—a huge part of the vast … Continue reading Tiger population booms in India’s Terai region

“The Greatest Show on Earth” taking down the big top

News began circulating Saturday night into Sunday morning regarding Feld Entertainment’s announcement that Ringling Bros. circus will cease performances in May 2017. Animal advocacy organizations and advocates around the world are applauding the decision. Kenneth Feld said in a statement on Saturday that “Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of … Continue reading “The Greatest Show on Earth” taking down the big top

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 15 January 2017

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, 15 January 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 15 January 2017

Florida panther deaths still at record-high for 2016

A record number of endangered Florida panthers died again last year— 42 of the remaining big cats were killed, matching the 2015 record. 34 were hit by vehicles in southwest Florida, where development is shrinking what’s left of their habitat. The tally kept by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission includes six new litters, … Continue reading Florida panther deaths still at record-high for 2016

Mountain Lion kitten killed on the 118 Freeway

On January 5, 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported a fluffy, blue-eyed mountain lion known as P-52 was recently struck and killed by a vehicle on the 118 Freeway—the same freeway where his mother was killed last month. The 7-month-old kitten died a few miles away from where his mother, P-39, was hit and killed … Continue reading Mountain Lion kitten killed on the 118 Freeway

Endangered Amur tiger tied up for photo ops

Chinese animal trainers were caught tying up an endangered tiger for spectators to take pictures with at a circus show, the Daily Mail UK reported last Monday. A shocking video of the scenes appeared on Chinese news websites. In the video, the Amur Tiger, a protected species in China, got its body and limbs tied … Continue reading Endangered Amur tiger tied up for photo ops

Snow Leopards find sanctuary in a former trophy hunting concession

The Guardian reports: Since taking office in 2011 the current president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, turned the former Soviet Republic into a center point for snow leopard conservation and research. Just two years ago, Shamshy was a concession for high-paying trophy hunters looking to bag an ibex. Today, it’s protecting those prey animals that snow … Continue reading Snow Leopards find sanctuary in a former trophy hunting concession

Leopards ~ The Tiger Substitute

After pushing the tigers into the endangered list, the global tiger trade syndicate have its eyes fixed on its “substitute” the leopard, leading to their rampant slaying in the wilds of Uttarakhand, which has almost porous borders with Nepal. The Times of India reported on Wednesday that the Uttarakhand forest department seized two more skins … Continue reading Leopards ~ The Tiger Substitute

South African rangers hunting caracals for hunting endangered penguins

On Wednesday, REUTERS reported that South African wildlife rangers are stepping up efforts to hunt one of two caracal cats blamed for killing around 130 endangered penguins at a tourist beach near Cape Town. Following several failed hunts, Cape Town conservation authorities will close Burghers Walk close to Boulders Beach overnight as they lay down … Continue reading South African rangers hunting caracals for hunting endangered penguins

China to phase out trade in ivory by the end of 2017

China announced late last week it will shut down its domestic ivory market by the end of 2017—a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants. Wildlife experts thought the international ban on ivory trade would slow or even stop the killing of elephants for their tusks; it did not in fact it … Continue reading China to phase out trade in ivory by the end of 2017