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New attitudes to snakes in India

July 29th, 2009

Tiger and snow leopard numbers fall in Nepal

July 27th, 2009 The latest census on tigers and snow leopards in Nepal shows a fall in the numbers of both species. The tiger population has declined, albeit slightly, from 123 in 2003 to 121. Snow leopards have fallen to between 300 and 400, while previously their number was estimated at between 400 and 500. Snow leopard network Update: See also Science Daily (better analysis of story) 121 Breeding Tigers Estimated To Be Found In Nepal “The first ever overall nation-wide estimate of the tiger population brought a positive ray of hope among conservationists. The figures… show the presence of 121 (100 – 194) breeding tigers in the wild within the four protected areas of Nepal.” “”Tiger numbers have increased in Chitwan but decreased in Bardia and Shuklaphanta,” said Mr. Anil Manandhar, Country Representative, WWF Nepal. “In spite of the decade long insurgency, encroachment, poaching and illegal trade, the present numbers is a positive sign, but we can’t remain unworried. The declining numbers in western Nepal has posed more challenges, needing a concerted effort to save this charismatic endangered species focusing on anti-poaching and illegal wildlife trade.” See also: Snow leopard holidays

Nepal’s dolphins critically endangered

July 26th, 2009 As few as six freshwater Ganges dolphins remain in the Karnali River in Nepal. Just 30 years ago, the river was home to approximately one hundred. The reason lies in water development projects,  hunting dolphins, pollution and overfishing. Ecoworldly

New lizard found in India

July 24th, 2009 Biologists have discovered a new species of lizard in the lush forests of the Western Ghats mountain range in Maharashtra, India. The small reptile is a sepcies of gecko and was found by taxonomist Varad Giri. It has been named Cnemasspis kolhapurensis. BBC

World Bank against tiger farming

July 22nd, 2009 The World Bank says experimenting with tiger farming is too risky and could drive wild tigers further toward extinction. “Extinction is irreversible, so prudence and precaution suggest that the risks of legalized farming are too great a gamble for the world to take,” said World Bank Director Keshav Varma. The tiger trade is prohibited internationally and banned in all countries where it is present, including China which has historically been the largest market for tiger products. But, owners of privately run tiger farms and rich business people in China have been pressuring the Chinese government to permit legal trade in tiger parts inside China by lifting the domestic tiger trade ban, introduced in 1993. WWF

Trivia about Everest

July 22nd, 2009

Tracking snow leopards in Kargil, India

July 22nd, 2009 Interesting account of tracking successfully a snow leopard by Aishwarya Maheshwari of the WWF “I was on the frontier of India’s remotest wildness, where few humans have treaded before and fewer to study wildlife. Kargil, among largest districts of India, is best known in recent history for the major military conflict that occurred here in 1999. This unfortunately overshadowed the region’s rich wildlife. For, it is here that one of world’s most elusive creature.” Read

Seoul rescues its river

July 20th, 2009

The Tree of Life in Sakhir, Bahrain

July 19th, 2009

Mademade lakes in Turkmenistan

July 17th, 2009 Turkmenistan has begun ambitious attempt to create a vast lake in the centre of the country’s Karakum desert. Experts have expressed dismay at the quixotic Soviet-style project, though the Turkmenistan authorities insist the lake will attract migratory birds, stimulate biodiversity and make flowers and plants bloom in a country that is 80% desert. The Guardian