Barren Land turned into Wildlife Sanctuary

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It is really amazing to see the hard work of Dr. A.K. Malhotra and Pamela Malhotra, the Non-resident Indians who turned 55 acres of barren land into evergreen wildlife sanctuary within 25 years, as a part of wildlife conservation in India. The story runs like this…

Dr.A.K. Malhotra and Pamela bought 55 acres of useless land from different farmers of south India-Karnataka state. They planted new tree saplings and diverted water from natural river flowing through their land.

Now, this barren land is turned into 300 acres of wildlife sanctuary which now harbors varied species ranging from mighty elephant to Royal Bengal tiger.

Several cameras are installed across the sanctuary to identify new animals and keep a track on poachers.

Most of us think that animals need forest. But the truth is, the forest needs the animals equally. While the forest helps animals in providing shelter and food, animals help forests in regeneration .  This story is another feather in the wildlife conservation cap.

See more at – “The Couple Who Bought Barren Land In 1991 And Transformed It Into A 300 Acre Wildlife Sanctuary

Zoo and Wildlife Solutions Training Courses 2015

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Practical Implementation of  the Zoo Licensing
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3rd and 4th March at Twycross Zoo.
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Cull Wild Pig: Wildlife Experts

A 47-year-old man was killed on Monday when his car collided with a wild boar that had strayed on to the M4 motorway near Swindon.

Questions are now being raised over where the animal came from, with some experts blaming wild populations in the Forest of Dean and the Quantocks area of Somerset – though others believe it likely escaped from captivity nearby, as a wild boar has not been spotted in Wiltshire since 2009.

Wildlife experts are calling for more wide-reaching culls for wild boar to be considered after the animals were this week blamed for a fatal motorway accident and wreaking havoc in parts of the countryside.

Wildlife rescue centre wants your Christmas trees

Volunteers with the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation are hoping southern Albertans will donate their unwanted Christmas trees and wreaths to help comfort injured birds and animals.

“We’re a non-profit organization and what we do is take in injured or orphaned wildlife that the public finds,” said Shannon Toy, a part-time staff member. “We rehabilitate them whether that’s through medication or simple cage rest and then we release them back into the wild.”

Read more: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/wildlife-rescue-centre-wants-your-christmas-trees-1.2164359#ixzz3QaNV4l1r

Child lifting: wolves in Hazaribagh, India

The problem of child-lifting by wolves in Hazaribagh West, Koderma and Latehar forest divisions of Bihar State, India, has been evaluated, based on records of the Forest Department, interviews, and a survey.

Five wolf packs have created problems in 63 villages. 80 child casualties occurred from April 1993 to April 1995 and only 20 victims were rescued. All the children were taken from settlements primarily during March to August between 17.00 and 19.00 hrs. There were more female victims (58%) than males and 89% were 3-11-yrs old.

Recommendations for the mitigation of human-wolf conflicts, and a conservation strategy for wolves might include: surveying wolf habitats for identification of dens and rendezvous sites, and estimating wolf populations; capture of problem wolves; improving compensation to victims’ families; research on wolf behavior, rabies, wolf/dog hybrids, and the prey-base; possibilities for introducing natural prey, and regulation of wolf populations.

Reference:

S. Rajpurohit, K.S. (1999) Child Lifting: Wolves in Hazaribagh, India. Ambio 28: 162-166

Man and Reptiles

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The majority of reptiles are useful and do silent service to man in controlling agricultural pests, both insects and rodents, but excite little interest in man. If it were not for the poisonous snakes, reptiles as a group would be largely ignored.

The greatest danger to this useful group of animals (?) is for demand for their skin for commercial purposes.

Malcolm Smith drew attention over sixty years ago to the danger of extinction facing many reptile species due to this cause.

The skin trade has made Indian Crocodiles endangered, and the demand for snake and lizard skins remains a constant threat to the survival of such useful reptiles as the monitor lizard and rat snake.

100,000 Elephants Killed in Africa

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A study conducted by elephant experts in Africa confirmed that 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa during 2012-2014. This study further concluded that the proportion of illegally killed elephants has climbed from 25 percent of all elephant deaths a decade ago to roughly 65 percent of all elephant deaths today, a percentage that, if continued, will lead to the extinction of the species.

This increase in poaching of African elephant is mainly due to high demand for ivory from China.

The peer-review study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It was co-authored by experts from Save the Elephants, the Kenya Wildlife Service, an international group called MIKE responsible for monitoring the illegal killings of elephants, and two international universities.

For more details please read this scientific article…

Illegal killing for ivory drives global decline in African elephants