Pandas for Tapirs: Malaysia sent to Japan


As part of the agreement of Malayan Tapir Conservation Programme, Malaysia will send a pair of Tapirs to Japan. Malaysia already received a pair of Panda for this deal.  Throughout the collaboration, the tapir would stay in Nagasaki Bio Park in an environment close to their natural habitat.

Under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010, the Malayan Tapir (Tapirus indicus) is listed under Totally Protected and internationally listed under Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

Currently, In Malaysia, In wild, the Malayan Tapirs  are 1100-1200 in number. Malaysian government are sending these Tapirs for 10 year period.

Save Butterflies!!!


Why butterflies matter? Because they are part of Life on Earth and an important component of its rich biodiversity. They help for cross-pollination, which is essential for production of more fruits and flowers. Gardening is a great way to help butterflies.

Butterflies are valuable components of our environment. The average lifespan of the butterfly is 30 days. Although the smallest butterflies that you can usually spot feasting on the flowers in your front yard will usually only live about one week.

Bear hunt permitted in Florida

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission started to sell Bear hunt permits. The state’s bear population currently stands at around 3,000. They sold similar permit before two decades, Now they selling the permits for the following reasons:

To help manage the state’s bear population

To mitigate human-bear conflict

To decrease in the number of nuisance calls and bears killed by cars

according to the commission’s guidelines, hunters would be limited to one bear per person, and the killing of cubs or bears under 100 pounds would be prohibited.

Hunters would be required to register the bear at an FWC checkpoint within 12 hours of killing the animal, and there would be a limit of less than 300 bears killed.

New Director, Facelift for VOC park mini zoo, Coimbatore

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As Central Zoo Authority, New Delhi ordered the State government of Tamil Nadu to shift the Coimbatore zoo from a thickly populated environment to forest simulative environment. This dream will come true for the environmentalists as the work for shifting the zoo will be within few months as new Director, Dr. Rajarajan had taken charge.

Dr.Rajarajan, 1987-93 batch B.V.Sc., graduate from Madras Veterinary college served the animal husbandry department for more than decade and was deputed from their parent department to take charge as Zoo Director.

Due to this action of appointing a new Zoo Director, VOC Park mini zoo got a fresh lease of life. Hope the VOC park will be shifted to an area of more than 100 acres and harbouring more precious animals and a proposal to start a mini aviary just like that of Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. Hats off to the New Zoo Director!!! Welcome to Kovai!!!

Do you know a mammal with no patella?


Patella is a small sesamoid bone that articulates with the femur and covers the knee joint. In general, patella is absent in whales or most reptiles and amphibians such as snakes or frogs. But the absence of patella in a well-grown mammal is really a news for the zoologist.

Yes!!!  Patella is absent in red kangaroo and two wallaby species (family Macropodidae).

In its place is a fibrocartilage pad, located in the tendon of the quadriceps femoris muscle. This structure is visible grossly, is palpable, and has the form normally expected of a bony patella.


Holladay, S. D., Smith, B. J., Smallwood, J. E. and Hudson, L. C. (1990), Absence of an osseous patella and other observations in Macropodidae stifle. Anat. Rec., 226: 112–114. doi: 10.1002/ar.1092260113


Why sloth bears are having more hairs all over the body?

In general, Sloth bears are living in hot and humid climatic area such as India, Sri lanka and Nepal. They don’t even hibernate because there’s never any snow, so there is no need for a long, winter nap.

Sloth bears are nocturnal in nature. Sloth bears love honey! They usually climb trees with beehive and knock the hives down to the ground. Once the bees leave, the honey is free for the taking. They are having more hairs in their body to get rid of stings of bees. Bears have thick fur and it is hard for bees to get to the skin. Even when they do, bears are so tough they don’t even care.

Barren Land turned into Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife sanctuary-Koduku

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