Wild Cats: August 2008 Archives
So how do you like this. The government of Nepal created a refuge that is 117 sq miles and it even connects to two other conservation areas in India for Bengal Tigers, Rhinos, birds and deer. You'd think that would be great news. And I'm sure it was great news to wild cat conservationists and the World Wild Life Fund.
But poachers are going into this area and shooting the animals. It's like shooting fish in a barrel! The poachers know where the cats are, even know when the place is patrolled and then they go in and kill the Tigers. It's horrific. These wild animals think they have some freedom, and the people who put them there think that this is a safe place for them to be, but they get shot because they are so easy to find.
In 2005, a survey of the Bengal Tiger Population in the Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Nepal and the numbers were up to 50 Bengal Tigers. But in April 2008, those numbers have dwindled to 6! Yes, you read that right, it's not a typo 6 Bengal Tigers left in refuge that was designed to protect them. Disgusting. Apparently, the poachers take every part of the tiger, unlike rhinos, where only the tusks are taken. So there is no trace of the animal once it has been killed.
Read Tigers Disappear From Himalayan Refuge and see for yourself!
Other posts I think you might be into:
Not sure this is a good idea. I'm waiting to find out how this goes. I blogged about the dwindling Bengal tiger population before. Tigers are so highly sought after by poachers for their skin and body parts that any attempt at conserving them has led to disaster.
So now, they take perfectly happy Bengal tigers out of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan and move them to the Sariska Tiger Reserve in India where the entire Bengal Tiger population was wiped out just a few years ago. They are hoping that the big cats populate the reserve, but I bet what actually happens is they get shot too. I hate to be a pessimist, but come on people, the poachers killed all of the Bengal Tigers that lived there before, what makes you think they won't do it again?
Basically the move just makes it easier for poachers, because a small population of Tigers is easier to overtake and kill than a large group. I'll be watching this one.
Other posts I think you might like:
I blogged about the recent Interview with John Rendall and Ace Bourke that the today show did. And in that interview, they answer the question, Whatever happened to Christian the Lion after the reunion?
The last time John saw him was during a trip to Kenya in 1974, three years after the reunion video. Christian was double the size, at least 500 lbs and looking very healthy. Christian recognized John then too! He was with wild lionesses and had litters of cubs. He had completely integrated into the wild. They never saw him again. And to the best of anyone's knowledge he went forth into that enormous conservation area and lived out his days with his pride.
There is a lovely video of the interview with Ace and John by Kerri-Anne Kennerley. They talk about their experiences when he was a cub. He was such a kind, gentle and intelligent lion. There are more pictures and videos and the pair reminisce about their relationship with Christian.
In part 2 John and Ace talk about Boy the lion who helped Christian rehabilitate and the days after the reunion video. They recount tales of Christian stalking a fully grown Rhino. A lovely interview, Ace and John are very eloquent and they truly loved their little lion. Please consider helping out the cause by donating to the George Adamson Wildlife Fund to continue their great efforts of conserving wildlife in Africa.
Other posts about Christian the Lion:
Other posts I think you might like: