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Path-breaking study in tiger enumeration techniques

Heralded as a path-breaking study, recent research by a group of Indian scientists may render current tiger enumeration techniques obsolete. The new method used DNA collected from faecal samples to count tiger numbers.

Tigers return to Gorumara

In almost three decades, no tigers have been sighted in the Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary in West Bengal. No wonder then that in April this year, when a forest guard spotted an adult tigress and her cubs, he could hardly believe his eyes. Official reports also came in of another tigress being seen at the Apalchand Sanctuary, 20 km. from Jalpaiguri.

Pench irrigation colony must go

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has called for a status report on the relocation of an irrigation colony inside the core area of the Pench Tiger Reserve from the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) and the Maharashtra Water Resources Department (WRD).

MLAs refused bail

In a landmark decision, the Guwahati High Court rejected the anticipatory bail plea of two MLAs, Jitin Gogoi and Kushal Duorii who were arrested for going on a rampage inside the Kaziranga National Park on March 17, 2009 (Sanctuary Vol. XXIX No. 2, April 2009).

Insurgency and poaching interlinked

The long suspected nexus between insurgent groups and poachers (Sanctuary Vol. XIX No. 3, June 1999 and Vol. XXIX No. 2, April 2009) has been exposed with the recent arrest of two members of the Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA) in Assam’s Morigoan district.

Oil leak threatens marine life

On April 22, 2009, seepage was detected in the single point mooring (SPM) at Paradip, from where pipes carry crude oil to the Haldia refinery. Sources say the breakage resulted in 3,000 tonnes of crude oil spilling into the sea, threatening fragile underwater ecosystems.

A global unified citizenry

Sanctuary is joining hands with 350.org and several other like-minded institutions to organise action on October 24, 2009 to ask for a fair global climate treaty. Each of you can be part of it – through rallies, concerts, nature trails, tree-plantings, protests, slide-shows… in your town or city.

Controversial law could legalise land titles and degrade the Amazon

In a bill akin to India’s Forest Rights Act, Brazil is close to approving a controversial law that would grant land titles to 300,000 properties illegally established across some 600,000 sq. km. of protected Amazon forest.

Largest leatherback turtle population found in Gabon, West Africa

A nesting population of leatherback sea turtles in Gabon, West Africa, was identified as the largest ever in the May issue of Biological Conservation.

Tough time ahead for Cyprus' bats

Of the 41,000 species of bats worldwide, 16,000 are close to extinction. Of these, the fruit bats are having a particularly tough time, say experts.