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Tiger Facts

Posted by: Seema Khinnavar on

1. You can hear a tiger roar over a mile away! It is the largest member of the cat     family.
2. It is also one of the most culturally important animals on the planet.
3. According to a survey conducted by animal planet, the tiger was voted as the world's favorite animal.
4. A tiger can eat 100 pounds of meat a night which is

1. People who study vultures are known as Gypsophils
2. Oriental white-backed vulture which was commonly found in India has declined by over 99.9% over a period of just 15 years and continues to decline at a rate of 40% per year!
3. One of the main causes of vulture extinction is a drug known as Diclofenac. This drug is used to


Creature Features - The Frog

Posted by: Seema Khinnavar on

1. April 30th is celebrated as Save the Frog Day. But why should we bother? One might ask. It is important to conserve the dwindling number of frogs in cities because they are one of the major consumers of pests like mosquitoes and other disease spreading insects.
2. Archey's Frog which is almost indistinguishable from its

Celebrity Tigers

Posted by: Seema Khinnavar on

Genghis – The Master Killer

Tigers are “concealment and ambush” hunters meaning that they do not chase prey for long distances. A tiger stalks its prey, and comes close to it very stealthily. And when it is at a specific distance from the prey, it pauses for a while and checks whether the prey comes closer so as to reduce the


For an incisive overview of the history, and perils, of nuclear power, you can do no better than to read Jonathan Schell, author of The Fate of the Earth, Abolition, and The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger.

 Interested in following the post-Fukushima (not that the crisis there is over!) nuclear debate in the


52 tigers killed in 2000
72 tigers killed in 2001
46 tigers killed in 2002
38 tigers killed in 2003
38 tigers killed in 2004
46 tigers killed in 2005
37 tigers killed in 2006
27 tigers killed in 2007
29 tigers killed in 2008
32 tigers killed in 2009

"We enter the Jangle for searching food and the tiger killed us . . . beside . . .


The Fate of the Tiger

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

As my friend Ian McCullum, author of Ecological Intelligence once opined, nature is not slipping through our fingers, we are slipping through nature's fingers!

Despite all the bad news around us and despite Jairam Ramesh's quixotic U-turn on environmental issues, I think we might just about manage to keep the tiger's head above


Hoteliers eyeing business opportunities around the Gir National Park in Gujarat ought to start looking for options elsewhere, as the Forests & Environment Department, Gujarat, has banned setting up new hotels within a two kilometre radius of the sanctuary.

According to a report in the Times of India, the department recently

'Sinh Samrajaya - Lions Domain', a 15-minute documentary on the Asiatic lions produced and directed by Gujarati producer Nirav Parikh and his wife Swati has found a place in the LA New Wave International Film Festival, Season 2 which was organised earlier this month in Los Angeles.

The Parikh family has been involved with the




Lion cubs are better off in Gujarat than in Africa. At least this seems to be the truth when one takes a look at the survival rate of Asiatic lions of Gujarat. It is higher than their African counterparts.
   No less than 56 per cent cubs survive till the age of three years. This is the age when they move out of their pride in