Tamil Nadu Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) and Chief Wildlife Warden, R. Sundarraju said that the proposal to designate Sathyamangalam as a tiger reserve is under consideration. Studies done using camera traps revealed the presence of 19-25 tigers. Tamil Nadu has three tiger reserves that share borders with neighbouring states.… Read More
A five-foot long dolphin weighing more than 150 kgs washed ashore the Marina beach in Chennai. It appeared to have died from serious head injuries. The range officer who examined the body said that it could have died due to an injury from a trawler. Supraja Dharini, the founder of an NGO called Tree foundation says that this is the third such incident in Chennai in the past three months. She said that in-depth studies must be carried out to … Read More
An undercover officer from the Forest Department was shown the skins of a Tiger and five leopards (including a black panther) in Pollachi, by a man named Jailani who demanded five crores. The officer was from a team of plainclothes Forest department officials, who were acting on a tip off. After the skin traders ultimately agreed to sell all the skins for a sum of one crore, the officer told them he had to consult with his friends, after which … Read More
When two powerful entities such as the World Bank and a State Government agency make an expensive ecological blunder, what are the chances that they can be persuaded to undo the damage? In the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a massive coastal plantation project initiated by the two was about to permanently destroy sea turtle nesting grounds. Would a small group of conservationists be able to make them see sense? Shekar Dattatri recounts the untold story of a campaign … Read More
CHENNAI: The air intelligence unit of customs on Wednesday seized 23 kg of peacock tail feathers from a Singapore-bound passenger at Chennai airport. The officials, during routine profiling, found the movements of M Sethuraman of Washermenpet, going by a Jet Airways flight, suspicious. He was intercepted while passing through the customs facilitation counter after the immigration check.
When customs officials grilled him, he said he was carrying nothing but used clothes and personal effects. The officials, however, weren’t convinced and … Read More
CHENNAI: Wood apple trees form a canopy over the mud trail leading through the forest, the chirruping of crickets fill the air, butterflies flit to and fro, and an ashy drongo sweeps across and settles onto a branch. It’s hard to believe that the busy Sardar Patel Road is just a 10-minute walk away. It’s noon at Guindy National Park (GNP) and not the best time to spot creatures but there’s still so much to see.
A recent announcement, however, … Read More
A tiger skin was seized in Kolhapur, Maharashtra on 1 June 2010, in an operation by the Panhala police. Three people were arrested, all residents of Kolhapur in Maharashtra. The skin was allegedly obtained from a contractor and is said to have bullet marks on it. The adult tiger was apparently killed three years ago. A fourth accused was arrested yesterday.
On the same day, 1 June 2010, a ten year old male tiger was found dead in Anamalai Tiger … Read More
A wild gaur that fell into the ground level farm well died at Kovil Athupatti village at Paaganatham panchayat in Vadamadurai block near Thoppanasamy hill forest range in Tanil Nadu. Acute water crisis was the prime reason for the incident.
Earlier, the wild animal invaded a hut and attacked two out of eight persons who were sleeping inside. S. Sankan (60) and P. Siva Sankar, native of Kovil Athupatti were injured.
Sankan was admitted to the Dindigul Government Hospital for … Read More
Due to severe habitat loss in the Western Ghats as well as hunting in some areas, the Great Hornbill is classified as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Anamalais in the western ghats still offers pockets where the bird still thrives. … Read More