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JOINT STATEMENT BY PANTHERA AND WCT ON THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA’S "STATUS OF TIGERS, 2014" REPORT

On Tuesday, January 21st, The Government of India released the preliminary report on the 'Status of Tigers in India, 2014'. Panthera and Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) congratulate the extraordinary efforts of the National Tiger Conservation Authority and The Government of India in what is an incredible achievement in conducting a nation-wide survey, and on their increased collaboration with a larger number of non-governmental organizations, institutions and individuals than ever before.

 

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Eight more species added to International Union for Conservation of Nature red list of threatened birds

July 27, 2014: Birds, one of the best indicators of the environment, have slipped deeper into the danger zone in India, thanks to relentless habitat destruction. The latest International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List (2014) indicates 173 species in the country are now threatened.

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field notes
  • “In an exciting turn of events, data captured from WCT camera traps installed in the Pench Tiger Reserve and the Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve have revealed the long migrations tigers often undertake...
  • For several years, I had hoped to see a sloth bear in the wild and every time I visited the forest on WCT work...
  • Atul Tikhe, Sheetal Navgire and I witnessed an interesting piece of natural history while carrying...
  • It was 11 a.m. in the morning and I had just returned from a 10 km. survey walk in the Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra...
  • We were in Pench Tiger Reserve, on a trail through the forest looking for tiger signs and an ideal spot to deploy a camera trap within our grid, when suddenly one of us spotted a strange sight...
  • “Sir, look here!” cried my field assistant, pointing through the tall grass ...
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e - Rescuer with wireless screen

WCT has helped design the 'e-Rescuer' - a thermal imaging equipment that will be used to detect wild animals involved in conflict situations during night, day or foggy conditions

The e-rescuer is likely to
   enhance the animal-detection ability of the rescue team
   manifolds, especially during night and under foggy
   conditions.

It will reduce the risk to the lives of the rescue team
   members during a rescue operation.

The e-rescuer will greatly assist in tracking wild animals,
   planning tranquilization and mitigating man-animal conflict
   situations.

Solar Energy and Potable Water

WCT has invested in designing
   special Solar Integrated
   Systems for Anti-poaching
   Camps (APCs).

Over 2000 units have been
   installed in APCs of 65 PAs
   across India.

The Unit can charge important equipment such as
   communication radio sets, cameras, mobile phones and
   provide for lighting in Anti-poaching camps