This week the government in Maharashtra – a state in western India – has said that injuring or killing suspected poachers will no longer be considered a crime. It is the latest attempt to curb rampant attacks on tigers and other wildlife in the region.
India holds half of the world’s estimated 3,200 tigers in dozens of wildlife reserves.
Fourteen tigers have been killed by poachers in India so far this year (13 were killed in all of 2011), according to the Wildlife Protection Society of India. Eight of those poaching deaths occurred in Maharashtra.
It’s been a year-and-a-half since a landmark summit that pledged to double the world’s number of tigers by 2022. However, 65 percent of tiger reserves lack minimum standards of protection required for the world's largest cat, according to the WWF.
Do you want to know what happens when we faff about and don’t take action to protect threatened species?
The Christmas Island pipistrelle (pistrellus murrayi) has gone extinct after Australian officials "equivocated and delayed action even though they were warned repeatedly that the situation was dire". Good one, guys.
One shark in Birmingham is taking action to save some animals from certain death…
“I am a nice shark – not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends – not food.”- Bruce, Finding Nemo.
That mantra has been adopted in real life by the world’s first vegetarian shark.
Florence was brought into captivity after she required ‘out of water’ surgery to remove a rusty fish hook lodged in her gut. While her body recovered, she never regained her taste for meat. I’m going to assume she realised the value of life in her weakest moment and vowed to never harm another creature again.
Barn owls in Israel’s Beit Shean valley are proving that love and care know no borders. They’re raising seven chicks and uniting Jordanian and Israeli farmers at the same time!
A chimp has taken the “open-minded” approach quite a lot further… and made out with a camera.
Human technology is steadily encroaching on the natural world. A new study has found that street lights (and other bright, public artificial lights) are changing ecosystems. Although, research say it isn’t clear whether this is a good or bad thing.
Meanwhile, this is Shaq with a mouse lemur (photo courtesy of Mireya Mayor):
CLIPS OF THE WEEK:
Norman the bike riding dog:
“Who is this greasy little muffin?”:
This husky really wants to come inside:
A baby penguin meets a human for the first time:
I’ll leave you with this gray langur baby snapped by amateur photographer Sotskov Nikolay near the city of Bhubaneshvar in India. Does it have eyes filled with doom or the miracle of life?