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Govt notifies Sanctuary for flamingos along Thane creek

MUMBAI, August 9, 2015: Mumbai, one of the few cities in the country to boast of a national park, will now be home to a wetland sanctuary as well. The state government has demarcated and notified 16.91 sq km for the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary.

The wetland sanctuary will be spread over 896 hectares extending from Mulund, Nahur, Bhandup, Kanjurmarg and Mandala. It will cover the western area along the creek edge, between the Vashi and Airoli brigde and another 795 hectares spread over the Thane creek, an area dotted by dense mangroves.

The sanctuary had been proposed by environmentalists five years ago to safeguard the city's wetland habitat. It gained momentum when the government realized it could serve as a compensation for the future loss of habitat on account of the 22km Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL). At present, the Sewri mudflats serve as a home for flamingos between November to May, where they come from as far as Siberia via the Rann of Kutch  in Gujarat.

The Bombay Natural History Society had suggested that the government shift the alignment of the proposed MTHL by about 500-700 metres on the south side, to avoid affecting the flamingos. However, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is executing the Rs 10,000-crore infrastructure project has rejected the suggestion. Instead, the sanctuary has been offered as compensation , but it remains to be seen if the Forest Clearance Authority now approves the MTHL project. Source: indiatimes.com

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World Tiger Day : India home to 70% of world's tigers


July 30, 2015: World Tiger Day is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held every year on 29 July. It is a day to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues. 

The tiger population in the country is estimated to be around 2,226, which represents a rise of over 30 percent since the last count in 2010, according to the latest census report released in January.

The total number of tigers was estimated to be around 1,706 in 2010, after dipping to an alarming 1,411 in 2006, but   improved since then, reported PTI.

India is now home to more than 70 percent of the world's tiger population. Releasing the countrywide tiger assessment report for 2014, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar termed it as a "success story" and noted that while the tiger population is falling in the world, it is rising in India.

India lost 64 tigers for various reasons in 2014, with Tamil Nadu topping the chart with the maximum number of deaths, according to National Tiger Conservation Authority. Tamil Nadu saw 15 tigers deaths followed by Madhya Pradesh, which witnessed 14 deaths, according to the data on tigernet.nic.in . source: PTI

Snow leopard spotted in the Himalayas

 Snow leopard

July 10, 2015: Considered as one of the most endangered species on planet snow leopard was seen for the first time in the icy heights of Kumaon Himalayas in the Uttarakhand state.

According to the Uttarakhand forest department officials camera trap photograph of the snow leopard was the first evidence of the presence of the species in Kumaon region of Himalayas.

Authorities were reported saying that the latest photograph provided irrefutable proof of the presence of more than 11 snow leopards in Uttarakhand, considered as one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the country straddling the Gangetic plains and the Himalayas.

   Leopard numbers across the country down by upto 80%


DEHRADUN, April 24, 2015: Trashing speculation following the spate of recent incidents of human-leopard conflict which indicated that leopard numbers were on the rise, a study conducted by three wildlife scientists has found that the leopard population, on the contrary, has declined by a whopping 70-80 per cent over the past 100 years. The study, conducted over four years by Samrat Mondal of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Krithi K Karanth of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Uma Rama Krishnan of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), has been sent to wildlife journals for review.


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