Sunday, June 28, 2009

Weekly Feline News

Here are the cat-related news for this past week..

Bengal Tigress
The news is largely good this week. Starting with tigers.. India plans to set up four more tiger reserves in addition to the thirty seven it already has. The new reserves will be established in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. This was announced recently by the Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment. He also expressed hope for the future of Indian tigers and forests and outlined a plan for their conservation through integration of economic prosperity with environment's sanctity. Let's hope that the vision of the newly elected official translates into better protection for India's wildlife in the coming months and years. More on this here, here and here.

There are reports of other innovative methods that authorities in India are implementing to protect tigers. One involves initiation of eco-development activities in the villages bordering one of the parks, the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve. This will involve and employ the local communities in conservation of their forests. Certainly quite a positive move that is likely to have good long term consequences for the preservation of the native tigers. Another move, that is being proposed in Manas National Park in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, involves isolating and breeding tigers in a controlled environment to ensure survival of cubs. The idea is to protect the young cubs during the most vulnerable part of their life before releasing them into the forest at an age when they can fend for themselves. This is being contemplated after tiger numbers in Manas fell to seventy recently from the reported number of one hundred and twenty five animals a decade ago. There are counterarguments to this proposal too, with doubts being raised on its possible efficacy in conserving the tiger population in Manas. More on these methods here and here.

In other good news the Smithsonian Institute and World Bank Group have decided to collaborate to launch a global initiative for tiger conservation. The plan that was launched initially last year, involves setting up a worldwide network of scientists, policy makers and other nongovernmental organizations working for conservation to save the tigers in the wild. The move comes in time as tiger numbers are dwindling across the globe with reports of poaching coming in almost every week from various corners of the world. Just a few days ago as a court in India sentenced a seasoned tiger poacher to three years of imprisonment, police in Indonesia apprehended two people suspected of killing several Sumatran tigers. So let's hope that this global initiative as well as the local ones by conservationists worldwide, come in time for the tiger. More on the above here, here and here.

Asiatic Lionesses
To lions now. And the news here is not so good as regards the big cats of Gir in India. Four separate reports of attacks on people have emerged over the past couple of weeks. And in one incident a leopard was killed by a lion in Maliya Taluka in Gir in an apparent case of interspecies conflict. To learn more about these reports of attacks by lions, you can go here, here, here, here and here.

The only good news, for lion enthusiasts this week, is that Tsau! White Lion Conservation Project is looking for volunteers for assistance in the world's first ever relocation of white lions into the wild. The project, based in the Greater Timbavati region in South Africa, is offering thus a very unique opportunity for any animal lover from across the globe to take part in this rewarding experience. To learn more about this, and to find out how to apply, go here.

Jaguars - and some good news regarding their habitat. According to Brazilian Environment Minister, the deforestation in Amazon was the lowest this year since record-keeping began for logging activities. While the fate of Amazon is by no means certain or secure, this news is a positive one for Amazon and its denizens, including the Jaguar and in some parts, the Cougar. And in other good news related to Amazon, Marfrig, the world's fourth largest trader of beef announced that it will no longer buy cattle raised in newly deforested areas within the Brazilian Amazon! So positive developments, both of these, for the threatened rain forest. More here and here.

To leopards, and some good news for Snow Leopards. The population of Snow Leopard is said to be on the rise in Kyrgyzstan. This was reported by Kyrgyzstan's National Academy of Science. The good news was followed more recently by an even better one - the first reported sighting of a Snow Leopard in Kashmir in over a decade! More on the two items here and here.

Cheetahs now and to learn how a conservation group in Namibia has been working for years to bring back these animals from the brink of extinction in that part of the world, go here.

The wild cat that is nearest to extinction among felines in the world is the Iberian Lynx. And owing to the dedicated efforts of conservationists and scientists it appears that it also is making a comeback. To learn more about how the lynx is surviving against all odds, go here and here on this wonderful blog.

And finally some good news for the domestic cat too! A city in the US is taking steps to save its homeless pets. The program, that has been going on for several years in Kansas City, has been given the name 'Ray of Hope'. And it has indeed been a ray of hope for the many stray pets across the city who have been saved from euthanasia and given a chance to live a happy life. To learn more about this remarkable effort and how it can be emulated easily across the globe, click here.

Also, I was given these wonderful awards recently...

One Lovely Blog Award

by Stacey at Stuff for Kitty and You

International Bloggers Community Award

by Ellen at Katz Tales

and the Interesting Blog Award

by Duni at Lovely Purses

Thank you all so much for your appreciation and your kind comments, about my brother's health and this blog in general. I'd like to pass these awards to the following blogs..

Black Cat Follies

Flamingo Musings

Kitty Drawings

Casper, Cleo, Patches and Gizmo

Maria Michelle's Furkids and Animal Rescue

Hope you all have a great week. Take care :)


Top - Zoe the Tigress at Shambala Preserve © Bill Dow..

Center - Asiatic Lionesses at Gir © Kishore Kotecha..

Bottom - Leo and Fairy, my two cute kitties..


Unknown said...

You always have a wealth of information here....I am so happy when I hear of good causes that help save animals....

and congrats on your awards!!!

Have a great week!

James Arnold Nogra said...

thanks for the comment... I really love cats... ahehehehe

Lady P said...

Awards! they mean so much when they come from fellow bloggers. What is life in Hobart like these days?

Sandee said...

Lots of great news on our cat friends.

Congratulations on all your awards as well. That's awesome.

Have a terrific day and week. :)

Anya said...

It has raining awards ...... LOL
Happy to read that its going better with the tigers ^__^

have a great week !!

Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :)

Esz said...

THANK YOU so much for the awards :-) Very much appreciated and the first I have ever recieved.
It's so refreshing to come to your blog every week and see so much positive news about cats. It makes me happy that so much is being done (despite the bad news sometimes too).

Anonymous said...

Concatulations on your much deserved awards! You're a wealth of information, and we thank you:)

B. said...

Purr. I had to visit back :)

Loving the kitties.

BeadedTail said...

Congratulations on all your awards! And I enjoyed reading all the good news you had this week. Thanks for telling us about what's going on in Kansas City!

Dora said...

The cat is so cute! :D

♥Da fambly kitties♥ said...

It always warms my heart when I read of shelters that are looking into ways to care for homeless pets rather than euthanasia. After a lot of hard work, our county shelter is now no-kill for both dogs and cats. The solution, as we all know, is good spay and neuter programs and education.

My prayer is that one day, in my lifetime, cats will not be seen as disposable trash as they are by so many human beings. They deserve so much more.

Miss Aurora Katrina is sleeping off her little 'high' and says that she doesn't want to be that out of control again for quite some time☺

Ellen Whyte said...

I see you're in the awards today. Great stuff! ANd thanks for the newsround...

jb said...

Thanks for always dropping by and leaving me comments its greatly appreciated. I really like your blog a lot. It's amazing all the cat stories there are. Keep it up it's truly wonderful.


Black Cat said...

Dear Omer, it's so great to read positive news about our lovely Big Cats!

ConCATulations on your lovely awards and thanks so much for awarding them to me!

Alfie sends you a floofy tail wave and Simba sends a head bump. We all love you! :) xxx


I love reading your great information on the cats of all kinds!! So glad when you post and I was relieved to read of the positive developments. Congrats on your awards! You deserve them!

MaoMao said...

ConCATulashuns on yur awardies! They are furry well-deserved. You have such a fabyoolus bloggie and we Ballicai love how you keep us up on the newsies about our big cuzzins!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao and alla the Ballicai!

RennyBA said...

What a lovely summery of great cat news - thanks for sharing!

Congrats on your awards - you really deserves them all!

Btw: Thanks for the visit and nice comment on my Hot in Norway post.

RJ Flamingo said...

Excellent news, this week! There's still such a long way to go re: the Brazilian rainforests, but this is such progress, taken in the long-view.

Thank you so much for the awards - I'm awfully flattered and will display them proudly! :-)

Gattina said...

Very interesting ! and the pictures are beautiful !

Julia Phillips Smith said...

I'm glad to hear that a Snow Leopard was sighted in Kashmir. It makes me think that perhaps the big cats hide their true numbers - hopefully - and may lurk in safety somewhere.

brokenteepee said...

So good to read the good news and know that there are so many working towards helping these wonderful animals; big and small.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the awards. :) Nice post too. I did not know about the Iberian Lynx. I am interested to know how you gather relevant cat news though. I never read any cat news anywhere else.

Marrid66 said...

I hope they are able to save the animals. I loved the pic of your kitties too.

Rajesh said...

Congrats on award. You deserve them.
The Indian Govt and people should real effort should achieve what they plan to do.

caspersmom said...

love it when there is good news for the big cats and the "little cats." Kudos to India and Kansas City. I pray that the Smithsonian and the World Group bank collaboration is a huge success.

Congratulations on your awards. This site really deserves them with all the information you pass on to us. I thank you so much that you think our site is good enough to send them our way. Thanks Omer. Hope your brother is doing well.

Maria said...

Thank you so much for the award and your well wishes to Roxy. It all means a lot. Congratulations to you as well. Your blog is wonderful :)

remoxp said...

thanks for your post,,,

Chris said...

It's great to hear that more is being done to try and save the big cats. It's sad that there are so little left in existence.

PurrPrints said...

Hurray for weeks with mostly good news--I'm always glad to hear about people/governments/groups coming up with new ways to promote ecological protection--one of the more creative i've seen is the whole elephant poop paper thing - i think it's called ellie pooh, or something like that--it's crazy stuff, and actually really pretty :)

Anonymous said...

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog. That event was a great success...You can see the photos on the website of the Sou da Paz Foundation. (

I loved your blog and kitties! =)

Anonymous said...

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog. That event was a great success...You can see the photos on the website of the Sou da Paz Foundation. (

I loved your blog and kitties! =)

Yee Ern said...

Great news and information.

Keep it up

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Unknown said...

Haahahaha, I havent read much but i bet I have to read all the posts..... Nice blog

Diamante de sangre said...

Hola, soy la madre de Trek, ya te sigue él también, me gusta tu blog, vendré a verte más veces.
Tienes que perdonar que te escriba en español, mi inglés es pésimo, espero que entiendas mi idioma, supongo que si por que has leído el blog de Trek.
Gracias por visitarlo y comentar, está empezando en el mundo blogger y le has hecho muy feliz.
Un beso

Luísa Nogueira said...


Good to know that tigers are being seen and preserved!
Thanks for the visit and return often...

Secretos De Belleza. said...

Thank you for you comment,I love dogs but cats are sooo beautiful...

La gata sobre el tejado said...

Muchas gracias por visitar mi blog,
el tuyo es escelente con toda la información que das,me ha gustado mucho el de los siameses.
Un abrazo

Tikno said...

First time I found a blog with unique contents. Salute for your concern.

Snarky Basterd said...

This place is quite interesting! Cats are cool...

BTW...That "Flies Revolt, Swarm White House" piece you found a couple weeks ago over at It Don't Make Sense happened to be mine. Stop by and visit my place, Feed Your ADHD, some time for more, much, much more.

~Lexibule~ said...

Félicitations pour ces prix fort mérités:) Ces chats sont trop mignons hihi!!

En terminant je te dit un beau Merci pour ton chaleureux passage à mon blog:)

Au Plaisir et bon week-end à toi!! xxx

NURA said...

salam friend,,thanks ya,,your comment,,,my son like cats but nothink cats..ha..ha.

BlueRose said...

Thank you so very much for the visit and posting. I became a follower so I can pop in from time to time...Hugs Kat

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