- Cheetahs were nearly driven to extinction in India when a maharaja — or Hindu prince — hunted down the last one in the country in 1952, nearly 70 years ago.
- A new India-Namibia effort, however, may reverse the sins of the past and have the big cats roaming in the wilds of India again.
- In a deal with India’s Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, Namibia is scheduled to send over eight cheetahs.
- India also plans to transport 50 more African cheetahs from South Africa, but no official agreement has been made.
- Intentions of bringing more African cheetahs to the country has been in the works since 2010, with the plan originally being to get cats from Iran, where they have the same Asiatic cheetah. Iran refused, however, claiming it also had very few cheetahs left.
Cheetahs were nearly driven to extinction in India when a maharaja — or Hindu prince — hunted down the last one in the country in 1952, but a new India-Namibia effort may reintroduce the big cats back into the wilds of India again.
India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change posted the announcement on July 20, stating that the Government of India and Government of the Republic of Namibia have “entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on wildlife conservation and sustainable biodiversity utilization, today, for establishing the cheetah into the historical range in India.”
- One guest’s pictures from a Chinese zoo have recently gone viral for showing a lion’s reportedly natural, straight bangs.
- Some people stated that the lion looked different during their last visit.
- “When I went there two months ago, his hair wasn’t like this. Now he looks so dumb (but in a cute way),” reported one netizen.
- People raised the question of whether one of the employees cut the lion’s hair, or if it was nature’s doing.
- When a Guangdong news outlet reached out to the zoo staff, a member responded that they “dare not cut,” assuring that the lion’s bangs happened by itself.
One guest’s pictures from a Chinese zoo have recently gone viral for showing a lion’s reportedly natural, straight mullet.
A visitor of the Guangzhou Zoo shared pictures on Little Red Book, or Xiaohongshu, a Chinese site where users share content, product photos and reviews.
- A Bengal monitor lizard was allegedly raped by four male hunters at the Sahydari Tiger Reserve in Maharashthra, India.
- The four men were reportedly found on video gang-raping the monitor lizard after the Maharashtra Forest Department investigated one of the hunter’s phones.
- The case has been taken to the Indian Penal Court which is currently discussing the punishment and charges for the four men.
- The suspects have been identified as Sandeep Tukram, Pawar Mangesh, Janardhan Kamtekar and Akshay Sunil.
Four men have been arrested after one of the accused’s phones was discovered to contain a video of them gang-raping a Bengal monitor lizard at the Sahydari Tiger Reserve in Maharashthra, India.
CCTV footage from the Maharashtra Forest Department showed the four men lurking around the forest and trespassing into the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, which was created by the Indian government in 2008 to conserve Bengal tigers.
The Chinese government has officially imposed a permanent ban on the selling and consumption of illegal wildlife amid the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The announcement of the permanent ban was made by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Monday, according to Shanghaiist. It said that the hunting, trading and transportation of terrestrial wild animals that naturally grow and breed in the wild for the sole purpose of consumption is now “completely prohibited.”
A short-fin male pilot whale that Thai authorities found in the Na Thap Canal in Thailand near the border with Malaysia early last week had died from eating more than 80 plastic bags and other packaging.
The poor animal was found by the authorities on May 28, Monday, in the canal. A group who rescued the whale tried to save it from dying, as can be seen in the photos that posted on Thai Facebook on Thursday.
A Chinese woman who brought home a cute “puppy” two years ago, eventually realized that the pet she was raising was actually an endangered black bear.
A woman, identified only by her surname Su, was out of town vacation when she found a young animal on the roadside which she thought was a Tibetan Mastiff puppy, according to China News via MailOnline.
Shark fin soup, a popular Chinese delicacy, is now illegal in Nevada after the passing of a new law that prohibits the sale of shark fins, among parts and products of certain animal species.
Senate Bill No. 194, effective on January 1, forbids the trade of body parts and by-products derived from a shark fin, a lion of the species Panthera leo and any species of elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, pangolin, sea turtle, ray, mammoth, narwhal, walrus or hippopotamus.
Researchers in Java, Indonesia, were thrilled to announce the first ever captured footage of the elusive and almost extinct species Javan warty pig, also known and referred to as the “World’s Ugliest Pig.”
The species, which was previously thought to have become extinct, was caught on the wild with the camera traps set up by the researchers for the study designed by Dr. Johanna Rode-Margono, a South East Asia field program coordinator at the U.K.’s Chester Zoo, alongside Indonesian researcher and Project Manager, Shafia Zahra, according to Fox News.
Nearly 17 months after her mother died by the fangs of a Siberian tiger, a woman filed a petition demanding compensation from the safari park where the incident took place.
The woman, surnamed Zhao, is seeking 1.49 million yuan ($226,500) from Badaling Wildlife Park in Beijing for failing to rescue her mother in the unfortunate event on July 23, 2016.
As rapid urbanization continues to swallow the vast forests in India, wild animals are further robbed of their habitat and subsequently pushed to unfamiliar, unsafe environments.
These endangered animals sometimes end up in areas with human population, and when they do, things don’t usually fare well for both the animals and the humans.
A mother and calf pair of highly endangered Chinese white dolphins were recently found dead, washed up on the shores of Hong Kong’s Lamma Island.
The carcasses of the animals, also called “pink dolphins”, were reportedly discovered by a fisherman surnamed Pak last week at Kat Tsai Wan, off the west coast of the island.
A white tiger in China was captured on video tearing a car bumper off like it’s everyday business, leaving the passengers in shock.
The encounter was filmed by people inside the car who, for some reason, chose to stay as the tiger approached.