Archive for April, 2009

 

Legislation to Protect Big Cats Advances: The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act gets overwhelming approval in House of Representatives.

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Posted: April 24, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT http://www.catchannel.com/news/2009/04/24/legislation-to-protect-wildlife-advances.aspx Wildlife advocates are praising the recent passage of an act that seeks greater protections for endangered and iconic cat and dog species, including leopards, cheetahs and African wild dogs. The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act, introduced by Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., garnered overwhelming approval by the […]

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Dolpo conservationist awarded

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Kantipur Report DOLPA, April 22 – World Wild Fund (WWF) Nepal has presented this year’s Abraham Conservation Award to Tashi Gyaltsen Lama of Saldang VDC-9, Dolpa. Lama was awarded in recognition to his works in the conservation of wildlife and their habitat. Lama has long been working for the conservation of forest and wildlife, especially […]

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Afghanistan announces first national park on Earth Day

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Jeremy Hance mongabay.com April 22, 2009 War-wearied Afghanis received uplifting news on Earth Day this year. Their government has announced the creation of the nation’s first national park, Band-e-Amir, protecting a one-of-a-kind landscape encompassing six sky-blue lakes separated by natural dams. Announced by Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) at a ceremony in the FAO […]

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Decades of Thriving Wildlife Trade Have Decimated Populations

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Written by B.Bulgamaa Tuesday, April 21, 2009. The number of animals which can be legally hunted for a special payment in 2010 was approved during cabinet meeting on Thursday. Over the next year 50 male wild sheep, 200 male wild rocky mountain goats, 50 antelopes, 80 gazelle, 60 gray wolves, 200 birds and 240 saker […]

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SLN member Qadamshoev Mamadsho observed a snow leopard outside Khorog town, Tajikistan in November 2008

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Mamadsho Qadamshoev of the Pamir Biological Institute of Tajikistan wrote: At 2:15 night on 4th – 5th of November 2008 in the countryside of Khorog town the taxi driver Mozimov Mulibsho wanted to cross the road by the small bridge and suddenly noticed that in the middle of the bridge about 3-5 meter far from […]

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SLN Steering Committee member Alexander Esipov receives the Freeman Award for Snow Leopard Conservation from the Snow Leopard Trust.

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Snow Leopard Trust announces recipient of the annual   Freeman Award for Snow Leopard Conservation   Each year the Snow Leopard Trust and the family of Helen Freeman select one person to receive the Freeman Award for Snow Leopard Conservation.  The selection is based on the person’s commitment and contributions to conserving snow leopards in […]

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SLN member Ashok Bhurtyal observed a snow leopard in the Cholang Kharka area of Langtang National Park, Nepal in February 2009

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The following snow leopard sighting was reported by SLN member Ashok Bhurtyal:   “This February, I was on a two-week long walk in the Langtang National Park. On 21 Feb 2009, I spotted a rare snow leopard in the Cholang Kharka area. The young adult cat sprang up from the hillside onto the trek trail! […]

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The Dalai Lama has called for an end to illegal wildlife trafficking between Nepal, Tibet, India and China

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The Dalai Lama has called for an end to illegal wildlife trafficking between Nepal, Tibet, India and China. He is appealing to exiled Tibetans, who are increasingly involved in the bloody trade, to remember their dedication to Buddhist non-violence. Last year, Tibetan officials intercepted 32 tiger, 579 leopard and 665 otter skins in one single […]

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Tiger pugmarks seen at 10,000 feet

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From The Times of India 2 Apr 2009, 0938 hrs IST, IANS GANGTOK: Pugmarks of a Royal Bengal Tiger have been found in the snow at an altitude of 10,000 feet in the Himalayas near Jelepla in eastern Sikkim after a gap of nearly 18 years, officials said. Officials called it a rare discovery, since […]

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Climate change ‘fans Nepal fires’

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By Navin Singh Khadka BBC Nepali Service At least four protected areas were on fire for an unusually long time until just a few days ago. Nasa’s satellite imagery showed most of the big fires were in and around the national parks along the country’s northern areas bordering Tibet. Active fires were recorded in renowned […]

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