Conservation Reliant Species

Infamous tiger photographer to get out of prison

After spending 2 1/2 years in jail for faking a tiger photograph that set off a series of events undermining the credibility of the central government, Shaanxi farmer Zhou Zhenglong is expected to be released from jail this morning.

Friday, 27 April, 2012, 12:00am

Channel hop

Last year in Ohio, in the United States, 56 wild and potentially dangerous animals - including lions, tigers, bears, giraffes and wolves - were found running free in a rural area near a home-made zoo. The owner, 62-year-old Terry Thompson, had let the animals out of their cages before shooting himself.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

On the watch

Young Asians have supported the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon by occupying their own cities in the past month. Whether or not one supports these Occupy movements, what's unmistakable is the fact that it is not just the bottom rungs of our society who are dissatisfied with the status quo.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

No more killing tigers

The world's tiger population is shrinking. Why are tigers facing extinction? And what can humans do to save them?

Poachers kill tigers for their skins, which are used to make expensive coats. The coats keep rich people warm. But they are totally unnecessary. There are plenty of alternatives.

12 May 2010 - 12:00am

Who's to blame when tigers start eating people?

On a recent broiling afternoon, Shakuntala Satpute, 35, was collecting firewood in a patch of forest abutting this tiny village in central India, when a tiger pounced on her.

'Tiger! Tiger!' she screamed as her firewood went flying.

25 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Airlifted tigers to repopulate Indian reserve

Bengal tigers are known for their stealth. But the arrival of one of the big cats at an Indian reserve had onlookers shielding their ears from a deafening noise. And it was not the creature causing knees to tremble. It was the roaring military chopper carrying the drugged and caged animal, landing at a makeshift helipad.

3 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Back from the brink

One hundred years ago India's tigers numbered about 40,000, yet within decades the Royal Bengal tiger faced extinction. Although hunting was outlawed in 1970, the survival of the species was threatened by continuing loss of habitat and poaching.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Animal attraction

Tiger is giving us dodge,' says wildlife guide Hem Bahuguna, calling a halt near some telltale paw prints and scrapings. As the engine cools, then stills, we hear only the birds, the soft breeze and the distant chattering of monkeys. From time to time another jeep driver materialises, stopping to exchange a few words.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

India's big cat transfer plan hopes to restock empty tiger reserves

Embarrassed at having tiger reserves empty of tigers, India is launching a controversial plan to relocate some of the big cats to Sariska, a wildlife park where 13 of the animals have been killed by poachers in recent years.

28 May 2007 - 12:00am

Lion hunters move in for kill to supply Chinese medicine market

One lion rests in a pile of dry leaves, his golden mane shining amid the tawny scrub of the forest. A few metres away a lioness fixes her pale yellow eyes on a small group of tourists taking photographs.

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

China's proposal to lift ban on trade in tiger bone opposed

Conservationists and neighbouring governments say they are determined to block a Chinese proposal to lift a ban on the sale of medicines made from tiger bone.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

A farmer's love of a tiger leaves him on the run

Successful small-town farmer Zaitun Arshad chomps cigars and drives around in an open four-wheel drive with a young and leggy 'Charlie' beside him.

15 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Hainan theme park denies plan to serve up tiger meat

A theme park on Hainan Island has strongly denied reports that it will be serving tiger meat.

Officials of Sanya Maitree Concept - the Sino-Thai joint venture behind the Sanya Love World theme park - said reports that the meat would be served when the park's population of tigers had grown were completely baseless.

29 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Poaching and erosion of habitat eats into India's tiger numbers

It is National Wildlife Week in India but there is little to celebrate about the fate of the endangered tiger. After nearly 30 years of Project Tiger, the world's largest conservation programme, the balance sheet looks bleak.

3 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Exploitation of pandas sad

I think it is sad that humans have to rely on animals for economic development.

Animals are being exploited in every possible way to further economic and social development.

23 Mar 1999 - 12:00am