Dr Rakesh Shukla today shared a post reminding us of the launch day of Project Tiger, which was April 1, 1973. Armed with the wisdom of over half a century, he highlights a few points that conservationists need to consider going forward, whether governmental or non-governmental.
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Tiger Tourism Continues
Just read a newspaper report that the ban on Tiger Tourism in core areas of the tiger reserves has been lifted. Good news indeed. How else would the Save Tigers enthusiasts see for themselves if tigers are getting saved or not?
Hey folks! Save Tigers has been shoogled!
Shoogled? Yeah, that’s a new context we have invented to mean “shooed away by google!” (Shoogle actually means “To shake or rock rapidly”). Do you google for all your information? Then you won’t find your favorite website on save tigers in the top 1000 (the zeros are right – it IS one thousand) results for the search term “save tigers“. Why? Because some smarta55 at google thinks that domain names with exact match keywords are worthless and should be shunted down the search results. Until few days back we were in the top 10 before the google smarta55es let off their gas!
Compare with other search engines: we are #5 in Bing and #3 in Yahoo for the term “save tigers”.
Do you know the deeper meaning of this google tactic? It’s all commercial sense you know! If people got accustomed to memorable domain names, they wouldn’t go to google to search so where will the monopoly get their bread and butter from?
Power corrupts absolutely and then ????? ?? ??? ??? ??? ?? ?? ?? ????
Tiger count in India is up from the last year’s scandalously noted figure of 1411 – LOL – as if you could really do a head count of the tigers!
All you ignorant TV surfing folks out there, count of tigers or any other VIP animal
We feel very strongly about, and invite our visitors to debate on tiger tourism in tiger reserve core areas. We have seen remarkable improvement in habitat and tiger numbers in the few tiger reserves where tiger tourism is allowed in the core areas. Moreover, where it is allowed, it is usually a small percentage of the core area and it is strategically and systematically regulated. So we are kind of surprised by the sudden activism to totally curtail tiger tourism in core areas. An op-ed page report “Ban on tourists no boon for tigers” by C Sarath, in The Hindu dated July 31, 2012, presents a nice perspective on the whole matter.
We invite you to leave your valuable comment on this site and debate on tiger tourism in tiger reserve core areas.
Dr K Ullas Karanth, renowned wildlife conservationist, has been conferred India’s 4th highest civilian award, the Padma Shri.
Congratulations Padma Shri Dr Ullas Karanth.
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So, the tiger count in India is out, pegged ~1700 after the tiger census 2010. What does it mean to us? Is it a sign of improvement? The last India tiger census (2006) had put the figure ~1400.
Looks like the count is more because of the improved processes and increase in the sampling area. And, these figures are mostly for the protected areas. Counting or sampling is very difficult in the open areas.