I’m swaddled in a mess of blankets to fight the pre-dawn chill as I bump down the dusty dirt roads of India’s Kanha National Park in an open-air safari jeep. My guide, Prabhat Verma of PureQuest Adventures, is brimming with optimism. But it’s my third trip past the park’s green gates, and I’ve yet to […]

via Out of India: A Safari through the Tiger State — Mark Johanson

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Since many years now, tourists have flocked to the beaches to enjoy the cool waves in this hot Indian summer. Nowadays, while that number is intact, tourism industry has also seen a rise in the number of wildlife enthusiasts. Summer being the main season for wildlife sightings, a lot of travelers these days choose this greener […]

via Best Wildlife Parks In India For Summer ’19 — Wander Stamps

Orangutan Mother Seriously Wounded in Air Gun Attack

As industrial organizations continue the drive to increase palm oil plantation production and paper making on the island of Sumatra, this Orangutan suffered serious injuries at the hands of an air-gun toting poacher. The mother Orangutan lost her new born baby as a result of this attack. She had 74 air pellets in her body when rescued by an animal shelter, blinded with six pellets in her eyes, many broken bones, including a broken collarbone.

This is all really sad stuff, not to mention the cruelty of it all, as pressures increase to de-wilderness the island putting at risk the remaining rare populations there of Asian elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans (and many others).

Environmental activists: Email, mail, call or text the national and local governments there, including the tourism associations involved with the area.

Some of the irony here is that western heart-related doctors recommend against the consumption of tropical oils (includes palm oil) as being detrimental to health. Maybe that message has not yet reached South East Asia. Palm oil is certainly proving harmful to the animal populations, previously mentioned here.

Lastly, these cruel efforts are reducing the world’s remaining  rain forests — the palm trees, unfortunately, don’t replicate the benefit of dense rain forests…

18th February The jeep stops with a jerk amid a flurry of excited whispers. Fingers point and hands scramble for cameras. I follow the gestures and there it is. Stretched languorously across the undergrowth, the shade of the leaves above dappling its coat and hiding it from casual glances, lies a leopard. It is barely […]

via Out of the Wild — Dan McEvoy