Java tiger not extinct?

Java tiger photo?

From the New York Times in the USA:

Tiger Species Thought Extinct Is Possibly Spotted in Indonesia


SEPT. 15, 2017

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Park rangers in Indonesia may have spotted an animal thought to live only in folklore and history books: a Javan tiger, declared extinct more than 40 years ago.

Rangers at Ujung Kulon National Park in West Java last month photographed a big cat unlike any previously seen in the preserve. The pictures, released this week, set off a flurry of speculation that one of Indonesia’s legendary species was still alive, and offered a rare bit of positive environmental news to a country in which natural places are being destroyed at an alarming rate.

“This used to be Javan tiger habitat,” Mamat Rahmat, the head of conservation at the park, told the local news media. “We hope that they’re still there.”

The photograph, which circulated across social media, prompted the World Wildlife Fund to support an expedition in search of the supposed tiger.

Despite the rangers’ excitement, some conservationists were skeptical that the cat really was a Javan tiger. “When the video is frozen the effect is that it looks like a tiger”, said Wulan Pusparini, a tiger expert at the Wildlife Conservation Society, who viewed video footage of the animal. However, when the animal was seen moving, she said, it more closely resembled a leopard. Javan leopards are an endangered species, and are rarely seen.

Java is roughly the size of Pennsylvania, but with more than 140 million people it is the most heavily populated island in the world. It was once home to thousands of endemic species, but hunting and development have led to a mass extinction.

Only a few national parks in West Java contain what is left of the island’s large fauna, which include just 60 rhinos and a small population of leopards. Of the three subspecies of Indonesian tigers, two — the Bali tiger and the Javan tiger — have been declared extinct. The Sumatran tiger still exists on Sumatra, but it is considered critically endangered, the result of hunting and rapid deforestation.

“Javan tigers have been extinct for three generations,” Ms. Wulan said. She said she wished the Indonesian public would get as excited about saving endangered animals as they have been this week about the potential for discovering an extinct species.

“That’s the Javan leopard”, she said of the mysterious cat. “That’s the last large carnivore on Java. You would hope people would get excited about it.”

Ujung Kulon National Park is mostly densely forested, so it is possible even for large animals like rhinos or tigers to hide.

Scientists have filmed one of the world’s rarest, and ‘ugliest’, pigs in a forest in Java, Indonesia. The Javan warty pig is under such threat from hunting and habitat loss that conservationists surveying its habitat believed it might already have been driven to extinction: here.


Baby tigers again in Thailand

This video says about itself:

28 March 2017

Credit: Freeland/Panthera

A rare population of Indochinese tigers has been discovered and filmed in the jungles of Eastern Thailand.

The tigers were found thanks to the efforts of Freeland and Panthera, two wildlife conservation groups working in conjunction with Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

These images and video, captured via camera trap and released on March 28, show not only adult tigers, but cubs. This is evidence of the “world’s second breeding Indochinese Tiger population…[and] the first evidence of a breeding population in Eastern Thailand in over 15 years” according to a press release issued by the organizations.

Only about 8 percent of tiger grounds have confirmed breeding populations, Panthera reported, and this discovery indicates that the tigers could potentially disperse and repopulate the surrounding countries of Cambodia and Laos.

Only 221 Indochinese Tigers are estimated to be alive in Thailand and Myanmar, according to the Freeland and Panthera press release. Thailand’s Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary is the only other known breeding ground for the giant felines.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

For the first time in fifteen years wild tiger cubs have been seen in eastern Thailand. The tiger family was captured on camera in a national park. The new additions give the researchers hope for the future of the endangered species. …

The Thai government is working with organizations Freeland and Panthera to protect tigers. To investigate how many tigers live in the park 156 cameras with sensors were placed there. If they detected motion, then the cameras started and recorded images.

In 2010 “tiger nations” made the appointment that in 2022, the Chinese year of the tiger, tiger populations should have doubled. The number stood at 3200 and increased to 3900. “There have since been anti-poaching patrols deployed. Those eyes and ears in the field discourage poachers,” says [WWF conservationist] Hilbrink.

Tiger conservation news

This video from the USA says about itself:

FINALLY! A Win For Conservation Efforts To Save The Wild Tiger

11 April 2016

The international efforts to protect the world’s wild Tiger populations appear to be paying off. John Iadarola (ThinkTank) discusses how this story proves government action can have some positive impact in the world. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Orphan Siberian tigress Zolushka now a mother

This video from Russia says about itself:

Zolushka Is the First Rehabilitated Amur Tiger to Give Birth in the Wild!

10 December 2015

WATCH new mom Zolushka, the first-ever rehabilitated Amur tiger to give birth, and her young cubs playing in the wild. Learn all about this new family’s remarkable story of success here.

Zolushka (‘Cinderella’ in Russian) had been found as a cub, almost dead, after poachers had probably killed her mother. She had been freed in 2013.

See also here.

Siberian tiger befriends goat, instead of eating it

This Associated Press video says about itself:

Raw: Russian Tiger Befriends its “Breakfast”

4 December 2015

A Russian safari park is boasting something truly unusual; a friendship between an Amur tiger and a goat that was placed in the tiger‘s enclosure as a meal, but became a companion instead.

More about this is here.