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Tiger Tourism Ban In India Lifted

Tiger Tourism Ban In India Lifted Nov 9th, 2012 at 9:00AM: In July of this year, India's Supreme Court took the bold, and controversial, step of banning "tiger tourism" throughout the country. The move was made to protect the increasingly rare big cats and to force state governments to come up with conservation plans for habitats in which the creatures live. Now the court has reversed its decision, opening the outer 20 percent of 41 national and local...

Brazen Poaching Of Rare Rhinoceros Species In India

Brazen Poaching Of Rare Rhinoceros Species In India Sep 27th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Two recent poaching incidents reveal the dangers faced by India's rare animals, even when they are supposedly under protection. The BBC reports that a one-horned rhino was shot in Assam when it wandered out of Kaziranga National Park. Poachers took its horn but the animal did not die. Park staff are now trying to save it. The park is home to about two-thirds of the world's population of...

Photo Of The Day: White Tiger

Photo Of The Day: White Tiger Aug 12th, 2012 at 6:00PM: It's rare to get up close and personal with an elusive animal like the white tiger, so I was intrigued when I saw today's photo choice by Flickr user toffiloff. Taken at Bali's Safari and Marine Park, the shot captures this magnificent cat as it appears to stare at its own reflection in a mirror. I love the fearsome growl, the piercing blue eyes and the interesting perspective from behind....

Indian government relocates villagers away from tiger reserve

Indian government relocates villagers away from tiger reserve Feb 15th, 2012 at 12:15PM: The village of Umri in Rajasthan, India, is no more. The entire population of 82 families, some 350 people, has been relocated because the village stands inside the Sariska tiger reserve, the BBC reports. The move aims to protect the local tiger population, which is rebounding after being wiped out by poachers several years ago. This reflects a gain in tiger population nationwide after...

Photo of the day - put a tiger in your tank

Photo of the day - put a tiger in your tank Sep 29th, 2011 at 7:00PM: Did today's Photo of the Day make you look twice? The tiger you see in the car is not a real animal, but a stuffed tiger at a car show display taken by Flickr user justchuckfl. The car is a British-made 1965 Tiger with a tail peeking out of the gas tank from Esso, whose slogan was "put a tiger in your tank." The tiger is pretty lifelike for a stuffed animal, though I'd think the real cat would...

Safari on a budget: Tracking tigers and rhinos in southern Nepal

Safari on a budget: Tracking tigers and rhinos in southern Nepal Jul 27th, 2011 at 10:00AM: The tigers lurked just out of sight. As we ambled through the dense Nepalese brush atop a lumbering elephant, we steadied our gaze for the minutiae of the jungle. We inspected the crevices of our visibility, focusing near and far, eager to catch glimpses of wild creatures doing wild things. Shifting left and right with each elephantine step, we clutched our splintery wooden seats perched...

Bengal Tigers to get special protection

Bengal Tigers to get special protection Jun 14th, 2011 at 11:30AM: The Royal Bengal Tiger and other animals are to get special protection from the government of Bangladesh. The government is setting up a 300-member force to patrol the areas where the endangered tigers live. This is in reaction to recent poaching incidents targeting the tigers and well as other animals such as turtles and crocodiles. The poaching and smuggling of animals is a major...

VIDEO: Many steps around the world

May 10th, 2011 at 10:00AM: A new video by Japanese filmmaker Takayuki Akachi shows people taking steps all around the world. Sounds simplistic, because it is, but the video shows a beautiful slice-of-life from around the globe. His concept is described as "collecting the steps from all over the world and playing a music with the steps." The artist specializes in a "lone backpacker" style of filming that allows him to...

Tiger escapes zoo enclosure in Turkey, kills lion

Tiger escapes zoo enclosure in Turkey, kills lion Mar 8th, 2011 at 8:30AM: A Bengal tiger escaped his enclosure at a zoo in Turkey's capital city of Ankara, killing a lion in the adjacent area. The lion was killed in a single swipe to the jugular vein. The tiger had previously wounded the lion last year. Ankara Zoo officials say that the tiger reached the lion through a hole in the fence between the animals and did not knock down the fence. The zoo has a remaining six...

Wild tiger wanders into hotel, becomes first translocated in Nepal

Wild tiger wanders into hotel, becomes first translocated in Nepal Jan 30th, 2011 at 9:00AM: It all started when a curious wild tiger wandered into a hotel in the tourist-friendly town of Sauraha in Nepal. The male tiger, estimated to be one of only 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild, was hurt trying to flee the hotel during this incident last September. Conservation authorities took the tiger to a secure enclosure within Chitwan National Park so that he could properly rehabilitate. ...

Chinese tourists watch in horror as Siberian tiger kills their bus driver

Chinese tourists watch in horror as Siberian tiger kills their bus driver Jan 7th, 2011 at 11:30AM: A bus full of tourists visiting a Siberian tiger breeding base in Harbin, China got a more impressive display of what the tigers are capable of than they had bargained for. When their bus got stuck in the snow, their driver got up and went outside to check how bad the damage was - something that violated park safety rules. As he tried to enter his bus, one of the parks Siberian Tigers attacked...

Celebrate Chinese New Year, Hong Kong style

Celebrate Chinese New Year, Hong Kong style Mar 15th, 2010 at 5:00PM: For anyone not of Chinese descent, Chinese New Year is a confusing concept. Travelers who visit Hong Kong during this important festival are likely to have questions. What's the significance? How do you celebrate? But fortunately, Hong Kong is the perfect introduction to this most significant of Chinese celebrations. Hong Kong's unique blend of familiar Western amenities and authentic Chinese...

3 chinese students, 48 tigers, and 72 hours to kill

3 chinese students, 48 tigers, and 72 hours to kill Feb 20th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The Qinling Wild Animal Safari in the Xi'an, Shaanxi province of China, recently held a unique promotion, recruiting three people to spend 72-hours living inside a small cabin located at the center of a tiger enclosure. The recruits were tasked with observing the behavior of the 48 big cats that prowled the grounds just outside the thin walls of the cabin, recording their interactions 24-hours per...

Seven Endangered Species You Can Still See in the Wild

Seven Endangered Species You Can Still See in the Wild Mar 30th, 2009 at 8:00AM: There is no doubt that we are fascinated with wildlife. We love to watch diverse and interesting animals, preferably in their natural habitats, and we're often willing to travel to remote places, sometimes at great expense, to see them. If you enjoy the kind of travel that allows for these kinds of animal encounters, they you'll want to check out BootsnAll's list of the Seven Endangered Species...

Thai Beer & Formaldehyde, Plus Other Beer Myths, Exposed

Thai Beer & Formaldehyde, Plus Other Beer Myths, Exposed Jun 19th, 2007 at 12:17PM: When I was backpacking around Thailand a couple of years ago, there was a persistent rumor (often mistaken for fact) that Chang Beer and its competitor, Singha, contained formaldehyde. Apparently, that's why they tasted so good, and also why we felt so awful the next day (right, because the fact that we had 12 of them had nothing to do with it.) According to one of the locals, the government took...

Tiger Tourism

Tiger Tourism Apr 9th, 2007 at 8:07AM: It's a crying shame that articles like this one even exist. But I suppose that is the globally warmed, extinction-driven reality we live in. How many species are disappearing every year? Every time I hear the answer (the estimate goes as high as 50,000), my stomach hurts. What can you do? Well, you can, of course, give money to your favorite environmental organization. And/or you can set out to...

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