The name “lynx” originated in Middle English via Latin from the Greek word “λύγξ”, derived from the Indo-European
root “*leuk-”, meaning “light, brightness”, in reference to
the luminescence of its reflective eyes is considerable confusion about the best way to classify felids at present, and some authorities classify them as part of the genus Felis.
Next Tues 1/22 @ 8pm, Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program Exec. Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, will be interviewed on Extreme Wildlife Radio – an online, Texas-based radio program that highlights the state of some of the world’s most endangered species. Listen to Dr. McCarthy’s interview to learn about the current state, threats & conservation status of the elusive snow leopard. More details @ http://bit.ly/UASCIf
Reung Dao – Here is the photograph that my friend Ted Larson was able to take before Reung Dao was lost to the wildlife trade. Although I knew and met Reung Dao, I didnt get the opportunity to photograph her. Reung was the sister of Harnfa, she vanished in the early stages, when I first went to work inside the tiger temple in 2007. At that point, I did not know what was going on, but then one day she vanished…. She was gone forever. This is the sister of my beloved Harnfa. The diet of the temple tigers is near vegetarian, and lacking in every vitamin, mineral etc needed for a carnivore. You can see the horrendous deformaties of Reungs arched spine, bowed legs etc. This is the same with all the tigers. I am eternally grateful Ted Larson, you were able to show she was alive, that she existed, thankyou dear friend for having the courage to step forward xoxo
By Pinak Priya Bhattacharya, TNN | Dec 23, 2012, 06.24 AM IST
JALPAIGURI: An adult female leopard that had strayed out of the forest was lynched by villagers barely 10 km from Jalpaiguri town on Saturday afternoon. The villagers killed the animal with bamboo staffs and other weapons even as helpless foresters stood watching, vastly outnumbered by the incensed mob.
The incident took place at Premganj village under Paharpur panchayat. The leopard was spotted first around 9.30am by brothers Amal and Bimal Mondol who had crossed the Teesta, which flows by the village, to go to their agricultural field. The animal was lying on the bank.
Before they could realize that it was a leopard, the big cat pounced on them and left them injured.
The leopard had probably taken shelter in a nearby tea garden, said foresters. The bushes in the garden provide natural cover for these animals which often treat the drains as their hiding place, especially when the females are about to give birth. The heap of leaves in the drains act as natural cushion for the big cats and this attracts the animals to the gardens.
Amal and Bimal, though injured, managed to row get back to their boat and row back to their village and were rushed to Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital where they are undergoing treatment. But the incident triggered panic among the villagers.
As soon as foresters were informed, they arrived with the wildlife squad and tranquillisers. They crossed the river, in a boat and spotted the leopard on the other side, and even darted it once. But the leopard attacked the foresters, too, leaving two of them injured.
Taking no further risk, the boatman turned the boat around. But the leopard leapt at the boat and clung on to a rope hanging from the boat and dashed into the village That way, it reached the other side of the river and as soon as the boat got close to the shore, it dashed into the village. By then, the villagers had armed themselves with lathis and bamboo staffs. They chased the frightened animal, surrounded it and beat it to death, . The animal was already drowsy due to the effects of the sedative and could not escape the villagers. The villagers lynched it right in front of foresters.
“We could do nothing as the villagers were baying for the animal’s blood. We were far outnumbered by them,” said a senior forest official.
‘Tis the season for snow leopards! Watch Panthera‘s precious new video from the field of snow leopard cubs licking icicles, climbing a rock & playing in Tajikistan‘s Pamir Mountains! Along with the ‘awww’ factor, we’re thrilled to share that this video potentially indicates that a healthy, breeding snow leopard population exists in this region of Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains! Read the full story-http://bit.ly/VmE90m
Press Trust of India / Dehradun December 05, 2012, 19:05
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The accused Ravindra Singh Bhandari has been booked under the Wild Life Protection Act, said SSP (in charge) of STF Senthil A Krishnaraj.
The snow leopard comes under the highly-endangered category and only 500 of them are left all over India, he said adding that the skin recovered from Bhandari’s possession is estimated to be over Rs 50 lakh in street market.
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Check out this month’s issue of Wildhope Magazine that features a photo essay, “Eye of the Tiger,” by Panthera‘s Media Director & National Geographic photographer Steve Winter. Read the full issue online @ http://bit.ly/WildHopeFall2012 to learn more about Steve’s travels across Asia & how his photos help Panthera’s tiger conservation efforts. Learn more about Panthera’s Tigers Forever program @ http://bit.ly/dtc3iL
In August 2010, another family of the cheetahs were sighted by locals in this area, two cubs with their mom which later were approved based on their signs. However, this is an extraordinary record of a large family on pictures in northeastern Iran, indicating the area’s high importance for breeding of the cheetahs.