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Amravati wildlife photographer captures extremely rare black leopard in Tadoba

To spot a black leopard in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve near Chandrapur, requires extreme luck, let alone to capture such an astonishing moment.

However, Amravati-based wildlife photographer Anurag Gawande got in luck twice, after he captured the rare black leopard once in February 2020, and again on January 29 this year.
His snaps have gone viral on social media in the span of only two to three days, with netizens showering praises on his work.

Anurag Gawande

Anurag Gawande

Recalling the moment when he took the mesmerising shot, the 24-year-old wildlife photographer told Nation Next, I cant express that moment in words, because you cant track such animals or plan to spot them. They show themselves according to their own will, once you plan to track them, it is less likely that you’ll be able to see one.

Gawande runs a jungle safari company named ‘Jungle Safari Getaway through which, his team organize wildlife tours and photography tours. The website also shares Gawandes blogs and some of his best wildlife photographs.

It was our fifth safari when we spotted the rare black leopard. Before that, we had conducted four more safaris, through which, we got the sightings of 10 tigers, he said.
In the fifth safari, there were around 35 to 40 gypsy cars, who were waiting for a tiger. Later, they spotted a tiger cub drinking water. Since there was too much rush, me and my driver decided to head into a different region, following pug-marks of another tiger.
It was during this time, when we suddenly heard a deer-call and decided to stop, and then we saw the black leopard sitting on the road. He sat there for 15 minutes, and later tried to hunt a deer. However, the deer managed to flee, but we captured the shots, he added.
Anurag has been working in the wildlife field for past five years, and got into professional wildlife photography three years ago.

Watch : Amravati wildlife photographer captures extremely rare black leopard in Tadoba
His work was recently published in Shizzys Wildcat Rescue Magazine in Fair Bluff, North Carolina. One of his photos have also been featured on Nikon Asia and Nikon Vietnams Instagram pages.

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Canadian girl donates bird aviary to forest department’s TTC in Nagpur

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Canadian citizen Binny N (centre) along with Vinit Arora (in blue) and wildlife officials ?

Canadian citizen Binny N (centre) along with Vinit Arora (in blue) and wildlife officials ?

Canadian citizen Binny N, who has been staying in Nagpur since the lockdown was first imposed in March 2020, has donated a bird aviary to the transit treatment centre (TTC) run by the forest department at Seminary hills. Recognising her contribution, the aviary has been named after her.

The aviary was inaugurated by Sunil Limaye, PCCF, wildlife, in presence of CCF Nagpur territorial circle Kalyan Kumar, DCF Nagpur Bharat Singh Hada, Pramod Panchbhai, DFO, Gorewada, RFO Rescue GN Jadhav, Kundan, Hate Member of wildlife advisory board and Vinit Arora.

Binny, who has been an animal lover since childhood, has been instrumental in rescuing birds, wild animals and other animals in distress. In one of the most noble endeavors, she stepped forward again to help the speechless creatures by donating the bird aviary.

Vinit Arora, wildlife conservationist and secretary of NGO named Srushti Paryawaran Mandal, informed that on two occasions Binny had come forward to save an Indian rock pigeon and three-striped palm squirrel babies in the past. This time she has donated the aviary to treat injured birds, which are rescued by the TTC team for treatment and then are released in the natural habitat.

Binny said: “Mostly, the birds are kept in cages and small makeshift enclosures where they are deprived of flight practice. The bird aviary will help the injured birds get good flight practice before release in their natural habitat.” She added, As long as I am in Nagpur, I want to help the birds and other animals here.”

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Tadoba’s tiger ‘Khali’ succumbs to his injuries at Gorewada Rescue Centre

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Representational Image (Picture by: Amit Shelke)?

Representational Image (Picture by: Amit Shelke)?

Khali (T50), the tiger from Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) buffer zone, succumbed to his injuries at the Gorewada Rescue Centre in Nagpur on Monday morning.

On May 8, Khali was hit by a speedig vehicle on Padmapur-Agarzari road. The tiger was seriously injured in the accident with his hind legs completely paralysed. A team found the 10-year-old tiger on May 10 after which he was shifted to Gorewada Rescue Centre for treatment under the supervision of veterinarians.

Khali’s autopsy waas done in the presence of Dr Madhuri Hedau from Nagpur Veterinary Hospital, Kundan Hate (Member, Maharashtra State Wildlife Board), Anil Kumar Dashare (Representative, National Tiger Conservation Authority), Dr Shirish Upadhyay and other officials. After the autopsy, Khali’s last rites were performed.

It is to be noted that this is the 26th tiger death in Maharashtra in the last six months. Also, Khali was the third tiger to be injured in a road accident in the last three months. 

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Umred-Karhandla tiger ‘Surya’ kills ‘Collarwali’ tigress’ cub, consumes its flesh

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Surya (T9), the dominant tiger of Umred Karhandla Paoni Wildlife Sanctuary (UKPWS) situated in Nagpur district, on Saturday killed one of the three cubs of Collarwali (T1) tigress and later completely consumed the flesh of the eight-month-old cub.

The Indian Express quoted Range Forest Officer Ramdas Nimbekar as saying: Surya is believd to have killed and eaten one of the three cubs of Collarwali tigress. We have found only a small part of one of the cubs limbs and his chin on the spot. Nimbekar also informed that Collarwali and her two cubs were spotted by tourists on Sunday evening and the forest officials are looking for them.

For the uninitiated, tigers are known to kill cubs not fathered by them and then have their own offspring by mating with the mother. However, cannibalism in tigers is still a subject of debate and study.

Surya was born to the famous tigress Maya in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur district. He had later moved to UKPWS. Apparently, it is now the first time Surya has consumed another tigers flesh. TOI quoted Ravikiran Govekar, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) and Field Director of Pench, as saying, On November 23 last year, Surya had killed a tigress and removed latters fetuses. Surya then dragged the carcass in a nearby nullah and also consumed its flesh.

 
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