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Buzz off! Bees swarm Times Square hot dog stand

This photo provided by Elizabeth Yannone shows a section of a street in Times Square, cordoned off after being swarmed by bees in New York on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. A swarm of bees caused a brief commotion in Times Square after they made their home atop a hot dog stand. The New York Police Department's bee keepers unit responded to the scene and safely removed the bees. (Elizabeth Yannone via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) — A swarm of bees caused a brief commotion in Times Square in New York City after they made their home atop a hot dog stand.
It happened at 43rd Street and Broadway at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The New York Police Department's bee keepers unit responded to the scene and safely removed the bees.
WABC-TV shows thousands of bees crowding the top of the vendor's umbrella as a beekeeper sucks them into a hose.
In a tweet, the NYPD said that "no tourist was harmed and no bee was left behind."
This photo provided by Elizabeth Yannone shows a section of a street in Times Square, cordoned off after being swarmed by bees in New York on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. The swarm of bees caused a brief commotion in Times Square after they made their home atop a hot dog stand. The New York Police Department's bee keepers unit responded to the scene and safely removed the bees. (Elizabeth Yannone via AP)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Kuno Palpur Sanctuary area to be extended by 413 sq km

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Aug 2018 14:46:22

By Ankita Garg,
If the proposal sent by wildlife wing of Forest Department sees the day light then Kuno Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary will be preparing to extend its limits. The proposal sent by Wildlife Wing envisages extension of sanctuary by another 413 square kilometres.

This will not only increase the area of Kuno Palpur Sanctuary but will also make it fit to stake claim for national park status as well. Moreover, if its area is increased then it will be also fulfilling the condition of Gujarat government for translocation of its world famous Asiatic Lions.

After extension of its area, Kuno Palpur Sanctuary, which has been developed for translocation of Asiatic Lion, will spread over 1,288 sq km of area. There is proposal to de-notify the 202 sq km area of Karera Wildlife Sanctuary under district Shivpuri and 80 sq km of area of Ghatigaon Sonchidiya Sanctuary under Gwalior.
After de notification of both areas, Government would add them into Kuno Palpur Sanctuary.
Karera Wildlife Sanctuary was established in year 1981 to protect the population of Great Indian Bustard in the area. Now the area is being notified by Government due to protest by the local people and extinction of the Great Indian Bustard bird locally.

“We proposed Government to extend the area of Kuno Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary by another 413 sq km and also provide it status of National Park. Sanctuary has been developed for translocation of Asiatic lion project which is pending from over the years,” said Alok Kumar, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF).

Talking to ‘The Hitavada, he said the biggest condition set by Gujarat government was to extend the area of Kuno Palpur sanctuary for translocation of Asiatic Lions and if the area of sanctuary is increased by another 413 sq km then automatically, Gujarat demand would get fulfilled. At present, Kuno Palpur Sanctuary is spread over 345 sq km of area and now proposal has been come up to add another 413 sq km area into it. If sanctuary gets national park status then this 413 km of area will be developed as core area and 530 sq km of additional area will be buffer zone. He said that at present Asiatic lion is only in Gir National Park of Gujarat. In year 1991, proposal came up to translocate few Asiatic Lion in Madhya Pradesh to save the endangered species from extinction.
Madhya Pradesh Government selected Kuno Palpur area for the project and started preparing the jungles of Kuno Palpur Sanctuary. In year 2003, State Government staked claim for translocation of Asiatic lions from Gujarat by saying that Kuno Palpur sanctuary is ready in this regard. However, Gujarat Government had certain objections over the issue and still issue pertaining to translocation of Asiatic lions which is in doldrums.
He said after getting final nod in Cabinet meeting, proposal will be sent to the Central Forest, Environment and Climate Change Ministry. The proposal will also be presented before National Wildlife Board for final nod.


August 25, 2018 10:48 IST
A Crocodile about to hunt a fish at Asiatic Lion Gir Sanctuary near Veraval, Gujarat. A Crocodile about to hunt a fish at Asiatic Lion Gir Sanctuary near Veraval, Gujarat.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji

Willing to go on for Wildlife? Check these Top 30 National Parks For Best Wildlife Safari in India

According to the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests, there is a total of 103 national parks in India. Jim Corbett National Park was India’s first national park and additionally first to go under the Project Tiger initiative. So, let us check out some of the finest and the biggest Wildlife National Parks in India!

Top 30 National Parks For Best Wildlife Safari in India

1. Gir Forest National Park, Gujarat

Gir Forest National Park
Gir Forest National Park is the only place on the planet where Asiatic lions are found. The park offers the safe house to the biggest population of lions in Gujarat and the total population of Asiatic Lions in India is 523.

2. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is well known for its Bengal tigers, particularly the ruler tigress of Ranthambhore – Machli. The park has vast tiger population and best place in India to spot wild Bengal tigers in their natural wilderness living space.

3. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park of Assam is home to the most noteworthy thickness of Indian rhinoceros and healthy populations of tigers, wild water bison, and elephants. The enormous five of Kaziranga National Park is known as Indian rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, wild water bison, and Barasingha.

4. Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

Sundarbans National Park
Sundarbans National Park is part of the Ganges Delta and secured by mangrove backwoods. The bog tigers of Sundarbans are known to be man-eater and the backwoods is home to in excess of 400 tigers.

5. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park was made to ensure endangered Bengal tiger and now the best place for tourists and wildlife darlings. The park and its zones like Dhikala are a notable destinations in the park.

6. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park of Madhya Pradesh has the most astounding known thickness of Bengal tiger in India along with a vast population of panthers. The park offers best Jeep, elephant and wildlife safari in India.

7. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park is the biggest national park of Madhya Pradesh and one of the top 10 renowned places for tourist visiting India. The park has a great population of Bengal tiger, barasingha, and Indian wild pooch.

8. Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

Tadoba National Park
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur locale of Maharashtra is one of the best places to Bengal tigers in India. The keystone species of Tadoba save include the Bengal tiger, Indian panthers, and exceptionally uncommon honey badger.

9. Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park along with Kabini supply which separates the park with Bandipur is home to endangered and powerless species of wild animals. The lead species of Nagarhole are Indian bison, dhole pooch, Bengal tiger and Black panther otherwise called apparition of kabani.

10. Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh

Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National Park is the third biggest national park in India and offers the most extravagant biodiversity in the country. The area is home to an extraordinary decent variety of well-evolved creature species including 3 major feline species and blurred panther.

11. Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu

Mudumalai National Park
Mudumalai National Park around the side of the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu is home to a rundown of endangered and powerless wild animal species. The Indian panther, Bengal tiger, and panther felines are main carnivores warm-blooded creatures of the park.

12. Periyar National Park, Kerala

Periyar National Park
Periyar National Park close Thekkady is a remarkable elephant save of India and backings many undermined species. The park is one of the best places to see important Indian elephants and few of white tigers in India.

13. Hemis National Park, Jammu Kashmir

Hemis National Park
Hemis National Park around the Ladakh region of India is a high height national park and acclaimed for a most astounding thickness of snow panthers in India. The pre-spring is the best season for spotting snow panthers in Hemis national park.

14. Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh

Great Himalayan National Park
Great Himalayan National Park bolsters an awesome decent variety of high elevation Himalayan wildlife. The GHNP is home to faunal species, for example, snow panther, Himalayan tahr, blue sheep and musk deer.

15. Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha

Bhitarkanika National Park
Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara region of Odisha is generally celebrated for extensive size Saltwater crocodile, King cobra, and Indian python. The national park and wildlife sanctuary bolster mangrove timberland and marsh region.

16. Dudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh

Dudhwa National Park
Dudhwa National Park is one of the best and lesser-known terai ecosystem in India. The tall wet grasslands of Terai bolsters a vast number of endangered barasingha, jungle feline, and panther feline.

17. Manas National Park, Assam

Manas National Park
Manas National Park is known for a healthy population of uncommon and endangered endemic wildlife. The dwarf hoard, hispid bunny, and wild water bison are key endangered and endemic animals of Manas wildlife sanctuary.

18. Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park close to the lower regions of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand is a thick wilderness and home to vivacious wildlife. The thick green wildernesses of Rajaji offers most appropriate natural surroundings for various wild animals.

19. Simlipal National Park, Odisha

Simlipal National Park
Simlipal National Park in the Mayurbhanj locale is a fortune house for all the more than 42 species of well-evolved creatures. The park has a great population of snakes, birds, animals and gives grasslands and the savannas to grazing.

20. Desert National Park, Rajasthan

Desert National Park
Desert National Park close to the town of Jaisalmer underpins the most special ecosystem and amazing winged animal life. The sand ridges of Thar desert is an asylum for migratory birds, for example, laggar falcons, brownish hawks and swamp harrier.

21. Indravati National Park, Chhattisgarh

Indravati National Park
Indravati National Park is the most acclaimed wildlife parks of Chhattisgarh and home to last populations of wild water bison in the state. The endangered wild Asian bison, Indian spotted chevrotain and sloth bears are few keystone species of the park.

22. Balphakram National Park, Meghalaya

Balphakram National Park
Balphakram National Park is one of the lesser known parks that backings most special winged creature and wildlife. The pristine excellence of Balphakram along with Nokrek hold offers beautiful landscape and best Canyon see in India.

23. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Pench National Park
Pench National Park over the two conditions of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra offers to a great degree rich and differing wildlife. Pench Tiger Reserve is topmost wildlife destinations for tourism in Madhya Pradesh.

24. Eravikulam National Park, Kerala

Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park in Idukki region is the principal national park in Kerala and consists of a high rolling slope level. The high height sholas grasslands of the park are home to a biggest surviving population of Nilgiri tahr in India.

25. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park of Karnataka is home to a rundown of India’s endangered wildlife and part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The park along with adjoining Nagarhole National Park underpins great population of endangered Indian elephants, Indian bison, and Indian panther.

26. Sariska National Park, Rajasthan

Sariska National Park
Sariska National Park is home to many species of wildlife, including Indian panther and Bengal tigers. The national park and tiger save was first on the planet to successfully migrated tigers.

27. Velavadar National Park, Gujarat

Velavadar National Park
Velavadar Blackbuck National Park is home to a substantial population of blackbuck and Indian wolf. The park and grassland ecosystem was acclaimed for hunting cheetahs in India.

28. Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan

Keoladeo National Park
Keoladeo National Park is a noteworthy tourist focus in India and most extravagant winged creature areas on the planet. The park was known as the Bharatpur winged creature sanctuary one of the wintering area in India for Siberian crane, Saurus crane, and waterfowl.

29. Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Assam

Dibru Saikhowa National Park
Dibru Saikhowa National Park is the biggest salix overwhelm woods in India and shelter for a rundown of endangered wild animals and fowl species. The bog timberland of park bolsters different species of primates, enormous felines, and nondomesticated steed.

30. Rann of Kutch National Park, Gujarat

Rann of Kutch National Park
LRK national park and wildlife sanctuary of Gujarat is the biggest wildlife sanctuary in India and only remaining natural surroundings of endangered Indian Wild Ass. The salt bog of Little Rann of Kutch offers most extravagant biodiversity in India and paradise for a rundown of the neighborhood and migratory birds.

Pride of India

Shiladitya Chaudhury follows the pug marks of the Asiatic lion in the Gir National Park 

Animal of the month: the pride [interactive guide]

Pride is one of the most widely-recognised animal collectives in the world. We often picture lions among their family unit, whether they be standing proudly together or hunting down a doomed antelope. These famous social groups are usually formed of between three and ten adult females, two or three males, and the pride’s latest litters of cubs, and they live together (most of the time) across Africa and in the Gir Forest Sanctuary. We say most of the time because lions do in fact spend a fair amount of their time apart from the rest of the pride, as pride members have a variety of different roles.
Hover over the lions in our interactive pride to learn about the different roles of pride-members, from raising cubs to hunting for food.
Featured image credit: ‘Masai Mara Lion Pride’ by Justin Jensen. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

Mangrove Cell to submit proposal for conservation of Arabian Sea Humpback Whale

The minutes of the Standing Committee of the National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) meeting, conducted on June 13, mentions that the species faces risks from shipping and fishing activities.
Written by Benita Chacko | Published: August 22, 2018 12:29:20 am The Arabian Sea Humpback Whale is found along the Maharashtra coast.

THE STATE Mangrove Cell will soon submit a proposal for the protection of the Arabian Sea Humpback Whale as part of the Centre’s Recovery Programme for Critically Endangered Species. The cell hopes this will be a timely step to protect the marine creature from extinction.
“We have prepared a proposal for the programme and will soon submit it. The Centre has taken a positive step towards conservation and we will do our bit to protect the species,” said N Vasudevan, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Maharashtra Mangrove Cell.
Among other places, the Arabian Sea Humpback Whale is found along the Maharashtra coast, as it migrates from the Oman coast to the Sri Lanka coast. The state proposes to first study the pattern of migration, its population and distribution to plan their conservation. “We will use noise monitoring machines underwater that will record sounds. This will include sounds they make during mating along with sounds of other marine creatures. The study of these sounds will help us understand their mating time, their migratory patterns and other details,” said Vasudevan.
The minutes of the Standing Committee of the National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) meeting, conducted on June 13, mentions that the species faces risks from shipping and fishing activities. “Studies also indicate that only very few individuals are available in the Arabian Sea. Accidental entanglements in fishing gear, ship strikes and seismic exploration are the principal threats to the species,” reads the minutes.
“The species face the largest risk from shipping activity as they are often injured by the ship propeller. They are also affected by gillnet fishing and longline fishing as they get entangled in it and drown. They need to come out of the water to breathe. They are large mammals and there aren’t too many of them as they give birth only once in two years. They have a long gestation period and the calf remains with the mother for long,” said Dr Deepak Apte, Marine Ecologist and Director, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).
Apte added that the inclusion of the species in the programme is well-timed and much-needed. “Their inclusion will help conduct some studies on them, which will provide valuable inputs. We do not know much about them at present. If we do systematic mapping of the species and study their population and distribution, it will help us reduce their ship-based mortality. We can also study their genetic make-up, which will help us know which clan they belong to,” he said.
The mangrove cell plans to work on conservation efforts for the species through these studies. “Once we know their migration pattern and their mating time, we can direct ship companies from avoiding their path during these periods. We can also prevent fishing in those areas. This will help in reducing the mortality rates,” said Vasudevan.
However, the whales being an offshore species makes the study challenging. “They do not come very close to the shore. So, we will need to have a set-up for the study team to go into deep sea. The study will take at least 10 years to complete,” said Apte.
India’s commitment to the protection of whales and their habitats in its waters also stems from the fact that it is a party to the International Whaling Commission. During the NBWL meeting, it was also decided to include Northern River Terrapin, Clouded Leopard and Red Panda in the recovery programme. Species such as Snow Leopard, Bustard (including Floricans), Dolphin, Nilgiri Tahr, Marine Turtles, Asian Wild Buffalo, Manipur Brow-antlered Deer, Vultures, Malabar Civet, Indian Rhinoceros, Asiatic Lion and Swamp Deer are already a part of the programme.