BHUBANESWAR: The Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) authorities have zeroed in on two sites in the habitat to release a Royal Bengal Tiger that is currently housed at Nandankanan.

The Centre is expanding its vulture conservation programme across eight centres to save the endangered species and arrest the steady decline of their population.

The move to emulate successful vulture breeding and rescue centre in Pinjore comes ahead of the ambitious plan to release these birds, bred in captivity, into the wild by 2016-17.

The forest department on Monday said it would not make any suggestions regarding relocation of the stray wild male tiger (now at Nandankanan zoo) to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)

BHUBANESWAR: The breeding of white-backed vulture has seen no progress in the past one and a half years despite the opening of a breeding centre at Nandankanan zoo.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) team may find it difficult to ascertain the natal habitat of the wild tiger since trap cameras were only recently installed in Satkosia wildlife san

Amid raging controversy whether to release or to house the wild tiger that strayed into Nandankanan zoo on April 30, a technical committee is likely to seal the fate of the tiger on Wednesday after a detailed discussion.

The committee comprises chief wildlife warden, zoo officials, a member nominated by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), veterinarians, sarpanch of the area and the villagers living in the sanctuary adjoining area.

Attempt to retain it as a captive animal opposed

Biswajit Mohanty, Secretary of Wildlife Society of Orissa, on Wednesday demanded immediate release of the wild tiger that walked into the Nandankanan Zoological Park here recently.

The Orissa forest department is holding on to a wild tiger that strayed inside Nandankanan Zoo over a week ago, saying they don't know its original habitat and therefore cannot release it.

Sources in the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), however, said Nandankanan authorities planned to use the tiger for breeding inside the zoo, which was illegal. NTCA has asked Chief Wildlife Warden J D Sharma to immediately release the tiger.

Animal adoption may not have been a trend with nature lovers in Odisha - unlike in Karnataka where iconic cricketers like Rahul Dravid have adopted cheetahs from the Mysore Zoo - but it is catching

Following Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s directive to speed up the process of tranquilising the tiger roaming in Rehmankheda forest of Lucknow for the past three months, the forest department has