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Prep Before Cheetahs Become Free Ranging In Kuno National Park

  When another male cheetah, Obaan,joined the two rock stars – Freddie and Elton -- in yet another bigger enclosure of Kuno national park on November 18, only five female cheetahs remained in smaller bomas in the park where they were released on September 17. Like the three males, the five female spotted cats will also be released soon in larger bomas to run and chase their prey to kill. India’s  wildlife authorities accompanied by the experts from the cheetah conservation fund (CCF) from Namibia   have been taking utmost care and caution  before the  cheetahs in Kuno are ultimately made “free -ranging” meaning released in open to move around the entire length and breadth of the park. “Free ranging cheetahs and their monitoring  will be like a grand finale of the Project Cheetah to be played in Kuno for a longer  period in the coming years'", said a senior official of the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFC&C).  Apprehensions, Concerns  on Chee

Thewildlifeindia Gets 9th Spot in the Top 10 Web Blogs

Your favourite - is now among the top ten blogs on the Web. And it is the only Indian blog which could find a place in the prestigious list released by Feedspot, a content reader for reading all favourite websites in one place.  Feed post released the latest ranking of the top 60 Wildlife RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds on June 22 where thewildlifeindia ranked at 9th spot.

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In the last 12 months of period,  thewildifeindia  continues to  be patronized  by its readers  as  it improved its ratings twice in the period.  In January this year, the blog was placed at 14th place  in the Feedspot  ratings in the list of top 60 wildlife Blogs and Websites.  Six months later in June this year, the ratings further improved and thewildifeindia was included in the top ten blogs on the web. Following is the list.

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2.Focusing on Wildlife, Switzerland

3. National Wildlife Refuge Association, United States

4. Wildlife Biology | A Journal for The Science of Wildlife, Eurasia

5. Defenders of Wildlife United States

6.The Robert E Fuller ,United Kingdom

7.Wildlife ACT ,South Africa

8.Ireland's Wildlife ,Ireland

9.The Wildlife India, India

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Together We Can Save the Nature

The blog was conceptualized in the year 2020 amidst the raging corona virus. And the idea was to attract attention of the people towards nature conservation. Though a large number of people already understand the significance of environment protection, many more are still required to be made aware over the green issues. In our country, environmental issues majorly move around tiger conservation. Tigers are a keystone species sitting on the top of the ecological pyramid, and their survival is pivotal to the health of the jungles and wellbeing of several animals, including humans. 

Also read:  Diamond Digging To Destroy Tiger Corridor In Bundelkhand  

 Interestingly, in the times of Covid19, a section of environmentalists also started correlating the significance of tiger reserves in checking the zoonotic diseases and have been of the view that several  zoonotic pandemics like Covid-19 could be checked , if not eliminated, through the green buffers. Most of the blogs in these columns are thus devoted to the predator and the readers have also appreciated them. But we would like them to patronize the pieces written on other species also. We would also be happy if we get inputs and suggestions on the stories that you would like to read. We look forward for continuing support from our readers as we continue to bring interesting and exciting stories from the wild.  We believe: “Together we can save the nature.”


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