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2010-12-10 07:00:00

Endangered Bengal tigers in India are not only shrinking population-wise, but they are also shrinking in size, according to a recent study released Thursday that suggests the big cats are becoming physically smaller. Experts say "stress" associated with environmental changes impacting their habitat in the Sunderban mangrove swamps along the India-Bangladesh border is causing the tigers to lose weight. Indian wildlife officials, conducting a survey of the famed beasts in the Sunderbans,...

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2010-10-04 06:15:00

A recent study has found that tigers living in Bangladesh mangrove forests are only about half the weight of other wild Bengal tigers in South Asia. According to research by US Fish and Wildlife Service, the average weight of female tigers in the Sundarbans forests was 170 pounds. But other Bengal tigers in the wild weighed almost 310 pounds on average. A possible reason for the Sundarbans tigers being so much smaller is that they typically eat smaller deer. Researchers believe the tigers...

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2010-03-29 13:27:57

An official said on Monday that Bangladesh would form patrols in the world's largest mangrove forest in an attempt to stop locals from beating the endangered Bengal tiger to death. According to the AFP news agency, there has been in increase in tiger deaths in the 3,869-square-miles of the Sunderbans forest.  Dozens of tigers have been beaten to death over the past decade after wandering into local villages. "It's impossible to conserve these rare tigers unless we involve villagers to...

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2009-07-06 05:55:00

When two tigers made their way into a southeastern Bangladesh village, forest officials knew they had to act quickly to save the tigers' lives. Similar instances have led to the endangered animals being beaten to death by villagers who feared for their lives. When officials arrived in the village, the tigers had already been killed. "Tigers go in and out of villages in the night but if they go in during the day, they never survive. The villagers beat them to death," said Aboni Bhusan Thakur,...

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2009-05-28 06:08:39

The search is on for endangered Bengal tigers in the world's largest mangrove forest after a cyclone caused havoc there killing at least 180 people. Conservationists are scouring the Sundarbans mangrove forest for the tigers. The Cyclone Aila drove a tidal wave of saltwater inland. Abani Bhusan Thakur, chief Bangladesh official for the Sundarbans, said the forest had taken the brunt of the damage. The cyclone hit Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal on Monday. He said forest...

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2009-02-02 11:30:00

A climate change expert warned Monday, that rising sea levels are causing salt water to flow into India's biggest river, threatening its ecosystem and turning vast farmlands barren in the country's east.A study by an east Indian University in the city of Kolkata revealed surprising growth of mangroves on the Ganges river."This phenomenon is called extension of salt wedge and it will salinate the groundwater of Kolkata and turn agricultural lands barren in adjoining rural belts," said Pranabes...

2007-12-10 06:00:14

Text of report by Amin Al Rashid headlined "Coastal areas to remain under risk: one-third mangrove forest destroyed in 50 years" published by Bangladeshi newspaper Jai Jai Din on 4 December The main mangrove forests are vital to the safety of the coastal areas. But unfortunately, in the name of the "shrimp revolution" a vast number of mangroves have been destroyed in various places in the country, including Satkhira and Cox's Bazar districts. As a result, damage caused by the recent Cyclone...

2006-09-05 12:20:00

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - An intriguing love triangle set in the world's largest tiger reserve is being turned into a Bollywood film, in a rare celluloid adaptation of a best-selling Indian novel. "The Hungry Tide" will be set in the United States, Cambodia and the Sunderbans mangrove forest along India's east coast, famous for its tigers and crocodiles and crisscrossed by hundreds of creeks and islands frequently hidden by tides. Bollywood has often adapted Western as well...

2006-09-05 06:33:23

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - An intriguing love triangle set in the world's largest tiger reserve is being turned into a Bollywood film, in a rare celluloid adaptation of a best-selling Indian novel. "The Hungry Tide" will be set in the United States, Cambodia and the Sunderbans mangrove forest along India's east coast, famous for its tigers and crocodiles and criss-crossed by hundreds of creeks and islands frequently hidden by tides. Bollywood has often adapted...


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