Wildlife & Biodiversity

Global Eco Watch: Major ecological happenings of the week (July 29 – August 4)

Down To Earth brings you the top happenings in the world of global ecology

By DTE Staff
Published: Sunday 04 August 2019
A Gaur in Bandipur National Park, Karnataka. Photo: Getty Images
A Gaur in Bandipur National Park, Karnataka. Photo: Getty Images A Gaur in Bandipur National Park, Karnataka. Photo: Getty Images

Gaur gores woman to death in the Nilgiris

A 42-year-old woman was gored to death by a Gaur on a private tea estate in the hill station of Kotagiri in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris district on August 1.

The woman was a tea farmer hailing from a small village in the area, according to a media report. She was on her way to pluck tea leaves from her tea garden when the gaur attacked and killed her on the spot.

The locals informed the forest department about the incident after which the victim’s body was taken for post-mortem.

Here family would be given Rs 3.5 lakh in compensation after all formalities are over.

AI monitoring platform to protect wildlife established by China

A Chinese border region has established an antificial intelligence (AI) monitoring platform to protect wildlife, according to a media report.

The platform will be primarily used to track and monitor Amur tigers and leopards and their prey.

The two species are found on the Sino-Russian border, in the provinces of Heliongjiang and Jilin. Besides providing cross-border services, the platform will also be used in making a database of the tigers and leopards. The primary aim would be to study the relationship between the changes in ecological environment and the development of species.

Ethiopia plants 350 million trees in a day

Ethiopia planted more than 350 million trees in 12 hourse and set a new world record this week, according to a media report.

By planting 350 million trees in 12 hours, Ethiopia beat the past record of India, which had planted 50 million trees in a single day in 2016.

The tree-planting campaign is part of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ‘Green Legacy Initiative’.

It aims to tackle the effects of deforestation and climate change in Ethiopia. The

Country’s forest cover has declined to just four per cent today from 35 per cent a 100 years ago.

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