Big Cat Population up by 22%

Big Cat Population up by 22%

The number of wild tigers has gone up globally by 22 per cent to 3890 from the 2010 estimate of 3200, according* to the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Tiger Forum.

India’s own tiger population has gone up signifi­cantly from 1706, as per its own national estimates, reported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

Union Environ­ment Minister Prakash Javadekar, said, “We have allotted ? 380 crore to the Project Tiger in the current fiscal year, which is an all-time high and indi­cates that the Govern­ment of India is com­mitted to the conserva- BurninS BriSht: Wlth 2226 HSers‘ India leads the countries with an

tion of our national impressive population of big cats, animal.”      according to a 2014 national survey.

“For the first time after decades of constant decline, tiger numbers are on the rise. This offers us great hope
and shows that we can save species and their habitats when governments, local communities and conserva­tionists work together.”

Despite countries such as India, Nepal, Russia and Bhutan registering a spike in tiger population, the status of the animal remains ‘endangered’. According to the WWF, 100 years ago there were 1,00,000 wild tigers. By 2010, there were as few as 3,200. In 2010, tiger range governments agreed to act to double the tiger population.

Vitamin ‘B’ Supplements may stall Aging

Use of nutritional supplements for Vitamins B and its derivatives may serve as potential tools for delaying the aging process in humans and age-related diseases such as diabetes, a new study suggests.

Scientists from Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, University of Valencia, and IMDEA Food from Madrid point to the use of pharmacological agents or nutritional supplements that increase NADPH levels as potential tools for delaying the aging. More specifically, vitamin B3 and its derivatives are responsible for synthesis of NADPH precursors.