New Delhi: The Forest Department translocated two tigers from two different reserves in the Madhav National Park, Madhya Pradesh on Friday, as a part of tiger revival programme in India.
A, 4 year old male from Satpura Tiger Reserve and a three and half year old tigress from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves, released by Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia into the specially created soft enclosures.
The translocation of tigers is a programme initiated by the National Tiger Conservation Authority in 2018 to devoid of big cats, from other tiger reserves.
India’s first inter-state tiger translocation project was initiated in 2018 wherein two big cats, a male (Mahavir) from Kanha Tiger Reserve and a female (Sundari) from Bandhavgarh from Madhya Pradesh were relocated to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha, to shore up the tiger population in the state.
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav lauded the official for successfully translocation of two tigers.
Yadav said, “Under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi India is making phenomenal progress in wildlife conservation and promoting tourism related livelihood opportunities for local communities”.
As part of the proposal to re-establish tiger population in Madhav National Park, the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department had prepared a plan for translocating 5 tigers (2 males and 3 females) from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and Panna Tiger Reserves and from the surroundings of Bhopal.
For housing the tiger, 3 enclosures of 1.3 ha each have been constructed. Each of these enclosures are interconnected through gates and provision for water, shade and natural tree cover has been made.
The newly introduced tigers will be monitored round the clock by the field staff. A full time veterinary doctor equipped with a rescue vehicle, cages, immobilizing gun, drugs has been deployed at the national park for tiger monitoring.
Madhav National Park, one of the oldest National Parks of Madhya Pradesh notified in 1956, had a sizable tiger population in the past.
Over the years, the national park had sporadic presence of tiger and the last reported tiger presence was in 2012.
Spread over an area of 354.61 sq km, the location of the park assumes conservation significance as it has the potential to connect Panna Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh with Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan.