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WII to take radio collar help to study tiger behaviour in Madhya Pradesh

bhopal Updated: May 08, 2015 18:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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To better understand big cat behaviour and their movement pattern, a joint team of wildlife experts from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun and Madhya Pradesh radio collared a male tiger at Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve in Sidhi district.

The big cat was radio-collared on Wednesday as a part of the WII's project titled 'Prey Base Assessment and Ranging Pattern of Tiger in Sanjay Tiger Reserve'.

The gadget will help the wildlife experts obtain data on big cats and also enhance their safety due to continuous monitoring.

Two more tigers would be fitted with radio collars under the project.

Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve field director Raman K told HT that Dr K Shankar and Dr Parag Nigam from WII, Dr AB Srivastava from Jabalpur and Dr Nitin Gupta, Dr Navneetan, Raj Shekhar and Himanshu from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve were in the Sanjay Tiger Reserve from May 1 to May 7 for the project.

He said four elephants were used for tracking the tigers and tranquillising them during the period.

"Under the project, a male tiger, a female tiger and a cub had to be radio collared. On Wednesday the team of wildlife officials succeeded in tranquilising a male tiger and radio collaring it. The tiger has been released in the forest after it regained consciousness on Wednesday evening," he said.

"These tigers are being radio collared as part of the ongoing project. Apart from getting data on these tigers, the radio collaring will also increase the safety of these tigers," he said.

He said female tiger and a young tigress, identified earlier in March for radio-collaring, will be collared later as both of them have given birth recently.

"Until the cubs stop weaning, the female tigers won't be collared," he said.

Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve comprises the Sanjay National Park and the Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary, which cover more than 831 sq km.

According to 2004 census, the national park had six tigers, but no tiger was sighted there between October 2008 and May 2009. However, a recent survey shows that there are around five to seven tigers are in the reserve.

Project in points

Dr K Shankar and Dr Parag Nigam from WII, Dr AB Srivastava from Jabalpur and Dr Nitin Gupta, Dr Navneetan, Raj Shekhar and Himanshu from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve were in the Sanjay Tiger Reserve for the ‘Prey Base Assessment and Ranging Pattern of Tiger in Sanjay Tiger Reserve’ project

On Wednesday the team of wildlife officials tranquilised a male tiger and radio collaring it. The tiger has been released in the forest after it regained consciousness on Wednesday evening

Under the project, a male tiger, a female tiger and a cub had to be radio-collared.