Tiger translocation plan for Rajaji ready
The final plan on tiger translocation in Rajaji Tiger Reserve will be shared with the National Tiger Conservation Authority on June 12, an official has said.dehradun Updated: Jun 07, 2017 20:41 IST
The final plan on tiger translocation in Rajaji Tiger Reserve will be shared with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on June 12, an official has said.
After modifying the initial plan, the reserve management will now bring five tigers from the Corbett landscape-two males and three females.
The much awaited tiger translocation in western part of Rajaji seems to be taking wings with officials gearing up to make a presentation before the authority for the final approval of the project that is worth more than ₹3 crore.
Earlier, the NTCA gave the ‘in principle approval to the project. A written permission, however, will be issued only after officials are able to give details of very single step to be carried out during translocation.
Digvijay Singh Khati, chief wildlife warden who has been working for the projects’ success, said, “The final project is ready and we will be submitted to the NTCA on June 12.”
“We will give presentation and provide the details starting from locating to transporting, introducing monitoring the tigers.”
The western part of Rajaji has only two female tigers with no breeding record. Spread across 570 sqkm, the reserve is divided into the150 sqkm eastern part-- a busy corridor that hampers movement of tigers.
Breeding has been reported in the eastern part that has more than 13 tigers.
After successfully completing tiger reintroduction in Sariska and Panna, the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India is partnering in the project with the support of the World Wide Fund, India.
Along with Sanatan Sonkar, director Rajaji, field staff from the western part has also visited Sariska and Panna tiger reserves to study and monitor big cats that were introduced in the two reserves.
Officials have also decided to carry out a soft release of tigers in a bigger enclosure.
“We have already identified the spot and are in the process of setting up the enclosures,” Sonkar said.
Officials have been deliberating on shifting tigers from Haridwar range but the decision will have to be taken by the NTCA, some of them said.
“Genetic viability of tigers is of importance and we do not want to introduce genetic variation. The aspect is significant for attempting healthy litters and their survival,” said Debabrata Swain, member secretary NTCA.