The hype over relocation of tigers to the Sariska Tiger Reserve has been dampened by the early arrival of monsoon. The government has put the relocation plan on hold because wet summers and early monsoon have created “landscape not conducive” to the introduction of wildlife. Sariska was declared a sanctuary without tigers in 2004.
Confirming the postponement of the relocation, Rajesh Gopal, member secretary of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), said, growth in the green marshy areas has made it difficult for the successful introduction of tigers.
The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) had planned to relocate tigers on June 20, considering that monsoon will hit the area by June end, and by then, tigers would have got acclimatised to the new habitat.
A tiger couple had been identified in Ranthambore Tiger reserve for induction in Sariska. “Almost all drills had been completed,” said a WII official, associated with the relocation project.
The weather gods had a different plan. The monsoon brought heavy rains to the region on June 15, putting the WII into a tizzy, and finally resulting in the postponement of the tiger relocation.
The institute has been battling the summer rains to put its relocation plan in place.
Monsoon is considered the toughest period for wildlife protectors to save animals.