India's success in tiger relocation in Sariska (Rajasthan) and Panna (Madhya Pradesh) tiger reserves now goes global.
Russia and Cambodia have sought help of Indian wildlife scientists for similar tiger relocation programmes in their respective countries.Relocated tigers in Panna and Sariska now have off-springs, an indication that the tiger reserves here have a viable tiger population in coming years after losing them due to poaching and man-animal conflict.
"The two reserves show that our relocation programme has been a success," said PR Sinha, director of Wildlife Institute of India, whose scientists were instrumental in the success of the first projects of its type in the world.
Russia having 400 tigers and Cambodia about 40 tigers and both the countries want to kick start breeding of tigers in forests to have a viable population.
Russia and Cambodia having 400 and 40 tigers respectively, want to kick start breeding of tigers in forests to have a viable population.
Russia has selected Sikhote-Alin biosphere reserve under its Siberian Tiger Project and Cambodia has selected Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary as possible zones for tiger relocation under the World Bank supported Global Tiger Initiative (GTI), which aims to double the present world tiger population (of about 3,000) by 2022.
For that, GTI needs to develop viable tiger habitats in 13 tiger nations and India's experience in scientifically managing tiger population since 1970s has come handy.
"Our team of scientists will be visiting Russia in mid-September to share its experience on tiger relocation," said a senior environment ministry official. "India and Russia have already signed an agreement on cooperation in the area of wildlife."
WII scientists had already conducted one round of consultations with forest officials of Cambodia for a relocation and tiger monitoring programme. "Our experts have provided them scientific inputs on how the relocation should be done," a senior government official said.
Officials of both the countries had visited some of the tiger reserves in India to witness India's scientifically run tiger conservation programme. The officials did not rule out that China – having only 50 tigers in wild - may be the next seeking India's help.