There is now hope for India’s tiger conservation programme. Six tiger cubs have been spotted in three ranges (two in each) in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur forest area, bordering the Tadoba Tiger Reserve, 160 km from Nagpur.
At the end of April a tiger census had found that there were 11 tiger cubs in the reserve (this is apart from the six in the forest area abutting the reserve).
Sources at the state wildlife headquarters said three tigresses missing from the north Chanda circle a few months ago, had each given birth to two cubs.
Conservator of Forests (North Chanda circle) RS Yadav said the tigresses may have moved to desolate places for breeding. The six cubs were seen over the past two months, the latest sighting was on Sunday, he said.
“We then installed cameras in the area to know the positions and movements of the tigresses and their cubs,” Yadav added.