Some reason to cheer for wildlife conservationists, concerned over the dwindling big cat population in the country at last. At least four tiger cubs have been sighted in the famous Tadoba tiger reserves in neighbouring Chandrapur district, some 150 kms from Nagpur.
Dr Nand Kishore, the chief conservator of forests (CCF)-wildlife (Vidarbha region)— informed Hindustan Times that a tigress has given birth to four cubs in Botezhari core-area of Tadoba recently. “Several forest personnel have seen those cubs, along with the tigress,” he said.
The labourers, engaged in forest works there and a forest guard first to watch the four new-born cubs on Wednesday. He informed that the cubs appear to be around two and half months old and are accompanying the mother in the jungle. Tigress generally gives birth to the offspring in caves or big hallow logs in the wild. Only after they are sturdy enough to walk for long distance, she takes them into the jungle for feeding.
The senior forest officer said that the forest department is taking all necessary care for the safety of the new-born cubs and the tigress. “We have installed camera traps to keep watch over the newborn cubs. Moreover, forest guards and personnel from wildlife wing are monitoring their movement continuously,” he pointed out.
According to Dr Nand Kishore, the forest personnel have sighted 16 tiger cubs, including the new four cubs at various spots of Tadoba tiger reserve in the past two years.
Tadoba, one of project tiger reserves in the state, is spread over 623 sq kms of high hills and lush valleys and under dense teak and bamboo forests. The reserve is also a home for rare wildlife, like wild dogs, leopards, and sloth bear, and baison, hyena and jungle cats, along with a population of around 42 tigers.