A history was created on Saturday when a 4-year old tiger was transported in Indian Air force helicopter from Ranthambhore to Sariska sanctuary and released in a cage which has been created by the forest department.
The shifting of the Tiger was undertaken under the Tiger Relocation project which is being funded by Government of India.
IAF helicopter flew from Ranthambhore at 11.40am with tiger in a cage and entire operation was completed under the supervision of experts from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun including director PR Sinha, Dr Mallik and Dr Nigam besides chief wild life warden R.N.Mehrotra and member Rajasthan empowered committee on wild life Rajpal Singh Shekahwat.
Mehrotra and Rajpal told HT from the spot Nayapani situated at the heart of the Sariska sanctuary that history had been created as it was first operation of its kind in the country to shift the Tiger from one sanctuary to another and the process would continue in future .
Mehrotra and Singh said “the tiger is in healthy condition and it has been left in the natural habitat of 100x 100 meters created by the forest department under the guidance of WII experts.”
The Tiger was caught by the experts of WII with the assistance of forest officials and employees in the morning and kept in a iron cage which was loaded in the helicopter at Anapura at Ranthambhore.
Due to poaching and denudation of the forests, the Tigers population has vanished from Sariska and present effort will bring back the old glory to the sanctuary.
The re-introduction of the Tigers in Sariska are done for the following objectives in mind:
1. To maintain the minimum number of tigers and ecological uniqueness of the Aravalli hills ecosystem in Rajasthan.
2. To support and secure the gene pool of Tigers in Ranthabhore.
3. To provide better livelihood options to local communities.
4. To contribute in the conservation of the biodiversity .
The project will be completed within five years and sex ration will include 1 male and 2 females.
Age-young adult male(4-05 years old) and young females(3-4 years old).
Project cost is Rs 460.70 lakh and Government of India has sanctioned Rs 1.55 crore which will be enhanced with the execution of the project.