Madhya Pradesh: Sanjay Tiger Reserve gets four new cubs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 17, 2014 00:06 IST

The rehabilitated tiger from Panna Tiger Reserve has fathered four cubs at Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve in Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh.

According to wildlife officials, on Thursday they found four cubs, over 25 days old, had taken birth in the forests of the Sanjay-Dubri Reserve.

They said tiger P212 had been wandered out from Panna and was later rehabilitated at Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve.

Initially, the local tigers at Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve didn't accept him. He was injured in a fight with local Tigers in March 2014. However, by June, he was accepted by the tigers and he came closer to a local tigress and mated with her.

In September last year, Tiger P-212 was attacked by a dog and he had to be treated in an enclosure for multiple bites on his nose and tail.

Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve comprises the Sanjay National Park and the Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary. Both cover more than 831 sq kms. According to an official census of Madhya Pradesh carried out in 2004, the National Park had six tigers, but no tiger was sighted at the park between October 2008 and May 2009. However, these days, officials claim, around 5-7 tigers are present in the reserve.

Parks, tiger reserves reopen for season

Now that the monsoon has bid goodbye, the national parks and tiger reserves have thrown open their gates to wildlife enthusiasts, tourists and general public from Thursday.

Principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) Narinder Kumar said from Thursday ten national parks have been reopened after they were closed for general public from June 30. He said that of all national parks, six are tiger reserves.

"We close national parks during rainy season as this period also happens to be the breeding season of several animals. Apart from this, if we also don’t want increased movement of vehicles in the parks during monsoons as the same wears down our roads," said Kumar.

The parks that have reopened include Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Pench, Satpura, Sanjay, Madhav, Vanvihar and Fossil Park, Mandla.

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