Two cubs, spotted recently in Pench tiger reserve, located on the borders of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, have got the officials elated. The cubs were spotted after five long years.
“It may appear insignificant to everyone else, but it means a lot to us. We were getting extremely worried with no cubs spotted over five years,” said principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF), Maharashtra, Bimal Majumdar.
Earlier this year, Pench won the award for the best maintained tiger reserve in the country. The forest, which spans over 757.86 sq.km across two states, was the site of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. According to the last census Pench had 27 tigers.
The reserve gets its name from the Pench river which flows through the central line of the forest. However, water sources are not suitably distributed, hence a large area remains unutilized by the wild animals. The Pench reservoir at the center of the reserve is the only major water source during summers.
As the prey concentration is high along the Pench river, tigers usually inhabit in this belt. It was here that the cubs were spotted.