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Two cubs sighted in Rajasthan’s Ranthambore, both born to first time mothers

In heartening news, officials have reported confirmed sighting of two tiger cubs at Ranthambore Tigre Reserve. The cubs have been born to tigresses T-69 and T-79, both first time mothers. The number of cubs may be more

jaipur Updated: Jun 09, 2017 20:27 IST
Sachin Saini
Tigress T 69 with her new cub sighted for the first time  in  the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
Tigress T 69 with her new cub sighted for the first time in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. (HT Photo.)

In heartening news, officials have reported confirmed sighting of two tiger cubs at Ranthambore Tigre Reserve. The cubs have been born to tigresses T-69 and T-79, both first time mothers. The number of cubs may be more, officials said.

The authorities spotted the cubs in Thumka and Sawai Man Singh sanctuary areas.

Chief conservator of forest and field director, Ranthambore Tiger Project, Y K Sahu said, “The camera traps recently recorded a cub with T-69 in Thumka area, which is a non-tourism zone. We assume that there could possibly be one or more cubs. T-69 is daughter of T-30. The tigress has given birth for the first time.”

Sahu said the cub looked three to four months old.

Another camera trapping a lone cub in Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary area, Sahu said, adding its mother could be T-79, daughter of T-13. She too has given birth for the first time.

Last year in September, T-39 had given birth to three cubs.

With the new additions, Ranthambore now has 20-22 cubs, and 45-47 adult tigers, officials said.

As with rise in the tiger population, the Rajasthan government has begun working on modern, advanced and intelligent surveillance system to ensure effective monitoring of wildlife and their conservation. The Rajasthan information and technology department is working on installing a hi-tech system for effective monitoring by using drones, thermal sensing cameras, high resolution optical and dome cameras, data centres, and radio sets.

The project will be implemented in critical areas of Ranthambore, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Mukundra Hill Tiger Reserve, Jawaibag Leopard Conservation Reserve and Jhalana Natural Park.

In addition to this, for effective monitoring, the forest department has also banned entry of vehicles without GPS in Ranthambore.