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Delay in selecting a male tiger stalls relocation in Sariska

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Rajasthan government have given its nod to bringing a sub-adult male tiger from the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve to Sariska to increase the tiger population in Sariska.

jaipur Updated: Jul 30, 2017 19:18 IST
Devendra Bhardwaj
Devendra Bhardwaj
Hindustan Times
Rajasthan,tiger,National Tiger Conservation Authority
The delay in selecting a male tiger has stalled the relocation of a big cat to the Sariska Tiger Reserve.(HT PHOTO)

The delay in selecting a male tiger has stalled the relocation of a big cat to the Sariska Tiger Reserve, officials said on Sunday.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Rajasthan government have given its nod to bringing a sub-adult male tiger from the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve to Sariska to increase the tiger population in Sariska.

Following the NTCA’s nod for relocation, the Ranthambhore reserve administration has been trying to identify a suitable tiger for the past three months.

State forest minister Gajendra Singh Khinwsar said due to the delay in identifying a suitable male tiger for Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR), the process is taking time.

Deputy conservator of forest (STR) Balaji Kari said forest ranges within the reserve are populated with tigers except the Ajabgarh forest range, where a big cat is yet to a mark its territory.

“The area is extremely suitable environmentally and it is relatively undisturbed. So we are planning to bring a tiger in the range,” he said.

Chief conservator of forest (STR) Govind Sagar Bhardwaj has written a letter to state principal and chief wildlife warden GV Reddy, seeking permission for relocating the tiger in the range and also to send a team of experts from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, to study and survey the range before relocating the animal.

If all parameters are met, the new tiger will be brought to the range, officials said.

A new male adult tiger is necessary for the male-female ratio in the STR to be maintained. As the male tiger population in the Ranthambhore has gone up, the reserve authorities have decided to relocate one to STR.

The sex ratio in Ranthambhore has gone up to 1:1, where the Ideal male-female tiger ratio ranges between 1:2 and 1:3.

At present there are 14 tigers -- two males, nine females and 3 cubs-- in the STR.

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 19:18 IST