The roar of the tiger is all set to get louder at Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary with the Indian central Government finally approving relocation of two more tigers from the Ranthambore National Park. The relocation of the big cats comprising of one male and a female is most likely to take place on 4th July 2010, though the attempts for the same will begin from 1st July itself. This process will act as a further boast for wildlife tourism in India.
Online PR News – 22-June-2010 – – The roar of the tiger is all set to get louder at Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary with the Indian central Government finally approving relocation of two more tigers from the Ranthambore National Park ( http://www.ranthamborenationalpark.com/ ). The relocation of the big cats comprising of one male and a female is most likely to take place on 4th July 2010, though the attempts for the same will begin from 1st July itself. This process will act as a further boast for wildlife tourism in India.
Previously, between July 2008 and early 2009, two female tigers and one male tiger were relocated from Ranthambore National Park to Sariska National Park ( http://www.indiawildliferesorts.com/national-parks/sariska-national-park.html ) to restore tiger population in the park after it was found that illegal poaching has depleted their population. Though these three tigers have adapted themselves with the environment of Sariska, further relocation were put on hold since wildlife experts were of the opinion that relocating the big cats without testing their genetic hierarchy (to see if they belong to the same family) might prove disastrous.
Elaborating on the topic, the forest minister, Mr. Ram Lal Jat said “A team of experts comprising of Ms. Aparajita Dutta from the National Wildlife Conservation Trust and AJT Mr. John Singh, former professor of the Wildlife Trust of India, has been in favor of this relocation since long.” The further added, “In fact, this new relocation of transient tigers to Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary has only been possible because of a letter written by Ms. Dutta indicating the rising pressure on Ranthambore National Park on account of increase in population of tigers in the park. Besides conservation of forests, the central government also wanted to popularize wildlife tours in India.”
“The scats of the tigers to be relocated have been collected and sent for DNA testing. The relocation will continue alongside DNA testing as the testing takes a lot of time.” said an official of the state forest department. “Another objective of this relocation would be to shift the two tigers (a female, T-37 and a male, T-47) which had strayed out of Ranthambore to Kota & Kailadevi earlier this year and have refused to come back till date. Just in case we fail to locate these on the same day, we will shift the new tigers”, concluded the officials.
So far, about 10 tigers have been identified in the Ranthambore National Park for relocation, of which two will be chosen on 4th July. “We will try to shift non-related animals so as not to affect the gene pool. However, even if the relocated animals are related in any way, we will try to rectify it by relocating tigers from some other forest zone later. However, there is no question of incompatibility since the tigers from Ranthambore National Park identified to be relocated are healthy enough,” he said.
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Sariska National Park located in the Alwar District of Rajasthan. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1995 and in 1978 it was given the status as a tiger reserve and in 1982 it was decleared as a national park. For more information visit http://www.indiawildliferesorts.com/