Jaipur: A tiger will be shifted to Sariska National Park in Alwar from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve soon, said forest officials. The forest department has started preparations for relocating the tiger. The tiger relocation will likely happen on Saturday.
The forest department officials including principal chief conservator GV Reddy, Ranthambore field Director YK Sahu, and DFO Mukesh Saini gave a go-ahead to the proposal after getting approval from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wild Life Institute (WII).
According to the officials, a two-member team from NTCA and WII visited Ranthambore on Monday to inspect and oversee the preparations for the tiger shifting.
The team has picked five tigers aged between 4 and 6 years for the relocation. The officials are yet to decide which one of these five tigers will be shifted to Sariska, added officers.
According to the forest officials, a tiger between four to six years of age will be relocated to Sariska from Ranthambore.
A meeting will be conducted at CCSF office at 3 pm on Tuesday. The NTCA and MII officials, Sariska’s field director Ghanshyam Sharma and other officials from Ranthambore Park will be present in the meeting.
A tigress T-106 was relocated to Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve from Ranthambore National Park in December last year. Tiger T-91 was relocated to Mukundra Hills the same year.
The relocation was conducted under the supervision of Ranthambore field director YK Sahu.
The petition filed by Ajay Shankar Dubey opposed the shifting of the tiger ‘T-91’ from Ranthambore to Mukundra Hills. The petition alleged that the shifting violated the wildlife laws and demanded the relocation of tigers to their natural habitat.