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Tiger pair will be shifted to Sariska from Ranthambore, says Rajasthan minister

Tigers are being identified for relocation.

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February 1, 2018, 4:17 pm


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Jaipur: Rajasthan forest and environment minister Gajendra Singh Khinwsar said here on Saturday that a tiger and a tigress would be shifted to Sariska national park in Alwar from Ranthambore tiger reserve in the near future.

Ranthambore tiger project’s officials have been asked to identify two tigers that have made the peripheral areas of the reserve their territory and are creating scare in human habitats. These tigers will be relocated to Sariska.

The minister told media persons that Ranthambore tiger reserve is spread over an area of 400 square kilometers and is home to more than 55 tigers. As tiger population is increasing, tigers are venturing out of the forest area. They are also getting into territorial fights.

“On the other hand, Sariska has only 14 tigers in its 800 square kilometer forest area. It can easily accommodate 100 tigers,” said the minister.

He said that the only challenge before authorities is the human intervention in Sariska forest. Many villages are yet to be relocated and it poses a threat to the tiger population.

He said that by October, many villagers including Haripur, Kraska and Kankwadi will be relocated and their residents will be compensated.

Khinwsar said that the tourism ministry has allocated Rs 99 crore for Sariska. The funds are being used for development of tourism. A detailed project report – with details of all proposed development works – has been prepared and it will be sent to Delhi for approval.

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First published: August 12, 2017