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Tigress spotted with 3 cubs in Bundi’s Ramgarh Vishdhari Reserve

Tigress RVT-2 was relocated from Ranthambore to Ramgarh Vishdhari just a year ago, on July 16

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July 27, 2023, 11:20 pm

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Tiger cubs at Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve.

JAIPUR: A tigress – named Tigress RVT-2 – was spotted with her three newborn cubs in trap camera images at the Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan’s Bundi district. The forest department has increased security in the area after these cubs, estimated to be between two to four months old, were spotted.

According to Forest Officer Sanjeev Sharma, this is a unique case for the state. Tigress RVT-2 was relocated from Ranthambore to Ramgarh Vishdhari just a year ago, on July 16. With these new arrivals, the tiger population in the Ramgarh Vishdhari Reserve has increased to five.

Dhirendra K Godha, a member of the Rajasthan State Wildlife Board, said that the growth in the state’s tiger count is significant for both the local and national communities. This update follows recent reports of two cubs being sighted at the Sariska Reserve. Godha added that these events indicate the success of Rajasthan government’s conservation strategies, benefiting not only the preservation of forests but also the tourism sector.

ACS Shikhar Agarwal of the Forest Department also expressed his reaction on Twitter, acknowledging the increase in the tiger population at Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve.

The Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve, the country’s 52nd tiger reserve, covers a total area of 150189.21 hectares. After receiving NTCA’s permission, Tiger RVT-1 has been living in the reserve for the past three and a half years. Tigress RVT-2 was moved from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve on July 16 last year. Now, the birth of three cubs by RVT-2 has further added to the tiger family in the state.

This comes on the heels of another recent sighting at the Sariska Tiger Reserve, where Tigress ST-19 was spotted with her two cubs. The sighting increased the tiger population in Sariska Tiger Reserve to 30.

First published: July 16, 2023