Jaipur: In what indicates the success of tiger relocation program in the state, a tigress littered two cubs in Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve nearly two years after being relocated here from Ranthambore. The cubs of the tigress, known as MT-2, were spotted recently. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted the photographs of the cubs and said that he was feeling “ecstatic” about the new arrival. The total number of tigers has gone up to six in Mukundra Hills now.
The development will give boost to the Rajasthan government’s plan to introduce tiger safari in Mukundra Hills situated near Bundi. Currently, Ranthambore and Sariska are the only two popular destinations for tiger safari in the state. As the population of tigers will grow with the arrival of two cubs, Mukundra may be on its way to be yet another popular wildlife destination for tourists.
Gehlot tweeted” Good news received again on 2nd June 2020 about 2 tiger cubs of MT 2 tigress after 2 years of Tiger Reintroduction in Mukundara Tiger Reserve. Feel ecstatic about the new arrivals. Let us save wildlife and their habitat.”
The Mukndra Hills is spread over an area of 760 square hectares. There are 16 villages on its periphery. Fourteen of them are to be relocated. There are currently four tigers in the reserve area.
The wildlife department had shifted four tigers to Mukundra from Ranthambore after getting a green signal from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
“This is a big development as far as tiger conservation in the state is concerned. Ranthambore is already overpopulated. The arrival of cubs will pave the way for developing Mukundra Hill as yet another tiger habitat in Rajasthan,” said Manish Kumawat, a wildlife enthusiast.