"The relocation is being carried out to enhance the tiger population in Sariska. We are planning to bring more tigresses to the reserve," said an officer. (Express file photo)
Spread over 866 sq km, the Sariska National Park in
Rajasthan was once home to 15 tigers. Poaching reduced the number to zero till
re-population began with the shifting of five tigers from another park. Now,
three more of the majestic cats are to be relocated to increase their numbers
to eight, an official said.
"There are at present three tigers and two tigresses in
the reserve. A high-level meeting was held recently in which it was decided
that at least three more tigers will be relocated to Sariska soon," a
senior forest department officer told IANS.
He said the modalities of the relocation are being discussed
"The relocation is being carried out to enhance the
tiger population in Sariska. We are planning to bring more tigresses to the
reserve," said the officer.
He added that the areas surrounding the reserve will be
declared an eco-sensitive zone to provide the tigers a safe environment.
During 2004-05, the forest department and the state
government faced all-round criticism over the disappearance of tigers from
A report produced in March 2005 by the Wildlife Institute of
India confirmed that there were no tigers left in the Sariska reserve at all.
Poaching was found to be a reason for the dwindling tiger population.
Facing flak from different quarters, the state government
decided to relocate tigers from the Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur
district of Rajasthan to Sariska. Five tigers from Ranthambore have been
shifted to Sariska since 2008.
The Sariska Tiger Reserve, originally a hunting preserve of
the erstwhile princely state of Alwar, was declared a wildlife reserve in 1955
and attained the status of a National Park in 1979.