Indian tiger reserve to house new additions

16th Oct 2012

A tiger reserve in India is likely to welcome a further three tigers during the second phase of its translocation project.

The first phase of the project at the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan yielded two cubs, and it is hoped more will be born by introducing additional tigers in the 866 sq km forest.

V S Singh, additional chief secretary, environment and forest, Rajasthan, said: "Of the three big cats to be introduced to Sariska, one of the tigresses will come from Ranthambore and two more (one male and one female) will be relocated from outside the state - either Madhya Pradesh or Maharashtra. We are talking to both the states."

A male tiger called ST1 was brought to Sariska in 2008, but it was poisoned by villagers in November 2010.

The forest department then relocated a male tiger that had strayed into Bharatpur from the Ranthambore tiger reserve taking the total count of big cats to five - two males and three females.

Before the new additions are brought in, officials at the Wildlife Institute of India will conduct a study to see if the tigers are compatible.

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