Tiger conservation in India has received a boost with the news that five new tiger reserves look set to be developed.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority has granted its approval in principle for the creation of tiger reserves in Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh), Ratapani (Madhya Pradesh), Sunabeda (Odisha), Mukundara Hills (Rajasthan) and Satyamangalam (Tamil Nadu).
India's Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan made the announcement in the upper house of the Indian Parliament on Tuesday.
It was revealed the proposed tiger reserve at Mukundara Hills will incorporate three wildlife sanctuaries covering Darrah, Jawahar Sagar and Chambal.
Meanwhile a number of other sites, such as Suhelwa, Guru Ghasidas National Park and Bor have been invited to submit their proposals to be declared tiger reserves.
News of an increasing number of tiger reserves in the country might make exciting reading for anyone planning family holidays in India who is desperate to catch sight of this thrilling species.
The environment minister said the country's tiger population has been on an upward curve, with a current estimate of 1,706 compared to an estimate from 2006 of 1,411 tigers.
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