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06 April 2017

Ranthambore National Park All Set to Relocate Three Tigers to Mukundara Hills

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

News Update: 02 September 2017

Ranthambore National Park is the astonishing model of tiger conservation in India. Since the tiger conservation policies of the Indian government have been implemented strictly in the park, the number of tigers has been increased drastically, which makes it one of the high-density tiger reserves in the country. With the bustling number of tigers in the park, the Ranthambore tiger reserve is now populating the other parks and sanctuaries of Rajasthan with the endangered tigers by relocating them to other National parks and tiger reserve of the state. Ranthambore National Park attracts a very large number of the wildlife tourists and very popular tiger reserve among the Tiger lovers from all over the world.

After relocating many tigers to the Sariska national park, now it is the turn of the Mukundara Hills to receive the majestic big cat from Ranthambore tiger forest. After the waiting of the four years, finally, the Mukundara Hills is all set to get the three big cats which will be relocating from the forest of Ranthambore to this beautiful hill. Since the formation of the reserve forest in the year of 2013, the forest officials have been preparing the forest suitable for the big cats, primarily tigers and panthers, and waiting for them to gratify the forest with their majestic presence. And finally, after waiting for the four long years, the Mukundara Hill forest will all set to get not one, but the three tigers from the Ranthambore tiger reserve in the month of December this year.

Nuzzled amidst the surroundings of the forest draped with the lush greenery in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan, the Mukundara Hills is another feather in the Rajasthan's wildlife with being recognized as the third tiger reserve in the state. The dense green forest with plenty of water bodies spread over a large area makes the perfect natural habitat for the big cats. The Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) is located near the famous city named Kota and the tiger reserve is spread across the districts of Kota, Chittorgarh, Bundi and Jhalawar. The core area covers around 417 sq km along with a buffer area of around 342 sq km which makes the reserve stretched over the area of 759 sq km.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has finally given the permission for the translocation of three tigers from Ranthambore tiger reserve to Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve. This is what made the wildlife lovers of the Hadauti region rejoice with the hope that it might fuel the tourism activity and the multi-dimensional development of the region. In a meeting held on Friday at the Delhi office of NTCA, the relocation of the three tigers from Ranthambore to Mukundara Hills by December this year have been approved by the NTCA officials. According to the Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) of the Mukundara Hill Tiger Reserve, the technical committee of NTCA, Delhi has approved that the tigers of RTR may be relocated to MHTR by December 2017. According to the permission, two females and one male tiger will be shifted in the first phase of translocation.

DCF of MHTR, S R Yadav has said that the MHTR department is all prepared for the tiger habitation in the reserve as everything has been put in order such as prey base for the big cats is ready and the proper protection measures have been adopted to protect the big cats from poaching or other threats as well as augmentation of herbivores has also been done for the tiger habitation. Around 300 Cheetals, one of the species of deer, have already been augmented from Jodhpur in MHTR, added the DCF of MHTR. The process of the augmentation of herbivores is still going on with the proper pace.