Tigers to be shifted from Tadoba to other national parks

Project Tiger seems to be dealing with welcome problems of plenty. For the first time in India, overpopulation of the species is forcing authorities to relocate Tigers to other forest reserves.

Chandrapur is facing the above problem and forcing foresters to think of alternative destination for Tadoba Tigers. The idea was active for some time and two tigers have been radio-collared to study their relocation. As per Mr Sanjay Thakre – the chief forest conservator all the big cats are reaching outside the tiger sanctuary. This was very obvious as the population of tigers have exploded in the areas of Chandrapur.

People close to the project have admitted that such move is happening for the first time in the country. Relocation is being looked into due to overpopulation of tigers.Tigers seem to be moving everywhere through corridors. From Yevatmal district to Pench in MP and few even farther to Andhra Pradesh – proving the case.

Tadoba Andhari reserve alone houses 100 tigers in Chandrapur. This place is surrounded by territorial forest which is pre requisite for healthy tiger population. There are almost 34 tigers in Brahmapuri which falls just outside the limit of tiger reserve.

In 2008, Rajasthan’s Ranthambhore had relocated few of its tigers to Sariska to keep up the dwindling number in Sariska. In 2009, Kanha and Bandhavgarh tiger reserves sent its tigers to Panna National Park. But both the cases were to keep up the tiger numbers to avoid extinction.Anuj Khare – wildlife warden of Pune backs up the move of relocation. He admits the Sariska was not a great story but tigers really thrived well in Panna. There is no other way to protect the species. Relocation only seems to be valid alternative.

Every effort is made to increase the numbers of Tigers. Tigers are territorial hence space is required to house them. If the density in particular area increases, it may lead to other problems. Anuj Khare also cites another reason for success of Panna story. He gives the credit to strong monitoring system, set management practices and round the clock surveillance of the relocated animal. There are around 23 tigers and 11 cubs / sub adults in the area.

With increased development activities especially in Forest areas the natural tiger corridors are getting destroyed at alarming pace. Hence more need of Human intervention for relocation. One of the reasons why Tigers in the country are now confined to few pockets. Once relocated to new land – the animals go in search of territories themselves and balance the population of the area.

Permission for the above relocation is pending and where would be their new home is yet to be decided. But strong indication is towards Sahyadri Tiger reserve. However, prey base needed to be studies there as non suitability of prey base would lead to starving. Moreover, Tadoba tiger reserve is drier than Sahyadri and pose extreme challenge of hilly area. Would history repeat itself like Sariska or Panna remains to be seen.

courtesy:  punemirror.in

 

Spacey and Andy Murray to save Tigers

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A Wild Tigress in Bandhavgarh National Park

#Kevin Spacey – The Negotiator fame actor is leaving no stone unturned for doubling the numbers of #tigers in wild by 2022.He is getting all support from #Andy Murray who was seen appealing in a video on centre court

The pair highlighted that number of tigers remaining are even less than 1/3rd of seats in centre court. Murray wants the year 2016 to be the turning year for tigers. He would said that he would like to see current figures doubling to more than 7000 wild tigers by year 2022. Ambitious, but realistic provided the people, Governments, and forces on ground show the will power towards it. Andy Murray, a former Wimbledon Champion is the global ambassador for WWF, and Kevin, 56, delivered a message on behalf of WWF to help double the number of wild tigers by 2022. It may be the best chance we have to protect these amazing animals,” Andy expressed. “It’s definitely a challenge worth taking on and I believe we must do all we can to help double wild tiger numbers.”

Spacey added that there is still hope if we can help the tigers to recover their numbers. This is most ambitious #tiger #conservation goal ever set.

 

Film on Kanha Zoya wins Award

Bheema Tiger in Kanha
Tiger Safari in Kanha

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Film Zoya filmed in the forests of #Kanha National Park has won the student Emmy award. Best part was the Kanha forest itself which the crew experienced.

Group heard the alarm calls indicating the predator on the either side of crew – and #Indian Gaur pounding through the forest. There was silence for the next 10 minutes as the crew froze. With great difficulty the crew took the shot and fleed.

Zoya won third place in drama for 2016 college television award. Setthi beautifully dealt with the subject of wildlife and its conservation through the eyes of wildlife conservationist. it is an emotional trip to search for missing #tiger while trying to reconnect with his daughter.The wildlife background has been provided by biological anthropologist Jessica Lynch Alfaro. she acted as Sethhi’s mentor as he wrote the film’s script.

No doubt that idea of conservation is big concern globally which has stuck the right chord with the audiences and judges at the film festival.

“It’s extremely validating and encouraging to have one’s creative efforts recognized by the television academy foundation,” Sethhi said. “it’s a fairytale start to life after film school.”

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