Tuesday, June 27, 2006

India says tigers are safe

New Delhi - An expert panel study of India’s 48 wildlife reserves, including 28 tiger sanctuaries, has found that the situation is not so alarming in most cases barring three tiger reserves where the big cat is not so safe.


Three tiger sanctuaries that are not well managed are Sariska in Rajasthan, Indravati in Chhattisgarh and Manas in Assam, Environment Secretary Prodipto Ghosh told the media here Tuesday.


On the other hand, based on 40 parameters set by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the expert panel has found some tiger sanctuaries to be well managed.


These include the Kanha in Madhya Pradesh, Periyar in Kerala, Nagarhole in Karnataka and Melghat in Maharashtra.


‘According to the international norms all is not alarming with our wildlife sanctuaries specially tiger reserves,’ said Ghosh.


The independent expert panel, endorsed by the Supreme Court to evaluate conditions of the country’s wildlife sanctuaries, in its report to the IUCN has revealed that while Indravati and Manas sanctuaries had witnessed a downslide in management due to law and order situation in the area, in the case of Sariska uncontrolled tourism, poaching and human settlements close to tiger habitat had resulted in the tiger population being wiped out.


Plans to reintroduce tigers in the Sariska reserve would have to wait till all the factors that endangered their lives in the first instance are addressed, said R.B. Lal, inspector general of forest (wildlife).




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