Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Roar of the tiger to get louder in Sariska

Roar of the tiger to get louder in Sariska ,

Rashpal Bhardwaj
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 04:43 IST

JAIPUR: Following the successful relocation of two tigers from Ranthambhore national park, one more tigress will be brought to the Sariska tiger reserve.

Sources in the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, said the tigress will be shifted in November for which preparations are on. Two more tigers will be brought to Sariska next year, the sources added. WII has been the nodal agency in relocation of tigers to Sariska and scientists are keeping a tab on the tigers’ progress at the reserve.

The relocated pair — a tigress and her young male partner — have been released in the open after being kept in enclosures for a few days. However, the department won’t make more enclosures for the new guests. “The next relocations will require less efforts since the staff is trained now and the required infrastructure is also in place, an official said.

Meanwhile, WII scientists are keeping a close watch on the tigers’ movement and waiting for them to mate. “Although the two have acclimatised well to the new environment, threat of scuffles with other animals looms large. The main threat is from leopards who have overgrown in number in the area over the years in absence of tigers,” an official said.

More security guards would be deployed in the park once it is opened to the public in October, he added.

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1185758

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