Wildlife experts demand revival of Kailadevi sanctuary
Sunday, September 21, 2008 : 1715 Hrs
New Delhi (PTI) : Worried over the territorial fights among big cats in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, wildlife experts have stressed that the adjacent Kailadevi Sanctuary should be revived immediatly for free movement of the royal predator.
In a recent meeting of the Standing Committee of the Wildlife Board, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) member-secretray Rajesh Gopal expressed his displeasure over the Rajasthan Government not identifying buffer areas. Spread over 674 sq km, the Kailadevi sanctuary is presently a part of the 'buffer zone' of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve but due to depleted preybase, the region is least frequented by the predators.
"It's high time that the area is made free to facilitate movement of tigers which have so far restricted themselves from venturing out to Kailedevi sanctuary where prey-base is nil worsened by regular human interference," said Y V Jhala, senior scientist with Wildlife Institute of India (WII).
Since Ranthambore is not able to retain the increasing number of tigers which are all set to fight for their individual territory, the new area will ensure their better conversation, more so in view of growing cubs which are around two dozens in the area.
There are around 25 tigers besides over a dozen cubs in the dry deciduous habitat spread over 392 square km.