Condemned to live in the shadow of its big brother, the world famous Ranthambore Tiger Reserve 170 kilometers away, Sariska’s inability to hold on to its big cats has dismayed wildlife enthusiasts and policy makers for decades. To paraphrase Murphy’s Law, everything which could have gone wrong has gone wrong.
The reserve was emptied of all its tigers by poachers in 2005. Three years later, a relocation project was initiated under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office with Dr Sunayan Sharma appointed as the reserve’s field director. A tiger and two tigresses were trans-located from Ranthambore in the hope that Sariska would soon have a thriving tiger population once again.