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Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary – Possible new tiger reserve in Indian state of Rajasthan

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Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary – Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot government has approached the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to develop Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary in Bundi as the fourth tiger reserve, a senior forest department official said on Wednesday.

The Rajasthan government had first announced in 2020 the plan to develop the sanctuary as a tiger reserve to provide additional habitat to Ranthambore tigers, improve ecosystem and strengthen tourism in its budget last year.

Rajasthan has three tiger reserves with over 90 big cats at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) in Sawai Madhopur, Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) in Alwar, and Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) in Kota.

The Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary is spread across 1,071 sq km, of which 302 sq km will be made critical tiger habitat of the tiger reserve and the rest, into a buffer zone.

Rajasthan’s chief wildlife warden M.L. Meena said the state government has sent the proposal to turn the sanctuary into a tiger reserve to NTCA which may send a committee to review the sanctuary.