The translocation process of tigers in Sariska Tiger Reserve, initiated 11 years ago after it lost all tigers to poaching, is now a certain failure. The Rajasthan Forest Department has requested the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in New Delhi to review the entire translocation done so far and suggest a viable option.
“We have written to the NTCA because in comparison to the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the tigers’ relocation in Sariska did not work out effectively,” said Arindam Tomar, the Chief Wildlife Warden of Rajasthan.
Panna, after losing its last tiger around the same time as Sariska, is now home to 50-plus tigers, a whopping testimony to the success of the relocation programme. Sariska, on the other hand, is tottering with just 15 tigers. Worse, with one of the male tigers, ST-16, which was brought to the reserve from Ranthambore in April 2019 dying last week, the crucial male to female tiger ratio in Sariska has fallen to an abysmal 1:8.