Sundari - Failed interstate relocation

Explained: Why the Indian inter-state tiger relocation project failed

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Sundari — a tigress translocated as part of India’s first inter-state tiger relocation project in 2018 from Madhya Pradesh to Odisha — is now back home. The tigress spent 2,5 years in captivity in Satkosia Tiger Reserve, Odisha as the two states were stalled on the process for her translocation despite the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) prioritising the much-vaunted inter-state tiger translocation drive. Sundari was tranquillised and caged before being relocated to Madhya Pradesh.

The tiger relocation project was initiated 2,5 years ago wherein two big cats, a male (Mahavir), originally from Kanha Tiger Reserve and a Sundari (from Bandhavgarh from Madhya Pradesh) were relocated to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha, meant to repopulate up the tiger population in the state. Sundari was send to Satkosia a week after Mahavir’s arrival. The relocation was meant for two purposes — reducing tiger population in areas with excess tigers to reduce territorial disputes, and second, to reintroduce tigers in areas where the population has considerably decreased due to various reasons.

But it failed.

#TigerNews: Read the full article on The Indian Express, published on  March 25, 2021.