Madhya Pradesh readies Kanha enclosure to welcome Odisha tigress Sundari


Madhya Pradesh forest officials are trying to get an enclosure at Kanha National Park ready to house the translocated tigress Sundari from Odisha. This tigress is presently kept in captivity at Raigoda enclosure in Satkosia Tiger Reserve for nearly three years. Once home, Sundari would be shifted to Ghorela enclosure in Kanha which is now vacant since the tiger kept there in a rewilding course has been shifted to another place. 

A team of experts from Kahna would leave for Odisha to bring Sundari home – a 612 km road trip via NH30 and NH53. “We have sent a proposal to the headquarters for readying the Ghorela enclosure. Plan is to bring the animal before or after Holi,” said Kanha’s field director S K Singh. 

In December, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had sent a letter to his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik requesting care and protection of this tigress until an enclosure at Kanha National Park gets vacated. Chouhan had pointed out that Sundari was not being treated as per the prescribed guidelines and experts from the state have noticed that its behaviour wasn’t natural anymore. 

The complete article was published by the Times of India on March 15, 2021.