The lone tigress at the Satkosia Tiger Reserve (STR) in Odisha’s Angul district, Sundari, may not get a companion following the closure of the tiger relocation project by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) recently.
Sundari, the 14-year-old tigress has been alone in Satkosia, which was notified as a tiger reserve in 2007. In 2006, STR had 14 tigers; the 14-year-old is the only one left as of April 2021.
When Mahavir, a tiger, was translocated from Kanha Tiger Reserve as part of the re-introduction plan in June 2018, the forest department was hopeful the tigers may mate. But Mahavir — the first tiger to be relocated from a reserve in Madhya Pradesh — was found dead in STR on November 14, 2018.
A probe by NTCA revealed that it died due to poaching.
The full article was published by Down to Earth on April 9, 2021.