Cramped for space, Ranthambore tigers look for new homes.
The number of tigers in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) has increased to the point that the reserve can no longer sustain the big cats that are currently inhabiting the area. Rajasthan’s chief wildlife warden Arindam Tomar has put forward a proposal to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the apex tiger conservation body in the country, to shift the big cats to Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR), Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) and Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary in Bundi.
Speaking to TOI, Tomar said, “The NTCA has agreed to consider the idea. We will soon prepare a proposal and seek permission on how many tigers can be shifted. This proposal will be sent to the NTCA and ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) for the final nod.”
Indian tiger reserve Ranthambore is doing extremely well with tiger conservation, but suffers many other problems due to their success.
Not only pollution is a major threat within the Ranthambore area, but the Ranthambore tigers are also very fragile as there are no corridors to leave or enter the area.
This not only means a poor gene pool, with more chances on viral diseases, but it also is a magnet for lethal problems.
We have witnessed more incidents than ever, both on the human as on the tiger side. And there is more to come, if there will be no action.
But there is hope. The Indian tiger authority (NTCA) and the state of Rajasthan is looking in to the matter.