A success story of tiger relocation
A decade ago Panna tiger reserve became a huge success story with the relocation of tigers from other parts of India after loosing all its tigers. Panna National Park was the second tiger reserve in India after Sariska to loose all its native tigers. Though tigers were repopulated in Sarsika before Panna, the latter has three times the number of the tigers in the former. It was ten years back on March 3, 2009, that T1 tigress from Bandhavgarh was brought to Panna National Park that had lost its entire tiger population to poaching in the preceding decade, and the work of repopulating the reserve –a pioneering attempt in the state – started. Over the years the group of seven founder tigers (five females and two males) have mated over 30 times and produced over 80 plus cubs and now it has become one of the major success stories in the country, said forest officials and environmentalists.
“We now have 47 plus adults, sub-adults and cubs in the 576 sq km area of the reserve forest and there are around 15 more in the buffer and local landscape that includes Lalitpur and Chitrakoot,” says the Panna Reserve field director K S Bhadoriya. More on this fascinating story can be read by following this link:-