Another interesting article on the importance of tiger corridors.
Although in recent years we have seen a modest increase in tiger numbers within India the worry that many conservationists have put forward is the lack of connectivity beween the protected areas. A good example is Ranthambhore which arguably is the most recognised tiger reserve in India and contains an estimated population of 60 tigers. However the lack of a contiguous forest area between the reserve and its nearest neighbour parks causes concern of inbreeding and possible eventual deformities due to low genetic diversity of its tigers. In addition we are seeing considerable increased human activity both around the PAs' and in some cases within the parks themselves as can be read in The Hindu. Examples are the Ken-Betwa river interlinking project which will submerge a large part of the Panna tiger reserve and landscape. A new proposed irrigation project will submerge more than three lakh trees in the Palamau tiger reserve (Jharkhand). New highway proposals which will make wider cuts through Sariska, Kaziranga (Assam) and between the Kanha and Pench reserves are being considered or implemented. Although much is being done to protect the tiger from illegal activities such as poaching more attention must be placed in providing the tiger with a contiguous forest access beteen reserves so that future generations of people will still be able to see and appreciate the tiger in its natural forest habitat