Conservationists tear into Rajasthan Government over Ustad
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has pulled up the Rajasthan government for secretly shifting the Ranthambhore tiger, T24, to a zoo in Udaipur against legal provisions, established norms and standard operating procedure (SOP). It was done without keeping the NTCA in the loop. T-24, popularly known as Ustaad, was translocated to Sajjangarh Zoological Park, almost 460 km from its territory, and put in an enclosure after it allegedly killed forest guard Rampal on May 8. The move was vehemently opposed by wildlife experts and conservationists. In view of the NTCA report recently submitted to the state government, experts and conservationists, including Rajasthan’s former principal chief conservator of forests RN Mehrotra, have demanded a “re-wilding” of the big cat. See link below to read the report in The Daily Mail.