Tigers relocated from Corbett to Rajaji tiger reserve
A team of around 50 forest officials with the help of two sniffer dogs and two elephants after a week-long recce succeeded in tranquilising and translocating a five-year-old female tiger from the Bijrani area of Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) to the Motichur area of Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) on Thursday. Teams extensively scanned the vast dense forests of the Corbett, which houses around 232 big cats - the highest density of tigers in the wild, globally.
The translocation was required to boost the tiger population in the western part of RTR. “To tranquilise a tiger is never easy. The Corbett landscape is over 1,200 sq km. We had been trying to track the tigress with the help of a Belgian Malinois and a German Shepherd. The sniffer dogs took us to areas which are often difficult to access, but eventually we made it," Corbett director Rahul (who goes by his first name) said. seriSignificantly, a total of five big cats, including three females, are slated to be translocated from the CTR to Rajaji in a phase-wise manner. “A male tiger has already been identified and we will tranquilise it at a conducive moment, and bring it to Motichur. After studying both the male and female tigers in western Rajaji and after a gap of around two months, we will bring another pair of tigers to the RTR,” said DK Singh, director, RTR. More on this fascinating report can be seen by following the link below.