A New Haven for Tigers

India Today - - STATE - By Ro­hit Par­i­har

After Ran­tham­bore and Sariska, Ra­jasthan may get a third tiger re­serve. The Mukun­dara Hills Na­tional Park has been in the works since 2003, but was no­ti­fied only in 2013, shortly be­fore Va­sund­hara Raje be­came chief min­is­ter. Now she has asked the fi­nance and for­est and wildlife de­part­ments to pre­pare the bud­get and modal­i­ties of re­set­tling 1,600 fam­i­lies in for­est land out­side Kota. It will take Rs 160 crore and the con­sent of the fam­i­lies for that to hap­pen. No easy task, as Sariska has shown.

780 SQ. KM To­tal area of Mukun­dara na­tional park, of which 418 sq. km is core area

Some 780 sq km in area, the Mukun­dara Hills Na­tional Park is spread across Ra­jasthan’s Kota, Bundi, Chit­tor­garh and Jha­lawar dis­tricts, and com­prises the Dur­rah, Jawa­harsagar and Cham­bal sanc­tu­ar­ies. The CM is en­cour­aged by Sariska’s suc­cess, where eight big cats from Ran­tham­bore were suc­cess­fully translo­cated after poach­ers had wiped out the orig­i­nal pop­u­la­tion. Ran­tham­bore it­self is un­der pres­sure, as in­stead of the nor­mal one-third male pop­u­la­tion, its 55-60 tigers have an equal ra­tio of male to fe­male tigers, lead­ing to fierce ter­ri­to­rial con­flicts, and tigers stray­ing into vil­lage ar­eas. Should Mukun­dara be de­clared a tiger re­serve, it can take 12 an­i­mals, eas­ing some of the pres­sure.

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