6 Mar 2023

Madhya Pradesh: Will Roar Of Tigers Be Heard Again In Shivpuri's Madhav National Park

Bhopal: Tigers will be reintroduced in the Madhav National Park (MNP) of Madhya Pradesh over five decades after they were last seen there.

A few months back a tiger had strayed into Bhopal's Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT). Now this tiger will have its new home in Shivpuri's Madhav National Park. The park is devoid of tigers. 

The last of the resident wild tigers were seen in Madhav National Park (MNP) around late 1970. But if all goes as planned the roar of tigers will be heard again in Madhav National Park. 

In the first phase of the project to resettle tigers in MNP, the tiger caught in MANIT and two tigresses will be moved to MNP. MNP already has leopards.

Prey animals abound in Madhav National Park

There were animals like chital, chinkara, sambhar, nilgai and wild pigs that would act as prey for the tigers. The authorities will bring in more such ungulates for the animals to hunt if the need arose. Animals like the Leopard, Wolf, Jackal, Fox, Wild Dog, Wild Pig, Porcupine, Python etc are also sighted in the park.

The exercise to resettle the big cats here has begun. Tigers will be reintroduced here on the lines of Panna Tiger Reserve, Sanjay Dubri National Park and Nauradehi Sanctuary.

In all the above three reserves, the big cats had become extinct but a viable population of tigers has been reestablished in the three parks after reintroduction. 

Security of tigers will be studied

The tiger caught from Manit in Bhopal along with two tigresses will be sent to Madhav Park. The project to resettle the tigers in Madhav National Park has been prepared. A team has also been formed, which will review the security of tigers in Shivpuri and submit its report.

NTCA has approved proposal

The proposal for the rehabilitation of tigers has also been approved by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Forest officials say that Madhav National Park located in Shivpuri has a favorable environment for tigers. 

The number of tigers is high in Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha Tiger Reserve. Now there is a search for such a home for these tigers, where their family can grow. 

Madhav National Park is near Shivpuri town. This area was once the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Gwalior. After India's independence, it got the status of a national park in 1958. 

Forest Department officials are confident about the rehabilitation of tigers in Madhav National Park. This is because of the efforts made in the past to rehabilitate tigers in Panna Tiger Reserve Sanjay Dubri National Park and Nauradehi Sanctuary have been successful. 

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