27 September, 2020

The Shers And Stripes

Tiger counts in four Maharashtra reserves show a dramatic increase. How did it happen?

AFP (From Outlook 25 March 2013)
The Shers And Stripes

My Big Paws

  • Better tiger survey techniques
  • Addition of forest area to different reserves has created more buffer areas
  • More guards to stop poaching
  • Better rehabilitation package for villagers living in the core areas
  • Sharing of tourist revenues from the tiger reserves with locals
  • Sensitisation programmes


Once you sign up for a tiger safari, your fervent prayer is that the rare big cat obliges with a darshan. And if you are in Maharashtra, your chances just got a little brighter. A tiger count conducted in 2012 in four reserves in the state shows an addition of nearly 40 tigers in less than two years,  says an internal report. The tiger census, using the camera trapping method, was conducted in the Tadoba, Pench, Melghat and Sahyadri tiger reserves. The figure does not include tigers from other reserves such as Nagzira, Nav­e­gao and parts of Gadchiroli.



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