Bandavgarh Tigress Reaches Odisha’s Satkosia to Befriend Kanha Tiger

KalingaTV News Network

Angul: The Royal Bengal Tiger (MB-2) brought from Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha is all set to meet its new companion, a 27-month-old tigress named ‘Sundri’ from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, who reached in Raigoda here on Thursday evening.

The tigress was tranquilised and brought in a special vehicle with the support of Madhya Pradesh  forest department. Officials and experts from Wildlife Institute of India have also accompanied the tigress.

In a first of its kind in India, the tigers were translocated as a part of inter-state re-introduction of tigers, following the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) guidelines.

“The tigress weighed 135 kgs and is in good health. She will be kept in a special enclosure next to Kanha tiger’s enclosure. After consulting the wildlife experts, both the tigers will be released to the wild,” said Suresh Mohapatra, Forest and Environment Dept secretary.

This inter-state tiger relocation is a part of joint project Union Environment ministry, NTCA and WII. Further, four more tigers from different tiger reserves of Madhya Pradesh will be relocated to Odisha.

Meanwhile, forest officials have said that the Royal Bengal Tiger brought from Kanha is healthy and two groups are keeping a close eye on the activities of the fenile through a radio collar.

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