Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Tiger safari on the cards at Jharkhand’s Palamu Tiger Reserve

The NTCA has well-defined guidelines for setting up tiger safaris. A key requirement includes a minimum of 40 hectares of land which must not be in the core or the critical area of the reserve but in the buffer or in fringe area

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For those who love wildlife, the Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) could soon see a tiger safari. The Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director of PTR, Kumar Ashutosh was quoted by ToI saying: “We are sending a proposal to this effect to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and then have to seek nod from the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) the project is at a nascent stage but nevertheless we are determined to move in this direction.”

According to the report, officials were expected to visit Delhi in the second week of July to start the necessary formalities at the NTCA. The NTCA has well-defined guidelines for setting up tiger safaris. A key requirement includes a minimum of 40 hectares of land which must not be in the core or the critical area of the reserve but in the buffer or in fringe area.

“We will bring in tiger or tigers from other reserves in India for this project. Ranchi’s Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park too can give us the big cat. Availability of tiger will be decided by the NTCA and the CZA.”

— Kumar Ashutosh, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director of PTR

Ashutosh pointed out: “We have more than the required land as per NTCA norms.” Speaking about the prey base, the Chief Conservator said that the PTR had two soft release centres for the cheetal at two of the important grasslands at Teno and Lokaiyya and that would take care of the requirements of the tigers.

PTR, which is spread over 1100 sq km area, has only one recorded tiger as per the last nationwide census held in 2019.  Ashutosh said, “We will bring in tiger or tigers from other reserves in India for this project. Ranchi’s Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park too can give us the big cat. Availability of tiger will be decided by the NTCA and the CZA.”

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Gyanendra
(Gyanendra has been teaching and writing for the last 15 years. His passion for teaching keeps him engaged. He keeps a keen interest in Sports and Current Affairs.)

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