Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted: Conservation of big cats is paramount for the government

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, is one of the most popular national parks in India. Ranthambore National Park is a favorite destination for wildlife enthusiasts as it offers a lot of chances to spot tigers in the wild. The most famous tigress of Ranthambore was Machli aka T16, also known as The Lady of the Lake. This world famous tigress died in 2016.

Ranthambore National Park in India has emerged as a healthy increase in the number of big cats in the wild. On the occasion of International Tiger Day, the Government of Rajasthan and the Forest Department have expressed their commitment towards the conservation of tigers.

The growing tiger population has crossed the century mark in June 2021 and 104 tigers have been recorded in Rajasthan. Presently the number of big cats in Ranthambore National Park has gone up to 74. The number of tigers in the Sariska Tiger Reserve is 23. There are four tigers in the Kailadevi Sanctuary. There are three tigers in Dholpur and one each in the Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary and Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserves.

On this occasion, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has tweeted, "Our resolve on International Tiger Day is to protect this magnificent animal and take this resolve forward firmly. We need to raise awareness about tigers and conservation of their natural habitat. The launch of Project Tiger by the former Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi was an important step towards this goal."

Project Tiger is a tiger conservation program in India that was started by the Government of India on 1 April 1973. The much awaited project was started under the leadership of Indira Gandhi at Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. The project includes about fifty-one parks and sanctuaries.

Project Tiger aims to ensure that Bengal tiger populations are well maintained in their natural habitats. This project is making every effort to save the tigers.

The birth of 36 tiger cubs has been recorded in the last three years in Rajasthan. Now Rajasthan has become the state with the ninth largest population of big cats in India.

STR chief conservator of forests (CCF) RN Meena said, "The tiger population has doubled in a decade in Sariska, where the country's first tiger breeding scheme was launched. After relocating the villages, which were located inside the Tiger Reserve, our team has taken up the challenge of improving the habitat of the tigers. Similarly, there are plans to develop more tourist areas in the park for effective monitoring plan."

Recently, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has approved the proposal to upgrade the Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary to a tiger reserve. The park managers of Ranthambore National Park are hoping for better tiger management in the future.

A forest official said, "Ranthambore National Park is witnessing the highest tiger population in history. The government had announced the scheme to provide additional habitat to Ranthambore tigers, improve ecosystem and strengthen tourism."

Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest parks in North India. Ranthambore was established by the Government of India in 1955 as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary and was declared one of the Project Tiger Reserves in 1973. Ranthambore became a national park on 1 November 1980.

In 1984, the nearby forests were declared as Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary. In 1992, the Tiger Reserve was expanded to include other forests, including the adjacent Keladevi Sanctuary in the north and the Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary in the south. Today it covers an area of 1734 sq km. 

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Friday, 12 August 2022