New MP-Raj wildlife corridor to come up after reintroduction of tigers in MNP


Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said a new wildlife corridor will be created between Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan after three tigers were released in Madhav National Park (MNP) in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district.

The three tigers will be released on March 10 (in twelve) at MNP where the deafening roar of the big cats was silenced 27 years ago,” he told reporters here.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with Scindia and State Forest Minister Vijay Shah will release a tiger and two tigresses caught in the premises of an institute in Bhopal to revive the big cat population in MNP.

Shivpuri borders Sheopur district which houses Kuno National Park, the new home of 20 leopards brought from Namibia and South Africa.

With the reintroduction of the three tigers, a wildlife corridor will come connecting MNP, Kuno National Park, Panna Tiger Reserve (all in MP) and Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, Scindia said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi The Union Minister said that the re-introduction of Cheetahs has made KNP popular worldwide.

MNP Director Uttam Sharma told PTI that one tiger captured from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) campus in October will be brought from Satpura Tiger Reserve, while two tigers will be brought from Panna and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves.

The tiger, after being captured in Bhopal, was released in Satpura in October.

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After keeping the three animals in separate enclosures for some time, they will be released into the wild in the MNP spread over 375 sq km.

This is the third time that the Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh is going to reintroduce a tiger to a wildlife sanctuary after successful reintroductions in Sagar district’s Panna Tiger Reserve and Nouradehi Wildlife Sanctuary, officials said.

MNP has a good prey base for big cats, they added.

The reintroduced tigers will be radio-collared and three teams have been formed to monitor them, officials said.

Additional Principal Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Subharanjan Sen said that once there were many tigers in MNP.

But since 2010, no tigers have been seen in the area, local officials said, with wildlife experts blaming poaching for their disappearance.

According to reports, Rajasthan tigers roamed around MNP for some time in 2010-12.

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