Artificial translocation of tigers has been done for the first time in Maharashtra. Two tigeress were released today in Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve in the presence of Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. These tigresses were artificially translocated from Bramhapuri forest zone.
Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has expressed the belief that the increase in the number of tigers in Navegaon Nagzira project will boost the tourism business here. He also said that this will provide employment to a large number of locals.
The Union Ministry of Forests and Environment had approved the relocation of five tigers from the Bramhapuri forest range on 15 September 2022. After that, the place where the tigers are to be released was studied by the scientists of Wildlife Institute, Dehradun. After the report this experiment became a reality.
The core area of Navegaon-Nagzira tiger project is 653.67 square kilometers and the buffer area around the core area is 1242 square kilometers. It has more than 184 villages. This tiger project is divided into state and national highways. If this first experiment in the state is to be successful, wildlife management has to be strengthened in the buffer area under the control of the Forest Development Corporation and the Regional Forest Department.