RBT Released To Wild

The male Royal Bengal Tiger brought from Madhya Pradesh was today released to wild in Satkosia forests after keeping it in a special enclosure.

The 3-year-old big cat was  brought from the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh on June 21.

“The movement of the Royal Bengal Tiger, named as ‘Mahavir’, inside the forest would be monitored through the radio collar with GPS navigation system fitted around its neck,” said PCCF (WL) Dr Sandeep Tripathy.

He said before the release of the tiger, the Forest department had a meeting with the locals residing in the periphery of the core forest area.

Mr.Tripathy also said that the two-and-half-year-old Bengal tigress ‘Sundari’, brought from the Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh and put up in another enclosure on June 28, was found moving near the enclosure of the tiger.

“This is a good indication that the two big cats would mate very soon after the tigress is released into the wild,” he added.

The forest officials said the male RBT has been found acclimatized to the biodiversity of Satkosia.

In a bid to revive tiger population at Satkosia, the State Government has planned to relocate six RBTs from Madhya Pradesh and free them in Satkosia Tiger Reserve.

The two existing female RBTs are 13-year-old and not able to produce cubs.

The guests from Madhya Pradesh will help increase the tiger population at Satkosia. 

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