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Fri, 29 Jul 2011 08:05:50 GMT

Sariska to get two Ranthambore tiger cubs

Jaipur: The Sariska tiger reserve, which has two tigers and three tigresses, will get two tiger cubs to add to the big cat numbers. The cubs will be shifted from Ranthambore National Park, officials said.

Sariska to get two Ranthambore tiger cubs

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) as given the go-ahead for the move, an official told IANS Thursday.

The two cubs belong to tigress T-5 who died after undergoing an emergency surgery at the Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur after being spotted with a wound in February this year. This will be the first relocation of tiger cubs in Rajasthan.

"We have received written approval from the NTCA recently," a senior forest department official said.

There are about 12 tiger cubs in Ranthambore National Park.

"We will wait for the desired weather conditions as tiger relocation should not be done in the rainy season," said the officer.

He added that the move is part of the strategy to relocate tigers to Sariska, in Alwar, due to the growing numbers of the big cats in Ranthambore National Park.

Sariska tiger reserve, originally a hunting preserve of the erstwhile princely state of Alwar, was declared a wildlife reserve in 1955.

In 1978, it was declared a tiger reserve.