Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Wild Maharashtra -- A Tiger Paradise

1) Tadoba Tiger Reserve :

This Tiger Reserve situated in Eastern Vidarbha has one of the best forest tracks in India.

It's one of the few tiger reserves in Maharashtra where the chances of spotting a Tiger are high.

A Deciduous Forest right in the centre of India -- Tadoba is also home to Spotted Leopards, Sloth Bears, Four-Horned Antelope, Wild Dog, Flying Squirrel, and Porcupines.

In 2010 and 2012, A Large Number of Tiger Cubs were spotted in a number of forest ranges in Tadoba.

For Example : Three Tiger Cubs were spotted near Devdoh Forest Range in 2010. This was the second sighting in as many months.

The Birth of 11 Tiger Cubs to Three different Tigresses in 8 Months has proved that the State's Oldest National Park has rich wildlife habitat specially with regard to prey for Tigers and is the perfect breeding place for Tigers.

This seems to be a good sign with regard to the long term future for Tigers specially in Vidarbha.

Devdoh is the Park's perennial water source, located on the boundary of Tadoba and Moharli Forests.

A Tigress who had marked this area as her territory delivered a number of Tiger Cubs in the Summer of 2010.

Tadoba Tiger Reserve was the first tiger reserve in the country to spot as many as 32 Tiger Cubs since January 2010.

2) Melghat Tiger Reserve :

This Tiger Reserve is situated in the Amravati District in Maharashtra's Vidarbha Region.

This Tiger Reserve is home to around 50 Tigers and an equal number of spotted leopards.

Note :

99 Tigers and 96 Leopards were spotted in one day at different tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries all across the State of Maharashtra in 2012.

During this time, 45 Adult and Sub Adult Tigers were spotted in Tadoba Tiger Reserve while 22 Tigers were spotted at Melghat Tiger Reserve in Amravati District.

As many as 7 Tigers and an equal number of leopards were spotted in Nagzira Tiger Reserve in Gondia District.

This proves amply that Maharashtra is a Tiger Haven in more ways than one.

Credits and References :

1) 99 Tigers spotted  in one day during Census
    by Pradip Kumar Maitra
    Hindustan Times May 15, 2012

2) Spotted 3 Cubs in Vidarbha's Reserve
     By Pradip Kumar Maitra
     Page 12 HT Nation
     Hindustan Times July 2010

FYI -- Maharashtra is the State in Western India of which Mumbai is its Commercial Capital.


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