Kailadevi tiger births a pointer to space crunch


  • The birth of two tiger cubs in the Kailadevi wildlife sanctuary of Rajasthan’s Karauli district recently has gladdened wildlife enthusiasts across the country, but it also points to a space crunch in the wildlife habitats which has forced the big cats to move out of the main area of Ranthambore National Park on their own.

Territorial disputes

  • Forest authorities say overpopulation of tigers in Ranthambore National Park had led to territorial disputes, because of which the big cats were making frequent movements to the adjacent Kailadevi wildlife reserve, which had a size of 676 sq. km. T-72 migrated from Sultanpur area of Ranthambore to Mandrayal, when it was threatened by another tiger.
  • The area of new births comprises scrub forest having isolated water sources and is surrounded by villagers and livestock settled in isolated pockets. Located in the Vindhya hill zone, the wildlife reserve has a rocky terrain with slopes, ravines and cave-like depressions, all clad with scanty shrubs and bushes. The banyan and peepal trees offer shade and shelter to tigers.
  • A Ranthambore tigress has given litter outside the main national park area for the first time. Kailadevi’s area has been officially included in about 400 sq. km area of Sawai Madhopur district’s Ranthambore to develop it as a national park with more than 1,000 sq. km area.
  • Earlier this month, Ranthambore’s male tiger T-91 was relocated to the protected Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve in Kota district.
  • The tiger had been exploring new territories and living in the peripheral forests near Bundi for the last few months.


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