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Radio collars for Rajasthan tigers
Jan 2, 2007 - 8:39:36 AM

Jaipur, Jan 2 - Three male tigers in Rajasthan's Ranthambore national park are to get radio collars - to monitor their habits.

'The tigers have been identified,' Forests and Environment Minister L.N. Dave told IANS. The park is located 170 km from here in Sawai Madhopur district.

The project involves a detailed study of the activities and behaviour of the tigers.

The Ranthambore and Sariska tiger reserves in Rajasthan have been in the news in recent times on account of the disappearances of tigers. A 2005 census in Ranthambore indicated a decline in the number of tigers to 26 from 46 in 2003-04. The total includes six tigers in the neighbouring Kailadevi sanctuary and one tiger in the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary.

However, 10 tiger cubs have been spotted in Ranthambore in the last six months, a development wildlife experts say is of great significance.

The increase in tiger population has been credited to strong security measures adopted and the favourable steps taken for their reproduction by forest and state officials.

Over 50 poachers have been arrested in the last three years in Sariska and Ranthambore.

Rajasthan is also monitoring the tourist movement in Ranthambore in order to give tigers a more natural habitat. It has increased the staff in the 392 sq km reserve.

The park is one of India's Project Tiger reserves. Other wild animals found there include the leopard, wild pig, deer species and monkeys. It is also home to a variety of birds and reptiles. The abandoned fortress and lakes in the park have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world.

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