Big news for wildlife lovers! After Ranthambore, Sariska and Mukundra tiger reserves, Rajasthan is all set to receive its fourth tiger reserve, Ramgarh wildlife sanctuary after a nod from NTCA.
Rajasthan got the green signal from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for adding Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary as the fourth tiger reserve in the state. The Ramgarh wildlife sanctuary is the 52nd tiger reserve in the country.
According to the Chief wildlife warden (CWLW), Mohan Lal Meena, “The nod has been received by the NTCA’s technical committee on Monday. Work to notify the tiger reserve will begin soon after receiving the formal correspondence from NTCA. This approval was obtained in a meeting with the Technical Committee of NTCA held on Monday.”
Now after the notification, tigers can be released after completing the preparations for translocation. For now, consent has been given to release 500 cheetahs from Bharatpur to Mukandra.
The Ramgarh sanctuary is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in India. Ramgarh sanctuary spread over an area of around 252 square kilometre boasts of biodiversity and wild animals. A variety of wild animals can be found here like the Indian wolf, leopard, striped hyena, sloth bear, golden jackal, chinkara, nilgai. November to March is considered to be the best time to visit Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary.
According to the Rajasthan Tourism Department, “With the gradual relaxation in lockdown, the state government has unlocked most of its national parks and wildlife sanctuaries barring the tiger reserves. People must follow safety measures when they visit here.”
The addition in the status is believed to intensify the tiger conservation efforts already ongoing in the state. Earlier, the Rajasthan government had promoted Mukundra hills sanctuary as the third tiger reserve in the year 2013.
The total Reserve area comprises the two forest blocks of Bhilwara, the territorial forest block of Bundi and Indargarh, which comes under the buffer zone of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR). Before the independence when Rajasthan was not formed, these forests were managed as hunting reserves and were a part of the erstwhile Bundi princely states. Later, these forests came under the control of the Rajasthan government.