The forest officials of Panna Tiger Reserve worked in close nexus with poachers for over a decade, says an internal report prepared by the Intelligence Cell of the tiger reserve, which had lost all its tigers by 2008.
In an effort to rehabilitate three orphaned tiger cubs, the Centre has decided to erect a four hectare open enclosure at the Pench Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra to house and train them.
The three cubs, two females and one male, were found in Dhaba forest in Chandrapur in 2009, after they were separated from their mother. They were then brought to the Bor wildlife sanctuary near Wardha.
The forest staff at the Panna Tiger Reserve was working in close nexus with the poachers and this ultimately led to the big cat disappearing from the area in 2008, reveals an internal report of the Madhya Pradesh forest department.
Applaud, not evade, policies
In the write-up “Taking on industry’s risks” (April 16-30, 2011), the authors question the proposed symbiotic venture plans of the Department of Biotechnology in collaboration with some multinational companies.
Can you love tigers but hate forests? This is the question that troubled me as I visited the middle of India last fortnight. I was in Nagpur, where local politicians, conservationists and officials were discussing what needed to be done in this chronically poor and backward region endowed with forests and tiger habitats.
INDIA’S tiger habitats may be shrinking but its tiger population has increased, claims the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). On March 28, the ministry announced 295 tigers have been added to the previous estimate—the 2006 count had estimated 1,411 tigers in the wild, spurring corporate-sponsored save-the-tiger campaigns revolving around the number.