New Royal Bengal Tigress at Satkosia

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Bhubaneswar: A tigress from the Bandhavgarh tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district arrived in the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha on Thursday where she will meet her partner – a Royal Bengal Tiger – that was relocated from Madhya Pradesh’s Kanha National Park last week.

The 27-month-old Royal Bengal Tigress, called Sundri (T-412), was packed off from the Bandhavgarh tiger reserve in a special vehicle along with around 30 officials on Wednesday evening and reached the Satkosia Tiger Reserve last afternoon.

The relocation is a part of state government’s efforts to revive tiger population in the protected forest.

The country’s first inter-state tiger relocation drive was launched with the transfer of the three-year-old Bengal tiger called MB-2 to Satkosia on June 21.

Notably, six tigers from various reserves across Madhya Pradesh will be transferred to Odisha as part of a joint project of the Union ministry of environment and forests, National Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun. Out of that, the tiger reserve today received the second tiger.

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