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Number of Tiger Reserves in India

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Please inform about the exact number of tiger reserves in India?
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( This post was last modified: 01-23-2017, 09:50 AM by tigerluver )

Hi @pateluday and welcome to the forum. Per this link, there are 50 tiger reserves in India. This link also shows these reserves on a map.
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( This post was last modified: 09-22-2018, 01:33 PM by Rishi )

(09-04-2018, 10:31 AM)parvez Wrote: Is nandhour India's 51st tiger reserve?

There are three more may join the club in near future.


First is Ranipur Wildlife Sanctuary (<map) in Chitrakut district of Uttar Pradesh(UP), only one in the state in Central India landscape. Proposal has already been sent.

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Right now it's basically a sink for increasing number of tigers in Panna. (crossed 40 recently). At only about 250 km² it's just expected to be a buffer like Amangarh TR.
The MP & UP gifts are planning on creating and maintaining a viable corridor for dispersing tigers from Panna to Ranipur.
The Mahaveer Swami Wildlife Sanctuary (<map) would be developed to try & join Panna to Madhav NP & Kuno.



Second is Derbigarh Wildlife Sanctuary (<map) in Odisha. After Satkosia is stabilised there are plans to concentrate on Debrigarh. Once a major tiger habitat, it lies on the corridor between Simlipal/Satkosia & rest of Central Indian tiger populations.

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The third candidate is ofcourse Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary.
With already a tiger mating pair there relocated & another arrived naturally from Panna, Nauradehi is to be declared a Tiger Reserve on reaching a viable number of breeding adults.

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Strategically placed in between atleast 6 thriving tiger habitats Nauradehi might be the key to connecting them to each other.
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(09-22-2018, 12:21 PM)Rishi Wrote:
(09-04-2018, 10:31 AM)parvez Wrote: Is nandhour India's 51st tiger reserve?

There are three more may join the club in near future.


First is Ranipur Wildlife Sanctuary (<map) in Chitrakut district of Uttar Pradesh(UP), only one in the state in Central India landscape. Proposal has already been sent.

*This image is copyright of its original author

Right now it's basically a sink for increasing number of tigers in Panna. (crossed 40 recently). At only about 250 km² it's just expected to be a buffer like Amangarh TR.
The MP & UP gifts are planning on creating and maintaining a viable corridor for dispersing tigers from Panna to Ranipur.
The Mahaveer Swami Wildlife Sanctuary (<map) would be developed to try & join Panna to Madhav NP & Kuno.



Second is Derbigarh Wildlife Sanctuary (<map) in Odisha. After Satkosia is stabilised there are plans to concentrate on Debrigarh. Once a major tiger habitat, it lies on the corridor between Simlipal/Satkosia & rest of Central Indian tiger populations.

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The third candidate is ofcourse Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary.
With already a tiger mating pair there relocated & another arrived naturally from Panna, Nauradehi is to be declared a Tiger Reserve on reaching a viable number of breeding adults.

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Strategically placed in between atleast 6 thriving tiger habitats Nauradehi might be the key to connecting them to each other.
Good to hear that those forests are still connected with corridors.by declaring the forests as tiger reserve,we secured large habitats for those wide ranging animalas.

Proposal for another two tiger reserves also under consideration.

There is a proposal to create a dedicated Tiger reserve in Goa, which will form a contiguous buffer with the Kali Tiger Reserve in karnataka and fairly connected with sahyadri tiger reserve in maharshtra.presence of at least five tigers were confirmed in the recent census in goa.

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The proposal recommended the conversion of Goa's four wildlife sanctuaries - Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and mollem National Park, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary- into (765 sq km)one contiguous tiger reserve along the border with karnataka and maharshtra extended upto the sea level.The area forms cruital part of the 10,800sq km sahyadri konkan corridor.

The second is mm hills-cauvery wildlife sanctuary in karnataka. 
The 906 sqkm MM hills and 1027 sq km cauvery wildlife sanctuaries are a part of single landscape which includes BRT tiger reserve, Bannerghatta National Park, Satymangalam tiger reserve and north Cauvery wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.
link: https://www.deccanherald.com/content/521457/mm-hills-cauvery-sanctuaries-potential.html
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( This post was last modified: 09-30-2018, 06:46 AM by Rishi )

@Suhail We forgot to include the upcoming Megamalai-Srivilliputhur Tiger Reserve!

(06-12-2018, 12:26 PM)Rage2277 Wrote: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/c...19645.html Tamil Nadu's biggest tiger reserve in the making
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Proposal for another two tiger reserve also on the menu.don't know how valid the proposal is.

spread over an area of 600 sq km, kudremukh national park is one of the largest expanse of mountain shola grassland ecosystem in the Western ghats.kudremukh links the forests of nilgiri biosphere reserve to the North Western ghats.

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"The institute in a preliminary survey had already confirmed the presence of tigers and prey population in the sanctuary.On the basis of the report, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) asked the state Forest Department to submit a proposal to declare the 4000 sq km sanctuary as a tiger reserve."
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( This post was last modified: 11-29-2018, 07:48 PM by Rishi )

Atleast 8 forests of India can hold 4-times their present tiger populations

(Some data quoted is old though. Eg: Nandhaur has 24 adults & total 40+ with cubs as per latest estimate.)

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Eight forests in India can collectively support more than quadriple their current tiger populations, although the timelines for these increases could range from years to decades, new research has suggested.

The tiger population in the eight sanctuaries distributed across eastern, central, northern and southern India could increase from the current estimated count of 62 to 287, according to the study by researchers with the World Wide Fund for Nature.
The sanctuaries are part of 18 tiger “recovery sites” in Asia that the WWF researchers assessed to determine how many tigers each site might support with available prey and conservation efforts, which at present support 165 tigers but have potential to harbour 585 tigers.

At four sites — Nandhaur and Western Rajaji (both in Uttarakhand), Shuklaphanta in Nepal and Srepok in Cambodia — the tiger population could increase to the recovery targets within 15 to 20 years.
At all the other sites, significant population recovery could take 30 to 50 years, and critically depend on the growth of prey populations.

But, the researchers say, future tiger populations at these sites would hinge on conservation efforts to maintain enough prey and, among other measures, minimise the risk of human-tiger conflicts. And interventions will need to be site-specific.
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(09-22-2018, 05:52 PM)Suhail Wrote: The second is mm hills-cauvery wildlife sanctuary in karnataka. 
The 906 sqkm MM hills and 1027 sq km cauvery wildlife sanctuaries are a part of single landscape which includes BRT tiger reserve, Bannerghatta National Park, Satymangalam tiger reserve and north Cauvery wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.
link: https://www.deccanherald.com/content/521...ntial.html

MM Hills may become state's 6th tiger reserve
UPDATED: JAN 11 2019

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Karnataka is all set to get its sixth tiger reserve, with the State Wildlife Board deciding to propose to the Centre to notify Malai Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Sanctuary (MM Hills) distinguished tag.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who is the chairman of the Board, has however decided to defer the notification of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary (CSW) as a tiger reserve for the time being. 

The government had earlier proposed to declare the CWS jointly with MM Hills. If the proposal had come through, the tiger reserve would have gone by the name -- Cauvery-Malai Mahadeshwara Tiger Reserve (CMTR).


C Jayaram, PCCF (Wildlife), told DH that the idea was to take up the declaration process in a “phased manner”. “The Chairman felt that it was better to first declare and establish MM Hills as a tiger reserve. He said that the declaration process can be taken up in a phased manner. Hence we are extending the benefit to MM Hills first,” he added.

Jayaram said that once the gazette notification comes through, the proposal will be sent to the Centre (National Tiger Conservation Authority).

“The NTCA will be happy to declare it, because it had only mooted the idea in 2014,” he added. 

Jayaram said that MM Hills, with 906 sq km, was home to around 13 tigers, while CWS with its 10 forests is an area of 1,027.53 sq km had around 17 tigers. Photographs of tigers and tiger cubs through camera traps have also depicted healthy breeding of the large cats, he added.
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“The prerequisite now will be the protection of the predator and its prey alongside habitat improvement. The department will focus on increasing the number of anti-poaching camps (APCs), fire protection camps and towers and providing a good source of water for these animals,” he said.

The adjoining tiger habitats -- Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) in Karnataka and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) in Tamil Nadu has been acting as an effective source sink landscape, increasing the density of tigers and their prey in MM Hills, which itself has resident tigers.

In addition to connecting BRT, through the Edyaralli-Doddasampige elephant corridor, MM Hills also connects the Bannerghatta National Park -- forming a contiguous landscape of 3,000 sq km of wildlife habitat. This is one of the largest landscapes in the country for the conservation of tigers, elephants and other large and wide-ranging mammalian species. 

Tiger population in BRT Tiger Reserve has reached critical threshold limits, dispersing young tigers to other areas to MM Hills and CWS. “Future protection activities will ensure that the tiger population in these areas also reach high levels. Also, improved prey base will ensure that tigers in these areas will reach their ecological carrying capacities. There are convincing estimates of abundance of a population of ungulates and herbivores to shore up long term persistence of tiger in these protected areas,” added Jayaram

The proposed Tiger Reserve forest area is also rich in flora and fauna. 

Both CSW and MM Hills sanctuaries are spread over a total area of 1,93,372.25 ha in Chamarajanagar, Mandya, and Ramanagar districts. These sanctuaries are home to mammals like tigers, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas, sloth bears, elephants, honey badgers, guars, sambars, chitals, 

The government has also proposed that 4,659 ha of Section 4 forest areas and 3,249.20 ha of other government lands that are in the administrative control of Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Division, can be considered as part of tiger reserve buffer.

https://starofmysore.com/mm-hills-set-to-become-states-sixth-tiger-reserve/amp/
'Declaring a Tiger Reserve provides several benefits to a forest area as it can easily get funds from the Centre under Project Tiger. “In North India, even if there are two tigers in the forests, funds are procured in the name of Project Tiger. The Male Mahadeshwara Hills and the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary are spread over a total area of 1,93,372.25 hectares in Chamarajanagar, Mandya, and Ramanagaram districts. These sanctuaries are home to mammals like Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Sloth Bears, Elephants, Honey Badgers, Gaurs, Sambars and Chitals,” said a forest officer.

A study conducted by Conservation Scientist Sanjay Gubbi,  who is also a State Wildlife Board Member finds that Male Mahadeshwara Hills and Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary have more Tigers than some tiger reserves in India like Namdapha Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, Kawal in Telangana and Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal.

“It is heartening that the confluence of the Western and Eastern Ghats that had been under the long terror reign of forest brigand Veerappan for decades, is today a haven for big carnivores with good prey availability.” 
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