Friday, November 12, 2010

Environment ministry to set up eight more tiger reserves

Eight more reserves for the wild cat will be set up in the country in six months, including one in the Satyamangalam forest in Tamil Nadu as part of tiger conservation effort. The eight reserves will be in addition to the present 39 tiger sanctuaries.
The new tiger reserves include Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve, which used to be a hideout of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan. Talking about the efforts to conserve the endangered species, at a function in New Delhi, Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh said that he hopes the tiger census will be released in two weeks.

Claiming that he didn't have inside information about the tiger census, the Minister said good news about the tiger population is expected from the tiger reserves, including Kaziranga in Assam and Parambikkulam bordering Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The other new reserves include B.R. Hills in Karnataka, two in Maharashtra, two tiger reserves in UP, including Pilibhit tiger reserve, and one each in Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.

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