Rajasthan's Dholpur-Karauli designated as India's 54th Tiger Reserve


Rajasthan's Dholpur-Karauli designated as India's 54th Tiger Reserve

Kumbhalgarh has received preliminary approval for designation as a new Tiger Reserve

 
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The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has recently given its approval for the creation of the 54th tiger reserve, which will be located in Rajasthan's Karauli and Dholpur districts. This development represents a noteworthy advancement in the ongoing efforts to protect and conserve wildlife in the state of Rajasthan. Once established, this will become the fifth tiger reserve within Rajasthan, complementing the existing reserves of Mukundra Hills, Ranthambore, Sariska, and Ramgarh Vishdhari in safeguarding the majestic tiger population and their natural habitats.

Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav expressed his excitement on a social media platform, highlighting the significance of establishing the Dholpur-Karauli Tiger Reserve for wildlife conservation in Rajasthan. He called upon the public to actively engage in protecting this precious ecosystem and its magnificent tiger population.

In addition, Kumbhalgarh in the state of Rajasthan has received preliminary approval for designation as a new Tiger Reserve. Minister Bhupender Yadav expressed his satisfaction with this development, emphasizing its significance for wildlife conservation and the promising future it holds for tigers and biodiversity in Rajasthan.

Furthermore, Yadav highlighted the potential positive impact on local employment opportunities through ecotourism as a result of these measures. Reports indicate that the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) endorsed the proposal on August 4th, followed by preliminary approval from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The prospective Kumbhalgarh reserve, covering an extensive area of 2800 square kilometers, aims to play a vital role in wildlife protection.

Diya Kumari, a member of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Member of Parliament representing Rajsamand, extended her warm welcome to the preliminary approval for the Kumbhalgarh Tiger Reserve. She pledged her commitment to addressing the challenges that may arise during the project's realization and expressed optimism about the forthcoming establishment of the Kumbhalgarh Tiger Reserve.

According to government data, India's tiger population has significantly increased from 2,967 in 2018 to 3,682 in 2022, marking a consistent annual growth of 6 percent. Madhya Pradesh leads with the highest number of tigers (785), followed by Karnataka (563), Uttarakhand (560), and Maharashtra (444). This reflects a noteworthy 50 percent increase in the tiger population over the past four years.

Additionally, Rajasthan has seen a remarkable growth in its tiger population, rising from 32 in 2006 to 88 in 2022.

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