India gets its 54th tiger reserve in Rajasthan’s Dholpur-Karauli

India gets its 54th tiger reserve in Rajasthan's Dholpur-Karauli

India got its 54th tiger reserve in Rajasthan’s Karauli and Dholpur districts. This is Rajasthan’s fifth tiger reserve after Ranthambore, Sariska, Mukundra Hills and Ramgarh Vishdhari.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has recently given its approval for the establishment of the 54th tiger reserve in the Karauli and Dholpur districts of Rajasthan. This decision represents a significant milestone in Rajasthan’s ongoing efforts to preserve its wildlife. It will become the fifth tiger reserve in the state, joining the esteemed ranks of Mukundra Hills, Ranthambore, Sariska, and Ramgarh Vishdhari.

Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav expressed his excitement about this development on a social media platform. He emphasized that the creation of the Dholpur-Karauli Tiger Reserve signifies a monumental leap forward for wildlife conservation in Rajasthan. He urged the public to join hands in protecting this invaluable ecosystem and its majestic tiger population.

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In parallel, there is also an in-principle approval for Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan to be designated as another Tiger Reserve. Yadav expressed his satisfaction with this news as well, highlighting that this initiative marks a significant stride in wildlife conservation, promising a brighter future for tigers and biodiversity in Rajasthan. He also emphasized the positive impact on local employment opportunities through ecotourism resulting from these conservation measures.

Reports indicate that the NTCA officially endorsed the proposal on August 4th, and the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change subsequently granted preliminary approval. The prospective Kumbhalgarh reserve, spanning across 2800 square kilometers, aims to make substantial contributions to wildlife protection.

Diya Kumari, a member of the NTCA and the Member of Parliament from Rajsamand, warmly welcomed the in-principle approval. She expressed her unwavering dedication to overcoming the challenges in realizing this project and voiced hope for the imminent establishment of the Kumbhalgarh Tiger Reserve.

According to government data, there has been a noteworthy increase in India’s tiger population, rising from 2,967 in 2018 to 3,682 in 2022, representing an annual growth rate of 6 percent. Reports indicate that Madhya Pradesh leads with the highest number of tigers (785), followed by Karnataka (563), Uttarakhand (560), and Maharashtra (444), demonstrating a 50 percent surge in the tiger population over the past four years.

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

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