The authorities of the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve are celebrating the arrival of four tiger cubs, born recently in the Mala Forest range of the reserve. The arrival of these cubs has brought a wave of joy in the forest area and the team of officials from the reserve believes that this is going to be a positive change for the development of tigers. The authorities have already appointed a team of experts to monitor the movements of cubs in the area while ensuring their safety.
The tiger reserve officers came to know about these cubs during the population count when four cubs and their mother were captured in the CCTV camera footage, installed in the jungle to check their movements. As disclosed by the officials, the reserve now has more than 10 cubs, frolicking at various locations in the wild. They believe that if the situation remains the same, soon the reserve will have a good number of tigers.
The 2011 census shows around 40 tigers in the reserve, which come down to only 28 tigers in the 2014 count. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) did not convince with the number, so, they installed more sensor cameras at strategic locations to get the exact count of the tigers. Recently, the data collected by these cameras showed the presence of at least eight new tiger cubs. The visual documentation of these cameras indicated that the tiger cubs recorded are more than three month old.
Here it is important to note that the individual tigers can be identified by its body strips as well as its unique heas markings, which is different for each tiger.
Tiger Reserve Pilibhit is located in the Pilibhit district, Lakhimpur Kheri disctrict, and Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh state in India. It lies on the foothills of the Himalayas and shares its border with Nepal. The Uttar Pradesh government declared Pilibhit forest range a tiger reserve on 14 Janaury, 2014 to protect the highely endangered species in India. Today, it is among the 45 tiger reserves of the country and also one of the most popular tiger reserves in Uttar Pradesh.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority is lending its support to the reserve to help them develop the condition of tigers in the area. According to an estimate, forests in Pilibhit have at least 36 tigers with a good number of preys for their survival. It is home to over 127 animals, 556 bird species, and 2,100 flowering plants. It has a core area of 1089 sq. km and buffer area of 627 sq. km with northern edge lying along the Indo-Nepal border.
The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is also one of the finest examples of the most diverse and productive Terai eco-system. It has a large number of rare and endangered species such as tigers, leopard, swamp deer, hispid hare, Bengali floricans, etc. Due to incidents like tiger poaching, the forest authority has converted the vast tracts of this forest range with an adequate numbers of tigers into core zone and installed around 200 sensor cameras to protect this highly endangered species.
Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Map
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