On Sunday, April 3, 2016, Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated what is being called the first ever ‘White Tiger Safari’ in the world. CM Chouhan was at Mukundpur in Satna district in the state’s Vindhya region where the first White Tiger was spotted 100 years ago.
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Reckoned to be one of its kind, the safari will begin in a land that is spread in 25 hectares. According to report, an investment of Rs 50 crores has been made on the project. As per Madhya Pradesh’s Public Relations and Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla, there are three white tigers and two Royal Bengal tigers for the safari. However the government has plans to house nine white tigers in the coming months for which discussions are taking place. Shukla also intimated that in order to initiate the safari, one of the white tigers Vindhya and two bears were brought from Bhopal in 2015. Thereafter, two more white tigers, Radha and Raghu from Maitri Bagh Zoo at Bhilai in Chhattisgarh and two Bengal tigers from Aurangabad zoo were also brought here. The government further plans to establish a breeding centre for the white tigers in nearby Govindgarh.
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It is to be noted that the first White Tiger was spotted in Mukundpur in 1915. After that another white tiger named Mohan was captured in 1951, the Rewa princely state’s ruler Maharaja Martand Singh arranged for its breeding and it is believed this tiger was the progenitor of other White Tigers in the region.
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