2nd August, 2012, Jaipur: Once Rajasthan’s Sariska National Park, which is spread over 866 square kilometers, was home to fifteen tigers. With illegal poaching the number went down to zero, but the re-population started with the five tigers that were brought in 5 years ago. According to reports, 3 more tigers will soon be introduced that will take their number to 8.
At this point of time, there are 2 tigresses and 3 tigers at the national park. Recently, in a top level meeting, it was decided that soon 3 more tigers will be brought in to Sariska. The relocation is being implemented to increase the tiger population in the tiger reserve. They are thinking to brought in more tigresses.
To offer a safe environment to the tigers, the surrounding regions will be declared eco-sensitive zone. During 2004 and 2005, the state government and the forest department were criticized over the fade of tigers form the Sariska National Park.
In 2005, Wildlife Institute of India stated that that there were no tiger left in the park and poaching was the main reason for this dwindling population of tiger. The Sariska Tiger Reserve was actually a hunting preserve of the state of Alwar. In 1955, the park was declared as a wildlife reserve and in 1979 it got the status of a national park.