News Updated: Apr 26, 2017
After trying for many days, finally on Tuesday, the forest officials somehow managed to place a radio collar around the neck of a 3-year old semi-adult tiger named as ST-11 in the Sariska Tiger reserve (STR) zone.
According to a forest official, they succeed in the third attempt of putting the collar on this big cat in the Akbarpur forest range of STR. The big cat was roaming in the Alwar buffer zone since one year and the officials were trying for collaring this tiger so that they can effectively monitor the tiger.
The experts from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun were working together with the officials of the Sariska National Park to collar the tiger.
The tiger, ST-11, holds a very important value for the Sariska Tiger reserve as it is the first tiger which is born in this tiger reserve after the successful relocation of the big cats from the nearby tiger reserve of Ranthambore National Park.
As per the STR field director R S Shekhawat, the tiger ST-11 was born to ST-10 and grew up in the forest areas of Decera, Lodge and Rampur of the reserve.
Shekhawat also mentioned that ST-11 has got the radio collar with having a very high-frequency so that it can be monitored effectively. As of now, seven tigers possess the radio collars around their necks in Sariska.
As the Sariska National Park had lost its tiger population completely by 2005 due to the high rate of poaching incident, the tigers from the nearby Ranthambore National Park have been relocated here to repopulate and enhance the tiger count in the Sariska tiger reserve zone. Till now, eight tigers have been successfully relocated from the Ranthambore Tiger reserve in Sawai Madhopur to STR, which is now a natural habitation to around the 14 big cats which include 9 females and 5 males.