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Monsoon Magic At Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

  Barely a week before Bandhavgarh national park closed down in June for three months, a large number of wildlife lovers visited the park. Many of them returned disappointed as there was no tiger sighting while  asmall number of visitors was still lucky to have some wonderful “chanced sighting “of the big cat. Like the one in Tala range. Barely a week before Bandhavgarh national park closed down in June for three months, a large number of wildlife lovers visited the park. as she took mud bath for a while amd also quenched thirst before proceeding to meet her four 5-month old cubs hidden in a cave deep in the jungle. Rare tiger sighting happens during the monsoon when plenty of water is available in every nook and corner of the jungle and the green forest cover revives after a few showers diminishing the chances of tiger sighting even if it is sitting very close in the bushes.But the showers have left a magical touch in the jungle. Jungle Make Over   After the pre-monsoon showers, the 

Rememberig P111 For Revival of Panna Tigers

 

Revival  of Panna Tigers

Death of a tiger in the wild is  natural  until it is poached. And most of the big cat die anonymously embracing death somewhere deep in the woods. Many times even their dead bodies are not recovered. But the prince of Panna tiger reserve - P111 who later became the king of the jungle seem to have served the purpose of his life before his death  earlier last week. The wildlife lovers and the park management  remembered the striped cat for  the revival of  tiger population in Panna tiger reserve from zero to about 70 today.  P111 was one of the four of  the first  litter of T1 and T3 translocated to Panna  in 2009 when all its tigers were poached in 2008. Birth of P111 indicated success of tiger reintroduction and revival of big cat population in the tiger reserve, now facing a big threat of disintegeration because of Ken Betwa Link Project (KBLP)

The King of Panna 

Revival  of Panna Tigers

In his life span, P111 fathered over  dozen tigers in the last one decade  or so and the tiger population in Panna grew from 0 to over 70. Known as Raja of Rajaberia or King of Rajaberia, P111 had replaced his father T3 from his territory and was the dominating tiger of Panna ruling a large swathe of jungle from core area to  Hinauta.  P111 was found dead on June 9 evening. Both his parents T1 and T3 are still alive. The female T1 was translocated from Bandhavgarh national park while the male T3 was brought from Pench tiger reserve in 2009 as a part of tiger reintroduction program in Panna. 

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One more tigress-T3 was also air-dashed by a chopper from Kanha tiger reserve. After successful mating of T1 and T3, P111 and three more cubs were born in April 2010. For about 18 months, the prince remained with his mother T1. After honing the skills of hunting and learning the art of hiding necessary for surviving in jungle, P111 separated from his mother T1. Soon after attaining adulthood, the ferocious full grown glittering golden yellow and prominently black striped tiger pushed off  his father T3 from his territory declaring himself the king. 

Father's Tantrum

Revival  of Panna Tigers

A major drama unfolded before the birth of P111. Soon after translocation of his father T3 on November 14, 2009, he left Panna leaving the wildlife experts wondering. In a major “homing instinct”, he stared moving towards Pench tiger reserve from where he had been transloated  to Panna tiger reserve. “The tiger was brought to Panna on November 14 to mate with two tigresses translocated to revive the big cat population in Panna but he moved out of the reserve by November 25 and remained untraceable for a month, leaving wildlife scientists baffled,” the then Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) RS Negi, had commented amidst the tiger's march towards Pench Home instinct, biologists said,  is the ability of an animal to perceive direction — beyond the usual human senses. It helps the lost animal to return to its home or owners. 

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According to wildlife experts at the prestigious Wildlife Institute of India (WII) , “this ability can be attributed to the animal’s sensitivity to the earth’s magnetic field.” T3 had crossed hills, fields, human habitations and rivers and was moving towards his home at Pench before he was located and trapped after being tranquilised. He was kept on an enclosure for a month or so before successful mating with T1 followed by the birth of P111.

Banner Pic: P111 with a mate . Courtsey Panna Tige Reserve

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