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Tigers Found outside safe area



                                                                                                                                      The Asian Age, New Delhi, 27th May, 2015

Chandrapur: An many as 48 tigers have been found to be inhabiting  outside the protected areas in forest of Chandrapur distict, taking the total number of such animals to 120 in the zone that is home to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve  (TATR).

The tiger estimation study in non-protected areas (PAs) of territorial forest and areas under Forest   Development  Corporation of Maharashtra was conducted by the wildlife Conservation  Trust (WCT) over the last four months, As per the survey, the number of big cats in the district stands at 120, including 60 in core area and 12 in buffer area of TATR, "its the  first of its kind study in the country carried out in 2,000 sq km of territorial forest area outside the protected area. It's equally interesting to note that the tiger density in some blocks in these areas was found to be higher than that of some tiger reserves, WCT  president Anish Andheria said Monday. he said tiger density in Kanhalgaon- Central Chanda Block was found to be 2.34, which is more than that of Melghat Tiger Reserve.