First Interstate Tiger Translocation Completed in India

TIGER by cuatrok77 hernandez. CC BY-SA 2.0

For the first time, a tiger (Panthera tigris) has been successfully translocated between two Indian states.

I was first alerted to this story from The Times of India by a tweet from Dr. Kalli Doubleday, a previous Q&A participant on The Jaguar and its Allies:

As Dr. Doubleday’s tweet states, this translocation was a milestone event. Under the supervision of trained wildlife veterinarians, a tiger was tranquilized and captured in Kanha National Park in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The team then measured the cat and moved it to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in the state of Odisha.

According to the original article, this was the first of six tiger translocations planned between the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. The ultimate goal is to re-establish a healthy tiger population in Satkosia.

However, not everyone was supportive of this move. Long-time tiger supporter Ajay Dubey had raised concerns about the safety of tigers in the state of Odisha, leading him to oppose the translocation.

There is always an element of risk involved when translocating big cats. But if the exchanges between Madhya Pradesh and Odisha go well, they could have far-reaching consequences. They might set the stage for further interstate tiger translocations, helping to repopulate other reserves that have lost many of their tigers.

Click Here for the Original Article from The Times of India

18 Thoughts

    1. It seems surprising, but relocating big cats is very difficult. First of all, being handled by humans causes an immense amount of stress for the cats. Then there’s the matter of territoriality. Big cat’s don’t like strangers. So if you translocate a tiger to an area that already has many resident tigers, chances are they’ll fight and injure each other. For these reasons and more, translocating big cats requires an extensive amount of planning and highly-trained crews. I also have no idea what interstate politics are like in India.

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    1. Well, I don’t know how much safer Satkosia is. Based on the limited information I know, it seems like the main purpose of this translocation was to try and repopulate an area that had lost most of its tigers. Let’s hope it works, and that this is the start of a wider repopulation program.

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  1. When I first read the beginning I thought translocation would be quite risky because it can cause safety and health risks and cause stress on the big cats but I guess in terms of overall safety and protection of the species, it’s a good idea!

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    1. Well, translocation is very risky. The stress and health risks for the cat during the translocation process are a problem, and territorial animals like tigers need to be released in areas without resident tigers; otherwise, they’ll fight with the tigers that are already there.

      However, there are a limited set of situations in which translocation is justified – if it’s done very carefully. That seems to have been the case here.

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