Bhopal: Wildlife expert Belinda Wright has praised the Panna Reintroduction Project taken up in Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh after the entire tiger population had vanished from this habitat by 2009.
Participating in the Madhya Pradesh wildlife Board meeting in the state capital on Tuesday Ms. Wright said that Panna’s tiger conservation is a talk of the town even in Kazakhstan and Cambodia. Panna has now attained status of an international level wildlife conservation school.
Declaring Panna National Park as winner for year 2015, American company Trippadvisor has conferred a certificate of excellence to it. Similarly, Travel Operators for Tigers have given status of best wildlife destination to Satpura tiger reserve.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who chaired the meeting said that along with wildlife protection, livelihoods of forest dwellers is also necessary. The Chief Minister said better wildlife management has led to rise in the numbers of different wildlife species. The government is totally committed to protecting wildlife and their habitats, he said adding views and suggestion of wildlife experts will be included in framing policies and issuing directives.
The meeting was informed that the population of Barasingh (swamp deer) had dwindled to just 60 in recent past but due to better management, their number has risen to 600. During current year, 7 barasingha have been relocated from Kanha Tiger Reserve to Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal. Similarly, a tiger and tigress from Bandhavgarh were relocated to Satpura tiger reserve. Experts described increase in number of tigers in Panna from 0 to 30 as unprecedented.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister released a colourful illustrated book on vulture conservation in Panna National Park. It has been authored by renowned photographer Bhalu Monde and senior journalist Abhilash Khandekar.