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Odisha CM hails tiger relocation

Bhubaneswar, June 23, 2018: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated to Kanha Tiger Reserve and State Forest and Environment Department for the successful translocation of MB2, the first of six planned tigers brought to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in India’s first inter-State Tiger Relocation effort.

The Chief Minister said history has been created with the successful translocation.

This is a monumental step for revival of tiger population, improvement of genetic pool and boost conservation efforts. I am sure our guest MB2 and the subsequent ones will effortlessly assimilate into the verdant and prey-rich Satkosia Reserve, which makes a perfect home for them.

The CM wished to the Forest Department and Satkosia TR authorities for making the first inter-state translocation exercise a grand success and transforming it into a model in wildlife conservation.

In the first such case of inter-State relocation, MB2, a three-year-old 195-kg tiger, was shifted from the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha on Thursday.

This is part of an ambitious project conceived by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, that involves shifting of three pairs of tigers (six tigers) from different reserves in the central State to the eastern State of Odisha. 

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