Rajasthan’s Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary

Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan was recently notified as India’s 52nd tiger reserve.

When was the approval given to declare it as a tiger reserve?

In April 2020, the Rajasthan government sent the proposal to develop the Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary for tigers. In July 2021, in-principle approval was given by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to make Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary and adjoining areas as tiger reserves.

What is the extent of Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary?

The Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of around 252 square kilometers. It has been declared a sanctuary in 1982 under the Rajasthan Wildlife and Bird Protection Act, 1951.

Which wild animals are seen in this tiger reserve?

Indian wolf, leopard, sloth bear, golden jackal, fox, etc. can be seen.

How many tiger reserves are there in Rajasthan?

Four. Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary is the fourth tiger reserve. The other three tiger reserves are Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Sawai Madhopur district, Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve in Kota district, and Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar district.

What is the significance of declaring Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary as a tiger reserve?

  • Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary plays a crucial role in the movement of tigers. It will connect the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve with the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve, thus becoming an important tiger corridor.
  • It will act as a buffer for the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and facilitates the dispersal of tigers from it. Thus it prevents the problem of overcrowding in Ranthambore.
  • Eco tourism will get a boost due to the presence of sites within the tiger reserve like Bhimlat, and Ramgarh palace. This will also provide livelihood opportunities to locals.

What is a tiger corridor?

It is a stretch of land connecting tiger habitats, thereby allowing the movement of tigers and other wildlife.

How many tiger corridors are there in India?

There are more than 30 major tiger corridors and many smaller tiger corridors in India.

What is the significance of tiger corridors?

Because of corridors, tigers get more space, and Human-wildlife conflicts will be reduced. They also serve as a habitat for other wildlife like wolves, hyenas, birds, reptiles, etc.

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