Bhubaneswar, Jun 28 (PTI) A Royal Bengal tigress from Madhya Pradesh is set to join a three-year-old tiger in Odisha’s Satkosia Sanctuary, a forest official said. Also Read - 6 Charged Under NSA Over Illicit Liquor Trade in Bhopal

The tigress, about two-year-old, is being relocated to Satkosia from Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh as part of the Odisha government’s initiative to revive big cat population in the state, Sudarshan Panda, the additional principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) and field director of the reserve, said here today. Also Read - Curfew, Prohibitory Orders Imposed in Parts of Bhopal | Here's Why

The tiger, too, was moved to the Satkosia enclosure from Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh on June 21. Also Read - MP Shocker: 9 Men Rape 13-year-old Girl in Umaria, Horrifying Details Emerge

Altogether, six tigers would be translocated to the reserve in phases, Panda said.

“The Madhya Pradesh government has already identified and sent a Royal Bengal tiger and tigress for the Odisha government initiative,” he said, adding that four more would be sent to the protected forest in due course of time.

According to the 2016 tiger census, Odisha has 40 Royal Bengal Tigers – 13 males, 24 females and three calves.

The two-year-old tigress is being ferried to Odisha in a special vehicle by a team of forest officials and veterinary doctors from Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, Panda said.

The entire exercise would be supervised by officials of Wildlife Institute of India (WWI), he stated.

“We expect the tigress to reach Satkosia Sanctuary by the end of this week. As the team will cover a distance of more than 700 km, nothing can be said for sure about the duration of the travel,” Panda told reporters here.

A special enclosure has been readied at Satkosia keeping the needs of the tigress in mind.

“The arrangements inside the special enclosure for the tigress would be similar to the ones made for the tiger. It would be fitted with a GPS and a satellite tracker to monitor movements inside the enclosure,” he said, adding that the big cats would be released into the wild, once they get accustomed to the environment of Satkosia reserve.

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