|A tigress brought to Sariska National Park from Ranthambore|
Rajasthan's Sariska National Park had experienced a mass extinction of its tigers six years ago, due to extensive poaching. Later in 2008 and 2009, three tigers (one male and two females) were relocated to the national park from Ranthambore National Park. Unfortunately, the three animals turned out to be siblings. Just recently, Sariska's tiger breeding program was revived when another tigress from Ranthambore was shifted to the national park. But what made this plan successful was that it was the first time India had carried out genetic studies, in order to identify tigers suitable for the translocation. A DNA analysis was conducted on twelve samples of animal droppings from Ranthambore, and results showed that eight of them came from tigers. And out of the eight samples, two of them turned out to be positive. That is, they showed that those two tigers were not siblings. The tigress that was brought to Sariska was one of them.
I'm very happy to find that India is helping out with the recovery of its tiger population by using scientific techniques. Earlier, all the conservationists and officials were simply doing was randomly looking into various other national parks with good numbers of tigers and just asking them if they can translocate some to Sariska. This time, however, they became more scientific in their approach. I sure hope that they will keep up with this practice, and eventually the tiger population in Sariska National Park will once again flourish.
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