The much-maligned Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar district of Rajasthan is going to get back its flagship species soon. Four years after the disappearance of its famous tigers, the reserve is getting ready now for re-introduction of the animal. Much deliberations and some ground level action, including shifting of at least one of the forest villages inside the reserve and improvement in the habitat, have gone into the preparations for the pioneering act, which would have few parallels in the world's conservation history.

Dawn at Kanha National Park in India's central highlands is welcomed with a symphony of animal sounds. The safari guides in their jeeps listen intently, straining to pick out telltale dissonant notes

Forest officials of Srisailam Tiger Reserve have begun tiger census in the Nallamala forest. During the weeklong exercise, the teams will count the pugmarks at water-holes. Nearly 200 teams are scurrying the forest existing on 3,000 sq km. Assistant Conservator of Forest and in charge of bio-diversity wing Tulasi Rao told The Hindu that the survey was meant for annual review and updating of records. According to him, only tigers and panthers would be counted during the current exercise, which would end on May 7.

A proposal to set up the 800 sq km Sahyadri tiger reserve in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra is getting finishing touches. Sahyadri will be the state's fourth tiger reserve. "The state will submit

Relocation measures in the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan in the 1970s have seen people returning to forests after being relocated. "Violent' efforts of the forest department to evict people from non-revenue villages from the core area also faced opposition from the residents of the village where they were relocated. The land allotted was hilly and unsuitable for cultivation.

Sariska, which a few years ago was discovered to be the grave of the endangered tiger rather than its sanctuary, is now ready to adopt the big cat again, possibly within a month. The tiger would come from Ranthambhore reserve currently experiencing a boom in the population of the animal, chief wildlife warden of Rajasthan R N Mehrotra told UNI. "Initially we would put just one animal, and its companion would be introduced a few months later, and this was being done to see how the newcomer was finding its new habitat,' he said.

At Indian Preserves, Tigers Remain King as People Are Coaxed Out By SOMINI SENGUPTA Published: April 16, 2008 NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK, India

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The tiger versus tribal fight being played out in the country to the disadvantage of both is witnessing a new dimension in Karnataka's tiger reserves, where tribals are being relocated under the For

In India, as elsewhere, protected areas (PAs) have permanent resident populations who are historically dependent on forest resources for their livelihood. The Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR), in the northern part of West Bengal, is one such reserve forest where villagers have been residing for more than a 100 years.