On Monday, India got another tiger reserve, in the form of the Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary in Rajasthan. The aim of the reserve is to conserve biodiversity, bring about development, and promote ecotourism. By Anushka Goel
The Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Rajasthan, was notified as a tiger reserve on Monday, May 16, 2022, reports Down To Earth. This comes after the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC)’s nod in July 2021. Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav took to Twitter to share the news.
Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary: All you need to know
Pleased to note Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve has been notified today. The 52nd Reserve of India will conserve biodiversity and bring in ecotourism and development to the area.
— Bhupender Yadav (@byadavbjp) May 16, 2022
With the sanctuary’s change in status, Rajasthan is now home to four tiger reserves – the other three being Ranthambore, Sariska and Mukundra. According to Hindustan Times, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) gave its in-principle approval to make the sanctuary and adjoining areas into tiger reserves on July 5 last year.
In his tweet, Yadav stated that the area of this reserve includes the habitat between Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the northeast and Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve on the southern side. The reserve is in an area of 1,501.89 sq km, states Down To Earth. What’s more, the abundance of varieties of flora in this region makes it important for research and education, writes Hindustan Times. What’s more, the reserve, with important cultural and historical sites such as Bhimlat and Ramgarh Palace, will attract historical travellers and ecotourists, Yadav added.
The addition of another tiger reserve with Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary has brought India’s count to 52. Being India’s national animal, the country has been taking measures to save the endangered species from going extinct. According to the 2019 census, there are about 2,967 tigers in India (as per data from the NTCA), and measures are constantly being taken to increase this number.
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