India gets its 52nd tiger reserve, in Rajasthan

The Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary in Bundi, covering the tiger habitat between Ranthambore in the northeast and Mukundra Hills on the southern side, in Rajasthan was on Monday notified as the country’s 52nd tiger reserve. The Ramgarh Vishdhari is the fourth tiger reserve of the state after Ranthambore, Sariska and Mukundra. The National Tiger Conservation Authority) had given in principle approval to make this sanctuary and adjoining areas as tiger reserves on July 5 last year.

“The 52nd Reserve of India will conserve biodiversity and bring in ecotourism and development to the area. . . The newly notified tiger reserve includes the tiger habitat between Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the northeast and Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve on the southern side and facilitates dispersal of tigers from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve,” tweeted environment minister Bhupender Yadav.

He said, “The floristic diversity of this new tiger reserve makes it an important area for research and education. Historic and cultural sites like Bhimlat, Ramgarh palace would encourage eco-tourism and provide employment to local communities. ” 

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