SARISKA – A BRIEF TIMELINE:
1958 – Declared as a wildlife reserve
1979 – Declared as a tiger reserve
1991 – Supreme court banned mining in the area
2004 – No tiger presence, not even pug marks or scratch marks on trees
2005 – Government of Rajasthan planned the re-introduction of the Bengal Tiger
2008 – The aerial translocation of the male tiger from Ranthambore to Sariska was done by Wing Commander Vimal Raj using a Mi-17 Helicopter
2009 – A tigress was relocated from Ranthambore
2014 – Total tigers in Sasrika numbered 13, with 7 females, 2 males and 4 cubs
DID YOU KNOW?
- Sasrika houses the 16th century Kankwadi fort, where the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb briefly imprisoned his brother.
- Pandupol in the hills is believed to be one of the retreats of the Pandavas.
- The Sasrika Palace was used as the Royal hunting lodge of the Maharaja.
- As far as tiger breeding goes, inbreeding – breeding of tigers within the same family may cause genetic disorders.