Recently, a new prey and predator estimation in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Maharashtra found the presence of 115 tigers and 151 leopards.
- The estimation was done as part of the long-term monitoring of tigers, co-predators and prey species in TATR inside the core and buffer areas of the reserve.
- The tiger reserves are constituted on a core/buffer strategy.
- The Project Tiger aims to foster an exclusive tiger agenda in the core areas of tiger reserves, with an inclusive people oriented agenda in the buffer.
- The core areas have the legal status of a national park or a sanctuary, whereas the buffer or peripheral areas are a mix of forest and non-forest land, managed as a multiple use area.
- The tiger numbers appear to be up but the population density shows a decline
- Population Density represents the number of animals residing in per unit area.
- Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
- It is located in Chandrapur district in Maharashtra.
- It is Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park.
- It is one of India’s 50 “Project Tiger” reserves.
- Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve was established as the second Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra in 1993-94.
- The first Tiger Reserve established in the State is Melghat Tiger Reserve (1973-74).
- It represents Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Teak Forests in the Tiger habitat and has a viable tiger population