Soon, tigers may be bred in special farms
With its tiger population dropping at an alarming rate,
Environment and Forest secretary Dr Prodipto Ghosh told reporters on Monday that the government is considering allowing tiger farms in
“They can be in zoos or forest areas but not in tiger reserves,” he said. The proposal is in its initial stage.
The Central Zoo Authority has allowed breeding centers for several endangered species like vultures but no such attempt has been made for tigers.
But there are some sceptics. Belinda Wright of the Wildlife Protection Society of India says: “
The announcement comes days after the Wildlife Institute of India revealed the tiger count in central
Ghosh said that the ministry accepted the institute’s findings as the new methodology was accurate.
“Earlier, tigers were identified only on the basis of pugmarks. The new methodology uses camera traps, sightings, pugmarks and genetic tests among others,” he said.
The secretary also raised the issue of