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Kaimur Tiger Reserve : Conservation, Ecology and Impact.



  Sep 28, 2023

Bihar's Second Tiger ReserveBihar's Second Tiger Reserve



Location: Kaimur district, Bihar.

Involved Authorities: State Forest Department, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

Timeline: By the end of this year or early 2024.

Status: In-principle approval from NTCA obtained in July; awaiting formal approval.

Tiger Stats: Current tiger population in Valmiki Tiger Reserve is 54, up from 31 in 2018.

Geography: Kaimur district features hills and plains, flanked by Karmanasa and Durgavati rivers.

Green Cover: The district has the highest green cover in the state at 34%.

History: Tigers were last officially spotted in Kaimur hills in 2017.

Area: Reduced tiger habitat from 900 km to 450 km after NTCA’s objection.

Neighboring States: Shares boundaries with Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.
 
Understanding the addition of a second tiger reserve in Bihar provides insights into efforts aimed at tiger conservation, as well as its impacts on local ecology and tourism.


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