Camera trap pictures of Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan showed tigress ST12 with 3 cubs. This is the first time the tiger cubs were seen and it raises the number of tigers in the National Park to 17.
12 years ago, Sariska lost all its tigers to poaching. In 2008, the conservation plan of shifting a few tigers each year from Ranthambore to Sariska began in order to repopulate the reserve. This move has now helped in the establishment of the new population of tigers in this habitat.
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Tigress ST12 is around 4 years old and is the daughter of ST 10 who was shifted to Sariska from Ranthambore in January 2013. In 2014 she gave birth to a male (ST11) and a female (ST12) cub. Unfortunately, in March this year the male tiger ST11 died due to injuries after his leg got caught in a snare in a nearby farm. The farmer had placed the snares to protect his crop from the blackbucks and other herbivores.
Good news is, that the tigress ST12 is now helping increase the number of tigers in Sariska and in the wild. Hopefully, with continued protection and efforts of the forest department, the numbers will continue to rise.
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