Bhopal: The Panna Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, which gained notoriety for mysterious disappearance of its big cats, is flourishing with tiger cubs again, rejoicing the success of its unique translocation experiment to revive their population.
"The tiger reserve has seven cubs and five adult tigers in its wild after the launch of an experiment involving breeding of translocated wild cats and rehabilitation of orphaned cubs ," Panna Tiger Reserve Director, R S Murthy told reporters.
The reserve has four female and a male tiger in its kitty and all of them have well adjusted to their new environment.
The number of tiger cubs in other reserves across the state is also looking up.
Kanha Tiger Reserve at present has 21-23 tiger cubs while the Pench Tiger Reserve boasts of having another 21 or more.
"At present we have 21-23 tiger cubs in the different age groups wandering with their mothers in the forest," Kanha Tiger Reserve Director, J S Chouhan said.
Kanha has at present nearly 70 or more tigers in its wild as per the official figures, he said.
Pench Tiger Reserve Director, Alok Kumar said that in the year 2010-11, nearly 21 tiger cubs were sighted by the forest staff in different zones of the reserve.
They are in the age group of 5-6 months to over one year old, Kumar said.
A tiger is normally considered adult when it attains the age of two-and-a-half year and also when it separates from its mother.