| One of the tigers being tranquilised before being put into a truck for its journey from Roing to Itanagar. Telegraph picture |
Jorhat, Oct. 1: The two Royal Bengal tigers which were shifted from Roing in Dibang Valley district to Itanagar have been lodged in two separate enclosures in the biological park in the Arunachal Pradesh capital.
Both the sub-adult tigers are being kept in special enclosures built according to the Central Zoo Authority guidelines, which are about 300 square metres each. These two animals would be kept away from visitors, Raya Flago, the curator of the biological park in Itanagar, told The Telegraph over phone today.
The tigers, a male and a female, arrived at the centre on Saturday evening after a journey of almost 32 hours, crossing the Brahmaputra on their way.
The duo were rescued as young cubs from a village at Anini near Dibang wildlife sanctuary in December last year and subsequently shifted to a mini zoo at Roing. The shifting of the duo to Itanagar was necessary to accommodate them to more spacious enclosures, till the time they were moved back to Dibang wildlife sanctuary where they would be set free into the wild.
Flago said the two enclosures were constructed in a natural habitat of tigers so that both the animals could have the feel of being in the wild.
“Both the tigers are being kept in secluded areas which are free from visitors so that they do not get used to humans,” the official said.
He said the biological park already has five more Royal Bengal tigers, three female and two male, which are the prime attraction of the centre. All these five tigers were born in the park and their parents died of old age.
Flago said it was not yet decided how long the two tigers would be kept at the park till they are shifted to Dibang wildlife sanctuary.
A Wildlife Trust of India official, who is involved in the operation of shifting the two tigers, said similar enclosures would be constructed at Dibang sanctuary where the two animals would be kept for acclimatisation before being released into the wild.
On the tough task of shifting the two animals from Roing to Itanagar, the official said 16 people, including a State Wildlife Advisory Board member, forest department officials, Wildlife Trust of India veterinarians, biologists and animal keepers, as well as police officials were involved in the operation. They travelled mostly at night so that the animals were not stressed.
“We made frequent stops to make sure that both the animals were doing fine,” he said. A night halt was made at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation near Kaziranga National Park during the journey.