Bandipur completes 50 years as a Project Tiger Reserve

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Bandipur completes 50 years as a Project Tiger Reserve

Bandipur completed 50 years as a Project Tiger Reserve 1 April 2023.

About Bandipur Tiger Reserve

  • This reserve is located in the state of Karnataka and is spread over an area of 912.04 sq km.

  • It is located in two districts of Karnataka, Mysore and Chamarajanagar.

  • It is considered one of the world's premier tiger habitats and is an important component of the country's first biosphere reserve - the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

  • It was launched by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1973 with the aim of arresting the decline in the tiger population.

  • Bandipur was one of the first nine sanctuaries to be brought under the flagship program of Project Tiger in 1973.

  • Bandipur Tiger Reserve is surrounded by-

  1. Nagarahole Tiger Reserve (Tamil Nadu) in the North West (Kabini Reservoir separates the two).

  2. Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (Tamil Nadu) in the South.

  3. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) in the South West.

Project Tiger

  • Project Tiger was started by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the year 1973.

  • Under this program, central assistance is provided to the states having tiger populations for conservation of tigers.

  • The initial reserves covered under Project Tiger were Jim Corbett, Manas, Ranthambore, Simlipal, Bandipur, Palamu, Sundarbans, Melghata and Kanha National Parks.

  • At the time of the launch of Project Tiger in the year 1973, there were only 9 Tiger Reserves in the country, at present the total number of Tiger Reserves in the country has increased to 54.

Other Tiger Reserves in Karnataka

  • Bhadra Tiger Reserve

  • Nagarahole Tiger Reserve

  • Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve

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