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This document refers to the tigers translocated to Sariska national park back a few years ago. For the longest time, it was only assumed they were weighed, and posters such as Bold champ denied the information heavily. One male tiger that was translocated below weighed in at 220 kg.
Reintroduction of Tigers in India:
A case study from the Sariska Tiger Reserve. BY R S Shekhawat CF, Ajmer, Rajasthan
Re-introduction of tigers from Ranthambhore National Park to Sariska National Park is based on report entitled “Assessment of Status of Tigers (Panthera tigris)” in Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, Wildlife Institute of India, 2005 and subsequent „Recovery Plan (Revised)‟ developed by Field Director, Sariska Tiger Reserve. Reintroduction should establish self-sustaining populations with high reproductive fitness in the wild environment and ample genetic diversity (Frankham et al., 2002). It was suggested that three tigress and two tigers may be brought from Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve to re-establish the tiger population in Sariska (Sankar et al. 2005). It was also suggested that after establishing five tigers, two batches of two to three tigers should be brought every three years to Sariska. The restocking is essential to maintain genetic and demographic viability of tiger population. The genetic stock of the tigers of Ranthambhore and Sariska Tiger Reserves may be assumed to be similar as both habitats are part of semi- arid tracts in Aravalli hills, therefore to maintain the uniqueness of genetic stock of tigers in semi arid tract the best choice will be Ranthambhore tigers.
Since the tiger population is dwindling drastically in its entire distribution range and Sariska which is the western most distribution of tigers (Wikramanayaka et al., 1999) has seen its complete extinction once, over time, it has grown even more necessary to monitor and study the relevant holistic, ecological and socio-economic aspects that will address important issues like population dynamics, demography,
territory size, dispersal, food habits and response to anthropogenic disturbance of the introduced tigers."
After reading the document, I found the animals were indeed weighed, but also measured
TRANSCLOCATION OF TWO ORPHANED/ STRAYING TIGRESSES FROM RANTHAMBHORE TO SARISKA TIGER RESERVE (JANUARY 2013)
"The team reached the site Amaghati Chowki, Sawai Madhopur range, Ranthabore Tiger Reserve during early hours of the morning. It was informed by the patrolling team that both the identified tigresses (Orphaned cubs of T-5) named Bina 1 and Bina 2 made a kill during early hours and were hiding in the Prosophis juliflora thicket. After making necessary preparations for darting the animals the team proceeded to the kill site on a vehicle (Gypsy). As none of the animals appeared initially, the darting vehicle was placed behind a thicket with clear vision on the kill. The animal (Bina 1) appeared from the thicket at about 0720 hrs. The animal was darted from a distance of 15 meters using a mixture of Medetomidine and ketamine employing Dan Inject equipment model JM at 0723 hrs. Though the animal showed signs of sedation; anaesthesia safe for handling was not achieved even after 20 minutes. Animal reacted to disturbance as manifested by ear twitching and sudden reaction. Supplemental dose of 200 mg of ketamoine and 2 mg of medetomidine was remotely delivered at 0746
hrs. After ensuring adequate sedation safe for handling, the animal was approached, positioned and blindfolded. As the animal was amidst thicket it was shifted on to a stretcher and brought out in the open area. The physiological parameters were checked and after ensuring stabilization, the animal was fitted with Telonics VHF/GPS/ARGOS radio- collar. Body measurements, animal weight and biological samples were taken following which the animal was crated in the transport container. Based on the records available with the Department and physical examination of the animal, the age was estimated as ≥ 2 years. The animal weighed 122 kgs. The crate was loaded onto a mini truck and minimal disturbance was ensured till the initiation of journey. The animal was revived from sedation using reversal drugs..... The tigress in Sariska Tiger Reserve has been given a local ID of ST9.
Another tigress from the same place known as ST10 was also weighed and she weighed in at 133 kg...
"The animal was fitted with a Telonics VHF/GPS/ARGOS radio-collar and body measurements, animal weight and biological samples were taken. The animal was of similar age as the earlier animal however weighed 133 kg. The animal was crated in the transport container and antidote for medetomidine was given. Animal revived within 6 minutes of antidote administration. The road journey was initiated and the journey from Ranthambore to Sariska took 6 hrs. The animal was intensively monitored inside the container during the entire journey. The transport container was offloaded adjacent to the enclosure II at Sariska. The animal was released into the enclosure in Sariska at 1536 hrs. The tigress in Sariska Tiger Reserve has been given a local ID of ST10."
Guate made me a nice table some time ago about the sariska tigers. ST1 weighed 220 kg, ST2 weighed 170 kg, ST3 weighed 143 kg, ST4 weighed 170 kg, ST5 weighed 135 kg, and now we know ST9 weighed 122 kg (2 year old), and ST10 weighed 133 kg (2 year old).
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