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Jan 27 14 10:11 AM

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I was looking around for information and I came across this document..... 

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 smiley: devil


"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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Jan 27 14 11:03 AM

Deinotherium wrote:
Good find KingT

Thanks, you may be interested in these also...

Tigress killed in forest reserve

In a shocking replay of the skinning of one-year-old tigress Sakhi, a three-and-a-half-year-old tigress was killed and her claws removed inside the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve Project, in the dense Nallamala forests on Monday by unidentified poachers.

In a shocking replay of the skinning of one-year-old tigress Sakhi, a three-and-a-half-year-old tigress was killed and her claws removed inside the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve Project, in the dense Nallamala forests on Monday by unidentified poachers.

On the same day a leopard was also killed and skinned near Mahanandi in the same district. Villagers said the poachers may have killed the tigress after using a noose-like trap to catch her. Sources said local poachers may have laid a trap for deer, but trapped a tiger instead which died due to strangulation while others say tiger poachers may have skinned the animal.

The carcass of the tiger was found in the Gosaikatta tank near Nagaluti village of the Bairluti forest range by tribals who informed forest officials on Tuesday. They brought the tiger to the Bairluti forest guesthouse for a postmortem on Wednesday.

Forest officials who arrested nearly 18 known poachers in the area following the killing said the tigress weighed well over 150 kg, was 2.36 metres in length and stood three feet high. There are an estimated 55 tigers in the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve Project which covers five districts Kurnool, Mahbubnagar, Prakasam, Guntur and Nalgonda along both sides of the Krishna river, beginning from the Srisailam reservoir backwaters and ending at the Nagarjunasagar reservoir.

Monday's incident was not the first in the tiger reserve as several killings have gone unnoticed since a census of tigers in the sanctuary began in 1992 when the tiger population was believed to be 93. In 1994 the number reduced to 31 and in 1998, officials said there were only 39 tigers in the sanctuary.

In 1999, census officials, however, raised the figure to 55 – the bungling of numbers showing the lack of interest taken by the Tiger Reserve officials.

Nilgiris Man-eater Tigress Cremated

The body of the man-eating tigress which was on the prowl in villages of the Nilgiris for about 18 days, killing three human beings and two cows, was cremated on Thursday.

The carcass of the tigress was autopsied by a team of veterinary surgeons near Deer Park after which it was cremated.

The animal aged about six years weighed 102 kg and was 260 cm long.

Specimens have been collected from the body of the tiger for various investigations before it was set to flames.

The dead tiger was taken to Deer Park by 11 on Wednesday night. From there, it was moved to another forest in order to control the crowd flocking to see the animal.

Later, the carcass was brought to Deer Park on Thursday morning for postmortem. Public in large numbers thronged the park which is close to the city to have a look at the man-eater’s carcass.

The tiger was shot by personnel of Special Task Force (STF) who were in the combing operation team at Kappachi Village on Wednesday evening.

The tiger remained elusive for about 18 days since its prowl began on January 4 in the villages of Dodabetta, Thummanhatty and Kuppachi in the Nilgiris.

The tigress killed two women and a man in five days, between January 4 and 8. About 200 personnel of the forest department, STF, and NGOs were involved in the killing of the tiger.

Here is a video of the death of the 102 kg tigress from the article... RIP tigresssmiley: frown


Last Edited By: Kingtheropod Jan 27 14 11:11 AM. Edited 3 times.

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Jan 27 14 9:25 PM

Excellent information KingT. Now we have confirmation that the weights of Sariska are reliable, and we also now have the weight of four new Bengal tigresses and two total lengths, which are also important.

In my next Bengal tiger size table, I will include it. However, I will like to know what you think? Should I include the two sub-adult females (2 y.old)? Should I also include the man-eater tigress which was obviously in bad shape?

I will wait your answer and that of the other posters before any change in the tables. smiley: smile

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Feb 9 14 4:45 AM

I think you should exclude the subadult tigress weighing 122 kg because she is clearly listed as being (Not adult)

The 133 kg tiger was stated to be similar in age, but not necessarily a sub adult because they state it as equal to or greater then two years old. 3 years old is similar to 2 years old don't forget and I would use it until further notice. I would think 133 kg is pretty close to adult anyways.

The 102 kg tigress should be included, but maybe note that it was a cattle killer and possibly desperate for food.

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