Tiger being fitted with satellite collar
The tiger was placed in a secure enclosure at the park’s headquarters for treatment where it recovered completely.
In January 2011, a team of wildlife veterinarians, wildlife biologists, park staff and conservationists tranquilized the tiger and fitted it with a GPS plus GLOBALSTAR-3 satellite collar.
It then was transported by road about 600 km in a specially constructed trailer from Chitwan National Park westwards to Bardia National Park under strict supervision and security measures.
The tiger was finally introduced to its new home in the fertile valley along the River Babai on Saturday.
“The Babai valley was an ideal location for the translocation because of its vast size and available prey species, improved anti-poaching efforts, lower human-tiger conflict and good connectivity with other protected areas through the Terai Arc Landscape all the way to India’s Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary,” said Krishna Acharya, Director General of Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. "Nepal is one of the countries in the world where the prospect of doubling the tiger population is quite good, if tigers are given enough space, prey and proper protection."
The satellite collar, which gives an accurate location of the tiger every half-hour, will help scientists gain a better understanding of tiger ecology, improve conservation interventions like anti-poaching operations and monitor the tiger adapting to its new environment.
“WWF is pleased to have played a part in the pioneering tiger translocation led by the Government of Nepal,” said Anil Manandhar, WWF Nepal’s Country Representative. “As a global conservation organization, we have been part of the Nepal’s evolving conservation landscape—from species protection to the successful Terai Arc Landscape—for over 4 decades, and remain committed to working together with our partners to help save nature for future generations.”