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Odisha govt. plans to release RBT in Satkosia reserve forest

Bhubaneswar, Oct 25: Odisha government is contemplating to release a couple of Royal Bengal Tigers (RBT) in the Satkosia Reserve Forest with an objective to increase the tiger population in the state.

The government has finished discussions with experts of National Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and in the first phase it will get two Royal Bengal tigers - a male and a female - from Madhya Pradesh by March 2018, informed sources.

Earlier, the Scientists of the Wildlife Institute of India had conducted a survey in Satkosia and found the sanctuary fit for relocation of tigers and said the prey base is up to the mark.

According to tiger census conducted by Odisha government in 2016, there are at least 40 Royal Bengal Tigers (RBT) and 318 leopards in different tiger reserves and forests of the State including two tigers in Satkosia.

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