Thirty-one bison will be rehabilitated in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve by translocating them from Kanha Tiger Reserve. The Central Government has granted permission for translocation of bison from Kanha to Bandhavgarh. In January this year, 19 bison were translocated from Kanha National Park to Bandhavgarh National Park. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun had been entrusted with the task of study and research of the translocation project. After the analysis made by the Wildlife Institute, a conclusion was drawn that at least 50 bison were necessary for permanent population of bison in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. After this, a request was made to the Central government.
The bison translocated to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve are getting fully settled as per expectation. Out of these, two bison died of some unknown disease and one was killed by a tiger. Another bison is missing since long. Death of some wild animals due to extreme heat is nothing unprecedented.
This missing bison might have died. Meanwhile, two bison calves have been born. Thus, the bison population is now 17 in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. This is an unparallelled exercise, which is moving towards success.