DEHRADUN: Scientists working towards conservation of tiger population in Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun have indicated the need to keep the population of all the tigers across 41 tiger reserves, which have less than 20 breeding female and male big cats, ‘connected’ with the nine tiger reserves that have higher population of breeding tigers.

WII had laid down criteria before selecting tigers and tigresses of breeding value, according to which only nine reserves in India have big cat populations robust enough to have a future. Only those reserves which had at least 20 breeding units, with a tiger and tigress comprising a unit, qualified. The nine reserves are Corbett, Kanha, Pench, Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Sundarbans, Kaziranga, Tadoba and Mudumalai, Sathyamangalam, Bandipur and Nagarhole.

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