Sariska Tiger Reserve

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Sariska Tiger Reserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Jungle in Sariska Tiger Reserve
Map showing the location of Sariska Tiger Reserve
Map showing the location of Sariska Tiger Reserve
LocationAlwar District, Rajasthan, India
Nearest cityAlwar
Coordinates27°19′3″N 76°26′13″E / 27.31750°N 76.43694°E / 27.31750; 76.43694Coordinates: 27°19′3″N 76°26′13″E / 27.31750°N 76.43694°E / 27.31750; 76.43694
Area881 km2 (340 sq mi)
Governing bodyGovernment of Rajasthan

Sariska Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve in Alwar district, Rajasthan, India. It stretches over an area of 881 km2 (340 sq mi) comprising scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, grasslands, and rocky hills. This area was a hunting preserve of the Alwar state and was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1958. It was given the status of a tiger reserve making it a part of India's Project Tiger in 1978. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a national park in 1982, with a total area of about 273.8 km2 (105.7 sq mi).[1] It is the first reserve in the world with successfully relocated tigers. It is an important biodiversity area in the Northern Aravalli leopard and wildlife corridor.

The park is situated 106 km (66 mi) away from Hindaun, 107 km (66 mi) from Jaipur and 200 km (120 mi) from Delhi.[2] It is a part of the Aravalli Range and the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion.[3] It is rich in mineral resources, such as copper. In spite of the Supreme Court's 1991 ban on mining in the area, marble mining continues to threaten the environment.[4]

General information[edit]

Water body within the Sariska Reserve, Rajasthan.
  • Area: 881 km2 (340 sq mi)
  • Elevation: between 300 and 722 m (984 and 2,369 ft)
  • Rainfall: average 700 mm (28 in) per year[5]
  • Forest types: tropical, dry, deciduous, and tropical thorn


The dominant tree in the forests is dhok (Anogeissus pendula). Other trees include the salar (Boswellia serrata), kadaya (Sterculia urens), dhak (Butea monosperma), gol (Lannea coromandelica), ber (Ziziphus mauritiana) and khair (Acacia catechu). Bargad (Ficus benghalensis), arjun (Terminalia arjuna), gugal (Commiphora wightii) or bamboo. Shrubs are numerous, such as kair (Capparis decidua), adusta (Adhatoda vesica) and jhar ber (Ziziphus nummularia).[citation needed]


Apart from the Bengal tiger, the reserve harbours many wildlife species including Indian leopard, jungle cat, caracal, striped hyena, golden jackal, chital, sambar deer, nilgai, wild boar, small Indian civet, Javan mongoose, ruddy mongoose, honey badger, Rhesus macaque and Northern plains gray langur and Indian hare.[5] Bird species present include grey partridge, white-throated kingfisher, Indian peafowl, bush quail, sandgrouse, treepie, golden-backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle and the Indian eagle-owl.[citation needed]

In 2003, 16 tigers lived in the reserve. In 2004, it was reported that no tigers were sighted in the reserve, and that no indirect evidence of tiger presence was found such as pug marks, scratch marks on trees, scats. The Rajasthan Forest Department explained that "the tigers had temporarily migrated outside the reserve and would be back after monsoon season". Project Tiger staff backed this assumption. In January 2005, it was reported that there were no tigers left in Sariska.[6]

In July 2008, two tigers from Ranthambhore National Park were relocated to Sariska Tiger Reserve. Another female tiger was relocated in February 2009.[7]

In 2012, two tiger cubs and their mother were spotted in the reserve bringing the total number of tigers to seven with five adults.[8] In July 2014, two more cubs were spotted, so that there were 11 tigers in total.[9]

As of October 2018, there were 18 tigers including five cubs.[10] By 2020, the tiger population in the reserve has risen to 20.[11]

Relocation efforts[edit]

Tiger in the Sariska Tiger Reserve. The collar around its neck is used to track and monitor it.

In 2005, the Government of Rajasthan, in cooperation with the Government of India and Wildlife Institute of India, planned the re-introduction of tigers to Sariska and also the relocation of villages.[12] Plans to construct a bypass were also discussed.[13] It was decided to import one male and two females from Ranthambore National Park.[14] The Wildlife Institute of India along with the Government of Rajasthan started tracking the relocated tigers with the help of ISRO's reconnaissance satellites.[15] The first aerial translocation of the male tiger from Ranthambhore to Sariska was carried out on 28 June 2008 by helicopter.[16]

Only two of the four villages' experts were actually moved, though the second, Kankwari, was shifted long after the tigers were re-introduced. However, Kankwari fort has been renovated by the state tourism department, which can possibly violate wildlife protection norms.[17] The first relocated village was Bhagani. Also, the diversion of roads crossing the reserve, an issue critical to the survival of its wildlife, continues to be a problem.[18]

One more tigress was shifted to Sariska from Ranthambhore in February 2009.[19] On 28 July 2010, another tigress was brought from Ranthambhore National Park. Totaling five tigers — two males and three females — were living in the reserve until November 2010 when the first relocated tiger died[20] due to poisoning.[21]

Unfortunately, the first three of the relocated tigers came from one father. Moreover, the first two tigresses have the same mother.[22][23]

Places of interest[edit]

Sariska Palace, a former royal hunting lodge
  • Kankwadi Fort- A 16th-century fort, originally built by Jai Singh II, located near the centre of the park.
  • Temple of Neelkanth
  • Pandupol Hanumanji Temple - Located in the hills in the centre of the reserve is believed to be one of the retreats of the Pandava. This pilgrimage site causes problems for wildlife, due to heavy traffic.
  • Sariska Palace - Was used as a royal hunting lodge of Maharaja, was associated with the kings of Alwar.
  • Viratnagar - Some ruins of a Buddhist monastery on a hillock called Bijak ki Pahadi that dates back to 3rd century BC.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sariska National Park – complete detail – updated". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Sariska National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve". Archived from the original on 8 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Illegal mining threatens Sariska". The Times of India. 2010. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b Mondal, K.; Gupta, S.; Qureshi, Q.; Sankar, K. (2011). "Prey selection and food habits of leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) in Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, India". Mammalia. 75 (2): 201–205. doi:10.1515/mamm.2011.011. S2CID 83984484.
  6. ^ "Have you seen a tiger at Sariska since June? If yes, you're the only one". Indian Express. 2005. Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Sankar, K.; Qureshi, Q.; Nigam, P.; Malik, P. K.; Sinha, P. R.; Mehrotra, R. N.; Gopal, R., Bhattacharjee, S., Mondal, K. and Gupta, S. (2010). "Monitoring of reintroduced tigers in Sariska Tiger Reserve, Western India: preliminary findings on home range, prey selection and food habits". Tropical Conservation Science. 3 (3): 301–318. doi:10.1177/194008291000300305.
  8. ^ Sharma, R. (2012). "Sariska reserve gets tiger number 007". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Two tiger cubs spotted in Rajasthan's Sariska Tiger Reserve". Bihar Prabha. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Tigress ST-12 gives birth to 3 cubs at Sariska". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  11. ^ Khati, D. S. (2020). "How the lockdown impacted our tiger reserves | Analysis". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Rajasthan plots return of big cats". The Times of India. 9 September 2005. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Sariska on road to recovery, literally". The Times of India. 27 November 2006. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Sariska to get three tigers". The Times of India. 7 March 2008. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  15. ^ Huggler, J. (2006). "India turns to spy technology to save tigers". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2 August 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  16. ^ *Sharma, S. (2015). Sariska: The Tiger Reserve Roars Again. New Delhi: Niyogi Books. ISBN 9789383098712.
  17. ^ Mazoomdaar, J. "Now, Who's Crouching?". Open Magazine. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  18. ^ "Sariska Tiger Reserve vetoes road conversion proposal". The Times of India. 2008. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  19. ^ "National : Young tigress at home in Sariska". The Hindu. 2009. Archived from the original on 10 March 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  20. ^ Mazoomdaar, J. "Dispatched to Die". Open Magazine. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  21. ^ "Sariska Tiger Was Poisoned: Forensic Report". Outlook. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  22. ^ Mazoomdaar, J. "Conservation: the New Killer". Open Magazine. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  23. ^ "Proved: Siblings sent to mate in Sariska". Hindustan Times. 2010. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Dang, H. (2005). Sariska National Park. Indus Publishing Company, New Delhi. ISBN 81-7387-177-9
  • Ziddi, S. (1998). A guide to the wildlife parks of Rajasthan. Photo-Eye Publications, Jaipur.

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