Tigress Sundari to be shifted to Nandankanan, says Minister

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has decided that the Royal Bengal Tigress Sundari will be shifted to Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) in Bhubaneswar after being tranquilised by the team of experts deployed in Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary in Angul.

The Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray in a statement to the media informed about the decision.

However, the minister said that the tigress might also be relocated to Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh from where she was brought if the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) opposes its placement in the NZP.

Earlier in the day, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Sandip Tripathy told to the media persons that the big cat’s presence was traced in the forest range nearly three kilometres away from Asanabahal village.

Meanwhile, two specialist teams from Kanha National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve from Madhya Pradesh has reached the location in order to take stock of the situation.

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