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New Tiger Reserve in Pilibhit
Jun 18, 2014

Uttar Pradesh would soon have its third tiger reserve at Pilibhit, which would be the country’s 45th tiger reserve. A notification in this regard had been already issued. Located on the Indo-Nepal border, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is spread over 73,024.98 hectares and is home to nearly 30 tigers and many other endangered species.

The third tiger reserve in UP after Dudhwa, which was notified in 1987, and Amangarh Tiger Reserve in Bijnor, notified in 2012, the consolidated forest ranges of Mala, Mahof, Barahi, Deoria and Haripur will serve as the Pilibhit tiger reserve. Of the total 73,024.98 hectare area that has been identified as reserve area, the core area will comprise 6,279.8 hectares, while the buffer zone—the Khutar range in Shahjahanpur will span 12,745.2 hectares.

The Pilibhit Wildlife Sanctuary was accorded sanctuary status in February this year. Of the total tiger population in the country, about 118 are in UP, while approximately 30 are in Pilibhit area.

The process for giving tiger reserve status to the cluster of forests in Pilibhit had started in 2008, with the National Tiger Conservation Authority approving the proposal. 

The terai belt, where the Pilibhit tiger reserve is located, is the last of the Sal forest reserves in the world and regarded as very fragile, ecologically. Apart from the Bengal tiger, the Pilibhit forest area is also home to the Indian leopard, the swamp deer and the Bengal florican, among other rare species. 

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