GOVERNMENT has given in-principle nod to set up a breeding centre for the endangered white tigers in Madhya Pradesh as part of conservation efforts.
An environment and forest Ministry official said the Central Zoo Authority has given in-principle approval for the breeding centre at Govindgarh in Madhya Pradesh, which has the unique distinction of being the home of white tigers.
The Central Zoo Authority has initiated action for setting up a conservation breeding centre for white tiger at Govindgarh in Rewa through the state of MP, the official said. You cannot see white tiger in the wild. They are in captivity only. There are 91 white tigers housed in 21 different Indian zoos, Rajesh Gopal, Conservation Authority told PTI.
Asked if the Government plans to set up a reserve exclusively for white tigers, Rajesh Gopal said, Not at present. He cited various reasons including the doubts over the survival capacity of the rare cats in natural habitat.
The Govt preferred MP to set up the conservation breeding centre as the last white tiger named Mohan was caught in the forests of Sidhi district in 1950 and reared by erstwhile Maharaja of Rewa at Govindgarh. According to the Ministry’s Project Tiger documents, there are many white tigers in captivity, though almost all of them have descended from the wild white Bengal tiger Mohan