The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR), home to five dozen tigers, is all set to get bigger.The forest department will soon be annexing 367.59 sqkm of reserve forests, making the tiger reserve more than double its existing size.To be precise, the expansion would make the tiger reserve bigger by 114%, from its current 321 sqkm to nearly 690 sqkm. Not just bigger, but a better habitat for tigers, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs besides herbivores such as elephants, Indian bison and various deer species.
Stringent laws and restrictions that zealously protect tiger reserves will go a long way in conserving various species.Lesser human movement within the reserve will translate into better quality of life for the fauna.
Handing over of the 367.59 sqkm reserve forest attached to the Nilgiris north division to the MTR is likely to take place within weeks, state forest authorities say . The new areas are already the buffer zone of the MTR.