Target: Nandankanan Zoological Park
Goal: Release Bengal tiger that wandered onto the property back into the wild where it belongs
According to zoo officials from Nandankanan Zoological Park located in India, a male Bengal tiger was caught roaming the region near a tigress named Sara, who lives at the zoo. The tiger was first located in a nearby safari park but has recently started to move towards the animal facilities. Although the last reported case of a wild tiger entering a zoo was in January 1967, when a Royal Bengal tigress jumped into a cage after hearing the male tiger’s mating call, this huge tiger has been worrying the zoo after he continued to come closer to the establishment. Now that the tiger has entered the zoo, the park has been closed down and the officials are unsure as to what to do with the tiger. The tiger has grown up as a wild animal his entire life and he should not be subjected to staying at the zoo simply because he was caught in it. The tiger must be released back into the wild.
Zoo officials stated that they had opened up the emergency gates when the tiger finally reached the zoo after roaming the park for months. The officials closed down the zoo to monitor the behavior of the seven-year-old tiger and based on his movements, they believe that the tiger had the urge to mate with tigress Sara. The zoo currently has 24 tigers and all of their male tigers originated from one of the male tigers brought to the zoo back in 1965. Due to the lack of genetic diversity, some of the senior zoo officials and even activists want the tiger to stay and breed.
One of the wildlife activists, Subhendu Mallick, said “If the male tiger is retained in the zoo, it would widen the gene pool and infuse new blood into the tiger conservation and breeding program at the park.” However, other wildlife officials have stated that if the tiger were to return to the wild, they could give him a radio collar that would allow scientists to track and observe his movement patterns. Releasing him back into the wild would not only benefit him, it would also help with the research into these majestic creatures. Back in 2011, a census estimated that there are only 1,700 tigers living in wild India.
The wild tiger stumbled upon the Zoo and was unfortunately captured. It is a completely healthy tiger. This tiger must be released into the wild where it can continue to roam freely.
Dear Nandankanan Zoological Park,
Recently, a male Royal Bengal tiger was seen roaming near the areas of the Nandankanan Zoological Park. After zoo officials opened the emergency gates and closed down the zoo, the tiger entered the facilities and was subsequently captured. This huge cat was reported to be completely healthy and since it grew up in the wild, it deserves to be released.
I understand that the gene pool of the 24 tigers currently living at the zoo is limited since all of the male tigers originated from one male tiger back in 1965. But that does not mean that the zoo should keep this seven-year-old cat for its own reasons. As enticing as diversifying the genetic pool might seem, the zoo must do the right thing.
Release the tiger back into the wild.
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