Panna: A tigress in Panna Tiger Reserve has given birth to three cubs, a senior reserve official said today.
Tigress T-4 recently gave birth to three cubs and the same were captured on camera by the reserve`s deputy director Vikram Singh Parihar, Panna Tiger Reserve director R Sriniwas Murthy said in a release.
Earlier, the tigress had given birth to two cubs and they are now over one-year-old and roam independently in the wild.
Murthy said another tigress T-2 has also given birth to three cubs recently in the reserve. Though forest officials have sighted them, they are unable to collect photographic evidence of the same.
Both the female tigers were translocated to Panna Tiger Reserve after it lost all its tigers allegedly due to poaching sometime back.
Besides five translocated tigers, 11 big cats (adult and semi-adult) were roaming in the reserve while the birth of six new cubs has given a new direction to the ongoing tiger conservation efforts, he said.
Panna National Park was declared as one of the tiger reserves of India in 1994-95 and placed under protection of `Project Tiger`.
The decline of tiger population in Panna has been a matter of concern for the officials.
Two female tigers were relocated there from Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park in March 2009.
In June 2009, it was officially announced that the Reserve, which boasted of over 40 felines six years ago, had no tiger left.