Chouhan urges Odisha CM to donate a pair of white tiger to Madhya Pradesh
Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged his Odisha counterpart Naveen
Patnaik to donate a pair of white tiger to Madhya Pradesh. The pair will be
housed in a new zoo-cum-rescue centre being developed by Madhya Pradesh
government at Mukundpur near Govindgarh with the permission of Central Zoo
Authority. Chouhan said that if required, it could be exchanged with a pair of
normal coloured (yellow) tigers.
In his letter, Chouhan
said that the first male white tiger was captured by the Maharaja of Rewa, Martand
Singh in 1953 during hunting from the area, which now forms part of Sanjay
Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The male white tiger was captured alive, and
brought to Govindgarh near Rewa.
It was mated
with a normal coloured female. Subsequently, it resulted in the birth of first
white tiger cubs in captivity. This effort went on for several years and the
white tigers were then sold or donated to various zoos in India and abroad. The
white tigers are a major attraction of the zoos all over the world.
Patnaik that Madhya Pradesh government was setting up a new zoo-cum-rescue
centre at Mukundpur near Govindgarh with the permission of Central Zoo
Authority. To commence this historic event, the Government of Madhya Pradesh
has decided to name the breeding centre after the late Martand Singh, who was
instrumental in distributing the white tiger all over the world. It has planned
to keep a pair of white tigers in Mukundpur zoo and rescue centre so that visitors
can appreciate the past.
Minister has written in the letter that he has come to know that there are 3
male and 7 female white tigers in Nandan Kanan Zoo which has earned a good name
in breeding white tigers. He said that Madhya Pradesh government would be
highly grateful if a pair of white tigers from Nandan Kanan Zoo was donated by the